This post will anger some people. They will tell me to go back to my New Age love-nest and burn incense while singing Kum-bay-ah. They will say this because:
1. They know absolutely nothing at all about who I am
2. We have created a culture where love and compassion is viewed as weakness so the very act of me proposing something such as that is threatening to them.
I’d like to propose it is time for a shift.
In the midst of an otherwise stellar day, I saw the news of the Boston marathon explosions. My heart cried, “Not again! Why?!?”
And then, I remembered. In my mind, I went back to the day we received news of Osama Bin Laden’s murder. On the news it was being happily reported that there were people dancing in the streets, joyous about his demise. Being an advocate of Love in this world I was deeply saddened; not as much by his killing as by our reaction. People don’t seem to get that what we put out into the world is what we get back. Garbage in, garbage out. We put “hate and anger and dancing in the streets because someone was killed” in, we get “hate and anger and more killing” out.
I almost gave up on my soul purpose of bringing more love into the world, that day. I stood in my kitchen and cried and said, “I am wasting my time. People are never going to get it!” Luckily I had a brilliant coach who helped me to see that it isn’t my job to make you “get it”. I’m simply here to show the way, should you choose to walk a different path. So here it is:
You can’t put out a continual energy of anger and separation and then act appalled when somebody does something that is aligned with that energy!
Yes, it is easy – very, VERY easy – to be angry toward someone who does something horrific, such as flying a plane into the World Trade Center, shooting innocent children at Sandy Hook, or planting bombs on the site of the Boston marathon. It is easy to call them names, curse them, call them stupid, loathe their very being, and want them to be punished. My question is, “And then what?” Once you have finished hating and cursing, then what? What difference have you made in the world by doing so, other than adding more negative energy into the atmosphere?
If history repeats itself – as it usually does until a shift occurs – most of us will finish spouting off and then, when things calm down, we’ll go back to exactly the way things were. We will continue our path of separation, of valuing a piece of green paper more than the life of another, of only being able to see what is wrong in the world and the people around us instead of the beauty that is in our face every day – begging to be noticed, of finding differences and using them as reasons to break each other down rather than finding all the things we have in common and using that to build each other up.
As Albert Einstein once said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” This means you can’t hate your way into world peace. You can’t stop the senseless murders by shaking your head and muttering, “What the hell is wrong with these people?!?” and then walking away. You can’t stop the rampant negative energy in our world by fighting against…ANYTHING.
So when you stop to send prayers and love to the folks in Boston today, don’t forget to include the bombers. No, this isn’t about condoning their actions. It is about shifting out of the energy of anger and negativity, it is about changing our culture to one that sees the cry of the damaged, rather than damaging them more by piling our loathing onto them, it is about shifting the thinking that created the world we live in.
It is time for a reality that doesn’t include people bombing and shooting each other en masse on a regular basis. That can only occur by each of us, individually, deciding that our thinking, actions, and energy must change.
What would you propose we do to shift the world?
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