On a recent drive through Wyoming I picked up a brochure at a visitors' center encouraging everyone to visit the Homesteaders Museum in Torrington, Wyoming. On one side of the flyer was a photo of a horse desperately trying to buck a man off of his back, the strap around his groin digging deeply into his flesh. This photo was directly underneath the large printed words "Events and Entertainment." On the other side of the page was an apparently long admired dedication-"To all pioneers who passed this way to win and hold the west."
That little trifold brochure is a testimony to the fact that the old worldview that domination is a human birthright and something to be proud of is alive and well in 2013. That worldview has, of course, led to the immense suffering and dying of millions of Native Americans and to the killing and near extinction of billions of animals in this country.
And yet, several centuries ago St. Therese of Avila said, "The important thing is not to think much, but to love much, and so do that which best stirs you to love." The worldview of tender loving compassion toward all beings has also been alive and well for a long time. We can hold tightly to that wisdom. We can embrace it and help it grow until one day barbaric domination will be but a dim memory.
This week, let us envision the energy field of love that we generate together, loosening the rigid ties that hold people to the idea that might makes right.
Let us create with our prayers and our love a burning desire among all people to "do that which best stirs [them] to love." May all people be blessed with a deep and abiding love for all creation today, now and forever.
As always, thank you for your faithful prayers and visionary thoughts. Thanks to all of you, compassion is encircling the earth for all beings. Thank you for your devotion to truth, love, liberation and peace for all beings.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and visionary thoughts. Thanks to all of you, compassion is encircling the earth for all beings. Thank you for your devotion to truth, love, liberation and peace for all beings.
With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy, and Will, Madeleine, and the Circle of Compassion team.
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