write these words a week after the heartbreak our world
was forced to bear on September 11th. Focusing on any other
topic is nearly impossible. Unforgettable
images and stories stir our minds and hearts and too readily
overwhelm. Yet in our quiet moments of reflection myriad
emotions also give way to inner spaces that serve as wombs,
to nurture the gestation of wisdom.
these surreal days we have chosen from a sacred, life-giving
core more than we realize. It is expressed in ways we naturally
reached out to each other. In the aches of our hearts, being
compelled to go to New York or Washington and help. Being
nudged to take time off, contact loved ones, pray and pray
some more, and gather together in community. Tender moments
shared, our worlds boundless generosity, the total
dedication of leaders, rescuers and caretakersall
are radiant facets of wisdom and compassion. These are the
seeds of a true "New Age", a way of conducting
our lives re-sourced from our hearts and souls.
we keep hearing the phrase: "The world will never be
the same." As I write on this particular day, there
are many unknowns yet to live into. Now today as you read
this, weeks or months after September 11th, what would we
say are those differences? Have we remembered what felt
most real and meaningful? Continued to breathe life into
the heartfelt, loving connections made? Brought forth the
understandings that came through such a transforming shock?
Has the wisdom conceived through the pain birthed new substance
into our lives?
horrors weve faced together these past weeks have
awakened us to each other as never before. Roused to both
shadow and light, we hold in our hearts enormous potential
for healing. How the country and world united to help each
other shows how humanity can exceed itself. Of course, we
never expected this kind of initiation, yet the expansion
of consciousness and connection that resulted has been seeded
in our psyches for awhile now.
potential and surpassing limits were banners waved in the
60s, in the dawning of the "New Age." Peter
Russell (The Global Brain Awakens, 2000) outlines the basic
themes of the New Age:
all have potential beyond what we use or may even be aware
and the environment exist within a shared, interconnected
can change for the better both inwardly and in how we
treat our world.
the past few decades promises of something more stirred
up a creative stew of experiments and innovations along
with much criticism. Many saw the New Age movement as a
naïve, trendy, superficiality that bred "spiritual
materialism". Others condemned it as idealistic narcissism.
And though the term has lost its central place in our vocabulary
its seeds have burst into bloom in varying forms.
those "new" blooms are being put to the test of
maturing and deepening. Since September 11th we have been
living out an inner potential of goodness and care in response
to an unbelievably stark potential of destruction. Both
the dark and the light are seasoning our souls and tenderizing
our hearts. We are growing a capacity within we probably
never really thought was possible.
is the substance of this capacity? At moments it is difficult
to be sure. But thankfully over the past weeks I have read
and listened to many voices speak to the essence of peace,
love, support and transformation.
off the news has been crucial -- though not with the intent
to deny or minimize. Its more about listening intently
to the authenticity of being alive rather than to the blare
of fear. As the visionary Jean Houston wrote in an internet
communication, its about aligning with your own spiritual
this present day, so soon after such an unspeakable trauma,
her promptings bring inspiration and breath. There can never
be enough of that grist for the spirit, so please seek it
everywhere. And now as you read this, no matter what may
be the reality of the day, may her words invite you toward
a vista of hope and healing.
living daily life as spiritual exercise. Watch your finer
intuitions and ideas, and share them with others. Commune
with your spiritual allies . . . In the place of spiritual
connection feel strength and compassion and intelligence
flow. Become creative in your actions. Plot scenarios of
optimal healing . . . Practice miracle management."