Friday, May 27, 2011

Being Miracle Minded

Given that we all think and act as if the ego nightmare was ‘reality,’ and even tho a few of us are aware that this is not true and are engaged in waking to our true identity as spirit; within the nightmare, there are things that need to be fixed. Fixing things in the nightmare without awareness of our reality as spirit is like going up to the screen to fix an out of focus film, instead of going up to the projection booth. Fixing things in the nightmare with awareness of our reality as spirit can help shift the nightmare to spirit’s happy dream.

That said, I want to be clear that there are things in Medicare and other aspects of our lives, that need to be, and can be improved, but in the case of Medicare, not Paul Ryan’s way. Ryan and the Republicans have once again turned whatever possible discussion might have been possible about honest, compassionate and cost-effective fixes to Medicare into a win/lose debate. Sure the Dems are complicit, but let’s face it, the Republicans are running the media show.

The House majority, any majority anywhere in a principled democratic society, has the obligation to look out for, and take care of the minority, not simply steam roll them. This is a duty of the majority in every aspect of our society, not just politics. The majority must rise above its fear, stop unproductive adversarial drama and seek solutions that contribute to a world that works for everyone and everything. The adversarial drama we experience everywhere is like the hot sauce one now finds in almost every food, something to spice up an otherwise dull experience. Except given the real economic, energy, weather and other problems we face, there’s already enough hot sauce without adding any.

Aside from the extremists of all stripes, who have to have ever more hot sauce until that’s the only flavor there is, I think most of us think that everyday experience is spicy enough and want to fix the real problems and contribute to a world that works for everyone and everything. For us and even for the extremists I offer Einstein’s quote, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

By being miracle minded - centered in our reality as spirit and knowing the ego world is only a nightmare from which we can awake to the alternative of our reality as spirit, if we are able to be mindful and to chose - we are going up to the projection booth and fixing the out of focus movie we see around us. The miracle minded process is, as I said previously, never ending, and a one-at-a-time thing; you claim it for yourself, I claim it for myself; we inspire one another and a critical mass builds. I think that sort of miracle mindedness is at work in Congress in an area other than Medicare.

A few hours ago, McGovern's plan to end the war in Afghanistan was narrowly defeated on a vote of 204 to 215. Though many are disappointed in this result, it may be seen as a miracle, not a defeat. This is a victory and a miracle because more House members than ever before voted to end the war in Afghanistan. And for the first time, the idea of ending the war and using that money to eliminate our budget deficit, received endorsements from some of the powerful people in Congress - including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Being miracle minded keeps us aware of ordinary miracles all around us. As we open our hearts and minds to the possibility or miracles around and within us, we move into a greater experience of life itself. We can see in ordinary miracles, the endless cycle of creativity of a power for good in the universe, a power available within and around us right now. The question is not is love available, is compassion, justice and miracles available? The question is, am I available?

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