Led by Professor Alastair.
Hail and good morning this day in the Light. Today I would like to talk about something important: perspective. We are all part of something bigger than ourselves, for better or worse, whether we we like it or not. Not one of is exempt from the currents of life, the struggles and frictions of our world moving through time and space, with ourselves choosing each day whether to push forward, or become part of the friction.
You’re not as important as you think you are: you are one of many. Yet, not a single one is disposable or replaceable. We are each pieces of the great game, players on a stage we do not understand. Why then, do we insist on dividing ourselves in categories and subcategories, when together our combined force could pull the world itself in its course? We exist for one reason: to support everything else. To quote Walt Whitman: “The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” It isn’t about what’s in it for you, it’s about what we can do together when we start talking about the things we know are true because we all share them. The differences of the individual are important and essential; it is not for us to quibble over them. I am me, and you are, and it is that way because it has to be. Why? I don’t know. I just know we are here existing together, and we can either help each other, or not. In “Charge of the Light Brigade” it says:
“Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.”
Sometimes we don’t why things happen. Life is full of tension, loss, pain, and fearful things. This is inescapable, as energy is expended over the course of time. Energy, however, can be neither created nor destroyed; hence, “the powerful play goes on.” Life is bigger than any one of us, and yet we each have a coin to toss, a card to play, a verse to contribute. Where we cast our love is where we cast our lot. Be careful not to love yourself more than the beautiful tangle of life around you. Pour your love into living, into others, into helping whomever you can in the moment in which you are living. This is a life of love, and a life of Light. This is a choice we can each make every day at any time; the more who actively make it, the more powerful the play will be.
We are soldiers and peacemakers. We fight only with love in the name of love. Where they will roar, we will be the still small voice. Where they will hurl their pointed words or worse, their bullets, we will be the first to lay down arms and say, “enough!” For we are better than violence, better than hatred. Let us sow peace and mercy in our wake, as the Light we follow did for us. To choose quietness of spirit, to choose peace in a time of war, takes great courage. “Blessed are the peacemakers,” Jesus said. Let it be so– may the Light make each of us a courageous peacemaker.
Amen and namaste