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Archive for August, 2009
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adult spirituality isn’t about the books or seminars or films or businesses or healing centers we create, it’s about how we treat each other in the process of creating these things.
A time when the most healing energy we can offer others — and ourselves — is simply to be present for them, to listen to them without judgment, to hear their story without trying to fix them. The obsession with trying to fix things, us, the planet, has gotten us into more trouble than contributed to genuine healing.
Because when we try to fix something we start from a place that we are broken. And maybe we aren’t (there are always exceptions, such as people with biological challenges, or planetary problems that we have created).
Maybe we’re divine beings who chose to lose themselves in the dense world of matter in order to better understand the complexity and power and beauty of creation from within.
Maybe if we’d honored one another from the beginning without judgment, we would naturally have returned to our divine state in a more graceful and timely way.
Maybe if we’d been allowed to ‘flow’ without having our ‘waters’ diverted or damned-up by trying to fix everything, we’d have gently returned to the ‘ocean’ eons ago.
Offer help and encouragement, of course; share — absolutely.
But also simply be present and listen and offer an understanding smile and a comforting hand.
That might be all the miracle someone — and ourselves — really needs.
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In the case of Hollywood, adult spirituality isn’t really about making more films about spiritual folks, thought there’s nothing wrong with this and it may be helpful to many on their individual paths. It’s not just about maintaining the status quo while increasing personal wealth (again, nothing wrong with this) and getting to hangout with spiritual celebrities at the spa.
Billions of praying Catholics, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and New Agers haven’t fundamentally changed the world, though it makes us feel better about ourselves. Christ dying on the cross and Siddartha leaving his wife and family haven’t fundamentally changed the world.
“E.T” and “Saving Private Ryan” and “Ben Hur” and “Apocalypse Now” haven’t fundamentally changed the world.
What changes the world is how I deal with you and how you deal with me. Changing the world is about changing individual consciousness — and then putting it to work in the real world.
It’s about honor and integrity and patience and compassion and inclusion and forgiveness and love.
It’s about spreading the love and the wealth. It’s about taking the time to go the extra mile than is called for. It’s about treating everyone as equally important and worthy of being listened to and supported. It’s about how can I make you successful?
That’s how you change the world.
You change the world — not by the products the world produces — but by changing the way the world does business in the first place.
Not through a massive weekend box office or back-slapping at an award’s show. You change the world by changing ourselves then changing others, one person at a time. One heart at a time.
And if a terrific movie comes out of that exchange, then how cool is that?
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True mastery is not tested and achieved on the mountaintop, but in the desert, not in the ashram, but in the slum, not in the healing conference, but in the AIDS ward, not at the peace gathering, but on the battlefield. Not in the calm, but in the storm.
A colorful, joyful carnival at the North & South Korean border.
An international flower market and festival at Tienanmen square.
Jerusalem and Gaza and the West Bank as a global center for religious/spiritual studies filled with libraries and lecture halls and conference centers.
Iraq as a thriving metropolis.
Iran as a pluralistic society filled with global universities.
The refugee camps in Africa as wildlife parks and environmental housing projects.
The battle zones in Africa as peaceful, economically developed nations.
The slums of South and Central America as beautiful, clean and simple housing communities with parks and civic centers.
Mountainous waste dumps as parks and ecological study centers.
The oceans and lakes and streams as sparkling, clean waterways.
The sky brilliant blue, free of smog.
Leaders in Washington and all nations taking a moment of silent prayer/meditation for the highest good of all before doing business.
Wall Street and Hollywood replacing greed with the pursuit of abundance for all.
Myself as being non-judgmental, open, flexible, forgiving, loving and compassionate.