Chance

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You fear me.
I fear you.

Come sit with me
and tell me
a story
from your heart~
Share your greatest sorrow;
share your fondest joy.

I will sit with you
and tell you
a story
from my heart~
I will share my greatest sorrow;
I will share my fondest joy.

Then perhaps
you love a part of me
and I love a part of you~

Risk worthy,
I think.
You?

nannette rogers kennedy
May 2012

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Shiver

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When we no longer see
war, murder, rape,
rapacity and corruption,
hunger and theft,
angst and empty pockets,
disease and death…
as scenes on television~
something which we can
mindlessly and simply
change the channel…

When we can say the words
‘Sorry for your loss’
as something more
than a cluster of vacant
phonetic sounds…

When we are able to stare
into the abyss of agony,
and feel the pain of others,
as the bile rises
into our collective throats …

When we can step inside
the chests of mothers, fathers
brothers and sisters,
aunts and uncles
and the anesthetic
of self wears off….

When our eyes widen
with an electric jolt
and our synapses fire
and jump at the senselessness
and apathy of living as me…
only then can we regain
our amazing state of grace…

And only when our courage
grows greater
than our greed
and state of fear,
will the vast absence residing
in the hole of hate
refill itself
with that which we are born~

Repetition of good intentions
will lose their hollow echoes,
when our actions outside
the cathedrals, mosques
and synagogues on the Sabbath
follow us beyond those doors~

Then we will penetrate
each other’s souls
and sense the warmth
of one’s hand
inside another’s
and know
divine connection
with a vibrant shiver.

nannette rogers kennedy
January 2012

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Is it Worth It?

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What is it inside of us that makes us instinctively do some of the things we do? If we, for instance, see a small child fall off their bike or drowning in a swimming pool, we automatically, without taking the time to think “Is it worth it?” move to help or save the child in need. I would say that we are born “wired” this way. If we do not naturally react in this way, we have somehow “unlearned” the innate compassion of Oneness, Unity and Connection that is born within every one of us.

There is much talk today about Oneness, Unity, Connection, Coexisting, Being Spiritual, Loving Everyone, etc. For some these are just words that are generally understood, or seen as an almost ethereal “out there” concept that is just “out of our reach.” If we have forgotten our connection to one another there is a way to remember.

And I promise you that there is only ONE thing that changes when you shift the way you think about everyone on the planet and that is EVERYthing. You will be amazed how your life seems to flow, how you seem to move with the flow, and how without even knowing it, you will change the lives of others around you.

When you begin to live from a place of Oneness, Unity, Connection, etc., (leaving behind patterns of living in a “me” world of “it’s only about me and my life” to a “we” world that really understands our connection to each other, and the pebble in the water metaphor) it will be quite natural for you to open the door for someone else, to pick up something that someone has dropped, to stop and help someone change a tire. In fact, it will become quite unnatural for you to simply walk by without the thought of helping, just as unnatural as ignoring a child in need.

Just the other day I was in the grocery store when a young college student knocked over an entire grocery display. The young man’s face was as red as a tomato as he stooped down to begin picking up the dozens and dozens of packages off the floor. Immediately, my son and I began to help him put the display back together. I told the young man about the time I pulled a lemon out of display and hundreds of lemons collapsed and rolled into 45 different directions. He smiled instantly.

We so often feel alone in benign circumstances such as these and even though we know intellectually that we are NOT the only person that has ever experienced such a blunder, at that moment, it feels like we are the ONLY one. The minute I shared my story with this college student, you could tell a difference in the way he felt, the way he looked. There is a quote I love ~ Friendship doubles our joys and divides our sorrows (unknown). In this moment, the college student and I became friends. This is living in Oneness ~

It did not cross my mind to NOT help in this situation. It was automatic. Another appropriate quote comes to mind, one that is in every religious philosophy on the planet ~ Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The trick is to REMEMBER this golden rule. And trust me, the more you practice, the easier it becomes. Stick a note with this rule on your bathroom mirror, in your car, on your computer and even make a bumper sticker ~ get the word out to help remind others.

I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Well, what if I cannot help? What if my daughter is waiting for me to pick her up? What if I’m not feeling well? What if the problem is happening half way across the world, like the recent earthquakes?” I love what Wayne Dyer says about this: “Everything is perfect in the universe – even your desire to improve it.” This implies that even your desire to want to help, though you may be unable to physically help for whatever reason, is a positive action and will raise not only your own energy, but the energy of those around you.  And there is always the power of prayer and meditation.

If you are questioning the entire concept of Oneness, Unity, Connection, etc., because you aren’t sure you believe that we are all inextricably connected, then you must visit National Geographic’s The Human Family Tree (http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/human-family-tree ). National Geographic’s study called The Genographic Project (https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/lan/en/index.html ). A National Geographic Team took hundreds and hundreds of DNA samples to create their study showing how we really are all connected. “Where do you really come from? And how did you get to where you live today? DNA studies suggest that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors who—about 60,000 years ago—began a remarkable journey.” You cannot get to the end of this movie without a sense of awe and seeds of remembering and awakening.

Is this about God, Buddha, Allah, The Source of all that is, Christ, a higher power? That is up to you. It matters not what you call it. It only matters that you re-awaken to the idea that we are all of the same infinite life source. An ancient Hindu proverb says: There are many paths to the mountain top. It matters not which path you take, so long as you take one. This implies there is only One destination, and for me and many, many others, that destination is the realization that we are all One.

Show that you have hope and faith that we, as a planet, can and will make it. If you have not signed the petition, please sign Humanity’s Team Oneness Day Petition (http://www.humanitysteam.org/sai/oneness-petition/what-is-it) stating that we are all connected. In May 2010, Humanity’s Team Global Council will present this petition to the United Nations so that an official day of Oneness will be recognized the world over.

Make Oneness, Unity, Connection, The Human Family, INSTINCT.

Is it worth it?

Yes.
jumpingjoy

Nannette Kennedy
nannette.kennedy@humanitysteam.org

March 25, 2010
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