Friday, July 20, 2012

The Devastation of Separation

July 20, 2012

Dear Friends,

Although there are rarely definitive answers as to why certain tragedies occur in this world—such as the shooting rampage that just took place at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado—I believe that the underlying cause for many of these events is ultimately the same thing: a feeling of separation instead of oneness.

“Oneness” is about our intimately joined relationship with each other. It is a relationship that arises from the fact that we are all individual expressions of One Spirit—that creative, loving, all-pervading Spirit that many call God.

There are times when we sense that holy connection more than others, such as when we pray, meditate, spend time in nature, or hold a tiny baby in our arms. And the natural result of that sense of connection is a wonderful feeling of well-being.

But all too often we feel disconnected, instead. We forget that we are one with God, and one with all of God's children. We feel separate from others, and separate from everything around us. And that sense of separation—of being all alone and on our own in this world—can generate a fair amount of fear.

Sometimes that fear—and the anger that often issues from that fear—can be so magnified by mental illness or negative mental conditioning, we witness the kind of destructive behavior that just exploded in Aurora.

Although everything that happens in life is an opportunity for us to discover where our blocks to loving are, it may be quite a while before many of us are willing to feel compassion for the lonely soul who orchestrated that horrific event which ended the lives of a dozen people, and changed forever the lives of dozens and dozens more.

For now, let us remember that when we judge others—when we attack them, belittle them, and criticize them—we are not only mentally and emotionally separating ourselves from them, we are also mentally and emotionally divorcing ourselves from the One Spirit . . . from the All-That-Is that is God.

May we remember who we truly are at the core of our being: individual expressions of God, as inseparable from our Source as waves are from the ocean. And may we maintain that conscious connection—and the sense of well-being that comes from that connection—by seeing all of our brothers and sisters as equal members of God's family.


© 2012 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC

Monday, July 2, 2012

On Heart and Home

July 2, 2012

Dear Friends,

On television this morning, I saw interviews with several families who lost their homes in the devastating wildfire that continues to burn in and around Colorado Springs.  It was heartening to witness these people recognizing that, in the largest sense, life is not about things; it is about love.  And even though their houses and all of the things in them are now gone, these people feel extremely grateful to still have each other.  They feel blessed, in fact.

The loss of one’s home, however, is not something to be minimized.  It is still a very real—and very significant—loss.  And grieving the loss of one’s home is both understandable and appropriate.

A home, as you well know, is much more than bricks and mortar, wood and shingles, stucco and tile.  It is much more than a structure, a shelter, or even—in some cases—a work of art.  A home is a box of memories, containing cherished mementos, souvenirs, keepsakes, heirlooms, and photographs.  All of those treasured things are physical symbols of the people and the experiences in our lives that we hold near and dear to our hearts.  Although the memories themselves remain intact, it is still understandably tragic when the “memory collage” that one has spent a lifetime constructing, has been destroyed by fire, wind, water, or a shift in the earth itself.

To each of you who have recently lost your home, a loved one, a beloved pet, or anything else that occupies an important place in your heart, know that you have the entire Universe working on your behalf to help you restore your sense of wholeness, recover your sense of peace, and rebuild whatever it is that needs rebuilding.

And know, too, that even though it may not appear that way to you right now, with the help of The Divine, it is always possible for great good to come out of this time of great grief.



© 2012 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC