Streams of water flowing in the desert... the deepest longings of our hearts is for an entrance into communion, into a genuine community: into a community of loving, gentle, relationship... a community of mystery and mysticism... a community of beauty, art, music, movement, and unfoldment... a community of work and service... a community of tolerance, forgiveness, and affirmation... a community of enthusiasm and vitality...
We consider ourselves to be truly blessed if we find such a community with a lover and family... Do we dare such blessing with a dream of more? If such a blessing is possible for two: why not three, four, or ten or twelve, or even more? Just such a dare is the very vivification of God, the Holy One, our Beloved Friend! A finer attunement to the Movements of Sophia, the Subtle Spirit, illuminates a will to sacred imagination: "Why not?"
Do any of us think that global transformation will arrive at no cost? While the Subtle Spirit does not operate within the perimeters of predatory capitalism, change will only come with a charge! What are some of the charges? (Oh God, there are more than one?) Every boundary must disappear... (we might as well not scurry around any of this!)... By "disappearing boundaries" it is not necessarily implying national boundaries (although that will also be required), but instead the interior limitations that we place upon the capacity of our hearts to love: understand this, we are made from the "What if?" before the Big Bang: seeds from the Original Starlight exist within us this very moment: we are a stunning nineteen billion years old! Our consciousness is "One" with the Divine Consciousness that imagined unlimited possibilities! The boundaries of the Universe must become the boundaries of our hearts: we can in fact begin to practice the same Love-Without-Limits that is the whole She-bang of the Universe (Did you think any of this would be easy?)...
Following the steady disappearance of our boundaries is the development of a will to the good, kind, and beautiful: in short, compassion... "Boundlessly compassionate, boundlessly merciful" is the very nature of the One Divine Consciousness still creating ceaselessly: perhaps the best image of the Holy One is that of Mother-Giving-Birth: breathing us and everything into existence through Love... the Universe is creatively unfolding: this precious blue Planet is our Home in a vast array of Stars and Worlds-Without End... Compassion: the will to liberate in justice, kindness, and solidarity every Other is the Great Religion, Philosophy, and Practice of Awakening... Compassion is love-in-action, the forgiveness of enemies, the building of bridges of trust, opportunity, equality, and kindness, and the unleashing of our will to fully participate in building the Earth for the benefit of all... The Subtle Spirit is anything but subtle here: through Yeshua, the Poet of Nazareth, She challenged us to "Love one another as I have loved you" and "Whatsoever you do to the very least of your brethren, you do the very same to me" and "I was hungry and you fed me"...
Now, suddenly as if caught completely unaware, we are presented with a vision nearly complete: streams in the desert of life are the acts of kindness that extend my boundaries to include others... and still others... and still others: until there is no one left out or left behind! This is the revelation of transformation and the very core of religion and the living voice of Sophia, the Subtle Spirit: Who, before there was Thought, Movement, and Creation hovered above the Birthing Imagination of the One... and here we are... Ready. Set. Go!
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.