This Week’s Quotation:

What I notice is that when the grace of God is present through a person, those around them recalculate their lives. They sort their lives out in a different way. Perhaps they have been trying to sort it out in desperation, in a way where there did not seem to be any possibility. But now they are seeing possibility where there was none. They are seeing options where it looked like there were no options. And they are finding all those experiences that the spirit of love brings to a person—the feeling of self-worth, real meaning, value, and the lifting of the awful burden of shame with which so many people live. The grace of the Great Mother says, “Come to me, I’m always here, and I’m always free.”

~ Becoming a Sun p. 305

The Grace of the Great Mother

David Karchere
Author, Becoming a Sun

There are two qualities that come to mind as I think of the Presence of Mother God—comfort and mercy. There are certainly people who brought that Presence into my life. And I know I have the ability to bring comfort and mercy to others.

Early this week, a young American man, Jericho Skye, died on the battlefield in Ukraine. He had gone to train combatants and somehow must have ended up putting himself in harm’s way.

Jericho was a man of uncommon good looks with a noble spirit. He was a natural leader and beloved by the Sunrise Ranch community.

His family came to Sunrise Ranch to be together and care for Jericho’s affairs. It came to me to announce Jericho’s passing to community members.

I had everyone stand in a circle with arms around the person to the right and to the left. And then I told them the hard news. Sobs filled the room.

I knew the Great Mother would show up to comfort us. She was there within the circle and in our embrace of one another. She showed up as us hugging one another, especially Jericho’s family.

There was no way that such an occasion was anything but heartbreaking. But it went differently than it might have because the Great Mother’s Presence was there through us. We felt her saying, “Come to me, I’m always here, and I’m always free.”

What does it mean to become a sun?

Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.

5 Responses

  1. I feel the grace of the Great Mother surrounding those at Sunrise Ranch, and the spirit and family of this young man.

  2. As much as I detest War and the intense reasons for it – the severity of loss of a precious being, still gives the aspect of War no sense to me.

    Firstly, to outlive a child as a parent must be the most crippling emotion to ever have to weather as a human being.

    Secondly, to accept another’s decision to enter into something that is potentially life threatening – is another desperate destroying emotion to have to live through it with them and observe what another feels their will is to do.

    The Pain of Parenting is here for us all to bear to parent and mother/father one another. My deep thoughts are with Jerichos parents and his close family. My heart unfolds their loss of their incredible son, my thoughts wrap into shards of light to bring clarity to their thinking and feeling during this time.

    My God – the role of such a bearing in life, it is indescribable for those on the outside of this families most deepest of pains and yet we are on the outside of it we cannot bear their pain as fully for them.

    Nothing will bear the pain of this family because it will be a constant thorn in their hearts that Jericho is no longer here with them.

    Though – I can breathe the Mother of me into this world for them to feel an enfoldment of her arms of Love. I can think thoughts that one day War will cease to exist in our day and melt my love into getting war to cease. I can send the surge of a great wave to bring an end to that which killed their son.

    I can allow the Mother of me to share the burden of their pain too.

    What I cannot do is to take that awful hard desperate pain away.

    May the Mother create the sure realisation that this too shall pass, this incredible pain will disperse into celebration of this beautiful Man.

    That our each heart beat, will beat his spirit into life once more with all you see, feel and experience. That Jericho will be all around in every spec of life. And he will be easily seen in all the things that remind you of him dear family.

    Patience til that seeing time comes.. When that pain melts into experiencing Jericho once more in the all and everything the Mother brings into living being.

    My deep love and my deep, deep feeling is with You All, as a caretaking heart mother midwife as this awful pain becomes life again.

  3. In the loss of a precious loved one we hold the essence of their Spirit deeply in our hearts, deeply in our memories and deeply in our Souls by holding one another in the embrace of compassion and tender care. May the love for Jericho fill the void of his passing from this world, and comfort the hearts of his family and friends forever.

  4. Yes, David, standing in the circle with you and the Sunrise community when you announced Jericho’s death was a sad occasion. And yet somehow generative because we were unified in our love for Jericho and felt the presence of the Great Mother.

  5. David – thank you with deepest appreciation and blessings for bringing our community together with such care and grace.

    Jericho was, is, and always will be Held in the Surround of Mother God and in the hearts and souls of all of us that know and love him forever.

    It is a blessing to us all to be able to embrace his family in Surround and offer them all the love we have. It is a blessing to us all to be able to express our love and honor to him in his New Place.

    This is a young man who will never ever be forgotten – we honor his Being and embrace his Soul.

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