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The Tao of Now: A Confluence of AlliesI was strolling down the street in a nearby town on Lammas (August 1) when I chanced upon a makeshift theatre. The sandwich board out front read, "West Side Stories," and I grinned; it was a pun on the iconic film, since the event was taking place on the west side of town.
Listening to someone tell an intriguing tale about how we make meaning was especially relevant at this turning of the Wheel of the Year, because at Lammas, the dying begins. With the potent eclipse season just concluded, we've died a thousand deaths to the old story.
How will we animate the new story, our illumined sense of identity and purpose? Will it focus on conspiracy (literally, "to breathe together") or confluence ("to flow together")? Despite the similar-sounding literal meanings, the first word is hot, divisive: a torrent of lava that annihilates; the latter is cool, a surging stream that carries us to a place of equanimity.
This initiatory invitation must be inclusive: we need everyone in this time of purification and fierce grace.
The key to interdependence is inquiry: asking "why" from a place of deep love and awareness. The origin of "conversation", from the Latin, meant, " to keep company with." True conversation is familiarity, intimacy ("into-me-see"). And isn't this also the definition of love?
The Last Test and ProofSo, then: is "levelheaded love" an oxymoron?
Years ago, a man I drew into my life spontaneously burst out, "I'm in love!" I was driving at the time, and his ardent announcement almost derailed my focus. I asked, "With who?" And he replied, "With the world!"
From a dyadic perspective, I couldn't hold this Big Love. Yet it is our calling. Rainer Maria Rilke writes, "For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation."
Loving begets creativity and intuition, and all the other inspired visions that are born of the heart.
As Agape International Spiritual Center founder Dr. Michael B. Beckwith says, "You are a great mystic creating an intentional act of change in perception in the world as you see it. Break free of any agreement of mediocrity, self-doubt, and 'not enoughness', and only hold hands with excellence!"
Such commitment defines dignity, balances being and becoming, radiates joy. It says "yes" to where we are right now, while reaching within and without for the next level. The story wanting to be born through us that will engender more Love in the world.
How will you live this grander Love, to make the world safe for our collective creativity, conversation, into-me-see?
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