What more do I need to say about WolfStone Ranch being “spiritually based” than what I’ve already said on my Home page? Well, this “Love was their Religion” poster sums up a whole lot of it for me!
So does the myth, “The Rabbi’s Gift” (Read more...) which you may note, comes from the same book that I quoted on my Home page (in the section regarding Building Community)… hmmm, you may begin to see a pattern here!
But what does it mean to say that “one of us is the Messiah”? Or as this myth is really saying and I believe, that each and every one of us is the Messiah! Well, for me it means that each of us is a manifestation of God, just like Jesus or Allah or Buddha (etc.). That I am God. That you are God. That each of us has a Sacred Self that is connected with the Sacred Self of every other living being. And that all of us are connected with “God”, or the “Great Mystery”, or “the Universe”…
And this means we each have an incredible responsibility to live up to this reality! And this is so much more than just striving to be our very best selves. It means we are so much more than what we can experience through our five senses. To me, to strive to live my life from my Sacred Self means that I have faith in (or at least am open to the possibility of) an unimaginable power of Love beyond anything I can experience through just my physical body on this earthly plane of existence.
You see, when we try always to remember that we are ALL (plants and animals as well as people) “children of God”… that is, that we are ALL incredibly powerful sacred spirits manifesting in these (by comparison) frail physical bodies… then surely we will treat each other with so much more respect and kindness, right? Or let’s take it out of the religious lingo… and frankly, many of my secular friends have an even stronger sense of wonder and awe of (reverence for?) life itself than many self-identified religious people I know! These same friends have as deep a respect and admiration for the love that humans (and even many animals) are capable of feeling and expressing in words or action as many of the religious people I know… The point is, you don’t have to be religious to believe that life and love are truly “miraculous”, although you may choose different words to say so.
And when we try to behave as if we (and all living fauna and flora) are truly sacred beings, then we have an unbelievable potential to create a community and an environment that feels positively “magical” in its uncommonness… one that can bring healing to the wounded… and peace to the anxious and fearful. And I further believe that pets or people who are introduced to this kind of community and environment will feel strongly attracted to it… like bugs to light, literally! They may even feel compelled to become a part of it in some way... This is why, a few years ago, I adopted the Hindu practice of saying hello and goodbye with the ritual of “Namaste”! Just a constant reminder of the Truth, no? Read more...
Bottom line, I believe passionately that being spiritually based is critical for WolfStone Ranch’s success… so I want to build my tribe with others who totally agree with me on this foundational principle. ‘Nuf said!