I am truly privileged to be the caretaker of this haven that continues to flourish here in Cumming, Georgia. People come and go and I participate in their lives as much as they will allow. It just hit me a few days ago that two of our women with whom I have a deep connection have been on a similar journey in their evolution of consciousness and have taken the same quantum leap. I'm talking about Mary Ann Witcher and Kim Hames.
Both of these dear friends have been care-givers for their husbands who are cancer survivors and who continue to have health complications from time to time. I've watched their sparkle dim and their stress level increase at times as they have both continued to work with the raging fear that keeps creeping in at the most unexpected time and the thoughts that endlessly play the same haunting message that can't be turned off.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj talks about the mind most of us are familiar with. He says, "Between life's source, and life's expression (which is the body), there is the mind and its ever changeful states. The stream of mental states is endless, meaningless and painful. Desire and fear are the woven fabric of living, and both are made of pain. Pain is not a cosmic fact. It is purely mental. This mind by its very nature divides and opposes. Limitations of this mind is what makes for isolation.
The question then becomes, "Can there be some other mind which unites and harmonizes, which sees the whole in the part and the part as totally related to the whole? If so, where does one look for it?" Sri Nisargadatta says "In going beyond the limiting, dividing, and opposing mind. In ending the mental process as we know it. When this comes to an end, that mind is born. In this mind, the problem of joy and sorrow are not known as desirable or repugnant. It becomes rather a question of love seeking expression, and meeting with obstacles. The inclusive battling against circumstances; initially frustrated, ultimately victorious. Between the spirit and body, love (rather than the thinking mind) provides the bridge. Mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.
And now, in my assessment, both Mary Ann Witcher and Kim Hames have crossed over that mind created abyss. And even though more obstacles to their evolution may arise and they may become frustrated; ultimately they will be victorious. They will meet the obstacles and frustration with an evolved mind that neither sees them as desirable or repugnant, but rather as opportunities for love's expression and their heart's expansion through service.
Mary Ann Witcher (MAW) and I are putting together an ongoing women's support group called "You Grow Girl" because she has realized how important it is to have support during the type of growth spurt she has been through. The group will meet on Saturday morning from 9am - 11am starting September 17 at NaMestoy Farm.
Kim Hames is instrumental in bringing the North Georgia Symposium for Holistic and Integrative Medicine to Gainesville on October 29 - 30.
Go to www.hearthlightevent.com to learn more about this revolutionary event. Cancer doctors will be taking CEU courses from Alternative/Holistic practitioners.
In Loving Oneness,