- Being in Relationship
Thank you for your kind wishes, as they ripple into me. What are you so busy with? How are you?
I'm now in Israel with Mayah and Miryam (Monica Tsruyah) since yesterday. It is good to be here. I went to a school performance last night. Wow, Mayah is so lovely, I'm such a proud parent too. I'm so lucky to be able to see her. They seem really well here. It boggles my mind that we live on separate sides of the world, just to see each other occasionally. I'm lucky to see them actually (my parents, very generously, paid for my trip).
Susan, you have inspired me to write about the spirit that you communicate and how it responds in me.
I agree with you, that each person does their best, in their own way, to make a difference, make a better world. I also feel that we are held in ongoing but ever changing relationships that have their own... this is the tricky bit... it seems our relationships and the constellation of significant experiences and meanings they hold (associatively) for each person and the collective (inter-related) or galactic sphere holding all the various constellations have their own interactive patterns (cultures) and driving motivations (values and beliefs) and perhaps are (in an anthropic way of knowing) intelligent, being aware and intentional (conscious and creative)?
It's the mystery of Life, I guess. Life is strange and wonderful (more novel than an autonomic survival impulse). Life is a web of living and provides a life giving connectivity.
What I wanted to say, through that long winded introduction (so to speak, as above, so below in the heaven upon earth principle) is that beyond the primary personal human feelings as they are directed towards a common good will, in a ground of humble honesty and inspired by a high spirited optimism; is our memorable, intentional and co-operative experiences, with communicable value agreements, planned activities and in a participatory sustainable organization. These are the earthly manifestations of our heavenly spiritual hosts (if you will permit me to give associative names and to spriritualize). Our relationships bridge our personal freedoms. Collective freedoms and references reveal themselves in various realms. The Divine realm, perhaps is the manifesting of our common sense.
My immediate experience reminds me of the significance held in my relationships. I'm stretched across the world with strong feelings of belonging and also the importance I give them, to stay ready and available to tend them. My world is not the whole world. I am part of a much larger living. My relationships extend beyond me. I centre my own experiences and hold their significances and share what I can. My relationships hold more than I could ever hope to be or have. Yet here I am held in my relationships. I discover and sometimes intimately, a much larger world through my relationships. A more profound world is shared in relationship.
To change the 'world' we would do well to recognize it. This occurs during the experience itself as well as in its reflection and its projection. Then, in awareness, the world can be reformed or revolutionized in the image and according to the voices of all those that choose to come together and participate.
Will we have world peace in our life times? The question is how will we choose to be in relationship? How will each, in the seeding of their own hearts, continually conceive, plant, nurture and also celebrate harvest, collectively make the world together? How to be each and in relationship for the benefit of all our relationships? The patterns and beliefs that are found in relationships and in the inter-relating of our relational communities contribute to a complementary experiential model. The pattern and belief that suggests a person can choose to live for a greater world peace than ones own personal experiential identity.
Relationships have a culture. Relationships are a world of personal journeys travelling towards and progressively with in a wider world of movement. Relationships hold a collective spirit whose presence may choose to gather as we approach a common place or common time called peace. Yet what ever relationships may choose to be or not be, are not the making of one person alone. Sometimes I can feel alone. Are we ever as alone as sometimes we feel? Do we choose to be alone? What do I feel and what am I choosing when I feel alone? What is the choice to conceive oneself as being in relationship?
Is there a greater spirit, holding many significant relationships and giving of its own being to the benefit and experience of others? What is social being and compassion and spirituality? How do we form and reform the personal sense of identity and is the personal sense of journey inherently a weaving in to and perhaps away from each other in our relationships? Well, the mystery of Life, I guess?
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