Memorial Day

How often we come together to mourn and grieve the lives lost in the service of annihilation. Now surely Osama bin Laden the treacherous leader, the blackguard of the terrorists, the bogeyman of past high alerts security warnings has been slain by guns by our soldiers. And was that the final killing? Can there be a final killing?

As Buffy St Marie said in her song Universal Soldier’ without them all this killing can’t go on.’ And we stand at a memorial to honor their deaths. I want to honor their lives and abhor their deaths. I want them with their families doing work to preserve the earth rather than fighting with guns.

And of course our soldiers are brave. Of course they are valiant and true and of course they believe in ideals and sometimes the soldiers just need a job. I remember 20 yrs ago at the First Gulf war when I exclaimed, ’What! This is 1990. Haven’t they got the message that war is no longer an option?’ I knew and you knew that war is no way to live.

Those who know that peace is possible have known this for centuries. Maybe there were fewer of them in the past and now our number is growing. And now perhaps the need for justice at home is calling even those who demanded retribution for 9/11. Maybe those who are awakening to the call for US out of Afghanistan are called by concerns other than the 5th commandment – Thou Shalt Not Kill.

Maybe people are finally connecting the dots that the dreams they have for their own families for education and the dignity of a good job are swallowed up by a bloated defense budget and other corporate greed. Hey, maybe there are other ways to provide defense. So more people are know the awakening isn’t fast enough for some of us and we want to say – Ah but that’s not the whole truth yet. There’s more true justice to be served. There’s more to be done. Many people are still suffering at the hands of power-hungry outlaws who as Leonard Cohen says, “killers in high places say their prayers out loud.” And those outlaws are in born of the spirit of greed and fear. Can we assuage our own greed and fear so that we don’t need giant projections of them on the backdrop of life? We are the source of the problem. We have met the enemy and he is us. And we are the solution. We are the ones we have been waiting for.

Yes, I agree that the work is not done, and I agree that it is not fast enough to stop the killing. And yet can we take one moment right now and every day to give thanks for some events in our recent history – incomplete as it is for it is a sign of a great turning, a new beginning. I’m talking about health care reform, a reduction of some nuclear weapons in the Start treaty with Russia, Egypt taking charge of its destiny. Our collective desire for peaceful means is changing things little by little, and the times they are a changing too. Can we take one moment and give thanks that we are moving in the right direction. Take a moment and thank yourselves for all the choices that you have made and the actions you have taken that have you standing here tonight and all the thoughts you have thought to create a more just world.

Slouching towards Bethlehem towards the birth of us. And in the moment of gratitude can we know that we are no longer voices in the wilderness but voices joining with others for so many reasons—reasons coming together in a stream of consciousness s that honors life and knows that human needs for security, family food and home can be provided in other ways than by paying for protection with our strong-armed forces to ensure that we have them. And that all beings on the Earth deserve these things and loving kindness.

And can we know that our job—as knowers of the truths that all beings are created equal and inheritors of a land currently free enough to make changes happen—must continue to speak and act from our intelligence and our experience and mostly from our hearts. The time calls for all this plus the wisdom to think positively, to think about the world that we want to create we oppose, not the world we would leave behind. Imagine that war is over. Imagine all the people living life in peace.

As Robert F. Kennedy said, “Each time a man stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Imagine all of us working together and bringing down the walls. I always like the idea of song bringing down the walls like Jericho falling from trumpets so maybe our music and our voices will make that step.

May 30th, 2011 | Filed under Uncategorized

Happy New Year

Right NOW

May the love that is within you be shared with all creation.
May you bring all that you are to Earth.
May your joy spread like wildfire.

Jan 2nd, 2011 | Filed under Uncategorized

We Are Connected

Each one of us has the power to create the world we want to see. It is within the power of one person to create change whether large or small. Sometimes the change is inside us, in our thinking or our attitude. When we change something in ourselves, it affects the whole. These ideas are embedded in my operating system. Some of the most important things to remember are these:

That we are connected,
That we are powerful
That life is short

That we can stand against the darkness greed and corruption
That joy is our most powerful deterrent against the darkness.

Dec 19th, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized

Thanksgiving as Change Agent

May our thankfulness include the Earth. We are one people breathing the same air, drinking the same water on one planet that needs us to WAKE UP to the fact that we are connected and must see that what we do affects everyone. Healing a resentment in myself heals the greater whole. We need to take care of one another and our Mother, the Earth. That’s the bottom line.

May the blessings of today when many people in our country thinking about gratitude make an impression in the hard core polarity.
May we have an inkling of our own power and possibility.
May all the goodness that you deserve in your lives be manifest NOW.

Nov 25th, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized

We are eternal life

While planning a memorial service, I was led to remember universal spiritual teachings .

We are indestructible consciousness in a finite body. It is the body that comes and goes,  not the consciousness.

And from Michael Beckwith  “You were never born. You will never die. And the reason you’ve incarnated is to reveal the glory of the Divine as you and you alone can.”

And John Lennon “And we all shine on, Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well, we all shine on . . . Everyone, c’mon

Nov 20th, 2010 | Filed under Life After Death

Be As You Are

A lady had a precious necklace round her neck. Once in her excitement she forgot it and thought that the necklace was lost. She became anxious and looked for it in her home but could not find it. She asked friends and neighbours if they knew anything about the necklace. They did not. At last a kind friend of hers told her to feel the necklace round her neck. She found that it had all along been round her neck and she was happy. When others asked her later if she found the necklace which was lost, she said, ‘Yes, I have found it.’ She still felt that she had recovered a lost jewel.

Now, did she lose it at all? It was all along round her neck. But judge her feelings. She was as happy as if she had recoverd a lost jewel. Similarly with us, we imagine that we will realize that Self some time, whereas we are never anything but the Self.

from Ramana Maharshi by David Godman.

Nov 19th, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized

The Seed Within

We have always known what we know now—that the sacred is within us. That the sacred is within us is what we know as true, what we know as real.  This is what we must protect with our integrity and stand our ground – no I won’t back down, Tom Petty.

We have within us the seed and the flower and the full-blown tree. Perhaps when we see the tree we have an Aha! moment and know something about ourselves. Then we think that this is new information, that we have suddenly been informed of some truth of our being  . . . when all the time we knew it  . . . as the seed within embedded forever  . . . before birth, before time, before waking into this incarnation.

Nov 4th, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized

The Real Power of Your Vote

Democracy is sacred. It is the nonreligious, political expression of our innate spiritual truth. Democracy’s power lies in the truth that each of us is equally powerful. The power is our ability to recognize that we carry the Source within us. No one is excluded no matter what our religion, race, size, education, sexual orientation, bank account or any of the other variables by which humans judge one another. In a democracy our vote represents our inner equal power.

Nov 1st, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized