Today we’re going to talk about the shadow, and we’ll move toward trusting the journey. To begin, here’s a question that someone wrote in the comments section of an article about the noble effort of Native Americans to protect the Missouri River in North Dakota: “Will the American people ever do anything to stop or rectify the harm being done by ‘their’ government in their name?”
Of course the question presumes that we’re not doing anything to stop the harm and rectify things. In fact, there are millions of us on the side of Life and Balancing and Harmony and Peace. We want change and we want to do something. So we spread the word, a few of us sign petitions and make phone calls, and yet we stand in what feels like an incredibly weak position, not knowing a way to really turn the tide. Why does our position seem so powerless? Are we losing this war to the ‘deciders’ and ‘controllers’? And a big one… if we abhor conflict how do we engage in it?
There are many fearful places the mind can go, many confusing states, many self-doubts and accusations. And we are conditioned to believe that asking for help is disgraceful. There is no disgrace in honesty. Yes, we need help: I need help, and as I look out it seems the entire world needs help. Where does help come from?
Well, maybe to begin we could see ourselves as powerful and not powerless. Embrace yourself and say it aloud, “I’m doing beautifully. Every experience I’ve had (or endured and survived) has brought about growth.” Adore your own heart, knowing that this is God Within, the manifestor, the center of our Being. From this temple we speak to the hearts of all other beings.
Let’s look at conflict of the type that was seen in North Dakota: such conflict occurs hourly and daily across the US. The energy of it feels like a personal attack on my tenuous comfort. The ‘do not disturb’ part of me is strong and valid, and yet… there is another strong and valid part of me that knows we are here to engage, on some level, in battle.
Question: Is there a level of battle that is engaged in alignment with God Within? We know that Love aligns with justice, and that justice comes before harmony, and justice and harmony come from right doing, and the way to right doing becomes evident when there is Truth. This is a world saturated with wrong doing. In my view, some conflict may be necessary for humanity to return to balance and from there to growth. Conflict that leads us to right doing might just be evolution’s ‘fast track’.
Stasis is uncomfortable, especially since we’re nearing the apex and we feel it. We’re evolving, and that’s what our joy and suffering is all about, as ego lets go of the notion that we control this trip. We obviously don’t have control, but in our response to others we do have choices. That may seem small, but it’s not. What if we are the creators of the outcome, and we do it by responding to Truth with Love, i.e. we love hearing the truth, even if it hurts.
Over and over again we hear it said, “We have to have a conversation about race.” But really… that conversation has been taking place for many years with those of us who listen. And yes, we’re wise enough to watch out for opinions and manipulation. We know that media and other forces are really hard at work to manufacture opinions and derail the heart response.
For clarity in the beginning, when I talk about the white world and brown or black world, I’m referring to a people’s collective existence: their physical lineage of ancestors, epigenetic memory, culture, language, spirituality, spoken history and so on. My human family and culture goes back to Europe and beyond, so when I say we, I’m talking about the white Western world and all that makes the individuals in this world similar to each other.
Many of us have made it a practice to resist using language that separates us. “We are one world,” we say. “We’re one human family.” Yes we are one at our core, but one doesn’t mean same. In the diversity of life we are individually unique, so when talking about peoples we walk the line of not generalizing, and yet recognizing that the ‘worlds’ are made up of unique individuals with collective experiences.