How shall I live?

Bruce Burger
3 min readSep 13, 2018

The question… How shall I live?… is paramount in these difficult times…

The statement below by the sage Starhawk from The Spiral Dance, addresses this existential dilemma with unparalleled wisdom.

The three core principles of Goddess religion are immanence, interconnection, and community.

Thanks to Nina Paley for Dancing Goddesses

Immanence means that the Goddess, the Gods,are embodied, that we are each a manifestation of the living being of the earth, that nature, culture, and life in all their diversity are sacred. Immanence calls us to live our spirituality here in the world, to take action to preserve the life of the earth, to live with integrity and responsibility.

Interconnection is the understanding that all being is interrelated, that we are linked with all of the cosmos as parts of one living organism. What affects one of us affects us all… So interconnection demands from us compassion, the ability to feel with others so strongly that our passion for justice is itself aroused.

Goddess religion is lived in community. Its primary focus is not individual salvation or enlightenment or enrichment but the growth and transformation that comes through intimate interactions and common struggles.

Community includes not only people but also the animals, plants, soil, air and water and energy systems that support our lives. Community is personal-one’s closest friends, relatives, and lovers, those to whom we are accountable.

In a time of global communications, catastrophes, and potential violence, community must also be seen as reaching out to include all the earth.

Every Line in the drawing is the Mahatma’s mantra “Ram”.

For Mahatma Gandhi truth could only be lived. He called his life “my experiment with truth”. As Gandhi matured he came to realize that “Truth is God”. Gandhi experienced that as he lived life in a spirit of ahimsa, which is usually translated as non violence… but we might describe as gestures characterized by respect, caring and kindness… he experienced the sacred through his actions.

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Bruce Burger

Bruce Burger, MA,BCPP, is founder of Heartwood Institute and author of Esoteric Anatomy: The Body As Consciousness.