“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” - Chief Seattle
Hey Sanctuary NYC,
It's kind of funny trying to develop a clear message in a world of marketing over-saturation . I love the idea of being an Urban Oasis - with a global Heartbeat. To me that says a Central Park of the Mind and Spirit, in the middle of a thrilling City of culture, commerce, and international ideas. It says a re-fueling place to me.
I think I like the phrase because it feels holistic to me. Not an escape from the dynamic flow of the City, but a place to remember balance, to be in relationship with the world around us, but not caught up in it. I also love the idea of a global heart and the hipness of the global beat.
Rev. Karen told me that Superman was defending "Truth, Justice and The American Way." I can get behind the first two, but I honestly have no clue what "the American Way" is at this point. I don't think I am too happy about a lot of what that idea means. Sorry Superman. That American Way was an ideal that was big in the mid Century, after World War II. It also spoke to a segregated, stratified society, pre civil rights, pre Cold War.
In fifty years, we have moved beyond the boundary of attempting to define a way of being that is strictly defined by geographical borders. We have recognized that we are at least citizens of the world, and indeed part of a Universe larger than just this planet, and more vast than human consciousness can imagine in a literal frame of mind.
Understanding that we are infinitely larger than just ourselves takes us into the realm of the Spirit and the tools we use to access the vastness of the cosmos are timeless. Prayer, meditation, physical exercise and sacred service are the basic components of a holistic spiritual path. As long as we are in a physical body, we are entrusted with the maintenance of that amazing navigation system, our body temple as Jesus calls it.
I have been listening to a program about the earliest computers, in the 1960's, which were seen by some to be the advent of the kind of revolutionary universal connectedness which the commune movement and counter cultural movements in the U.S. were living out in experimental forms through geodesic domes, and the "back to nature" movement. The idea of cybernetics, or systems connecting things, was coming into the common parlance. It was thought that one day a giant WEB would be able to connect people beyond physical borders. Chief Seattle had already seen the web in the invisible, Jesus called it The Kingdom of God, and now we connect to it through our laptops, iPhones, iPads etc. Amazing...
We ARE connected. And yet now the "American Way" might be described as a lot of sedentary people with well-exercised fingers, and too much stuff, talking to people all over the world without moving. Somehow that isn't the place we need to be either. The possibilities of our growing technology and how we can use it to connect with people all over the world are inspiring, however.
I am delighted, during this season of Interfaith/Inter Cultural Harmony to be connected to each of you, both spiritually and electronically, and in the conversation of how together we can create a new American Way toward a new global consciousness of peace and unity.
See you Sunday,