Reflection: doing the dark inner work of facing our shadows an fears and moving back to life again

Reflection: doing the dark inner work of facing our shadows and fears and moving back to life again as a rite of passage

Today is All Souls Day of the Fall Triduum

Cynthia Bourgeault on the Fall Triduum of Halloween, All Saints, Day, and All Souls Day:

“the movement is more inward…. The days are shortening, the leaves are fallen, and the earth draws once again into itself. Everything in the natural world confronts us with reminders of our own mortality…. And yet in the midst of this broody season of dark and inwardness, the days do offer themselves as a journey, a progression we can take…. In the quiet, brown time of the year, these fall Triduum days are an invitation to do the profound inner work: to face our shadows and deep fears (death being for most people the scariest of all)…then to move back into our lives again…. I encourage all of you who have the inclination to keep these days as best you can for this quiet but extraordinary rite of passage.”

‘All Souls Day’ by Jakub Schikaneder 1888

poem: old man at leisure by Muso Soseki

photo by Cathey Stone, Old Man Meditating, Saint Andrews State Park, Panama City, Florida

 

 

Reflection: A rally call for all to join together and seek the higher Way of Life for all beings 

Reflection: A rally call for all to join together and seek the higher Way of Life for all beings 

There is no ‘good’ or ‘better’ Empire (note: see my definition of Empire below.)

Using the Empire’s power and control, which always ends in violence, to create a better Empire, is a liar’s and a fool’s mission ending in loss of liberty and oppression and death. (note: the current president’s ‘make america great again’ MAGA cry is a prime example of the presiding idea in that he proposes we build a ‘better Empire’.) 

The Empire must be dismantled, abandoned, and ultimately given up on the altar of Life. In it’s place, there is the alternative, narrow, hard, seldom taken path of Life! The authentic community, neighborly community, kin-dom (which disciples of the Universal Cosmic Christ call the ‘kingdom of God’, but has many names) is our one true hope in the face of the Empire’s darkness and death machine.

Jesus, the son of man, in his Good News (gospels), described this path to Life very well. It is grounded in radical grace, radical love, humility, mercy, distributive justice, faith, peace, and hope! For those not religious or spiritual, these values have expression in secular life as well.

Those of us not ‘liars and fools’ and who value Life and liberty equally for all, over oppression and death, must respectfully put aside our perceived differences in culture, tribe, cause, etc. and come together collectively as one peoples whose purpose is to resist the Empire and dismantle it and to be the architects of the alternative, Life-and-liberty-giving, authentic community!

Beloveds, joining together here and now, dedicated to the true Way of Life, persisting in our cause and actions, we shall overcome the Empire’s darkness and death in these challenging times!!  

Shalom, Shanti, Salaam, Peace

(I use the reality of ‘Empire’ a lot in my writing. Here is what that represents to me: the Empire is a way of ‘life’ and death that relies on it’s raw power and and its’ methods of controlling others to remain in power and control, and the Empire is always ready to institute violence and death to accomplish that’ sole mission. The means (power and control) justifies the ends (power, control, and violence). Examples of Empire in history are The Roman Empire (which murdered Jesus, Christians, and countless others in its’ reign) and the Nazi Empire (which murdered Jews and countless others in its’ reign). Today we see our own nation in the Empire building business of the current president and his administration and base, exercising its’ raw power and control to justify its’ continuance in power and control and its’ use of violence to further those ends in its’ violence towards and murder of our siblings of color and others. The Empire  threatens Life and liberty, and it must be dismantled.)

quote: “…..he only rests when the suffering of others ends.”