The Mauimama issue 20 – Editorial
I once met a woman who believed the soul could evolve in consciousness over a lifetime, or possibly many, and it would do this through recognizable stages. Stage one was when the soul primarily thinks about itself and its own needs. (I’m sure we all know some people like this!). The second stage the soul evolves to recognize the needs of their family and immediate friends and can show compassion and empathy, if only for close ones. The third stage the soul has evolved to recognize the needs of its immediate community and may get involved if it will affect them and their village positively. The fourth stage the soul recognizes the needs of its own people and country and is inspired to serve others. The fifth stage rises to the level of global stewardship for all beings and animals. The sixth stage the soul has developed compassion for ALL living things, with out distinction, realizing that everything is one, inspiring the soul to LOVE all, SERVE all.
Depending on how evolved a soul is will affect their social decisions and behaviors. She believed that the fastest way for a soul to evolve was through compassion. Compassion is the key! According to the Merriam Webster dictionary compassion is a: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
Compassion can be innate (something we are born with – on varying degrees). From a young age it can be nurtured through modeled behavior, it can grow exponentially with becoming a parent, it can be explored in workshops (see page 8) but more often than not it comes from the soul experiencing suffering itself.
I don’t want my children to suffer, even for the benefit of their soul’s evolution in consciousness. I would much rather they learn compassion and community service through watching my actions. This month the opportunities to show compassion and get involved in helping out our community, and our young that need it, is overflowing.
Community programs don’t run on fresh air, they need our support. By simply getting together, supporting each other and having fun imparting a little cash or time in the process, we are all winners. The creativity, heart, work and community spirit is running high this April with a Fantasia Ball and After Dark Party to support IMUA (see pages 7 & 26), Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival, and later a Soiree, to help Haiku school children (See page 23 and back cover), Keiki Festivals and Earth day (also see page 13), and a March to help babies and their mothers (see page 8 & 19). I am proud and grateful that I am raising my children with this spirit of community.
Every little bit helps, so if you can, take the time to step out into your community and partake in some of the festivities. The ocean began with a single drop, a forest a tiny seed, and a beautiful community with a simple outstretched hand.
I hope you enjoy this issue of The Mauimama.