A Holiday Meditation From “The Family”

the_giftMillions of cells are born and die within a human body every year. Millions of persons are born and die on planet Earth every century. Millions of worlds are born and die every aeon. None of this matters [more than] when a single creature suffers.

You tend to view things as important because they are big.  Big cars, big bank accounts, big scores on the playing field, big numbers of follows on Facebook, big expectations fulfilled. God does not view reality like this. To God, size is meaningless. God values everything equally.

When you think about this, you feel both glad and outraged. Glad, because you have felt less-than most of your life: less attractive, less successful, less masculine, less accomplished, less spiritual, less devoted, less worthy of life than many other beings. You feel outraged, because how can we say God values everything equally when innocents perish in agony every day?

It is necessary to let go of your expectations that God is a human only. God is not merely a human. God is a cow, a tree, a molecule of carbon. God is a light photon, a galaxy, a quark, a field of dark matter. God is everything that is, was, and ever shall be, and God’s consciousness finds form within you.

Does God suffer when you suffer? Of course, for you are part of God, and God feels what you feel. “Why then does He not intervene to stop my pain?” you cry in your despair. Because you are God’s hands of rescue. Because you are God’s voice of hope. Because you are the light of the world. And so are those around you.

As we see it, God manifests most readily and helpfully in the lives of those who open their hearts to others: other humans, other animals, other ideas, other folkways. God is diversity and unity both. The more diversity you open your heart to, the more you let the God in others into your heart, the more the God in your heart will make itself manifest in your daily life.

No one recovers from addiction, grief, trauma, illness, or pain alone. Complete recovery is only available to an individual if that individual asks for help from the God in others, takes action to seek the God in others and ask it for help. God can show itself in the bored clerk at the pharmacy counter, in the heart-sick police officer with the mask of uncaring, in the haughty politician, and in the violent self-trapped addict, but even more so in the openhearted, the loving, the kind, the caring, and the committed person. The God in everyone and everything works miracles of love every day, but it is you who work them: you, your animals, your plants, your earth, your rain, your solar system, your galaxy, your multiverse. All that is continually expresses the nature of God, which is Love, and takes no thought for itself, but only for its creation, and how it may win that creation back to itself, so that it knows the bliss of conscious recognition of the God within.

You say how can this be? A rock is not a living thing. Rain is not a living thing. How can the nature of a rock be Love? How can the nature of the rain be Light? These things are unaware. They cannot make choices. They cannot initiate action. On one level this is true. But on a deeper level, Love is the force that keeps atoms together and tears them apart. Connection, resistance, melding, expansion, communication are all aspects of Love. Love is resistance? Yes. Love resists forces that wish to negate it. Love resists being turned into what it is not intrinsically.

You are not a meat machine. The universe is not a mindless mechanism. Like the universe, you are an aggregate entity composed of many elements, each of them conscious, each of them possessed of qualities unique to it. And that is what God is, too. That is why many psychics and spiritual people prefer to refer to God as All-That-Is.

rainbow_mosqueYet God does not value the whole more than the parts that make it up. Your bible says that God notes the death of every sparrow, and makes the life giving rain to fall upon those who do good and those who do evil both. God does not play favorites, but God eagerly seeks to manifest itself to the consciousness of every being open to experiencing that manifestation.

During this season of holy days in your culture, consider the possibility that it is not simply your Jesus Christ who is Love and Light expressing itself in flesh. You are, too. Jesus Christ simply illustrates what can happen when one working class man from Israel gives himself entirely over to the divinity lying at the core of him. And there are many other examples as well.

When you gaze upon the holiday lights in the streets, on your television, or in your house, think of all these lights as your brothers and sisters, specks of infinitely precious Love and Light whose natural tendency is to gravitate towards one another. Stop trying to be happy in isolation. Stop trying to heal behind your room’s closed doors. Open the doors wide, and seek out those persons, places, and situations in which the Love and Light most readily are apparent. For by allowing ourselves to be loved, we learn to love in turn; by allowing ourselves to be helped, we help others as well; and by eating the Light we manifest it more brightly.

And we thank you for sharing.

— Channeled 8:14 pm Thursday, December 19, 2013, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Moving Day

In two days I am returning to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I lived for 24 years before coming to the Denver area late in 2011. When I first came to the Denver area, my health was poor. I was in shock from the sudden death of my beloved husky, Blessing, and the sudden loss of my home, job, and mobility. Had an Aurora friend not invited me to come and stay in her house, I would have been homeless.

ImageNow, nearly a year and a half later, I am moving back to Santa Fe. The new friends I have made in Colorado are not happy about this; they fear for my economic stability, returning as I am to a state with widespread unemployment and a vast gap between rich and poor. It is also a fact that New Mexico has one of the highest rates of spousal abuse, child abuse, drug abuse, animal abuse, and drunk driving fatalities in the nation. Public support is available to assist the underemployed and the ill, but that support has dwindled under New Mexico’s present governor, a well-to-do Republican with little sympathy for those who seek “entitlements.”

Moving is never easy. It is particularly difficult right now because I have had a falling out with the friend in whose house I have been staying, and I am ashamed and saddened by this. No one is at fault particularly; we have simply discovered that our private wounds make us incompatible housemates. But it is hard having to acknowledge that another’s life has been improved by my leaving it. I will also miss my friend’s dog, a black Labrador who has been a hugbuddy and companion to me during my mourning over Blessing.

Sudden, painful change is built in to physical reality. It is represented by the Tarot cards Death, the Lightning-Struck Tower, and the Devil (which I have renamed Pan). These three Tarots are not necessarily cards of moral evil or physical destruction, although they can be. At root they signify the powers and influences over which the human will has no conscious control, powers and influences that trigger physical, emotional, and comprehension changes that one must acknowledge, accept, and adapt to or die. It is human nature to resist such transformation even when part of us longs for it. But in some circumstances, as the Daleks might put it, resistance is futile.

My story is by no means a tragedy. I am moving into a house with good neighbors in a safe neighborhood, and I have been overwhelmed by the loving support of friends all over the country, who with their contributions of time, money, and encouragement are making this move possible. My cat, Urdwill, will like it there, too. And I am looking forward to reuniting with old Santa Fe friends.

But I can no longer deceive myself. No change is permanent. Reality is both a particle and a waveform, and life is a balancing act. And when you are old, as I am, you must give up the fantasy of total self-reliance and total independence and embrace interdependence, community, and mutuality. As my friend Jerry told me the other day, “It’s time for you to accept the love people want to show you.” How strange that this is so difficult.