The Happiness Study Group will complete our study of Rupert Spira’s “Aware of Being Aware” and our introduction to the Direct Path this coming Tuesday on September 29th. It’s been a beneficial foray into non-duality and we look forward to continuing our investigation with a new, yet-to-be-determined selection on the 20th of October. The group will be on hiatus from September 30th through the 19t of October. Please contact Nadine at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining this group. Everyone interested in “happiness” is welcome!
The theme for the June Not Church was ‘life and death in the times of upheaval.’
With the pandemic in full swing and world-wide protests, we certainly do live in challenging times. We tried to acknowledge the challenges and find inspiration for finding the opportunities for positivity.
Doug welcomed us with personal reflections. Nadine led us in 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence to acknowledge just how long George Floyd suffered under a policeman’s knee. Maria inspired us with a poem by Hafiz and one of her own. Rhonda read a poignant, timely poem, “The Black Prayer” by RuNett Nia-Ebo and Erin tied it all together asking us to reconsider what we mean and who exactly is included when we talk about “we.”
A lot to think about. It was a powerful gathering.
The Candle burns down by Hafiz
We melt a little each day. The candle
And it may wonder at times, it may
What will become of me? What will
happen to my precious flame?
O, so much brighter my dear, you will
become, so much brighter.
Untitled by Maria Rosales
When you hit rock bottom
dig further down.
When you reach your molten core
Mystery will arrive
in so many disguises—
a songbird once drowned
out by the noise in your head,
purple and yellow blossoms
dazzling your morning eyes,
or a bee heavy with nectar
pauses to look at you—
perhaps that oak branch tapping the windowpane
asks permission to rock
your scorched soul, whispering
The Black Prayer read by Rhonda Purdle
This is deep, so take your time.
Why Did You Make Me Black Lord
Lord .. Why did you make me black?
Why did you make someone
the world would hold back?…
Black is the color of dirty clothes,
of grimy hands and feet……
Black is the color of darkness,
of tired beaten streets…
Why did you give me thick lips,
a broad nose and kinky hair?
Why did you create someone
who receives the hated stare?
Black is the color of the bruised eye
when someone gets hurt…
Black is the color of darkness,
black is the color of dirt.
Why is my bone structure so thick,
my hips and cheeks so high?
Why are my eyes brown,
and not the color of the sky?
Why do people think I’m useless?
How come I feel so used?
Why do people see my skin
and think I should be abused?
Lord, I just don’t understand…
What is it about my skin?
Why is it some people want to hate me
and not know the person within?
Black is what people are “Labeled”
when others want to keep them away…
Black is the color of shadows cast…
Black is the end of the day.
Lord you know my own people mistreat me,
and you know this just ain’t right…
They don’t like my hair, they don’t like my
skin, as they say I’m too dark or too light!
Lord, don’t you think
it’s time to make a change?
Why don’t you redo creation
and make everyone the same?
Why did I make you black? Why did I make you black?
I made you in the color of coal
from which beautiful diamonds are formed…
I made you in the color of oil,
the black gold which keeps people warm.
Your color is the same […]
Second Sunday is coming right up . . . so it’s time for Not Church on Sunday, November 10th.
Poco Cielo will once again provide pre-ordering for breakfast, which will be served at the hotel . . . following Not Church. They’re really going out of their way for us, so it would be great if you could support them and stay for a meal with friends after the gathering.
Norte will meet Nov 20 at 4pm at the Beach Comber…
And, there will be a joint gathering in December, details coming soon! Stay tuned.
Not Church Norte meets on Wednesday, October 23, not the 24th as erroneously posted. Apologies for the confusion. Hope to see you there!
Please be sure to note the time change to 4pm!
Hope to see you on the 24th at the Beach Comber in Rosarito.