Transcript by Bob Kleinheksel, November 22, 2009
Each of us, gathered here in strength, humility, mystery and community; gathered here in unity to pause, to learn, sing, heal and encourage. We are the bodies, the hands, the voices, the manifestations of God, Divine Presence, of Life itself in motion, the universe expressing itself in beauty, unity and diversity.
Can we not see it, sense it? Are there veils before our eyes, shrouding the wonder, the awe – keeping us confined in our illusions of separateness? We again wonder about truly awakening to these moments and to each other.
This autumn season continues its brooding with grey and cool. With surprising sunshine! The gales of November are indeed remembered; and we are caught up in the hibernating, heat-seeking mentality impending winter brings about. We flow with late year rhythm inviting change, conclusion and reflection.
And as we move with nature’s cycle, let us not be afraid. For when we are frightened or anxious, we are unable to learn. We are unable to be open and compassionate, not inclined to risk, to grow and reach out.
While we may be inclined to live predictably and wish for others to tell us what to do; may we trust our inner wisdom and enjoy our own empowering realities. May we move beyond our hesitations or imposed restrictions to enjoy a bold curiosity that would liberate us beyond constrictive formulas of belief. Do we have that courage? And may we live into lives and lifestyles where we are inwardly motivated to say and do now, out of great drive, enthusiasm and joy rather than out of fear of punishment or reward reinforcements.
Fears begone, excuses begone. We embrace possibilities into probabilities and consider again the unleashing of our deeper selves: Our gifts and passions that meet the world’s needs, our personalities that would add life and enliven, our convictions that reside comfortably with the greatest and most honest questions. Let it all be.
As the daylight shortens by minutes each day, let not our orientation to each other and the world shrink. Rather may it be expansive so that we enhance our connection to those near and far. We surround those known and unknown who are living with cancer and long term illness; we remember all caregivers of parents and loved ones. So too do we remember the Mishra family and all families homeless and in transition. And we anticipate a warm gathering of all who would enjoy hospitality, food and human connection in these upcoming Thanksgiving times. May we welcome people to the table. May we establish people in their rightful place in community and love without fear, love without conditions. And in this silence, let us imagine open homes and tables, and living our lives in a spirit and reality of generosity and abundance. So let it be . . . .