A MESSAGE SENT TODAY VIA THE “INNERNET”
During the past week, I came across several references to the “Innernet.”
This clever and evocative name is already being used by individuals and businesses in a host of ways. A quick Google search offers over 650,000 results.
But imagine an Innernet… the Innernet… as real and relevant as the Internet, perhaps even more so, because absolutely everyone on the planet is on it. Imagine a wondrous energy web in which we are all connected, sending and receiving messages 24/7.
I wondered: How we might use this Innernet to spread hope on the planet? That question triggered a memory that I’d like to share with you now.
It was a typical summer day in Sedona, Arizona. The cloudless blue sky provided a perfect back drop for the area’s amazing rock formations. While waiting for the stop light to change from red to green at the intersection of 179 and 89A–where there is now a roundabout –I watched a young woman clothed in a long-white robe cross the street in front of my car. Only when she reached the other side and stepped on to the sidewalk did I notice her feet. They were bare! The air temperature outside my car was nearly 100. Imagine the heat of the black asphalt!
When the signal changed, I u-turned and pulled into a strip mall driveway so that I could encounter the young woman. I rolled down my window and offered her money for shoes. “I cannot accept money,” she said.
I offered her my sandals.
“Thank you. But, I cannot accept shoes either. Being shoeless is voluntary for me. It’s a kind of prayer,” she said. The young woman went on to explain that being shoeless was part of loving service she was doing for humankind. Beaming with joy, she offered to chant a blessing for me, which I accepted.
On that day, in that way, she sent a Therevada Buddhist Blessing out on the Innernet.
Today, in this way, I am sending a similar one from The Twelve Gifts for Healing:
May you allow fear to soften and melt away.
May you release all regrets and resentments.
May you see the world with wonder.
And may you imagine only good things.
May hope rise within you.
May peace wash over you.
May you hear the voice of wisdom.
Listening, may you act with trust.
May your heart open.
May joy emerge.
May love flow through you.
May you heal and help others.
What if, just once each day, we each simply whisper “Hope”
and we send that out on the Innernet?