Based upon the level of emotional disturbance and “I’m upset because…” we’re witnessing during this unusual post-election season, we’ve been asked about our perspective regarding it all. Especially, of course, if you’re a USM student or grad, you won’t be surprised to hear us begin with one of the Principles of Spiritual Psychology—How you relate to the issue IS the issue.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” –Jalaluddin Rumi
One of the most frequent questions we are asked is: “What is the relationship, if any, between Spirituality and money.” Obviously, it’s not a direct correlation since if it were, the most Spiritually advanced people would be the richest—and we know experientially that’s simply not so, unless of course, you define Mother Teresa as a terribly low achiever Spiritually, living and serving the way she did among the poorest of the poor.
A week ago, our Beloved outdoor kitty, Theresa, who came into our lives through our mutual adoption of her and her of us about 18 months ago, was snatched by a coyote intent on making her its breakfast. Through Grace, our assistant Peggy “happened” to arrive at our home and in Divine timing turned her head, thus seeing the coyote running up the driveway to our neighbor’s house with Beloved Theresa in her mouth.
I suspect it’s not unusual that at most gatherings where people come together seeking deep healing and growth, a fair number of participants have been involved in the worlds of addiction and recovery. That’s certainly been our experience over the years at the University of Santa Monica. During a recent class, a woman by the name of Jennifer stood up seeking clarification pertaining to a dilemma she was experiencing that we recognize as quite common among people in recovery.
Intimate relationships are one of the most exquisite opportunities for you to deepen—yes—ripen in your capacity—your readiness and willingness to reside in the Loving that you are and to show up in the Awareness of your already Open Heart as the Presence of Love.
What’s your vision for yourself and your life in the year ahead—and beyond? Is it both aspirational and inspirational? Filled with expansive possibilities, purpose, and promise? Perhaps your vision is lovely and charming? Maybe your Heart is humming with anticipation? Are you flowing—blossoming in a life stream that brings you alive and nourishes your Heart and Soul?
There’s a delightful quote I remember from reading Winnie-the-Pooh as a child: “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”