When I set out to write on race, not as an advocate of something but as a communication, there is an inherent challenge: what can stretch across these extreme divisions? We already know the heart is the key, and we know this because as a child, we loved instinctively, without fear. Then came the programming, taking us far away from instinctive and authentic.
Very sadly, people who would be tender and understanding if they knew the experience and felt the pain of the ‘other’, are caught in a net of hate. Can talking and listening have an effect on that? I believe so… as a matter of fact, I know so.
Who in the wider world wants to deeply consider racism, and what the divides mean at this crucial time? Not many, I suspect. But those of us who tend toward heart-centered awareness may be ready for this conversation, because of the self-knowledge that we have gained, and the Divine Within that we are returning to.
Many have succumbed to ‘media made’ opinions about race because they have little direct experience with people of other races and ethnicities. We are often insulated. So, folks believe they know something because they watched a video, or an ‘expert’ said it, and the opinions sounded good and reasonable.
Also I’m aware that some spiritual and ‘consciousness focused’ people feel like it is not in their life path to deal with these issues. If it’s not, it’s not. But, we really are All connected as vessels of the Divine, so we might as well listen. Perhaps there is something in another’s experience that is going to intersect your path… you never know.
So, first we deal with fear. There are lots of emotional states that can come over a person, but for me the repeat visitor is fear. The situation with fear is different than with loneliness, sadness and so on, as this is about survival and protection of loved ones.
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