Bringing it all to light. . .

 “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

There are some very dark forces at work in the world today.  Every day we learn of new atrocities, each more inhumane and horrific than the last.   We live in a world where a man receives the Nobel Peace Prize even as he sends 30,000 of his countrymen to kill and die in a war he describes as just.  We are in the throes of double-digit unemployment.   Daily news reports illustrate the apathy of industrialized nations toward the ecological fate of Mother Earth.  Every year tens of thousands of species of plants and animals are wiped from the face of the planet.  A pop singer dies and the whole world mourns, yet more than 10,000 children die from hunger every day and no one seems to notice.

These are difficult times. And with the constant bombardment of one bleak news story after another, we’re often tempted to bury our heads in the sand, or worse yet, to give in to the apparent hopelessness of it all and convince ourselves that nothing can be done.

We who walk this path are being called to greater and greater challenges. 

We who have prayed so diligently for vision and for guidance are now seeing the fruits of our labors ripen. 

Every day another eco-geo-sociopolitical disease is diagnosed; and every day we are asked to facilitate its healing.  Leonard Cohen once wrote, “There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.”  Well my friends, we have been shown exactly where the cracks are.  The ailments of this world are revealing themselves to us all.  Now is the time to decide whether you will turn your back upon them, or embrace the afflicted with compassion and become part of the cure.

Love.  Pray.  Volunteer.  Take the fire that burns within yourself and turn it outward for the benefit of your community.  A single candle can light a darkened room, but it throws little heat when compared with a raging forest fire.  A simple smile or kind word to a stranger may be the only recognition of love they receive today.  And we who at one time or another have found ourselves in the dark night of the soul fully understand the importance of this.

We are moving headlong towards a time of spiritual evolution.  And as nothing in this world evolves overnight, so too must we proceed step by step.  Yet cast your eyes over your shoulder after a journey of a thousand paces and you will marvel at the ground that you have covered.  Be strong.  Take heart.  Know that this is the journey for which you were born.  Give in to your fears and you will stumble in the darkness.  Rise above them, and you will walk in the light. 

The path accepts all feet; I pray that yours may travel gently upon it. . .

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