by Rev. Tinker
This summer’s calendar is full of special celebrations and events including the Presidential Primary Elections and the 20th Anniversary of Central Coast LGBT Pride. The irony of community events is their ability to highlight our differences along with our sense of connection, as what unites us can also divide us. If how I vote or who I love prompts an illusion of separation it’s only an opportunity to heal the disenfranchisement we have all felt at some time about something.
If you’re reading this publication it’s because you cherish what is positive and productive – and if you’re still reading this article, it’s because your heart and mind are open and committed to radical hopefulness in spite of everything that might otherwise discourage it.
When Gandhi exhorted us to “be the change you wish to see in the world,” he meant that the quality of our own experience must not depend upon how, when, or if other people change because our experience is not contingent upon others. If things are to change for us they must first change within us because all externalized change begins as an inside job.
To see positive change in the world, we must take responsibility for the dynamics of change at the interior level of our own lives then outwardly project them. Change and growth on the inside produces change on the outside as an organic evolution that enhances us – personally and collectively.
As we take to heart the deep wisdom within this idea we are changing our minds, our postures, and our approaches. We are molding ourselves, our families, and our communities in assorted shapes of dignity and wholeness. We recognize the merits of taking the long-view and planting seeds for future harvests. We are rooting change for generations to come. We are galvanizing, organizing, and systematizing resources that promote our noblest principles and values. We are staying the course, cultivating endurance, and making incremental advances with one precious step at a time. We understand that effecting meaningful and lasting change requires time and patience as progress is often a process.
Together we are dynamically demonstrating the power of “being the change we wish to see” from the inside, out – honoring spiritual unity while celebrating human diversity – activating a shared vision of vibrant collaborative community.
Make this “Summer of Love” an “inner season” to last all year ‘round!
Rev. Tinker is a Science of Mind minister and Founder/Spiritual Director of HeartWorks. She conducts community events, workshops, ceremonies, and counseling throughout the Central Coast.