How Shall We Enter Into 2021?

Ilia DelioDear Friends,

We are on the eve of one of the most turbulent, suffering and deadliest years in history. Many people have lost loved ones to the pandemic, other diseases or accidents in 2020; many have lost jobs or have been displaced due to economic disasters; and millions have suffered social, psychological and emotional earthquakes due to COVID-19. How we enter the New Year of 2021 will affect how the future unfolds. Will we remain fearful, depressed, anxious and skeptical, or will we turn our hearts over and allow the energies of love to nurture our lives in the moments we are given?

How shall we enter into 2021? First, it is good to keep in mind that the human person is the quintessential mystery of the universe.  We are a mystery to ourselves and God is a mystery to us. Do not let the mystery of the unknown hold you back from life (as if we could actually control the events of our lives!)  Engage the mystery by living into it. We are space-time-mattering beings, each a partial of the whole universe, open to divinity and infinity; we create the universe by our thinking-acting lives. The sheer openness of the unknown, therefore, invites us to live with creativity, spontaneity, lives of adventure, daring to live by doing old things in new ways or, perhaps, new things in new ways.

Now is the time to live, to wonder, to dream new dreams, to hope, to be a bit crazy at times, to turn off the routine road of life and try a new path. Nothing can be more depressing than living like a machine: routine, predictable sameness of closed, bounded existence.  Machines wear out but living things move on. Life feeds on creativity and adventure because God is creativity and adventure. So be Godly, be wild in love, reach out beyond your comfortable borders. I am sure you will find another human there who is waiting to be loved.

It is time to stop living like we (not so) intelligent humans are in charge or that we can logically structure life. It is time to start living like the universe itself, this wild and wondrous 13.8 billion year-old universe, where the energy that moves the sun and the other stars is divine love. In 2021, the mind must stand in the heart and the heart must rest on the heart of divine love.

Let 2021 bear witness to a new type of person, the ultrahuman, the terrestrian, homo universalis, the person of deep interconnectedness, deep compassion, deep mercy, deep forgiveness and deep creativity.  Let us think as the universe and let us love like God. Let thinking be an act of love.

Wishing you a Happy New Year, wherever you live and love on this beautiful planet.

Sr. Ilia

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  1. Kay Jackson on January 17, 2021 at 7:53 am

    If there was ever a year to show us the impossibility of we humans ever being “in control” of events, let alone Creation, 2020 was the year. Unfortunately, it also forced us into confinement. What I have heard some refer to as being “cloistered” . For many, including me, it brought out my OCD, my reliance on strict routine and living. The Bipolar1 roared. It has been depression. Grey, dark depression.
    Then, 2021 inches closer. The thrill with the status quo seemed to loose luster. Even my small VERY us-them conservative town begin to gently turn. The “routine road” started to need detours. Hope is on the horizon
    The call to live creatively and wildly flows!
    Thank you Ilia! You are a life saver – literally.

  2. Carol Juen on January 12, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Thank you Ilia for inspiring words we do not hear enough and, even more so, for giving us a vision and path to follow. Homo universalis. This path of deep interconnectedness, deep compassion, deep mercy, deep forgiveness, and deep creativity is one I can follow. I have set my heart for the journey.

  3. Anne Grant on January 12, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Thank you for such an uplifting way to enter into 2021. Your articles are life renewing and transformative! Thank you!

  4. Carlos on January 12, 2021 at 7:00 am

    SO grateful for you and the work of The Center! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  5. Lynne Tolk on January 1, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you, Ilia! This is wildly reassuring and most exciting. May we all embody God ever more fully in the coming year! Bless you and your work, and the ongoing stimulation you provide!

  6. Sharon on January 1, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    These words give me renewed courage. I feel and hear a bold YES (!!) rising within me. Thank-you Ilia!

  7. Carl Madigan on January 1, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Thank you Ilia.
    May we truly learn to be free wild and filled with life with love.
    Blessings for the coming new year.

  8. Judith on January 1, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Dear Ilia, thank you for this very special, timely and galvanising message – it speaks to so many urges within me in recent days. I am so grateful. Let us live this wild and precious and cosmic-embedded life! Blessings on your good work and with you in it.


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