In this world, we are born innocent children. With time we came to experience our body, our parents, our brothers, and sisters. We formed opinions and judgments about the meaning of life.  Our ego evolved into our identity needing the approval of others and righteousness to survive.

At times we become a victim of the world. We asked, “how can this be?” Inconsistencies eroded our foundational beliefs. Fear began to drive anger, frustration, and defensiveness.  Then, within the depth of hopelessness a crack appeared, a bit of light offered hope.

“when it gets dark enough, you can see the stars.” ~ Charles A. Beard

The darkness within the death of a core belief is an opportunity for transformation by the light that never disappears. Letting go of our limiting beliefs creates space for new ideas and possibilities. Trusting the wisdom of our whispering heart allows forgiveness, compassion, and understanding. Seeing with fresh eyes, we are born again, as innocent children aware of our oneness and the gift of eternal life.

Today is a celebration of our parents and for all generations. It is a celebration of life as unity, of life as Love.

Love appears a mystery because it allows all things. In this allowance it rejects nothing. Love creates nothing but Love. Within Love, we are Love’s creation. Sadness may appear, and we know it as Love. Joy might be present, and we welcome it with gratitude. Compassion may arise, and we offer our humility.

We willingly accept grief too, like a good friend, as Denise Levertov suggests in her poem Talking to Grief.

Ah, Grief, I should not treat you
like a homeless dog
who comes to the back door
for a crust, for a meatless bone.
I should trust you.

I should coax you
into the house and give you
your own corner,
a worn mat to lie on,
your own water dish.

You think I don’t know you’ve been living
under my porch.
You long for your real place to be readied
before winter comes. You need
your name,
your collar and tag. You need
the right to warn off intruders,
to consider
my house your own
and me your person
and yourself
my own dog.

Within Love’s presence, we become one, like childhood friends, as parents, and as generations from the past extending into the future. We extend Love in action, guided by our sacred heart.  Accepting the gift of the Holy Spirit, and we become one within the unity of life.