#32 One View About These Times

Like all of you, I too have been caught up in the tumultuous happenings in world and naturally, especially, those right here in our own beloved country. As time has gone on and on and on, (it seems like forever),  I kept thinking I would feel better if only I could make some sort of sense about what it all means.

Of course, there is the ‘we are transitioning to a new age’, namely, from the old Piscean to the Aquarian. The later being more group oriented is being resisted by the Piscean. In essence the struggle between the old, outgoing energy and the incoming new energy. The process requires the breaking down of old concretized forms and that is usually pretty messy. Even if one accepts that idea, and I do, it simply does not satisfy my inner mantra of ‘what is this about’, more specifically.

Then one day after a conversation with someone, I don’t remember who, something started me thinking in a different direction. I thought about the process when one is in counseling. It usually involves looking deeply inward. That can bring up painful, scary, even ugly things we keep out of sight and buried. That is, until there comes a moment where we simply feel the strong urge to plunge into the abyss rather than keep skating only on the surface of our life. We feel almost driven to uncover, clear out and evolve.

It occured to me that it’s like that with our nation. And for its evolution, at least two, more or less buried issues have been placed before us to be resolved. The first was triggered by the election of our president. We recognized clearly and fairly quickly that racism is rampant in our country. The second  is the current election process we have all been suffering through. And what this brought to the surface is so ugly, so fear and anxiety  producing, so repulsive that we just want it all to go way. Like in the therapeutic process for the individual, these are the underlying festering parts of our nation that need clearing out. It is an infecction, a boil that needs to be lanced and cleaned, for starters. We need to expose it all to the air, the sun. Our country cannot evolve till we deal with at least these two issues. (Friends, I can hear some of you saying, we better tend to climate change or non of this will matter. Just for the record, I see it all intertwined but don’t want to get too far afield of the main points.)

It’s too bad that things have to get so extreme to really get our attention. But having been shaken at least partially awake, let us now dedicate ourselves to looking for solutions. I’m not sure what they are but, compassion for all sides and points of view must be honored. Wow, now there is the first challenge. Till we genuinely realize that we truly are ONE, that everything we love and hate when we look around, is a reflection of us all,  we remain stuck. I honestly think that as a nation we are tired of ‘stuck’. So it is up to each of us to put our all into taking those steps we feel guided to take. Even just being kind to those around us may be a good beginning. Actually listening to those with different views and doing our best to understand how they may have arrived at their positions, is another step.( I am genuinely curious about how people come to believe what they do). It’s most likely that we are, right now, where and with whom we can be of service to deal with the challenges the nation faces.

Ultimately, we need to stand with the Light and be strengthened by it, creating a counter balance to the destructive forces. Spouting ugliness and hate is simply nourishment for those very things. That to which we give energy is what grows larger and survives. Let us choose wisely. And absolutely necessary,  from my point of view, is to have companions. I mean, working on the process of expanding the consciousness of a nation is no small assignment and requires at least a few with whom we can travel on this great undertaking.

Let us take heart in knowing that we are being shown so clearly, even if painful, the task before us. May we consider this a wake up call. Let us keep each other from going back to sleep out of sheer exhaustion. I say, let us rest a little and then band together, giving our all to the challenge of these times. Above all, I trust that we have access to Divine direction. All we need to do is ask and then listen and follow through.

Tell me what you think of all this. So much gets lost in writing things down. I’ll gladly follow up on anything.

I’m grateful for your companionship.

In Light and Love, Hedi

 

9 thoughts on “#32 One View About These Times

  1. Yes to everything you wrote! Yes to the shadow coming up for the country, yes to it being a messy painful process as counseling can be for individuals. Yes for the illumination of core issues crying out for healing: racism, economic inequality, as well as corporate militarism and climate change. All fundamentally stemming from forgetfulness about our unity. The current economic system is based on a worldview of separation from self, planet, and each other. This system of inherently intertwined with racism, as the people at the top of the economic system (but perhaps at the bottom in terms of awareness of interdependence) tend to be of white European descent. Big yes to standing in, with, and for the Light, with our companions — and ultimately stretching so that we remember we are companions with All That Is. The interspiritual/interfaith service I am organizing for Sunday is based on the theme of Light. Am reading a book called Let There Be Light, which looks at how Light has been central to spiritual traditions of all times and places. Not just a metaphor or pretty image. Let us cultivate the gifts of that which has been hidden in Shadow and forgetfulness. Let us each find what lights us up and radiate peace, love, and fearlessness in these times.

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  2. Dear Hedi,
    I thoroughly agree with your deeper perspective. And I wholeheartedly agree with Jean’s thought about each of us finding what lights us up and radiate peace, love and fearlessness in these times.
    To effectively heal we need to understand and not get caught up in fear and emotion. And this applies at the social level as well as the individual level. Our country before went through great suffering due to our lack of connection to the light. I refer to slavery and the Civil War. There is a quotation about the justice of God in this regard that I had thought was due to Lincoln but in fact was voiced by Jefferson in 1781 in prophetic words.

    And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.

    In his Second Inaugural Lincoln clearly articulated the justice of God with regard to slavery.

    Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

    I am one of those who feel that apart from the consciousness that created it, climate change is the most critical issue facing humanity, that an even larger theme is present throughout the industrialized world: our treatment of our sister, the very Earth itself. The interrelations among the fundamental causes of humanity’s current crisis are deeply addressed in the recent Encyclical of Pope Francis, “Laudato Si: On care for our common home”. The Pope writes:

    This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor.

    There is so much more to be said, and I believe the very root is at the spiritual level, not the social level. But I will stop here.

    Thank you Hedi for your thoughtful comments, and making your post before the election that is evoking so much emotion and fear.

    Love and light,
    Bob Oberg

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    1. Bob. again your comments lead me start thinking along a different strand. Briefly. God and retribution. I think of these things as consequences of past decisions and actions, karma. The principle generally is that what you put out will come back to you one way or another, as you also believe, I know.

      Most recently I would also think in terms of the quantum field and how each of us influences its expression, manifestation. Our mass consciousness creates our leaders, one could say. This makes it
      clear that we have plenty opportunities to shift this energy.

      Ah, it is a long subject. Fascinating.

      Light and Love, Hedi

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  3. weighing in briefly: (1) re: justice — The paradigm shift we are being called to includes moving from retributive justice (which again is based on separation and a world view of punishment/reward) to RESTORATIVE JUSTICE (worldview based on the reality of interdependence and recognition that we are all involved in the conditions that give rise to whatever actions are being addressed — it is about restoring relationships). (2) Karma — Some would say that karma is one of the most talked about, least understood spiritual concepts. I have done some training re: clearing personal karma. The idea that what we put out there comes back to us — yes, and at the same time, I think there is more to it than that. I want to get rid of blame and shame that goes with it and move toward thinking in terms of clearing that which obstructs the light and love from coming through. Actions that have been taken have been taken for a reason, often perhaps because people did not know of another way, did not have capacity to come up with a more creative solution that would be more life-serving, because of conditions of genetics and environment, and the element of mystery as well — we can make up all kinds of stories about why things are the way they are. We don’t know. All we know is — there are lots of challenges, personally and as a nation and as a planet. The internal and communal work is to discover what is ours to do. It has been a question that has caused me anxiety my whole life. I want to ask it now with more trust and faith that the Divine Light and Love are working through me even when I cannot see it. May our eyes be opened, may our hearts be cleared, may our minds be given creative new ways forward.

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    1. My Dear Jean, I love what you say and agree completely. I was not addressing the deeper levels of the issue. Just peripherally though, on one level karma can also be a positive, good presence in our life.
      For sure shame and blame have no place here. As you know, I see most situations, even difficult ones, as part of my curriculum on planet earth school.

      Always gently and lovingly, with compassion in the Light.

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