come forth into the light

I was born the day I thought: What is? What was? And What if?

I was transformed the day my ego shattered, and all the superficial, material things that mattered to me before, suddenly ceased to matter.

I really came into being the day I no longer cared about what the world thought of me, only on my thoughts for Changing the world.

― Suzy Kassem

the right words, right now

And so we must face that we are part of the conflict that is unfolding. We are agents in this chaos. It is in us and we are in it. But we also have the choice to be a part of its resolution. We can and we must choose to not give into the negative political propaganda and nonsense that is generated to keep a society in fear – even though so much is frightening. We must utilize the resources of the soul: Prayer is everything its cracked up to be – I promise you. My antidote for the waves of rage that rush over me when I listen to the fools presenting themselves as qualified leaders is to retreat into prayer. I admit to you that I go through psychic nausea first but I have never claimed to be a guru or a fully enlightened being. I walk a humble spiritual path and I have as much disgust about liars and frauds and fools as any one.

No doubt someone will ask me, “What about faith? Don’t you have faith in how things will work out?”

Faith requires action. This is our world as well as God’s. We are in charge of this mess. People who think or believe or hope some off-planet God is going to dive down here and prevent all-hell from breaking loose is seriously mistaken. We are free to nuke ourselves, if that’s where our madness leads us. Free will includes directions to hell. That said, I have endless faith in the unseen benevolence of the Divine. Endless faith. That may strike you as a contradiction – so what. I don’t care. I live an interior place of spiritual mystery, mysticism, and the miraculous. I love this interior address.

So, look alive every one. It’s time to utilize the power of your soul, your consciousness and your conscience. And that is not a political statement.

It is a call to your humanity.

{Caroline Myss}

worth the read: on being

Have you heard of On Being with Krista Tippett? My Mom introduced me to the website and podcast {there's an app too} +  I have to say I am deeply engaged. The content is rich, thoughtful, heartfelt + current. On Being reminds you that words hold power, healing, insight, community + connection. Open your ears. Open your heart. Open your mind.

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On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.

A few excerpts below...

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Part of interdependence is the act of recognizing, rather than ignoring or denying, when our actions don't align with our aspirations. We harness the power of our attention to resist the impulse to shut down, to separate, to judge. In that open space, we simply see life as it is: connected to us entirely, within and without. {Sharon Salzberg}

- from The Kindness Rebellion

The physical is already illuminated with the presence of the sacred. If we care about the spirit, we cannot avoid concern with the here and now. The spiritual is about the social, the mystical is also about the political. The cosmic in us has to be about both changing the human and changing the world of which we are a part. The healing inside and the healing of the world are wrapped up in one another. {Omid Safi}

from The Spiritual is Political

It’s equally true that the better we understand our own stories, the more human we become. Revisiting our own experiences with otherness and trying to learn from them is key to becoming the people we want to be. It gives us a chance to live into the best of our stories and transcend the worst. {Parker J. Palmer}

- from Five Stories About Otherness and Me

for more go straight to www.onbeing.org 

words to consider: brené brown

ON CONNECTION  Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment.

ON BELONGING

Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.

― find more from Brené Brown by clicking here