Game of Bridge

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We knew it as a child: life keeps on going, infinitely so. There is no final destination. The journey itself is life. However, we are so attached to outcomes that we make the destination our primary goal, while denying that the end of the journey is to lose everything. Is then to wonder that we would postpone the NOW – and thus any real attainment – into the future: “when [fill in the blank] happens, then I’ll be happy; l’ll relax.” Ultimately, we will rest in peace, and let go of everything. Once that is accepted, there is no need to worry, and nothing to protect. The journey becomes the goal, and the “PILLgrimage,” the healing place that “God circled on a map just for us.”

What keeps us from consciously taking a step on that tranquil road is our fear of change – of movement. If only we could embrace the new as we do when we travel to a different country, speak another language, eat different foods, meet new friends… Yet, to welcome the adventure, we would have to drop the plan, and become bridge builders.

Building bridges – said the Buddha – is an example of a meritorious deed, as the structure allows people or vehicles to proceed over obstacles like rivers, valleys or gorges. Bodhisattvas, who vowed themselves to share the gift of enlightenment, are depicted as civic-minded villagers who remove large stones from the surrounding roads, cut down trees that might break the axles of a wagon and who construct bridges, watering places and resting houses for the convenience of travelers.

Just like the metaphor of crossing a river speaks of spiritual transformation, so does building bridges: it is an act of random kindness, so that the ill and weak can cross rivers. How beautiful is the mind of an engineer that has the compassion to build a bridge! Yes, we can resist the other side with all we’ve got, or we can gracefully turn the page, and be on a new chapter, which, in our book at this time, calls us to feel the emergence of a movement toward an aware society.

emPowering NOW LLC is a movement. It is devoted to build such a bridge, in between this world – a world mainly in GReed where Giving/Receiving communicates via fear, confusion and domination, to a world of GRace where our word flows freely from the silence and the sounds of LOVE: same place, different mind! Building a bridge – or even walking on a bridge – can be a dangerous thing: in that space, we are in between: we know where we came from, yet we’re walking towards an unknown. What’s your game: will you cross the bridge or fade away?

There is, of course, the possibility to help each other go across: story is told that, when the Buddha reached the heavenly gate, he chose to stay to assist the many souls struggling. He had no ambition to be the first to enter: “if I’ve stepped a little further on the road, I still can’t hurry LOVE, as I know deep inside me that you are what’s left of me and your hunger is what’s left of mine.”

Join us for a game of bridge: we will start at noon EST / 11 AM CST / 9 AM PST this Sunday, and inquire on P49 of  of the New Essenes eBook (please make sure you have downloaded the latest version). If you can join us live this time, great!  If not, you may always listen to the archive or join us for our other New Essene shows via Elevate the Soul radio. Logistics follow.

Until then and beyond, peace be with you,
Written by Mahalene Louis,
Sent by the heart of the emPowering NOW team.
ps. whether you are joining us live, or are listening to one of our archived meetings, we recommend that you download the New Essenes eBook and have it available to follow along.

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