Our Purpose

As we begin a new year, we’ve begun to contemplate once more what it is that our community strives to bring to the world.

A recent discussion yielded some interesting insights. Before we were able to really unpack our purpose, most of us were very clear in our minds about what we did not wish to represent, and who we were not:

  • Our purpose is not to represent religion or other forms of superstition, no matter how popular and profitable those things might appear.
  • We are not interested in hierarchical structure or governance.
  • We do not seek to draw more lines in the sand.
  • We do not consider ourselves as belonging to any one country, state or nation.

We fundamentally believe that every moment can lead to value. And that the discovery of value within ourselves and others is one of the highest purposes to which we can subscribe as a society. We hold that each of us can transform society, by living in the world as peaceful revolutionaries — who serve the needs of those less fortunate, and who bring value to one another in every transactional encounter.

Our purpose, as secular humanists and New Thought practitioners, is to free ourselves from those things which divide us, and to embrace that which recognises our essential unity. For us, it’s not about freedom of religion, which we see as an important right for all persons… it’s about freedom from religion, that we devote our efforts and resources to creating.

We believe that a truly purpose-driven life is one that is informed by its past, not hostage to it. As Rick Warren puts it, “Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.” (The Purpose Driven Life)

We do not need to pretend that we are healers, because no one has ever healed another, and no one ever will. Healing arises from within, and is an organic process of becoming more aware of the innate balance that is our True Nature (homeostasis). We do not need to be priests or prophets, for the world needs no more professional hypocrites, predators or charlatans. It’s had more than enough of those over the past several millennia. We do not need to be in the spotlight, because the most important work is always done in secret and quietude.

We choose to be decentralised… fluid… post-denominational… rebels and revolutionaries of Love Itself.

Remembering My Friend, Louise Hay

Next to my Root Teacher, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, there has likely been no one else in my life who has had a more profound impact on my personal and spiritual growth than my friend and teacher of eleven years, Dr. Louise L. Hay.

I first met Louise in 1987, shortly after being released from the hospital with a rare form of pneumonia for the second time. Four years earlier, I was brutally attacked, raped and beaten by four men in South Florida.

At the time, I was a young Franciscan-Buddhist contemplative, walking back to the monastery, when these men, who themselves had endured unthinkable discrimination and abuse at the hands of the police, since immigrating to this country, left me for dead on the streets of Hollywood, Florida.

But it would be in another Hollywood… this time West Hollywood, California, that my friend (and major crush) Louis Nassany, would take me and my boyfriend, Ronn, to a beautiful, poised and unassuming woman’s apartment on Santa Monica Boulevard, where about 20-30 other men were sitting, standing, and hanging on her every word, as she talked about our capacity for healing our lives.

Two weeks later, we were in a community centre in West Hollywood, and there were over 75 guys, then 90, and then more than 100 of us gathered for what had become known as “the Hay Rides”.

We were most men living with the dis-ease that had become known AIDS, and we were fighting for our lives.

Soon, the eighteen months in which doctors said I would be dead had come and gone. I’d begun healing my relationship with my family, with my spiritual tradition, and for the first time in my life, began unapologetically living a more authentic, loving and vibrant life as an openly-gay man.

Everything in my life began to become more “whole” during the eleven years that Louise was my teacher. Her monthly cards and letters encouraged me, inspired me, and resulted in my being privileged to become the founder of the Zenkondo Centre, and host of a weekly radio show, “Inner Alchemy – the Science of Spiritual Living”.

This morning, August 30th, 2017, my beloved friend, teacher and inspiration to millions, Louise L. Hay transitioned from this life in her sleep, at the age of ninety.

She will be missed, and her legacy will live on for generations.

A Time for New Thoughts

Every new thought we think is creating our future.

One perception,
one fresh thought,
one inspired moment,
one act of surrender,
one quiet insight,
one change of heart…
and everything changes!

44fc5c6d1637554740af61c28ebf3860Someone once observed that the mind stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions…

And so we start a new week with the desire to stretch…
to expand the realm of possibilities…
to experience those things…
which will make our life bigger…
greater…
more full than ever before.

Make the decision that this week, you will spread compassion and understanding everywhere you go…
Let no one come to you, who doesn’t leave a little happier.

As Eleanor Roosevelt reminds us:
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”