"We were created by Love, for Love, to become Love". -- Simone Weil
"The soul is made of love and must ever strive to return to love... It must lose itself in love." -- Mechthild of Magdeburg
The "spiritual life" (if it is truly a life at all), is a journey into the mystic -- into the deep interior of one's being to encounter one's Self-Within-The One Self. The world around us is ever changing -- quantum physics is the revelation that everything exists within a web of inter-being, of inter-penetration... in other words, our atoms come and go, now here -- now there, for a while a star, for a while mush on the bottom of a pond, for a while a grand work of art, for a while the soft green moss supporting the play of lovers... but underlying all the changes around us and within us, there is a core Reality existing in a steady-state of "Is-ness"... the Holy One, the Only One, the One Love...
This mystic journey is into and through the layers of consciousness that "is us" -- at that core of "is us" is our identification as one with the Holy One, the eternal flame of divinity which is our true Self... The Only One is much closer to us than the blood coursing through our bodies, and indeed, even much closer than the thoughts within our minds... The great news of the mystics is that this is No Secret! We can know this as a direct personal realization and It can become our conscious identity, our character, and our blessing upon the world around us... And finally, this realization is the One purpose of every human life. It is possible to live life within this Oneness, this essential Unity that co-exists "within and without" all of creation... the practices that enhance and liberate this realization is the Way of the Mystic -- which is also the very heart of every religion, and really the only cause for being of every religion...
The next bit of very good news is that no one has to run off to the desert to discover these truths for herself! We enter into Love the very moment we intend with our whole being to Love -- and then following upon that initial intention, to place no limits upon our Love. The "two hands of Love" are meant to massage our hearts into the fullness of One Love: to become the very Love with which Love loves everyone and everything! The "first hand" is the interior journey: meditation, intention, affirmation, contemplation, and identification. The "second hand" is the outward flow of loving: direct service through the works of mercy, justice, and peace, and a fully activated compassion that compels a generous and concentrated sacred activism for all life and for this precious blue Planet.
This is the essence of the mystic journey and of a new life of radical sacred activism... and this is the great need of our time and of this century: will you give yourself over to your sacred destiny and become a mystic-activist for the service of Life and the saving of this Planet? Or will you turn aside from these, your glorious opportunities, and be "normal", and so for the remainder of your days live in regret?
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.