Am I a rabbi, a priest, a minister, a politician?
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr
to be the change I wish to see in the world.
Words & Worlds
Communication is not what is said and done, but the result of what is said and done. Indeed, the words I use construct the worlds I live in. This begs the question: WHY would the results of our global leaders and emissaries be so estranged from their promises? For me as a minister, the only reason why my results do not match my words is simply because I don’t really mean what I say. I can't feel (my) truth! The issue is intensified by the fact that leaders and politicians, by definition, are trained to be the least responsible for their words and actions. If the job description involves not losing face, then I may need a new job description!
Fundamentalism & Relativism
While ethics guide the knowledge of right and wrong, religion guides the greater domain of the knowledge of good and evil, so as to open the gate of the good. But how to transcend a dogmatism that arrogantly asserts its opinions as truths? Having seen atrocities commissioned in service to fanatical beliefs, I totally understand that one would flip into relativism or even nihilism… Yet arguing the dangers of totalitarianism denies the possibility of a unique and strong structure from which right and wrong answers spontaneously emerge. Might this wisdom structure be attuned to resonate with my body for me to have freedom of expression and be "the Word made flesh?”
Belief & Faith
I want to be the change that I try to inspire in my practitioners: I want to believe! But truth be told, I am dealing with the nagging doubt that I am not enough... The self-criticism is so big it is hard for me to trust that I can help a world in a constant faith crisis! When asked why do bad things happen to good people, I don't really have an answer. And so, I let myself down. For me to believe, I would have to have the strength to resist temptation. It appears that I am attached, using my confusion to battle against my highest good. I need help, but will I be humble enough to ask for it?
Laws & Uncertainty
Church and state have historically sought to dominate humanity. To be a religious priest or a political leader, I just needed to be a good pretender. But times are changing, and living a double life is increasingly painful. I wish I’d stop using the law as an external device to repress what I can’t accept in me or to control people by making them feel guilty, weak or unworthy. But the mind is political: it always wants something! Even at my most sincere, there’s a politician lurking somewhere inside me. I calculate, scheme, and manipulate people for my own gain. If only I could embrace uncertainty, I'd drop the plan and become real.
"There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” Nelson Mandela
Will I have that courage?
Light & Shadows
I know my own soul, how feeble and influenceable it can be… And I also know that I am called to make a difference in the world. Nevertheless, it remains that the magnitude of my ministry depends on my living each day as if it were the last, making sure that every moment is met in complete ordinariness. Full surrender is how I can know that I am not feeding the ego when pursuing a grand vocation. It is also how I can feel “in God, we trust.” Selflessness is the great difficulty. It still stands as the prerequisite to showing up to the calling and the work of being an emissary of light.
Understanding is to feel the order inherent to chaos. This felt sense is helped by an inquiry that is universal, credible, and radical, as it is sourced in sacred geometry – the “Earth measurer.” Choosing Peace is the step beyond Understanding. It is the ability to foresee the consequences of my words and actions. emPowering the NOW is the active listening that answers “ROGER that” to the heart (Received Order Given), and the compassion that does what it takes to heal. Expecting different Results is no longer insanity. It is Wisdom.
Group meeting? Study solo? Both?
If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?
Rabbi Hillel the Elder
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