A Beautiful Living Experience of Namaste

I met a Sudanese refugee this week that immigrated to the United States for work.  He is an amazing man.  I’ll call him “Steven.”  Among the many humbling and gracious words he spoke, what shined most is his deep faith in God and enduring love for ALL people.  He said he “vehemently” believes in doing things that “bring greatness” to the lives of others as well as himself.  Steven is thankful to God for granting him many gifts and abilities, especially using them for “doing right things for others.”  This brave and radiant young man gets up every morning with a smile on his face, knowing that God is always with him.

Three powerful themes emerged from my conversation with this migratory, luminous messenger.  From his own words, first, we are not restricted by anybody or anything except our own choices.  Second, a loving gracious God exists and “resides in us, with us, beside us, around us, and among us,” no matter what our race, religious, culture, gender, or life circumstances.  And third, serving the one human body of God and individuals in our local communities can bring abundant JOY!

After meeting this delightful new acquaintance, I headed to our lake house, which is a few miles from a community that has a significant new population of Sudanese and Hispanic immigrants.  I stopped at the local big box “Super Store” for a few grocery items.  When I arrived, I felt different.  As I looked around, I saw “Steven” everywhere.  I walked up and down the aisles and couldn’t get the smile off my face.  I was beaming with the grace-filled lessons of Steven’s love and joy.  My heart was expanded and with each and every immigrant I saw, it grew even more with love, compassion, and joy.   And then, something amazing happened.

As I was gathering my items and looking around, a young Sudanese child made eye contact with me, smiled, and waved.  With surprise, my heart leaped out of my chest and I felt the presence of our shared Divinity and joy.  It felt like a deeply sacred moment.  There were no words between us, just a profound, yet brief surreal connection.  We needed no words.  We saw each other.  I walked off dazed and intoxicated with the lessons of Steven stirring in my heart.

A few minutes later, in the next aisle over a family passed by.  Not paying much attention, I was looking at my list when a young Hispanic girl pulled her hand away from her mom, and shouted loudly to get my attention, “Hi!”.  I made eye contact with her, returned a smile, and said, “Hi!”

Seriously?  Again?  It was as if both kids were reaching out to me to share a soul moment.  I was filled with gratitude.  There was a familiar knowing among us.  Our brief eye contact felt like an eternity of deeper seeing and recognition.  I began to feel a universal oneness with everyone in the super store.  I looked around with gentle compassion and curiosity. What was happening?

When life couldn’t get much sweeter, a third young Caucasian child laying on her daddy’s shoulder, lifted her head just a few feet from mine, grinned from ear to ear, and with the light of recognition in her eyes, greeted me with an adorable and engaging, “Hi!” I was enchanted as I stood soaking in the mystery of this unbelievable experience.

I thank Steven.  His palpable love, joy, and heart for service, created a beautiful resonant field that ignited something in me.  I believe the same gracious God, and Divine spark, which resides within Steven, resides within me, and within all people, including the three children I met at the super store.  Maybe, the three children simply recognized it sooner than I did, and reached out in remembrance to reconnect in a beautiful living experience of Namaste.

Namaste.

[The definition of Namaste (pronounced na, ma, stay) is both a physical gesture and a spoken spiritual salutation, which is the recognition of the divine spirit (or soul) in another by the divine spirit in you.  The word Namaste translates simply to “I bow to the divine in you.”]

(Image found with SCiAF, Scotland’s Aid Agency sciaf.org.uk)

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ONE is Born

Your soul is calling

Your wild, radical curiosity knows

Go deeper still

 

Unity is birthing herself

And dissolving all that is

Go deeper into the stillness

Feel the painful rupture

Breaking, burning, and

Bursting into consciousness

Surrender to her whisper

And screams of mortal pain

Bow to the carnage of duality

Dying… Death… Done

Go deeper still

 

Into the womb of promise

ONE is born

 

by Julie Krull

Called to BE Conscious

I just spent the weekend with a group of conscious, inspiring women who feel called and committed to BE the change they wish to see in the world.  I have been blessed, beyond measure, to meet many of these women across the country that are stepping up and moving into a new leadership model ready to do their part.  The beautiful thing about this conscious leadership is the exercise of synergetic, integrated (fully feminine) cooperative power.

The leadership I am witnessing breaks the mold on the old paradigm of power-over/power-less relationships.  It changes the dynamic of power, whereas no one has authority over the other.  Women are simply showing up, fully embodied in their own personal passion and purpose, and as self-empowered individuals, doing their part.  There’s no competition.  There’s no win or loose.  There’s no judgment.  And most important, there’s a “piece” for everyone.  Women are acknowledging the value in each other and generously sharing their resources, time and talent for the greatest good of humanity and the earth.   Striving for absolute power as the “lone wolf” is no longer effective.  However, synergetic cooperative power works.

The new model gives space for everyone to be who they are as they honor and value the breadth and depth of diversity.  Reverence for the collective affirms a respect and appreciation for differences.  There’s no motivation to try to change others’ beliefs or behaviors.   In fact, women are genuinely interested in learning from each other as they collaborate around common values and the greater good.  Gone are picket lines separating race, religion, politics, spiritual practice, geography, gender, sexual orientation, and even personality types.  In the new model of conscious leadership there is wisdom in the collective and it is more precious and constructive than preconceived boundaries that fragment and fracture the highly regarded oneness.

Conscious leadership is an integral, collaborative leadership.   Cultivating a united humanity is not a philosophical, idealistic construct; it is a fundamental and essential reality.  Conscious leaders understand that humanity is one and organically join, unite, and coalesce.  Understanding the strength of integration, the new leaders create strategies similar to putting together a puzzle.  All the pieces are important.  All the pieces belong.  And all the pieces are needed.  The simple elegance is that no one needs to do more than his or her part.  One must quietly put his or her piece on the table and be willing to be re-arranged as needed.

This beautiful new movement is reminding humanity that we are not broken.   Brokenness, separation, and isolation are just illusions the mind made up.  We no longer need to spend decades in “self-improvement,” “personal development” or therapy!  There’s no need for, or purpose in, suffering.  It’s time to simply awaken to the truth of our being and knowing.  The old quote says, “We are spiritual beings having a physical experience.”   Women are waking up and being spiritual beings having a full, vibrant, authentic spiritual experience, and staying awake while doing so.  We are whole.  We are perfect in our imperfection.  It’s our time to remember and expand into the fullness of who we really are.

This delightful conscious leadership is a calling.  Do you feel called?  Commit to the new wave and allow the irresistible, compelling, and contagious energy sweep you into the abundant love and joy of generosity, respect, unity, and spiritual vitality.  This synergetic cooperative power will move your mountains and rock your soul!