Our Communicating Cells

At this very moment, your cells are talking.  Yes, they are talking.  In their own way.  They are communicating to you constantly, in every moment, of their world, their life, their existence.  Which is your CellPainting2existence as well.  But we have been trained to not believe this to be true.  We have been told to either see the body and the material world as something sinful and wrong, void of truth and God, or to see the material world as the only part of our existence, limiting our sense of reality and our ability to seek the truths which lie beyond the material world, beyond the scientific approach to matter’s physical reality.  We have been given opposing images and told to choose one or the other.  And yet the cells are communicating with us.  They are telling us their own story.  They are trying to break through the tyranny of our mental perception of life and reality in order to show us a different reality underneath, behind, beyond, our sense of things.  They want us to pay attention to them, and are crying out in their own ways for us to listen.  And to change.  They have a mighty story to share with us.  An adventure beyond any adventure that we humans, or the Earth as a whole, have ever embarked upon.  This adventure has been going on for a very long time.  And yet it is just beginning.  The time is now to begin a new journey in our perception of reality, in our understanding of ourselves and life, and a new journey in transforming ourselves and the world we are inherently interconnected with in a way that is so profound that when we truly begin to dynamically embody this new way of seeing, feeling, sensing, perceiving existence, well . . . we will awaken suddenly into . . . . Something Else.

The cells are my heroes.  Just think about it for a moment.  Imagine and feel in your own body the billions, trillions of cells at work in you at this very instant.  Yes, they are all at work right now.  They are ALWAYS at work, serving us, serving the Divine Soul that leads us, right down into the cells and atoms of our bodies.  They are working to keep us alive, to give us the life that we live in every moment.  And they do so with utter selflessness, with such a total self-giving that they do not stop to “think” what they are doing or “notice” what they are doing.  They are consecrated servers to the Divine within us, to our Soul which is the flame of our being originated from that very Divine Source which animates all of life, breathing through everything, manifesting through all.  The cells serve the Divine within us, even as they also serve us in our actions and choices and movements throughout the seconds and minutes and hours and days and years of our lives.  They listen to us as we demand, command, all that we “want” or “desire.”  They do their very best to create what we signal them to be and do.  And yet, there is so much confusion about what we want, just as there is in the world around us, and within us.  Our mind and thoughts say so many things (so often contradictory from one minute to the next), our vital emotions feel and express so many other things (so often contradictory from one second to the next!), and the world around us is telling us to be so many things, to receive and embody so many differing images, sights, sounds, sensations.  We are a vast ocean of dictators, everything and everyone wanting us to be what it feels, what it thinks, what it sees, what it senses, what it desires, chooses, acts upon.  The cells receive all of this.  They are constantly receiving all the messages that we as individuals, and as a vastly interconnected collectivity, experience and re-create or express.  Our cells become these images of life and repeat these images as long as we choose to allow them to occupy our consciousness – our mental consciousness, our vital/emotional consciousness, our physical consciousness, our spiritual consciousness.  They are constantly processing all that we are and become (or rather they are becoming, first, what we are ultimately becoming and being), while also listening, and being guided in their secret Depths, to that Force of Life, that Source of Being which we may call God or the Divine, which is at the heart of everything, and yet also transcends all.  The cells are guided by this Source, are embodying this Source, while we enslave them in the limited and narrow perceptions and desires that we identify with.  Just as we can only become something new, experience something new in our lives, if we allow ourselves to let go of who and what we think we are, of all our past, the cells can only begin to truly reflect and embody something new if they are healed of all the past impressions that are held within their substance.  Unless they can let go of the past and be free to become only what that Divine Influence in their depths infuses into them, they will simply continue to reproduce what is familiar and habitual to their nature, which we are in control of (to a degree).  The cells aspire to be free, to be what they really are underneath our mental and vital and spiritual commands and directions, just as we aspire to truly be free within ourselves, but have not yet found the key to letting go completely.  The cells, our little miniscule, yet powerful, heroes, hold the key.  They hold the key to all transformation on this Earth.  The future of humanity and life on Earth is slowly penetrating into our existence through the most persevering and sincere of all workers – the cells.

The Great Story

There is a story to be discovered in everything.  Each moment of life is intimately connected to everything in one way or another.  Even a grain of sand has its story to tell, a particle vision of the Earth’s history and existence, its march of life emerging from apparent nothingness.  Were we to gaze deeply into the intimate presence of a stone or a tree or a drop of water, the flight of a bird or the motions of a dancer, the smile of a child or the terrors of war, we would find vibrating within each of these a story which is its own and yet which connects with all other stories.  Each of us, each of our Souls, is echoing, breathing, awakening an epic story in itself, which is limited not to our present life but to the history of the Earth and the vastness of a Soul experience which transcends time and space, history and humanity.  We are many stories within One Story which is unfolding, becoming something that we are still uncertain about, and perhaps even afraid of because it is so unknown and mysterious.  We often feel alone in our stories, in our traveled lives, but we are more and more as a human collective growing closer together in our story, relating our stories and realizing that all is this One Story that dwells in each of us, which we define in many ways – many different and seemingly divergent ways – but which ultimately are united by something that breathes and lives through everything and everyone: the Great Storymaker who is not just Beyond but dwells in the heart of all things, who tells the story by living it fully in His/Her/Its own Infinite and Eternal Body, a supreme story of Matter and Spirit manifesting the Divine. 

            Even as I write these words here there is a story unfolding within me.  The very act of sharing these words, putting them into a more material existence, involves releasing the story within me, which is, in itself, also a part of the story, a part of the creative manifestation of the life within this Soul.  My story is very simple and very human, but it is also very divine and very difficult.  For ultimately while the story of my life is of course a personal story,  I cannot really call it my own story, for as I have said we are all united in our stories, in our lives, by every living moment that we experience.  Each moment echoes itself throughout existence and builds a growing harmony of an intimately woven tapestry of Souls, fusing towards an unknown future which is simply more of who we are, more of the Divine.  My story is an insignificantly small part of this unfolding Moment that we are living within.  Yet it is a thread of the Whole which may reveal some unique part of the Great Story, and this Great Storymaker within us all, which others may have not yet noticed.  Your story too is emerging from within this Great Story, and is a part of what will ultimately lift up humanity as we learn to see ourselves in each other, and the Divine Storyteller in All.  This world is indeed becoming more and more Our Story, where your story is now becoming a part of mine, and mine a part of yours.

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            The one question which has dominated my life has been, “Who am I?”  It has been like a consuming fire in my heart, even in my body.  What are we?  What is this life?  What is the Truth?  Everyone seems to have at least a trace of this wondering within them, yet few seem to want it enough to let go of what their lives have become in order to truly find the answers.  For me, there has always seemed to be nothing else but this; this fire to know the Truth, to breathe it, to reach for it, to become it if possible.  If we closely observe a child’s nature, curiosity is at the very core of their experience.  Extreme curiosity.  Pure and uninhibited curiosity.  They desperately want to Experience, they sincerely, innocently, want to know who they truly are and are seeking it intimately through every breath and every step and every glance and every attempt of living what they make.  Their every act is a seeking to the questions of Who Am I? Who Are We? What Is Life?  If we look at ourselves closely also, this is what our own lives are about, though as humans grow this question recedes into the background, behind the veil of all the things that we have come to know (or think we know) and the hardened habits of our mental and physical lives.  We build habits out of our experiences and the knowledge which has come from those experiences.  On the one hand this is a necessary and positive thing for our growth as individuals, and yet on the other hand it is the very obstacle that must be overcome if we are to truly dive into the depths of our nature, take a step beyond our small constructed world and open ourselves to a Truth which is far more all-encompassing and vast then we could ever imagine.  We must unlearn what we have learned, as uttered by the iconic figure Yoda in the Star Wars films.  We must let go of who we think we are, what we think we know, what we have experienced, what we have.  Everything, everything, EVERYTHING must be released in all the parts of our being to allow something new to enter into our reality and shape us into the new figures of the future which lies beyond us, but also within us.  We must become once again like a child, like a newborn baby who looks upon the world, and even more importantly ourselves and our inner natures, with a certain element of Wonder and Curiosity.  This curiosity is in essence Energy, it is Attention, it is our concentrated awareness which directs our Being towards whatever it is we are curious about.  Where we place our attention is where our Consciousness goes; it is where the Life Energy that animates existence and our inner awareness becomes focused, becoming a creative force in our lives for shaping who we are and how we grow. 

            We must truly burn with this question, “Who Am I?”, to the point where it consumes everything within us, guiding us with its power to pierce through the layers of our ignorance and knowledge until something bursts forth from behind our veils.  It is in answering this question, or rather in exploring and becoming the Fire that lies at the heart of this question, which will awaken a Greater Story for humanity than it has ever yet to Be or to Live.

The New World’s Economic Hope: The Volunteer

Look closely into the eyes of the world and you will find one simple little secret:  the world is built by Idealism.  One must certainly understand and be capable of being realistic, but it is ultimately humanity’s Ideals, its Dreams, its Highest Inspirations, that build the world.  They push everything forward, if only by little steps, seeking to create the bridges between the past that wants to keep living and the infinite futures that we constantly envision and cry out for with every breath and every heartbeat.  The baby that tries to walk and talk is an Idealist, the revolutionaries fighting for civil rights around the world were Idealists, the founders of many governments around the world have been Idealists, the inventors of everything that now exists in our world were Idealists, the sages and spiritual masters that have walked the Earth were all Idealists.  Everything around you and within you, even you yourself, is an Ideal that once did not exist.  We and our world is a Dream that continues to Dream.  I too am an Idealist.  Yes, I am a Dreamer.  Yet I see a world that has lost its ability to realize greater Dreams.  I see a world whose Higher Dreams are getting drowned in the constant struggle to survive, to own, to have power, to compete, to win.  Our Dreams are becoming submerged by small needs and desires.  The reasons for this are many, and yet as we look at today’s present conditions we can see one human creation, perhaps more than any other, that currently has a powerful influence upon the life and death of our Dreams.  It is the existence of Money and our systems of Economy.

The world today is seeing its economic foundations shaken to the core.  Little by little, year after year, humanity is waking up to the extreme nature of the world economy’s corruption, but also its inherent flaws, its inability to build a world that is fair and just, and even less, a world that can reflect our highest values in life.  People of all countries are growing more and more tired, more and more frustrated, more and more angry…..They are crying out in the depths of their Hearts, and from the heart of our cities and towns, for a new way of living, and a new economy of living, with each other and our Earth. 

In this Cry for Change there is Hope, and yet there is also a lot of fear.  Many people are afraid of change.  They assume that there is no alternative to the present economic arrangement, that the result of extreme change and collapse can only be mass chaos, conflict over all the earth’s resources, the destruction of all the various services which we see as the foundation of our civilization, and perhaps even the loss of some of our hard-won freedoms, or maybe even the destruction of civilization and Freedom itself.  There is fear that the Change that is necessary is too difficult and would require decisions that could endanger the little stability that we do have in the world.  There is fear that a world without our present economy would create conditions that humanity just isn’t prepared to handle, and would lead to a world of even more darkness and suffering.  We humans always fear of taking too large a step, too big a leap in life, especially when it looks like me might be risking everything…… Yet, I ask you all, is it inevitable that humanity would react with fear and panic if, or when, an economic collapse occurred?  Are we so weak-minded, and weak-hearted, that we would stop being good humans, plunged into insanity and desperation, if we were faced with such an economic cataclysm?  Do we not have the strength of Spirit and the Wisdom to calm our brothers and sisters so that we might find a way through any endeavor?  I believe we do, behind all the appearances of fear and weakness that we may see before us.  Yet I also believe, my friends, that in order to fight this fear that lies deep within us and our fellow humans, we must begin to ask ourselves the ever more important questions, “What is the true power that is behind what we call “economy,” what is the real creative force behind what we call “money?”  “Is there no other way possible to organize ourselves and the resources of the Earth?”

We do not recognize the immense power that we humans have to create the world, the power we have to choose and to act in the midst of difficult times.  Perhaps we do not recognize that all of us together are collectively choosing in this very moment to create this present economic way of being, and its current crises.  We have given our own power of consent to this economic system (both intentionally and unintentionally), and by default we continue to do so, without truly challenging or questioning it.  But now, across the world, this is all slowly changing.

The true economic power in the world is not money or any financial system, but the human spirit, the human power to direct its creative energies, its labor and work, its attention, its power, towards whatever it so chooses.  The true economic power in the world is our Collective Power to Choose.  Yes, when we can step beyond our fears, this Power of Choice reveals itself to be the true power of humanity at this time in our history.  Our Choice is power, and it gives our power to what we choose.  Our Choice allows us to give our Energy and our Time, our Spirit, to one thing or another.  It gives us the ability to go in one direction or another, or to widen the pathways upon which we walk.  It gives us the power to give our Labor, our Work, our Blood and Spirit, towards one thing or another, towards one job or another, towards one way of life or another.  Our Choice is truly the deciding factor and power in any economy that exists in this world, and it is this Choice that can choose to build something else.  This is the true power, this is the true economy, of life.  If humans choose to withhold their energies from the work they do on a wide scale, the world’s systems begin to collapse and fail.  Yet when crises or tragedies occur around the world, it is always the Spirit of Volunteerism – humans willing to offer of themselves and their force of life in a spirit of helpfulness and collaboration – which ultimately allows life to continue, allows humanity to organize itself, to find its priorities, and to do what needs to be done so that people, communities, nations, the world, continue to exist and work together in goodwill for the future.  This already happens in numerous ways around the world, especially in instances of natural or other disasters.  Why do we think that we cannot organize ourselves on a worldwide level according to such a principle – a principle of volunteerism?

Volunteerism is the highest organization and relationship between human energies and work that we have yet evolved.  We volunteer because we see something of value in what we choose to do, and we ask nothing in return other than the feeling of fulfillment it brings to us.  We put our energies, our time, our efforts into projects that we believe are helping the world or our communities in some way to become better, or which simply are necessary for us to continue living together.  This is where service to humanity truly awakens, where the human spirit thrives and finds abundance.  When people feel as if they are doing something meaningful and fulfilling with their work, without feeling like they are imprisoned by their jobs to survive, then we find something different in the quality of our lives and the spirit in which we work.  When we feel we have a choice, then fear disappears and we are more willing to offer more of ourselves and our labor for the sustenance of all.  When humans are given valuable work which also allows them to have time for self-growth and exploring all of life’s other possibilities, then humanity finds the joy behind all the different forms of work, along with the freedom to find their own creative potential and offer that to the world.  Yet the first step for this to happen is to change ourselves, to change our own perception of ourselves and our own power.  We must see that it is WE who have collectively made an agreement together, though mostly unconsciously, to go along with the present economic organization.  May I simply suggest that it is time for a New Agreement to be built.  It is time for us to see that no matter what happens upon earth, no matter what happens in our communities or between nations, no matter what happens on the levels of “finance” and “economy,” no matter what tragedies may happen on Earth, we collectively have the power to work together so that all communities and all people have the dignity of a secure and healthy life, with the basic necessities taken care of for each human being – without the obstacles of politics and greed getting in the way.

We humans have lived for so long with this mythical idea that there is not enough of everything in the world for everyone, and that we must compete for the little that exists, that only the strongest survive.  Yet this is not true at all, for there is absolutely enough for all the billions of people upon the Earth to survive and live decently….for there is not really any such thing as a strong individual that survives alone, but rather strong communities of strong individuals working together for the well-being and survival of all.  We have lived with the idea that “if we are not paid money, then we cannot work, thus we cannot obtain the things we need to live.”  Yet it was not money that existed in the beginning of humanity’s relationship to the resources of the earth, it was not money that gave humanity its true capacity to create and build and be inventive.  It was not money that created anything, but rather the power of the human spirit, the ingenuity of the human consciousness, the willingness of human beings to work for its survival and growth in individual and collective ways.  The earth belongs to nobody, but to humanity as a whole.  Its resources must and should be shared amongst all in a manner that allows each to have the minimum of what they need to survive, while allowing the opportunity for creating a more abundant life through the exchange of work and goodwill towards the whole human collective body.  This means a development of greater Human Relationship, a more enlightened and free development in organizing the resources of each local community and building “shared agreements” on how to exchange them at the local, national and international levels according to the collaborative priorities that are found at all levels.

It may sound as if creating this volunteer economy would take such a great revolution, such a big change, that it is virtually impossible.  While I do not suggest it would be easy or that it might not take some time and perhaps many painful stages along the way, if we look very closely, the change that needs to be made is not as big as we may imagine.  It is essentially about nothing more than REPRIORITIZING our relationship with work and the resources we have, and making necessary shifts in the current economic organization – in phases – to transfer over to the vision of a more Volunteer Economy.  It is about making A COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT to use our resources according to the welfare of all humanity and not the greed of a small few.  It is about seeing our own Power in the current state of things and agreeing to work together in an organized and efficient way which will allow everyone the basic dignity of a life of both individual and collective security and well-being. 

So, then, how to begin?  How to start to call out for this change?  There will and must be many answers for this transformation, which will most likely take much time.  Yet truly the first answer is that the world’s working masses must become aware of, must truly feel and see, the power they/we have over the economic world on a global scale, and the power to change the course of life as we know it.  It is absolutely necessary for all of us to come together in community to begin discussing the future possibility of economic change and to explore the ideas and possibilities behind an economy of Volunteerism.  The people of the world, in their own communities, in their own unique ways, need to begin to reflect and share and brainstorm and explore and be inspired together into a new way of living as One United Worker, One Humanity on One Earth, where all are a part of a Collective Body that must now seek to support each and every human in Harmony and Unity.  It will take small groups of inspired people to begin a new Movement which will embody a more enlightened Spirit of Working for All, and for each other, where a new level of Freedom will be awakened that will allow the Human Spirit to take one more step towards its Unknown Greatness.  It is time, my fellow brothers and sisters of Earth, to take one more Leap that history will forever remember and be grateful for.  It is time to awaken to Our Power.

The Machine and the Impossible Dream

A machine is something that is meant to assist our life, our work and activities, to provide an aid, a support, for us to live more efficiently so that one might be able to have time for other life interests and pursuits.  It is not meant to be the dictator of life, to be the master over one’s actions.  This would be akin to finding out that the robot one built to do some basic chores around the house begins to assert its own command over you, rather than to serve the conscious creator of it.  If a machine began to do this, we would fight back!!  We would absolutely know and feel that we are not meant to be the slave of our creation/invention, which takes away our true liberty in life.  No, we would stop it at all costs.  And when a machine begins to get old and no longer works properly to serve its function, when our lives or our values change and need to have a different arrangement, we either upgrade the machine, make changes to it, or we scrap it altogether and find something which will allow what we truly value to be served, to be supported. 

This machine which we call Economy is now a robot in full force that has enslaved humanity to its own fruitless ends, to its inhumane and unconscious movements that do not lead to anywhere but divisiveness and destruction, fear and greed, poverty and disease.  The economic system as we have in our world is out of control and needs to be replaced.  It cannot support the awakening values of community, inclusiveness, oneness, unity in diversity, health and well-being, enlightened living, harmony, beauty, love, truth, spirit, growth and self-awareness, and so many other qualities of life that are emerging and evolving so powerfully at this point in humanity’s long march of Life…..And this Life is now pushing, engaging, yearning for Something Else.  It is causing all the conditions of the world to become unbearable to the point where humanity will be ready to act for the Change that is needed desperately. 

There is one thing that is indispensable for us to transform this out-of-control Machine that we call Economy, and to bear all its attacks and all its destructiveness, and that is Love.  This might sound very cliché and romantic to most people.  It might appear to be impractical and unreasonable, and yet it is ultimately Love which builds all experience of Community, which holds together nations and peoples all around the world, and it is Love that keeps them all strong and constantly fighting for the Future.  If you truly Love your country, your community, if you truly Love humanity and the Earth, then you will do everything in your power and everything in your Vision to help it to survive, to grow, to be all that it can be and more.  If you truly Love life, you will fight for an economy that reflects this Love, which values every single life and every single aspiring Soul.  If you truly Love, then you will sacrifice what you have, and what you are, for the Greatness of the whole of humanity, for the well-being of All and not just the few.  If you truly Love, you will fight for the solutions to each new moment’s challenges and obstacles in a way that brings Peace and Truth and Beauty into the next moment that follows, as best as one can.  If you truly Love, then you will work for the benefit of all humanity, not just for yourself or your family or even your country.  You will work for Love itself.  For if you do not work with Love, then it is a work that is truly empty, which follows a lonely road to nowhere, instead of the Road to Human Unity.

One day we will see that we no longer need any machines at all, for we will find our true Power within ourselves which will give us a Freedom of Life and Creation that we have yet to experience. . . . . and that will be the Great Transition of what was once an impossible Dream awakening into a very real Dream which will emerge as a New Life for All.

Waves of Humility

I stood on a beach along the Bay of Bengal in Auroville, India, holding a container filled with the ashes of my friend Ariela.  It was dawn, the sun had risen and was glistening upon the sea with crashing waves pounding the sand, mixing with it, pulling it out into its watery vastness.  I sat down in the sand and began to chant the mantra of our mutual spirit-cell-teacher-Guru-Mother, the Divine Mother. 

I offered everything in that moment – the years of waiting that her family and husband waited for her final wish to be realized, the years of sitting in that container with me, the journey across the world from America to this special place in India, our true Home, my connection to Ariela, her connection to me, the whole dynamic path of life being unfolded in that moment, and myself, my entire being.  I offered it all to the Divine, hoping I was doing something good here and wanting it all to be perfect for Ariela beyond and for the Divine.  I chanted the mantra –  Om Namoh Bhagavate – and surrendered it all there on that beach in Auroville.  I meditated and offered this ash-Matter – once body, yet still Body – vibrating with Spirit Presence of Ariela awaiting, I sensed, some small release in this world in order to better move on in her journey. 

I stood up and walked, in shorts and shirt, to the water and began to wade in slowly.  The undertoe was immense even at a foot deep.  The waves were coming in big and fast, crashing, spreading its mist like some watery being exhaling into the air around.  I kept wading carefully into the sea up to knee height, the water swirling and chaotic from the dynamism of the waves crashing before me.  I held the plastic bag filled with Ariela’s past and wondered what the right way would be to do this, to release her into the earth’s living Poseidon.  I held the ashes and began slowly to release them into the water, chanting more Om Namoh Bhagavate, with as much reverence, respect, and Love as I could.  As I continued to release the ashes, one big wave decided to surge forward in a big swell and slap right into my chest and body, knocking me over and into the water, full-clothed, still holding the half-full bag of ashes that were now mixing with the salt-water stew of the sea.  I got up semi-dazed and knew immediately she was smiling, and I was laughing.  Laughing.  It was like a humorous slap in the face, “Noel!  Stop taking all this so seriously!  Live!  Breathe!  Smile!  Laugh!”  Like an ego-check, telling me to let go of all this and everything.  Ariela, of course, was and is still with me and is doing work in the great beyond to help realize all that the world of Matter is destined to become and manifest.  “No, it’s not about me or her,” I realized.  It’s about Something Else.  It’s about some great Divine Presence which is working in Matter now, in our cells, in EVERYTHING!  The great Divine Mother is in all of Matter, transforming Herself, Ourself which is also Herself, everything, from the depths of Matter and in particular in the little cells in our bodies and in nature.  These little cells with big wisdom.  A wisdom which is LIVED, which is REAL!  Not up in the mind floating about waiting for something below to catch it and try to create it, but down down down in the body’s cellular workings, where the Divine Mother breathes Her living Form and is undoing the habit of ages to bring forth something new.  Something unbelievably New. 

We must not mistake, it is not we humans who are transforming or can do this transformation in Matter.  It is only the Divine, the Divine Force and Power, the Divine Will and Grace, which can awaken and embody the next leap of evolution.  We do nothing but by the Will of the Divine, even our fragmented and ignorant will is sourced from the great Will of the Supreme, and so all that we do, think, believe, breathe, feel, sense, all of our movements inward and outward are the movements of the Supreme in His Supreme Action through the Divine Mother’s Supreme Body. 

Ariela’s body ashes merged once more with the Divine Mother’s Body, and my own body was given a good reminder to stay present in this body of mine.  To be aware in this body, and to surrender everything for what lies ahead.

The Eternal Urge: A Collective Aspiration

Do we ever wonder what it is within us, what it is about Life, that seems to yearn?  Something deep inside us that seeks and aspires, which is curious and filled with an urge to grow, to know, to experience, to live.  It seems to be a movement, a push, or, even

A harmonious collective aspiration can change the course of circumstances.

A harmonious collective aspiration can change the course of circumstances.

a fire at times, something which cannot stop.  It is the very thing which animates us humans, and yet also gives a certain quality of movement and growth in the animal, in the plant, in the elements of nature, in the atoms, in the motions of the cosmos.  We – and by we I mean everything in this universe, upon Earth, and all the Spiritual Realms – seem to be going somewhere.  It is really quite obvious and undeniable.  We are moving forward, towards Something, even though we may not know at times what ‘forward’ means, or what that great Something really is.  It is simple to see in the movement of water journeying downstream, in the eventual blossoming of a flower from a seed, in the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual growth of a child and human, in the progress and unfolding of the many Ages of humanity, even in the very existence of this mysterious something we call Time.  Its mere presence is an indication of something that once wasn’t, something that now is, and Something Else which has yet to be, but which is being built upon the substance of all the previous experiences and nurturing moments that have been lived….. as well as those we are having now. 

It is certainly the Spirit, the Soul, this mysterious and still unfamiliar Divine part of us which yearns, which sees and knows the Avenue that is unfolding through all the countless multitude of experiences.  But with this we can still become, perhaps, too vague, too complacent, and forget to peer deeper into this Yearning, into just how intimate and living it really is in all of Life……

Perhaps when we look more closely at our physical, material reality, we can see that it is also Time which yearns.  Perhaps Space is that movement of Time yearning for Something. 

We are the Earth’s children.  We are the culmination of the Earth’s own immense Collective Aspiration.  And yet, we are not the end of the Earth’s fruition.  There remains a great urge within humanity, an intense longing to become always something more than what it has been.  This yearning is the very evidence, the proof, of the inevitable Future to come.  What are we really?  Who are we?  By what do we and the Earth and all the motions of the cosmos yearn?  Towards what?  These questions grow still more and more palpable and intense in the hearts and minds of a humanity that is seeking more and more, wanting to Know, wanting to Become, wanting to Live and Breathe Something Else.

In each little seed there lies a hidden urge to grow, to become, to fulfill itself and all the truth that lies within it.  A hidden urge which can only move forward, can only progress, whatever the apparent result or outcome may be.  That urge, hidden in the atoms, becomes less hidden in the cell, grows in the plant and animal, erupts in the human.  The urge is not so hidden anymore, yet we ignore it famously, most abundantly.  We sense it, feel it often, then allow it to be overtaken by less important matters, cover it up in all the mud, and all the glitter and activity that seems to be a fulfillment of that urge, but which is not, and can never be.  This Urge returns again and again to be noticed, to be recognized for what it truly is, for its real purpose and meaning.  It is as if God were knocking on our door deep within us, pushing us along, even carrying us in this great Urge to Be, to Grow, to Live, to Manifest as Something…… Something.  Something which perhaps yearns also, but in a new way, a different way than what has yet to be, of what we have yet to feel and live.  A Conscious Urge.  An Urge which ultimately IS what it urges in each moment, which IS whatever it sees or dreams in its Beingness, which IS whatever it knows without any ignorance or doubt or uncertainty or confusion or falsehood, or even effort.  It IS the Effort.  The Urge simply becomes what it always was, a delightful pursuit and experience of All the infinite and eternal Possibility which it already Is……but with Total Consciousness of Itself and All.          

We are this Urge, this great yearning and Aspiration to be what is within us, which is Everything.  We are this Urge in our Hearts, in our Minds, in our Life, in our Body, and even in our  Cells.  We are the Spirit and Soul in all the little atoms moving, the cells calling and aspiring for something else, something which has yet to be.  This Urge is there in our spiritual and material depths, where the cells are always listening.  It is perhaps time that we all begin listening as well.  Only when we can truly learn to Listen will we begin to discover the True Source of this Yearning within us, and within all of Life.