Sunday, January 29, 2006

Reaction, Response, Infusion with Consciousness

I must apologize for this lengthy post. For some, like myself, it may be too much for casual reading. I realized after some time of blog surfing that I prefer quick hits of a paragraph or two, and poetry of short verse, etc. Blogs of short entries are the ones I return to most often. Life is too full for rambling meanderment. But I feel this view is worth the longer perusal.

With the state of civilization spiraling into the sub-layers of consciousness, there is a broad range of acknowledgement, from passive response to reactionary violence. A culture of war, greed for money and power, and corruption in business, government, even agencies of human service seems to be at an all time high. What are we to do today?

Some are greatly depressed and see a hopeless future. Others ignore the turmoil, hoping things will turn around before the situation demands personal acknowledgement in severe form. Then there are activists, some quite peaceful, and others in various degrees of civil disobedience. At the extreme end, those who see armed revolution or terrorist attacks as the last resort, are at the center of much turmoil today. War and sacrificing of human rights seems to be the solution of those in power. Is there a more balanced response by we the people whose government (in the USA) was formed to serve us?

Those of a higher standard know that ultimately the primary solution is an uplifting of consciousness. Doing nothing or reacting with resistance or retribution are really ineffective in the larger scheme of things. If civilization on the planet can be uplifted at this stage of evolution, it is by strengthening our divine connection, or reconnecting with our source. This, I believe, is the higher response, and will even mitigate the effects of those who only mouth support for truth and justice?

Yet too often, it seems, there are those claiming the highest truth as their driving force, but ignore the problem in the name of non-reaction. Neutrality or detachment may be good in a spiritual sense, yet lack of acknowledgement or compassion for the suffering of others is not the response of the spiritually evolved.

Facing the problems of this world with appropriate action does not mean meditating in our caves of spiritual contentment out of harm's way. Nor does it mean that the dollars we give to a worthy cause, or the votes cast for a candidate, or letters written in defense or objection to some policy will necessarily change the world. These are human actions which are all too often misguided or misdirected once enacted. Misappropriation of funds, voting results manipulation, and media smoke and hype too often result in the opposite result of intent. And even if our objectives are fulfilled, we are merely human and even the most well-meaning are wrong much of the time. It is part of the human condition. Mistakes are how we learn best.

But as human beings, we live and learn and operate in complex realms. The physical forces of our environment, cultural elements, both social and intellectual, as well as our religious and spiritual beliefs, all modulate our effectiveness on this planet. The range of these parameters is unlimited. How does planetary consciousness evolve? The same way it spirals downward: by participation of its populace. If some choose to participate less, they will have less effect. If those who claim to be of higher consciousness choose not to participate, those of the other ilk will tilt the ramp a bit more downward. When we intentionally shine the light toward others, the radiance becomes more brilliant.

Whether voting, charitable giving, or communicating by word or dollars spent has a perceived beneficial effect or not, it is conscious intent that is ultimately manifest.

I vote, I give, I write, not to change the world, but as a human form of expression that is modulated with divine intent. I have declared myself a channel of love for all life. When I go to the poles to vote, it is not because I believe the candidate or initiative of my choice is the best option. Often I am very unsure about that. But rather, I act within the system to infuse the process with Love. This, I believe, is necessary to reverse the forces opposed.

Withdrawing from all matters outside the realm of ones own spiritual reality is little better than reacting to the ills of society with dramatic resistance and revolt. Attempting to accomplish change in a reactionary way is ineffective spiritually. It actually feeds the opposing force on a psychic level and defines their enemy. Is not the way of love -- infusing our action with a higher law, the Law of Love -- the means to raising human consciousness? We human beings, fallible and imperfect, are what the Supreme Being has to work with. I will not say: Currently out of service.

Intent is useless without action on the field where the game is played. Know you are loved and pass it on.

What do you think? Does your spiritual path support you in loving all God's children? I'd like to hear from you.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Way to Go, Deborah

I know I haven't posted here in some time--I've been having too much fun on my poetry blog River-Tree Whispers. But there is a lot more to say, and verse is not the only way. Here is a special soul I'd like to introduce you to.

Deborah is a friend who may be writing the last pages in her journal of her journey with cancer. It is a joy to know we can live to the end with no regrets and even look forward to the new adventure. Read Deborah's words of peace (Scroll down to the entry of Jan. 24, 200.) and maybe look at life a little differently. I hope to bid farewell in as fine a form.


How can I say I'll miss you when you've given me so much I'll always have. Your cheer and blessings will forever touch the lives of those you know.

See you later, my friend.