"Let's have a merry journey, and shout about how light is good and dark is not. What we should do is not future ourselves so much. We should now ourselves. "NOW thyself" is more important than "Know thyself." Reason is what tells us to ignore the present and live in the future. So all we do is make plans. We think that somewhere there are going to be green pastures. It's crazy. Heaven is nothing but a grand, monumental instance of future. Listen, now is good. Now is wonderful." ~ Mel Brooks
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The Ebb and Flow
Life has many waves. Some gentle and sweet others rough and exhausting. I view the currents of our lives as an ocean. Constantly moving and changing. Bringing forth all the rocks, shells, sand......these things that forever shape the landscape of our lives. Not to mention the lives that come through our waters......lives that shift our paths on a pleasant, floral path or a rocky, all up hill one. The ocean of our lives......complex, beautiful, and innocent.
The current state our our community of nations waters is a mirror image of our lives. If we take a good, hard long look at our current state of existence we might see how mired with toxins we are. Not on purpose, but a culmination of the choices we've made along the way. What we have chosen to affect/effect us, how we react to what gets tossed up on our shores, so to speak. This is a unique time in our lives. We are being faced with not only a catastrophe within our physically oceans but within our own personal oceans. A massive clean up is in order but it has become so large no one has any idea where to begin. It's akin to being told to clean your room as a child, seeing it as this stuffed, dirty, space that is filled to the gills with toys, dirty clothes, dirty dishes, garbage, stinky shoes, and who knows what else!!! Well, our spiritual rooms need an overhaul......if we as a people, living on this planet together, expect to see change.....clean water, clean air, an independence from fossil fuels, we need to clean our rooms first BEFORE we can deem what is necessary in our broader landscape.
I tend to lean towards the spiritual not religious. I have a clear vision of the God of my creation. My God is both male and female. Loving and accepting. All forgiving and possess the ability to create within me a spirit that can be cultivated and used for the better of all beings. My God is beautiful. This relationship I have with my God, when I'm willing to allow this relationship to shine and be at the center of my life, is what moves me to "be the change I wish to see in the world." I can't expect these changes to just land in my lap......nor should we as a people. This life, this ocean we're surfing in, requires work and commitment. If we were to actually be surfing in the ocean we couldn't just stand there and let the waves do all the work! It's an actively, seeking relationship. One that demands respect and unconditionality. Knowing that at any given moment we could be knocked off of our board and sent tumbling through the waters. "Life is like a box of chocolates......you never know what you're gonna get." We should be prepared to swim to shore, receive the broken and battered board and go out again!!!
When you fall down, pick yourself right back up and get going. "The here and now is a very small space; too small to fit in both God and a problem." Have faith.....have peace of heart......don't over think everything.......and most of all......KEEP YOUR ROOM CLEAN!!! It sounds simple but as we all know it's far from it! Cleaning up decades of mess it not an easy task completed in one single day.....or two, even. The honest, self reflection, the pain of admitting our mis-steps and lazy behavior. The dust bunnies that have been swept under the rug..... have no place there......
The bigger picture is this.......we as a world, each of us individuals, need to step up to bat and whack one home. Strengthen our relationships to our God of choice. Seek out a loving, unconditional, higher power that will create within us the passion and love to do better, be better, love better, accept better, create change for the better. Ride your ebbs and flows sitting side by side with your God. Talk. Laugh. Cry. Know that you are never alone and all that you seek lies within you. It is time! Time to make these changes to dust off ourselves, clean up our world, create our Heaven on Earth.
This is an ongoing study on love, acceptance, responsibility, perseverance, and truth.