Blessed, to Have Been There

In the Vedic tradition, maturity is a journey through progressive activation of the seven chakras. Our life energy arises through the first chakra, progressing upwards through the center of procreation before entering the realms of will, healing, truth, self-awareness, and unity.

Youth are drawn to those higher levels of activation in their elders. They struggle, however, with mismatched sensibilities. In approaching a healer, they experience the rise of energy through the lower chakras in their hearts. Their confusion is to interpret the gift as a sexual overture.

A someone working in the experience of unity, I have experienced this again and again in dance celebrations. I invite people into the space of unity, and they come on to me. Recognizing that, I drop down into that space and clarify it. But most youth are hedonists – few of them get the point.

On Democracy, Now! today, Amy Goodman highlighted clips of Joe Biden standing behind a young woman. He placed his hands on her shoulders and she blushed. He whispered into her ear. These are things that I do as well. They are gestures of blessing.

I have suffered greatly from those that interpret them as sexual overtures. They are not. Those that see them as sexual should grow up, because blessings – a gift of love offered without expectation of reciprocation – are essential to the construction of a moral society.

Walking with Grace

Reply to this post by Caralyn out at Beauty Beyond Bones:


Hey, Caralyn-

Great post. I hope that somebody takes the time to stop you on the street and share what a light you are. I know that you get that here, but sometimes that affirmation doesn’t transfer until it’s expressed in the specific context.

This came to mind: a friend told me that one day she saw Princess Diana walking from her hotel to a limo in NYC. Diana stopped and simply waved her hand slowly along the street. My friend said that she felt the grace wash over her.

We can do that. We can call God into the world and allow his love to wash over others in a way that they can feel palpably. The trick is to only let go of the angels that are guided by our love when they land on somebody that will employ them to love others. Otherwise we need to pull them back into our hearts. As they come to trust our judgment with greater and greater certainty, they gather around us more densely. This is what Jesus meant when he said “To those that have, more will be given. And to those that have not, even what they have will be taken from them.”

I realize that for women this can be a little like walking off the end of the pier. Some men will misinterpret. But you don’t have to be visible to make it happen. You can be looking out a window, riding by in a car, or passing in a train.

I hope that you don’t mind my writing a sermon. I know that you’ve experienced this. I just want others to join in the process. When the joining of our little bubbles persists, the world will be changed. People will realize that they have a choice between the pain of the world the live in and the joy that surrounds those blessed by grace (which is to be given the support of angels in loving others).

Wishing joy, grace and love upon you in all things,

Brian