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As for nondual activism I
will participate with compassion born of gentle wisdom,
Judging no one. Giving to those who ask what I can
and Living with What Is
After reading and watching the
dialogue on non-dual activism since Jerry first
introduced the concept, these thoughts are offered.
The term that has great attraction at this time is 'felt
group'. Primarily because it connotes a movement from the
heart, rather than a call to action. The wise know when
and how to act. Compassion is born of wisdom, wisdom is
born of experience.
The fourteen of us who gathered this summer in Rhode
Island acted as a felt group. We had no set agenda, other
than to be ready to eat when the cook showed up. We moved
as a liquid being flowing into and out of space and
circumstance. It was synergetic and beautiful.
This past Christmas Eve I spent with my foster family.
Jim, my foster dad, was raised Catholic. At one point he
was well into his studies for the priesthood when a
family situation ended that path and he returned home. He
later married Maurine who had been in a nunnery until
that incident with the snowball and the monsignour! Ah,
but that's only background information. These two were my
foster parents for one year, my junior year of high
They are marvelous people. During that year with them I
learned what it meant to be in a family. I learned to
laugh a lot. I also became a Catholic. These days I
follow no religion except that of my own heart. Anyway,
the immediate above is just for background information.
During the evening Jim came and sat beside me. He was
interested in how things had been with me. We hadn't seen
each other for about four years. He asked me what I knew.
I responded that I knew everything but couldn't tell
Out converstaion turned to spiritual matters. He put
forth that one needed belief and faith. I responded that
there comes a time when our beliefs are put aside for
true knowing, that our faith and belief take us only so
far. Jim, a man in his early seventies, has spent his
lifetime steeped in his beliefs and his faith.
Due to this firm foundation he had great difficulty
understanding what I was talking about. At one point the
impulse to 'prove' my point arose. Blessed wisdom acted
from the point of compassion and I did not even attempt
to try to prove anything. I did say one thing. That was
this "That which is looking out of your eyes, right
now, is the same thing that looked out of Jesus's
This he agreed to without hesitation.
I say that blessed wisdom and compassion arose to stop me
from attempting to prove anything for this simple reason.
The greatest truth cannot be transmitted by the spoken
word. To think that one can is a great ego trap. Even
though a more forceful argument may overwhelm a weaker
one the truth will not be transmitted.
Had I succumbed to the impulse to argue with Jim, that's
all that would have transpired, an argument. One that
would have benefitted niether of us. What did transpire
was a meeting. That was all. And it was beautiful.
I truly love this man. He is a father to me.
Did Jim gain anything from me? Though the possiblity
exists that his heart was opened and he was moved further
along, I don't care if he experienced more of an opening
or did not. Nor do I hope that he did.
What does this story have to do with nondual activism?
Only this, my heart moved in a gentle way. There is no
way to force awakening on those who do not seek it. One
must have been prepared by one's own life. Each story has
similarities and a uniqueness to it that lend's both
drama and beauty.
As for nondual activism I will participate with
compassion born of gentle wisdom, Judging no one. Giving
to those who ask what I can.