When I was in college in my early 20’s I had the life-changing opportunity to go to a post-revolution society.  I did this through winning a scholarship–partly due to scholastic achievement, partly because I was a nursing student interested in practicing in Latin America, and partly because I am half Hispanic.


And so I spent five incredible weeks in Nicaragua with a beautifully generous campesino (peasant ) family, who shared their very basic subsistence with me:  food, shelter, companionship, and hope.  I lived briefly with a unified people who could organize like nobody’s business; who cherished kinship with a distant sister; and passed on their dreams and visions to me that has to this day never been extinguished.


I know Nicaragua has changed, and I am not about to go into the social and political reasons of that change, nor judge whether it has been better or not.  I know only for myself that my time in that fertile time has not been in vain, and that I continue to hold that experience dear to my heart.  I could not go back to work as a nurse in Latin America because of life and health changes.  But I do know that somewhere along the timeline it was no longer REVOLUTION for me.  Revolution happens to individuals and societies through external means.  I was not content with that.  True, I have been forever marked by my experience in Nicaragua.  But for me it was and has continued to be a journey of INNER TRANSFORMATION.


I know now that the call to Revolution does not mean so very much if the Revolution does not have the foundational backing of inner transformation: an inner transformation that makes change, growth, toleration, peace generosity, and unity abiding.


I want to work for that inner transformation with all my heart.  I hope and pray that any inner transformation I achieve grows outward like a great tree, providing life, beauty and haven for anyone I encounter.


In the words of Meher Baba:

Love has to spring spontaneously from within; it is in no way amenable to any form of inner or outer force. Love and coercion can never go together, but while love cannot be forced upon anyone, it can be awakened through love itself. Love is essentially self-communicative; those who do not have it catch it from those who have it. Those who receive love from others cannot be its recipients without giving a response which, in itself, is the nature of love. True love is unconquerable and irresistible. It goes on gathering power and spreading itself until eventually it transforms everyone it touches. Humanity will attain to a new mode of being and life through the free and unhampered interplay of pure love from heart to heart.–Discourses Meher Baba (1973), p.24.

—Michele Salinas LAc, Dipl OM RN-BSN, MSOM 10/2016

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