A voicehearer’s path ~

Posts tagged ‘Connection’

All My Relations ~

allmyrelationsThere is a Lakotan phrase which traslates into the words of the title. It is a concept that comes back to me time and time again as I see the news, or when in conversation with others. It doesn’t just mean other humans, either. It means all of life, most especially on this planet, as that is our “neighborhood”. The concept is that all of life is from one source, therefore, all are related, all are “family”, there are really no strangers, there are just relatives to whom you have not been introduced.

I am aware that this is not always a pleasant concept if you extrapolate it completely out to it’s farthest extreme, for it means that one is related to Mother Theresa, St. Pious the pope, a grasshopper, Hitler, Y’shua, Buddha, Mohamed, a butterfly, Jeffrey Dahmer, and all of humanity and beyond. One wouldn’t mind being related to Mother cockroachTheresa, or a butterfly, but what about Dahmer or Hitler, or a cock roach. yuck! But, we must meet the pleasant with the unpleasant.

There is another factor. If I look at Hitler as a brother gone very badly awry, I may still be inclined to stop him any way I can because such horror visited upon humanity must cease, but I quake as I do this, knowing that it is my brother I condemn to death because he has gone horribly wrong in his perceptions and ways. I no longer must be punitive in what I do. I must be kind, and hope that all ends as well as possible for all concerned, for there are no good answers when a human looses their capacity for empathy if they ever had it.

And there, in the word empathy, lies the key to all that comes about. When a human being has no empathy, no capacity to stand in the place of another and experience, even for a moment, the good and the bad of being that other person, there opens an entire array of child-abusedark things that become possible for that human to do, that simply otherwise would not even be on the horizon.

So . . . . .

Can empathy be taught? Is it drummed out of a child by neglect or abuse? How do we find ways for this incredibly necessary concept to become part of all human beings? There, I believe is the place where the teachings of the Masters comes into play. Y’shua and Buddha both taught compassion for all, on a moment by moment basis. Not to just high personages of status or means, but everyone. The beggar on the corner, the child, the stranger, the neighbor, all must be treated with kindness.

And though we cannot allow the murderer access to the tools by which he might return to murder as a way of life, even here there must be compassion, albeit firm with unbending discipline, it is only as we see the wisdom of the masters, it is only as we learn to practice the concept of the Lakota people, the Tatanka Oyate, and see all as our relations that we can begin to hope that someday, somewhere on our planet, there will be a shift in consciousness, and all will understand, Mitakuye Oyasin.

All My Relations, Aha!

Contemplating the Presence ~

large_web One of my favorite meditations is contemplating the Presence and how it has affected my life. I say “it” rather loosely there, as, to me, Hashem is above masculine and feminine, hearkening to the beginning before duality, yet, Hashem is very definitely a sentient being, full of life and love. Such contemplation helps me reach up when I am “down”, helps me return to gratitude when I forget that I am very blessed, and in general balances out my life. I am very much a monotheist, believing that there is one unifying force behind all life in this and other Universes.

I buy the idea that Y’shua taught that there was but one commandment from Hashem, that is to love. The reason I buy that that is not a tampered with teaching is that it goes so contrary to the practice of the modern church as a whole. This does not mean that there are not denominations that try for the most part to practice such, it is simply a statement of observation of a judgmental system by which those who “believe” take license to feel they are bodie_7_bg_090604better than those who do not. I most heartily disagree with that position.

I have said before that I have observed much in other religious systems that would indicate that the Holy Spirit has been in communication with all peoples all over the world, and that that same presence cares without exception about the well-being of all the little sparks of life on this planet, because that spark in each of us is part of Hashem: part of the whole. Saying that Hashem only cares about Christians, or Jews, or Islamic, or Jain, or Buddhist, or Taoist believers is bunk! If your big toe declared itself an atheist, would you cease to care about your big toe? And, in order to walk in balance you need that toe. Don’t be foolish, Hashem does not care your race, color, creed or age! Hashem cares whether you live in compassionate fellowship with your fellow beings.

I personally believe that those at1_robeheists who live compassionately, will find themselves quite surprised at their fate once they are bodiless. And these are the people with whom I have the least connection. Where a person believes in Pantheism, or Paganism, there is often a sense of civility and caring missing in many who claim to know Rabbi Y’shua on a personal basis. (That’s not possible, BTW. He said you would know his people by the way they loved others, I believe him, not the modern pundits.) I have long since learned to look beyond a person’s outward declarations to their core behaviors. If they know how to care, really care about others, they have been touched by Spirit somewhere along the line. If there is no caring, well, read it for yourself, I John 4:7&8.

One thing more, I do believe in the God that watches us, but it is more watching over us, but even that does not go far enough. Hashem is not just a loving G-d, Hashem breathes with us, is here, between the cells, there, between the in and out breath, and everywhere, even Paul had this right, it is Spirit, through whom we live, and move and have our being. The Holy Spirit is literally the Holy Breath. Selah.

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