Today marks the 100th Daily Meditations in our series. Thanks to all those who are assisting and all those who are reading and meditating! A special shout out to Phila Hoopes and Rick Reich and Gail Ransom and Dennis Edwards who are daily at work with me. And to you readers for spreading the word—keep doing it please! About a week from now we will move on to the Via Negativa.
Some readers have wondered if we seem to be spending too much time on the Via Positiva—they are eager to move on to the Via Negativa, the suffering of the world, and eventually the Via Transformativa—what we can do about that suffering.
I fully understand the eagerness to move on to climate change and so much else that needs correcting. BUT—and this is a big BUT—we cannot just charge in with our reptilian brains firing as we have tended to do in the past (consider wars for example) as if we are going to solve the problem in the same mindset with which the problem took root. Einstein warned us of that, didn’t he? That we need a different consciousness than that which gave birth to our deepest problems to solve them.
And this is just one of many ways in which the VP plays a decisive role today. It is the difference between cynicism and goodness, despair and hope, vitality and apathy, biophilia and necrophilia, and patriarchy and feminism. We really have to lead with love and with joy and with gratitude and not with panic or “I will fix it” or “let’s kill the bastards.”
Many people in the past, when asked why they go to war, will say “for my family” or “for my country.” That is not enough for today’s issues that beset our species. Today we must be responding on a larger, more cosmic, scale. Today the struggle is “for our planet” or “for our species and the many other species that are threatened today” or for “seven generations to come.” We struggle for the air and the waters and the forests and the soil and the oceans and the animals and the fishes and the trees and the insects and so much more.
But first we have to love all these beings. Thus, the VP. The crisis we face today is opening up our minds and hearts far beyond the human agenda (read: one’s family and/or one’s country). For neither family members nor countrymen and women will be served or saved if the other species are lost.
More than ever, then, we need to stop and sit and be present to the Via Positiva to allow our love for the world and the world’s love for us to be deeply felt. This can carry us beyond nationhood and ethnic or racial or religious smallness into the much bigger world of creation itself. Love will be the source of our energy and of our imaginations that will render us effective agents for deeper change. Not superficial change, but a change that begins and ends with the reverence and gratitude we all carry in our hearts toward the universe that has birthed us. With that kind of deeper perspective our prophetic callings stand a better chance of effective results. We taste the future, the goal, even as we walk the way. And it is a loving journey.
Banner Image: “Way Marker.” Photo by Sammy Schellenberger, Pixabay
Find a phrase or idea in this meditation that awakens you; or challenges you; or inspires you. Be with it. Let it wash over you.
And celebrate our 100th day of meditations in whatever way you feel moved to do so!