Deep Interconnection in this Election Season
by Patience Robbins, excerpted from a Wednesday Election Guided Prayer Session (in November eNews)
“Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the Earth is our mother, this we know. The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected, like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” ~attributed to Chief Seattle.
Let yourself be aware of this web of life and be grateful for it. The words above remind us of this web of life.
So let us be grateful for ourselves and for the power of this love and compassion that flows within us. Let us be grateful for everyone who is listening or sharing in this meditation. For the Shalem community, for everyone we are connected to, family, friends, faith community, coworkers, neighbors, let us feel the gratitude for all of them. And now allow yourself to feel grateful for every living being, every creature, all of life. Allow your heart to expand with gratitude and appreciation for all that is.
Knowing that deep interconnection that we’re speaking of, this web of life, feel the oneness with yourself, the divine source, all of life, all of humanity. And really trusting in that and sinking into that connection with open hearts, let us hold the United States, all of the people who reside in this country. The land, the water, the air, all living beings — let’s hold it all with great appreciation and love and care.
And now encircle all those who want to offer themselves as leaders in our cities, states and country. Encircle them with appreciation, this peace and care, and this reality of our interconnection with one another and all of life. May we have wise, compassionate, caring leaders who glimpse this oneness with one another.
As we hold this very gently and very lovingly, let us envision the whole planet in the great divine compassion, the luminous web that holds all together in love and care and belonging. May we feel the overflowing abundant life that is for each and every one, and may we be particularly aware of those who are refugees, of those in war torn areas, and all those affected by any kind of disaster or crisis.
May kindness and generosity flow among us, may all feel welcome, respected and cared for, and may we know that oneness is truly our reality.
Patience Robbins led a series of Guided Prayer Sessions leading up to the US Elections on November 8. You may listen to these here.