Buddhas at Target
Have you noticed that spirituality is everywhere? Best-selling books, classes, websites, Oprah, spirituality is exploding. Nowhere is it more apparent for me that life is changing than at Target’s Garden Center in the Inland Empire. When the sale of mass-produced Buddhas comes to staid, commercialized shopping centers in Montclair, California, we can be sure that the world is changing.
Many years ago in divinity school we were taught a concept by the late Ernest Holmes, the founder of Science of Mind. This concept was that transdenominational spirituality focusing on an indwelling God who knows only good and the power of the human mind to co-create would be the next great spiritual impulsion. In 1996 sitting in a mid-Wilshire classroom with twelve tired classmates, this concept did not seem very likely. And it may not seem very likely to many people, even now. But stay tuned.
As financial markets crumble, American jobs disappear, and bad news such as the escalation of school shootings in China dominates the headlines, the emergence of a new spirituality may seem like the furthest possible thing in the transition of human society in the 21st century. But as the structures that we as a culture have placed our faith in — the idea of solid retirement, jobs paying $50,000, lives of commercialized focus change, we can make room for something more authentic, more empowering, and ultimately more satisfying.
People are envisioning new ideas — that as human beings we are children of the divine; that we are all connected; that each of us has equal power and access to a Creative Mind, that we can use this power for unimaginable good in the world, and that love prevails.
That anything is possible if only we believe.