A Message from Rev Vicky
We’re only two weeks into this new year. If anyone was hoping for a “reset” or a chance to “catch our breath” (which I definitely was) – it’s clear we must, instead, be careful not to hyperventilate.
We would also do well to remember the words of the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, "Chaos should be regarded as extremely good news."
His son, Sakyong Mipham, in his book, The Shambhala Principle, explains that his father “was referring to chaos in the way that the Greeks used the word, to indicate a wide-open expanse…the openness where things fall apart and new creations arise.”
He then adds, “I believe that the pain and confusion of the world is now so vivid and unavoidable that we have no choice but to acknowledge it. Perhaps this means that when we are finally fed up with torturing ourselves, others, and the planet, out of our exhaustion will arise a gap in which we come to our senses and collectively rediscover a more natural state. Only by staring directly at the confusion — examining it and absorbing its reality — will our species discover a way forward. (italics added)
“The point at which we fully comprehend the problem is the point at which the solution dawns. To enlighten means to ‘fully illuminate.’ We see the problem and find a solution. Even on a personal level, when we have predicaments in our life, the answer is already there; we just need to be open to it. If we are tired, we need to rest. If we are overeating, we need to stop. In terms of enlightenment, the answer lies in our confidence in goodness.” (italics added)
I’ve spent the past two mornings, from 8AM – Noon (with one more to go), attending an NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute) workshop on Anti-Black Racism – Transforming Allyship. There have been many “seeds planted” and I am definitely still in process, digesting the many insights, sharings, challenges, and invitations that are both resonating and agitating my mind and heart…with more to come.
A quote was shared the first day of this training that continues to speak to my heart. It comes from Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince – and was offered in the context of building justice:
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
In other words, to embrace our human/spiritual transformation, we don’t need to focus all of our attention on “skill-building” – but rather, we must ignite and inspire our collective passion and yearning for goodness – for justice, courage, compassion, and wisdom-lived.
I’ve been listening for Spirit’s guidance to reveal a direction for me this year, as I seek to teach what I most need to learn. Like so many – I long to participate in the healing of our society, our nation, our world, and our earth. Today it all came together through Saint-Exupery’s quote, which reminded me of Unity’s Principle of Healing – to see and claim, and thereby co-create the Truth – of our inherent goodness into the world.
Namasté – Rev. Vicky #weareallinthistogether