It is love that leads to right action.
What brings order to the world is to love
and to let love do what it will.
sacred recognition blossoms with the kind of respect that comes from the eye of the soul opening to grace….when we glimpse a mindfulness in deep communion with remembrance, we will move with each other in conscious ways…..we are together here…
True vocation joins self and service, as Frederick Buechner asserts when he defines vocation as ‘the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.’ Contrary to the conventions of our thinly moralistic culture, this emphasis on gladness and selfhood is not selfish. The Quaker teacher Douglas Steer was fond of saying that the ancient human question ‘Who am I?’ leads inevitably to the equally important question ‘Whose am I?’- for there is no selfhood outside of relationship. We must ask the question of selfhood and answer it as honestly as we can, not where it takes us. Only as we do so can we discover the community of our lives. As I learn more about the seed of true self that was planted when I was born, I also learn more about the ecosystem in which I was planted- the network of communal relations in which I am called to live responsively, accountably, and joyfully with beings of every sort. Only when I know both seed and system, self and community, can I embody the great commandment to love both my neighbor and myself…..Parker Palmer
Recognizing that we are deeply connected with all life is the basis for a sense of community at a global level. The heart of the transformational path is this deepening into ourselves while, at the same time, deepening into the universe. It is in that inquiry that we find the common ground with all humanity all nature, all life. It is out of that common ground that we transform ourselves and our society. If we experience all as one, then we also feel injured every time any other living creature is injured. All the major movements during my lifetime- beginning with the civil rights movement and including the feminist movement, the environmental movement, the human rights movement, the alternative health care movement, and the spiritual renaissance in the West- all of them are grounded in the common core that is at the heart of transformative inquiry and practice. Without that we are forever fragmented, separate, and conflicted. It’s nothing short of awe and full appreciation for all of life; it’s fundamentally understanding that we are one. It’s how we will construct a global society. It’s out of this deep well of understanding that we’ll find our common ground……Wink Franklin