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We seem to be going through an especially rough patch these days. Facing a wide variety of
very serious challenges, it is unclear whether we will merely persist, creatively respond, or
ultimately self-destruct. But whatever the turn of events, YOU are needed Your aware
presence and alert stillness is what is called for! Your willingness to step up to the plate and to
be fully present may be the difference between life and death both for yourself and for others
for your family, your community, and for the world at large:
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
NOW is the accepted time and YOU are needed like never before!
Perhaps this will sound to some people like fear mongeringto others, perhaps, like some kind of
lame motivational rhetoric. But truth to tell, it is neither. Fear and despair are not viable
options. And while motivational rhetoric may appear, at times, to carry the day, that kind of
discourse is not ultimately up to the task, either (i.e. rhetoric alone will always fall short).
What is needed is for us to genuinely recognize and honor awareness the aware presence or
alert stillness in which REALI TY is revealed, here & now. To repeat, regardless of how (y)our
personal, national, and global dramas seem to be unfolding, YOU are needed . . . here & now!
This undivided turning that we call the universe appears in and by virtue of the aware presence
that you are; the alert stillness that I Am. From the standpoint of Christian faith, this is the light
of the worldthe light in which we see light (Psalms 36:9); the image of God in usthe image of
God in which we are said to have been created in the beginning with God (Colossians 1:15-
17; Genesis 1:27,31; cf. John 1:1-5,9).
By treating awareness in ourselves and in others always as an end (and never merely as a
means), we begin to make contact with a level of intelligence that completely outstrips the
cleverness of the egoic mind. So doing, we help to arrest the cycle of senseless violence and
self-destructive acquisitiveness that is putting our world at risk. And we do so without imagining
that our strongest opinions are necessarily correctand without attempting to manipulate other
people and/or the turn of events based on our personal desires and limited understanding.
In short, by coming together in this light, we can begin to bethe change we want to see. And by
simply being in this way, we will tend to embody that light and reflect it out into the world
through spontaneous acts of compassion and, indeed, through periods of inspired inaction, as
wellboth of which will be called for during the apparently difficult times ahead. Are you up
for that?

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