On behalf of the Self-Realization Community,* I would like to offer our condolences to those who lost friends, co-workers, and loved ones in the shooting in Orlando last weekend. We also offer our prayers for those who were injured, those who directly experienced the trauma of the shooting and its aftermath, the souls of those who have passed on, and those who are grieving and in shock.
With all of the Divine Love that flows into us all and through us all, we offer a Divine embrace for all of humanity, especially those who find themselves welcome and at home in the LGBTQ community, those who find themselves marginalized by race, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status, differing abilities, refugee status, and all those who experience themselves as marginalized for any reason whatsoever.
As an interfaith spiritual community, our number one goal is embodying unconditional love, and in the aftershock of the Orlando shootings, I would like to invite our whole global community of humanity to stand for love and oneness.
When we stand together for love, those who died in the shooting in Orlando did not die in vain. Their horrible, tragic, and senseless deaths issue for us the Divine Call once again to love one another.
As a spiritual community, we affirm that The Divine is in all people, without exceptions. We believe that the Divine Father/Mother is Loving and welcoming, rather than judgmental and divisive.
We believe that all people are born of love, and that every breath we take is an act of worship, affirming the sacredness of life.
When life is cut short by hatred and violence, it is an attack on both the very nature of humanity, and the very nature of divinity, because the two are intertwined.
It is only when we believe in separation that we forget our true nature is to love. Our innermost nature is sacred, and when tragedy strikes, it calls forth in us the most sacred parts of ourselves: empathy, compassion, kindness, understanding, generosity, courage, and selflessness.
And so we honor all that was sacred in those who lost their lives. We honor their hopes and dreams. We honor their accomplishments. We honor their love and their wisdom, their strength and their friendships. We honor the places where they could go and feel safe; the places where they could go and be themselves.
In their honor, I invite us to create more safe places, more communities, sacred communities, where people can go and just be themselves.
When we find ourselves – when we find the true, beautiful deep parts of ourselves, then we can feel safe enough to honor the true, beautiful, and deep parts of others.
Let us dedicate ourselves to honoring others as we honor ourselves. And in honoring all of us, may we discover the truth that, in Love, we are One. In the gentle embrace of Unconditional Love, we are One.
May we find that Divine Love in our hearts and minds this day, and every day.
Om, Shanti. Shalom. Salaam. Love, peace, and light,
* The Self-Realization Community is an interfaith community honoring the various Ascended Masters of different religious traditions, and pursuing the highest mystical truths of all religions; that is, the path of Realizing the True Self in us all. The SRC is not to be confused with the SRF, or Self-Realization Fellowship, which is equally wonderful, and which has been around a lot longer. For more information, please go here:
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