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Painting by Anton Pieck

“Something sacred is coming this way.

That is how my ancestors would have said it. In the midst of all this turmoil and confusion, when we cannot clearly see the path before us, when we feel trapped in a situation we cannot control, then I believe the wise elders of my holy heritage would climb to the high place of the heart, draw the circle of reason and faith around them, and stand to sing their prayers into the open sky of the history to come.
They would not shrink into a corner afraid, but rise up to catch the first light of what was coming into being all around them.

We are living in a time of emergence.
We are the witnesses to a great renewal.
The world is full of the fear of birth and change, but that transformation will one day be our blessing.
Do not be afraid, but be believing.
Come to the place where the ancestors are already standing.
Come and see.
Something sacred is coming this way.”

~ The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, Choctaw

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Jesus did NOT teach sectarian Christianity but universal love. Jesus taught the essence of Christianity is to be a good neighbor which means we have to respect non-Christians as much as we respect ourselves. Jesus said we need to share this world with the poor which means Christians have to stop electing representatives that make economic justice impossible. — Jim Rigby

Religion offers a vision of the world and how to live in it. Onward Christian Soldiers, the hymn we sang in church when I was young, instills an image of a righteous battle against the infidels. It is meant to recruit our young minds into a paradigm of righteous power and dominance. That ethos is now killing every lifeform on earth, one by one, making them disappear from the face of the planet forever.

We seem unable to stop ourselves by any method yet devised. Carefully explained demonstrations of how irrational we are convince very few voters. We keep sending idiots and criminals to the halls of power and then asking why things keep getting worse.

Right at the foundations of our belief systems we have installed a fatal blindness. We are conditioned to equate kindness and love with weakness. We fear our human vulnerability so much that we worship power. Love is not so attractive, in spite of its allure, because we imagine it would render us weak. We don’t really want to love, we just want to be loved. We want to be admired, praised.

Does this remind you of anyone?

The chickens are coming home to roost as we speak. Even if we effect a course correction, we still have a long way to go to save ourselves and the planet we live on. Electing our middle-of-the-road candidate will only assure that we can survive long enough to work for deeper love and justice in the world. Things are so badly out of kilter that we have a daunting challenge facing us.

That challenge is one of consciousness, one of education of the heart, of deep questioning, of growing our intelligence. It’s not obvious how this is going to be implemented, to me at least. But I do believe humans can be amazingly inventive and brilliant when they have to be. There are avatars among us. There are creative geniuses and people of world-changing insight. They always come forth in times of emergency.

Yes, it’s worrying that so many of those who have the power to create a better world seem determined to make it worse. I won’t be surprised, though, if somehow circumstances flip into a completely different reality where new opportunities present themselves just when things seem hopeless.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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