Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Monday, October 26, 2015

In search of Peace

Thomas Merton writes of Gandhi that "the spirit of non-violence sprang from an inner realization of spiritual unity in himself. The whole Gandhian concept of non-violent action and satyagraha [literally, truth force] is incomprehensible if it is thought to be a means of achieving unity rather than as the fruit of inner unity already achieved."

Gandhi believed the core of his--and our--being is union with God. From this awareness, nonviolence must flow naturally and consistently. In his words:

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being.

If God is love
(and I believe Sacred is all love)

and if God dwells within each Sacred Child

and if we live out
that Sacred Presence

we should be people of love

indeed if we have achieved some degree of spiritual unity
with the Sacred we carry
then we cannot help but be people of love

love will flow from us
for love will be what we are

this day
surrounded by fear and anger
hearing the voices of those who say
the only way to answer anger is with anger
hate with hate
guns with more guns

only the presence of God within
saves us

and enables us to have love
be love

it is a staggering task
to seek to be people of love in a world of
hate and violence

But we have sacred presence
and we can live differently

we start by finding that love
at our core
and we put on the clothing of love

we start
with God, finding loving unity
and then we move to ourselves
and then we live love with those nearest to our heart

and then perhaps
we can live love toward that person at work
that person on the street
that person whose very way of being
violates our comfort zone

this is not for the faint of heart
it is for people with hearts
with God

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