Thursday, July 1, 2010

Let It Shine

Blisters are healing, memories are fading, but the gratitude of a full and open heart expands infinitely. For when We try to forget Our Self, instead promoting the greater good of all, our bodies and minds matter no longer. When Our heart consumes Our entire Being, Our Being loses relevance independently. Rather, it is only through Our connections and elevation of others that We might finally liberate Our Self from the illusory reality of separation. Charity, a fundamental pillar of every religion, is a blatant expression of such selflessness, but it is still bound to the physical constraints of subjective value. If We wish to remove such subjective restraints from liberation, sometimes We need something larger than Our Self to put matters into perspective.

This is exactly what my adventure, from the safety of my home in San Antonio, TX, walking through the Texas Hill Country, detouring through the wondrous Kerrville Folk Festival, hitchhiking through the Texas panhandle to Springfield, CO, backpacking through the desolation of the plains and desert of southeastern Colorado, and finally catching a ride with the sweetest old lady from Rocky Ford to Colorado Springs where the best of friends picked me up, all in only about 13 days, was supposed to epitomize. I surely had a blast, through the rough and beautiful, the disconcerting and comfortable, but altogether and overall friendly. My final destination, Sonic Bloom Festival, a phenomenon of tremendous social and spiritual transformation, where the best in electronic music, counter-culture and spirituality mix and mingle to manifest a multi-sensory experience for the benefit of all, strengthened my heart's commitment to the greater community of freaks, free-thinkers, radicals, outcasts and free spirits, just as expected. Anyone who gives love and peace a chance, who can surrender their own preconceptions and desires for a weekend of communal debauchery and Bliss for all, is a friend of mine, and I'm so inspired to know that there are so many of Us. Our unity may seem questionable at best, but there's certainly something that brings Us together, whether it be culture, music, drugs, love, what-have-you. The fact that We can gather as such, in harmonious celebration of the wonder of a life We don't fully understand, speaks wonders to the impact We might have if We only tapped into Our charitable humility and selflessness, collectively, effectively and efficiently.

Of course, this is much easier said than done. There are too many variables to account for what is right. We may believe, at one moment, that Amnesty International is deserving of Our collective donation, only to discover that We'd rather support something less intrusive, less structured, and perhaps less powerful. This is where I am at, and I'd love y'all's input. We've raised over $300 so far, through contributions to the pilgrimage that remain, which is currently intended to be donated to support global human rights through Amnesty International. The only dilemma is that, having followed Amnesty for a few years now, and only having recently learned about the Global Oneness Project, I'm not sure whether Our collective donation is best used serving western notions on corruption in Pakistan. As good as the work might be at Amnesty, The Global Oneness Project seems a much more appropriate recipient of Our donation, given the change it seems We would wish to see in the world. The Project is an educational non-profit aimed at showing the diverse ways oneness is expressed—in the fields of sustainability, conflict resolution, spirituality, art, economics, indigenous culture, and social justice—in hopes that others will be inspired to create solutions to personal and community challenges from their own lived understanding of oneness. Since 2006, they've been traveling the globe gathering stories from creative and courageous people who base their lives and work on the understanding that we bear great responsibility for each other and our shared world. living library of films is available for free from our website, through select broadcast outlets, and on DVD. Through events and educational materials we offer opportunities for people to deepen their experience with the different facets of oneness we are exploring.

Greater than forcing resolutions, education seems key to realizing a brighter future together. If everyone could be taught Our innate interdependence, Our oneness, Our world could be more united in peace, love and harmony. This is Our goal, and this is why I would like to change Our recipient to this endeavor, given Our collective consent of course. Please, let me know any questions or concerns you might have and We will get the ball rolling on Our collective donation scheduled for July 15th. Contributions will still be accepted through July 14th to make Our impact as large as possible. Through Our charity, We can hope to inspire others, enlighten many more, and, at the least, educate some as to Our Oneness. This is the least We might ask for, and, surely, in the future, We will be poised to manifest even greater change together.

Thank you all for your time, consideration and input. We need each and every one of Us to collectively manifest Our dreams. I'm ecstatic to be dreaming with y'all!

The Power Of Humility

In genuine humility, there is enormous power.

Free yourself from the demands of your ego,

and there is no limit to where you can go.

Let go of your desire to control others, and you vastly improve

the ability to control, focus and direct your own actions.

Let go of the illusion that you already know it all, and you

open yourself to higher levels of enlightenment.

Move beyond the need to blame, and you gain a greater degree

of responsibility. Get past the impulse to place judgments

on others, and you're able to focus much more clearly

on matters of real and lasting value.

Give up the thought that you're better than everyone else,

and a whole new world of opportunity opens up to you.

Stop seeking unfair advantage, and you're free to

develop an unstoppable effectiveness.

Quit demanding the most and start expecting the best.

You'll experience a level of true abundance that

you never before could have imagined.

Live each moment with humility, love, respect and

gratitude for the whole of life that surrounds you,

and you will find a treasure that has no end.

Peace & Love;
We live as We dream--together.