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November 2004

A House Divided: One Way Out

I don't need another hero. Nor someone to blame.
I don't need my morality defined.
Nor do I need to judge those that do.
I don't need to wallow in sadness, hopelessness, self-righteousness, anger:
I will not find my home there.

I need to stop, feel and Remember.
I need gratitude and courage and clarity to walk the path of my knowing.

I need to leap beyond opinion, belief and reason, and seek that which I know to be true.

When a child goes hungry; a tree is cut without prayer or replacement, I am lessened.
When I allow hatred to rule, unchallenged, I am lessened.

There are voices, human voices, who, throughout time, have supported our highest potential. I will strive to add my voice to theirs.

I recognize that when 40% abstain from choice, little over 30% is not a mandate of the people. I will support those who seek unity. I will support those who honor the diversity of Life. I will continue to recognize and cherish the thread which unites us all.  I will support the reawakening of the wisdom we each carry within.

I will follow my heart.

I will do my best to walk in Beauty.

Time is short; Life precious.

"Someday the Earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you too will die."

-John Hollowhorn of Oglala Lakota, 1932, as published in "The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America" by James Wilson

As we go forth, there is one more acknowledgment, one large 'Thank You' to the person who has been and remains a champion of the heart. To someone, who for the past thirty years, has reminded me of the sweetness of life, has encouraged my discovery, and has helped me choose clarity and freedom, over confusion and doubt. May his message continue to ring out, inviting all to the discovery of the heart, to the peace within.

Thank you, Maharaji.

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