|I think that the great disappointment with so much political activism, even many of the non-violent movements of the 60s and 70s, and why many people were not long-lasting in these movements, is because these movements did not proceed from transformed people. They were coming from righteous ideology of either Left or Right, from mere intellect and will, and not from people who had put head, heart, body, and soul together.
We need to find inside ourselves the positive place of communion, of holiness, where there’s nothing to react against. Pure action is when you are acting from a place which is good, true, and beautiful. The energy at that point is entirely positive.
Until you can find that, don’t act. I’m trying to keep you in there for the long haul. I’m trying to call forth an instrument that can really make a difference in the world. These people are the lightning rods of God’s energy into the world. They can be quite adamant, clear, and long-suffering. They can even allow themselves to suffer violence, like Jesus, instead of inflicting it on others.
Adapted from Healing Our Violence
Through the Journey of Centering Prayer (CD)
We are love, and we are made for love,
and our natural abiding place is love