There's no doubt about it: it's on.
We are being pulled through something extraordinary and (potentially) transformative. Whether we let ourselves be pulled to the dark or to the light is up to us, but here we are nevertheless.
From a recession that left my friends and me jobless as we entered the workforce for the first time, to the sweeping distrust of large institutions like banks and the government, to the fact that we have been witness to too many police shootings of unarmed black men and women, to a hundred other issues, there is no question. We're in it.
There are a couple of pseudo-spiritual takes on this which, IMHO, aren't helpful. And if we can course-correct our thinking, we can course-correct what's going on in the world.
Pseudo-spiritual response #1: I just need to be around high vibration people because there is just too much nasty, toxic shit going on and I can't be brought down by it.
Why I disagree: If you are on a high vibe and feeling zenned out and light as a cloud, will you please come down to the ground and help the rest of us? If you're blissed out, HELP. Don't run. And if you lose your om shanti, at least you know how to get it back. There's nothing spiritual about self-preservation.
Pseudo-spiritual response #2: I'm gonna close my eyes because there's nothing we can do. We are helpless and nothing will change. So I'm just gonna take care of me.
Why I disagree: There's no evidence that suggests there's nothing we can do. We are hard-wired to evolve. Just check out our monkey ancestors. So, yeah, I can't go negotiate a peace treaty or solve climate change single-handedly or de-militarize the American police force. But I can actually bring peace to my conversations, do my part to turn off the lights and start a conversation with my community police force. There is no "out there" where we will see the assertion of progress on a big billboard letting us know we done did it. It's all right in front of our noses. The moment we start to heal what's in our faces is the moment we get the world back on track.
Okay, so what am I offering to bring us through this moment instead? Well, I'm not offering it—I'm more just another voice that's shouting this ancient principle from the roof tops:
Come from love, every time.
When we can get out of our ego-monkey-small-minds and see the world for what it is, we really have no other choice than to come from love. The planet won't withstand it if we don't.
So what does that mean?
Coming from love is a fierce stance.
It doesn't mean that we don't look the bad guys in the face. It's not that we don't protect what's endangered or call out what's wrong. Love isn't passive, especially when there's a disservice in the world. But coming from fierce love helps us to widen the lens. We open the aperture to absorb the whole picture and not just our egoic-monkey-mind's idea of "justice". We take the wide shot so we can see all of the possible avenues to making it better. Love gets us out of the mirror so we can see all the resources at our disposal to help. And then with clear eyes, we get to work with fierce, unstoppable intensity.
Coming from love widens our circle of influence.
It doesn't mean only speaking to those who agree with us. It means talking to those who might "bring us down" and letting our love be strong enough to bring them up. We don't have to agree on everything, but if our "opposition" feels there is energetic love behind our words—then maybe they'll hear a few of them.
Coming from love seeks out action.
It doesn't mean we just let things unravel and try to love them back together. Love is surgical when it sees disease. If we see something slipping toward the dark in our community, our job as spiritual seekers is to step in. We don't step in to judge those walking in darkness, we come in to root it out for all of us.
Coming from love requires resilience.
It isn't easy. People won't like you because you're asking everyone and everything to change. You're a disrupter. But if we can humble ourselves to something greater than ourselves (like, ya know, the power of love and connection between human beings) then we can find our way out of self-preservation and into actually achieving a better world.
Coming from love is a practice.
It's not going to be perfect. We're gonna mess it up. We can easily get self-righteous. I've done that plenty'o'times. So we have to come from love with ourselves, too. The desire to change has to be greater than the desire to be comfortable or right. To get uncomfortable and to get passionately and ferociously motivated by love is the way the tide turns.
Now's the time, friends. We all know it. We all feel it. So what's it going to take for our own hearts to break open and make us come from love?
There is a point in everyone’s spiritual journey where, if you are not careful, the search for self-awareness can turn into self-preoccupation. There is a fine line, at times, between self-exploration and narcissism. One way to see how we’re doing is to measure the fun factor: spiritual growth that’s too much fun all the time usually isn’t growth at all. Anything that has become too comfortable cannot ultimately be comforting. The universe is invested in our healing, and healing is a fierce, transformative fire. It is the product of human willingness to change, and change is often hard.
For years, I thought I only had to heal myself, and the world would take care of itself. Clearly we must work on healing our own neuroses in order to become effective healers. But then, having worked on our own issues a while, another question begs for an answer: how healed can we ultimately become while the social systems in which we live and move, and have our earthly being, remain sick?
— Marianne Williamson, Healing the Soul of America
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