Rise Up

Soon afterward his way led him to the town of Nain. His disciples and a great crowd followed Him. And as he approached the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out, the one and only son of his mother who was a widow. And many people of the town went with her.

And when the Lord saw her, he was deeply moved, and he said to her, “Do not weep!” And he came up and touched the bier so that the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise” and the dead man sat up and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.

Fear took hold of them all. But then they praised the revelation of God and said, “A great prophet has risen among us, God is turning to his people again.  (Luke 7: 11-17)


“Have compassion for everyone you meet

even if they don’t want it. What seems a conceit,

bad manners or cynicism is always a sign

of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.

You do not know what wars are going on

down there where the spirit meets the bone.”

                                                  ~Miller Williams


What new consciousness is breaking over humanity in our time? What are the”signature” changes in human beings showing up in all parts of the world, although not in every person?

One of them is waking up to the intrinsic value of every human being; not just those who are like us and not just those whom we like. We are beginning to realize that we are all connected, that we are interdependent on one another and on the earth and all of life.

Through this “wave” of new thought come many of the social/political battles and debates of the day, from health care for all to social justice, to women’s rights, equal opportunity, and immigration rights and protections to care for the earth. These issues awaken our compassion. Something is calling on our humanity and asking it to “rise up,” to awaken, to hold to the good.

The new consciousness which is spreading over humanity is a sign of the spiritual “waterfall” descending upon us from the Archangel Michael who wishes to flood human beings with cosmic intelligence in our time. He sends waves of thought which we are free to take or leave. But we can see that many people are picking up on new and holistic ways of healing the earth and all of humanity.

There are so many ways in which a person can come back to life; so many ways to hear the words, “rise up.” Let that which has died in us fall away so that we can rise up. Let that which needs to die in us, do so, that we may have ears to hear and eyes to see what is happening.

We are also coming to the realization that there is life in death and death in life. More and more people are becoming aware that consciousness continues after the body falls away, that death is not “extinction,” but merely a transition.

Where things seem to have died, where there seems to be no hope, let us have compassion. For that which appears dead may yet have a spark of life and we might be able to rescue somebody if we are up to the task; if we can say to ourselves, “arise,” break through, come alive again.

by Carol Kelly

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