The Power of Three Practices
“Everything is Love’”
Honor the past- Gratitude
To honor the past means to turn over the reins of life to and cultivate deeper awareness of the ancient human experience of our spiritual essence. This experience goes by different names: the “Ancient”, “Great Mystery”, Grandfather, Wakan Tanka, Creator, God, Great Spirit, Holy Spirit, Tao, and so on.
Honoring the past prompts us to acknowledge the struggles of all our ancestors whose collective sacrifices delivered us to our life as it is now. It brings us to a deep understanding that each generation shares a desire to create a better world for their children. It’s a hero’s journey. For many taking this trip means revisiting old wounds in an attempt remember and to remain true to the wisdom of those who have gone before. To accept the burden and gift of carrying the metaphoric ‘torch” passed to us. It keeps us humble and allows us to breathe new life into our souls, roots us to the ground and prepares us to see everything a new.
We honor the past by expressions of gratitude, by remaining faithful to a spirit of solidarity with all that has gone before. Honoring the past grounds us through the darkest of times with strength, courage, hope, and endurance because we understand that we are not alone in walking this ground.
Accept the present- Acceptance
You’ve got to be where you are before you can get to where you want to go.
One definition of Hell is to want things to be other than those things that are in our lives. When we spend too much time whining or complaining about the unfairness and nastiness in life we loose the present, the gift of now.
Living in the “Now” is hard work. It starts with the practice of accepting who we are, and where we find ourselves at any given time. In the now, we are challenged to let go of the broken ways of our childhoods so we can operate as responsible men and women. In the now, we function as co-creators of our lives–collaborating with the Great Mystery–as our life unfolds. In the now, we learn to accept everything that comes our way as opportunity to practice skills and learn information that will be used many times over the rest of our lives so that we can evolve into our better selves. In the now, we make peace with life’s unfairness, brutality, and pain.
It’s about working to change the things we can with the wisdom that comes from honoring the past. “Thy will be done” is the hint that accepting the present will bring it’s own rewards if we let go of doubt, fear, and the demon of control that haunts our life.
Trust the future – Faith
The future is present from the beginning. It takes its form in how we honor the past and accept the present. Waiting in the silence about what is to come and in the stillness about how it will look, and acknowledging the mystery that grows from Gratitude and Acceptance. This allows the future to be what will be. It’s about Faith. Trusting that something bigger then us, The Great Mystery, actually has our best interests at heart, and that when we learn to embrace all aspects of our human experience we are moving toward where our lives were always meant to be.
Everything is Love – Connection
Buckminster Fuller wrote that love is metaphysical gravity. Gravity of course is defined as: a universal force of attraction between all things. Thus the statement is to mean that love is a universal force of attraction between all things and connects all things. It’s Connection… Love is a natural force of nature. It is both power and powerful and it’s available to all. When we live from Love we connect more deeply with all aspects of life and find our way back Home. Home is Love. Home is where we belong. The generations before us have taught us that what is of value in our lives, “Love,” survives.
When we connect with Love- Gratitude, Acceptance and Faith bring us Home.
“It is an Honor to be Alive”
We don’t know how it got started and we don’t know how it will end, if there is such a thing as the “end”. Love tells us to never give up hope. Everything we think, do or say sends ripples out across the universe. “We will be known forever by the connections we leave”.