As a child, I was granted a vision. The vision was the herald of “the end of the world,” along with the promise that this ending was not set in stone, but could be thwarted, or rather, re-directed through the accomplishment of one simple task. The task, however, proved not to be so simple. In the dream, this task was symbolized by the command to “gather your friends, dig up Lincoln’s bones (as in former President), and restore them to their rightful place.”
As I reflect on this dream in light of what we, as an American culture, and as a world, have undergone in the dreadful year of 2016, the dream makes total sense. If we, as a culture, and a world, continue to stray from the nobility, integrity, authenticity, honesty, and righteousness symbolized by our 16th President, we shall certainly manifest our own demise. For me, the dream becomes especially potent as we approach the passing of the baton from President Barack Obama, (who for me, more than any recent president has represented the Lincoln archetype) to Donald Trump. To say that this is a volatile time in our history would be an understatement. In my lifetime, it has never been more critical that we “gather our friends” and “restore Lincoln’s bones” to their rightful place.
But what does THAT mean? This is where the 40+ years since the vision prove to be helpful, especially those since 1993 when the red brick flew through the air and hit be between the eyeballs – waking me up to my mission and purpose in this life. This mission is nothing short of bringing heaven to earth! (No small goals here!)
What does THAT mean? In short, it is doing what Jesus did – discovering my own Oneness with the Divine and in that Oneness finding my unique gifts and call, and through these gifts and call, finding meaning and purpose in my life. Then, showing others how to do the same. Abraham Maslow called this process self-actualization. Carl Jung called it individuation. New-agers call it ascension. By whatever name you call it, the process is the same – asking and then finding the answer to the questions:
- Who am I?
- Where do I find that place of inner peace, connection and contentment?
- What are my gifts and how am I being called to use them?
What does this have to do with Lincoln’s bones and the end of the world? It’s simple really and it is the other part of the vision that has been given to me in adulthood:
A gathering of friends who have and continue to do for themselves what Jesus did (becoming self-actualized), who know what their gifts are, and who are finding fulfillment in the use of these gifts for their own sake, and (as it relates to Lincoln’s bones) for the sake of the betterment of the world. It is through this gathering of friends that:
- Hospice will be offered for the dying world.
- Support will be found for those who are grieving the loss of what they have known and for the anxiety they will be feeling in the face of a great unknown.
- Prayer will be offered for the sake of healing and wholing our world.
- Resources will be made available for those who are hurting and in need of healing – spiritual, emotional, mental and physical healing.
- Rituals will be done for the sake of restoring our world to its natural state in love.
- Peaceful, non-violent activism will take place to help raise awareness to all the places in our world in need of love and then working toward being that love.
- Education, formation and empowerment will be made available for those who wish to be a part of birthing a better world – ie: heaven on earth.
For nearly 50 years, this vision has been with me and the weight of this call. For the past 23 years, I have worked diligently toward this call. I have risked much for the sake of this call and have been called insane for believing such a call. In the face of what is unfolding in our world, I find that I can no longer question, doubt or challenge this call because I know it to be true. Whatever the cost, and without a safety net, this is what I am here for and what I am called to do. If we do not work on changing our own hearts from fear to love and if we do not work toward supporting others in doing the same, the consequences are nothing short of our own lives and the lives of our planet…and you don’t need to be a prophet to figure this out. It is right here before our eyes, if we take the time to look. We can no longer afford to bury our heads in the sand, unless of course, we are happy to see our world end.
Toward this end, I have put out the clarion call and gathered a group of friends to envision a better world and to dream about how we are called to be loving vehicles for change. If you feel so-called, join us on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm for our next Gathering of the Tribe. Here you will find community, support, inspiration and empowerment. If you are not in the Oshkosh area, join us by intention, or better yet, call together your own group of friends.
As I pondered this call at the juncture between 2016 and 2017, for myself and for those I have gathered, who should come to me but Mother Mary with the following words:
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.
I offer these words to all of those I know and love who envision a better world, or rather, who KNOW the world they came to live in and are now being called to create! Thank you for heeding this call and thank you for all you will do to restore our world to the Love it was meant to be.
Amen! Amen! Hallelujah! and Amen! Amen! So Mote it Be!