☉︎ in 26° Taurus : ☽︎ in 17° Pisces : Anno Vvi
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
To my Beloved Companion: Greeting and health.
We are living in a time of pandemic. Even as we are slowly looking around at the opening up of society, cautiously adjusting our sights to the new reality of walking sickness all around us, we must not lose sight of a concept that is one of the most important and grounded principles we have been taught: every man and every woman is a star. Not merely a few elect or those who belong to some special in-group or a particular color, creed, or economic bracket. Every man and every woman. We’re all in this boat together regardless of our circumstances.
This is not a soft case for socialism or any other kind of -ism. The Spiritual Exercises, no matter which foundation on which you take them, do not lead us through politics as such. It is, however, the recognition of our common bonds, our common humanity, our common spiritual nature that reaches out for inclusion and yearning for connectivity.
The Prophet, in one of his more lucid comments on mysticism retorts that any Master who does not have the time to wash the feet of his own disciples (on all planes, he interestingly adds) is not a master at all but counted among the Black Brethren, that is, one who has been rejected from one of the highest attainments in spiritual evolution due to personal failure. Washing the feet of someone else is a lowly, simple act of hospitality. It is little more than that. Hospitality. And yet it carries such immense symbolism and meaning. It is inclusive in nature and leveling of stature.
It is this washing of the feet that draws us into the inclusive nature of our community.
Meditation Text: “And the Lord Adonai delighteth in me, and I bear the Cup of His gladness unto the weary ones of the old grey land.”
Repeat these three phrases to yourself as necessary, as a mantra of sorts, to remind yourself of each step of the path.
1. Touch. I touch the Heart of Inclusivity.
When making a plait, then inclusion of the third band makes the other two stronger. Christians believe that where three or more are gathered, the Spirit of God resides even more strongly. Many Pagans believe in the Power of the Triplicity. All true Gods, the Prophet said, are found in triads. All things are stronger when they are bound together, harmonized, and strengthened by that common bond and a heart for inclusivity.
2. Desire. I desire to be the Soul of Inclusion in my Community.
As I meditate on the text above, I consider all those that I draw into my care and circle of comfort, those that are especially lost to the notice of others, lonely in their forgotten state, and those who are excluded from the norms of the society around us. I look for ways inside me to be inclusive even when I cannot meet with these individuals face-to-face.
3. Include. I breathe the Manifestation of Inclusion.
Inclusiveness is freedom. By opening the pathways of openness and liberty of individualism and expression, by welcoming the inclusive nature of community and hospitality, we are saying that every individual is unique and welcome to be themselves, individual, independent, and iridescent in their radiant manifestation on this planet. I breathe in the choice to encourage that inclusiveness to others and breathe out the action of choice to see it through.
In the end, give thanks. You don’t have to give thanks to anything or anyone in particular. Just be thankful for the moment. In that moment, though, consider two things: first, if possible, how can I connect with someone else who ensured that I felt included and worthy of inclusion; and, second, is there anyone that I could pass along this same exercise, someone that needs this message of inclusivity whether to be more open to inclusion or encourage as they continue their mission of opening doors of hospitality in the world?
I look forward to continuing this journey with you, if you choose to continue, and see where it takes us.
Love is the law, love under will.