Being unafraid of this world’s pain

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This month I’ve been deep in contemplation about the world and about myself. Old questions have arisen with new urgency, such as Who am I? What is my reason for being here now? How may I best serve the world, and alleviate the suffering which seems to be everywhere? Some days I only crave solitude and stillness in order to listen deeply within. Other days I’ve sought the wisdom of other voices in order to help make sense of what feels utterly insane and incomprehensible.

Tonight I listened to a program by Bioneers, which was a conversation between several well- known wise women as they explored how Women and women’s innate knowing is a crucial piece to the process of healing our broken world. The speakers included Alice Walker and Joanna Macy, who both spoke passionately and eloquently on this topic. Joanna Macy is an activist, author and Buddhist scholar who has worked tirelessly for decades to support people in their journeys towards healing themselves and the planet. She has long taught a method called The Work that Reconnects. The gist of the method is that a person must be willing to dig into the pain which they carry (whether they are conscious of it or not) in regards to the state of our world. We must allow ourselves to feel the sorrow, anguish, rage, and despair that lives inside us which we usually stuff way inside and do not allow to consciously surface. It is through this allowing, Macy states, that we begin the process of healing both our individual and collective selves, and from there, our beloved, ravaged planet.

Clearly, this is difficult work on all levels. None of us wish to dig into our hearts and souls and dredge up painful emotions and memories. Speaking for myself, I admit that to consciously choose to look at the terrible tragedies playing out across our earth at this time is just about more than I can bear most days. It’s too big, too horrific, and too overwhelming to gaze with steady eyes and heart at what humanity is doing to itself and to our planet, our home. How can I possibly bring myself to take Joanna Macy’s advice and allow myself to feel the great weight of despair residing inside me? After all, I have to get up and go to my job, interact with other human beings on the daily, and if I truly allow myself to see what is happening in the world and to feel the suffering of those experiencing it, there is no way I will be able to function.

Yet, Macy understands deeply the Buddhist path to end suffering. She advocates that we acknowledge and feel the suffering, but that we don’t dwell there. Just as the Buddha did, we must work to find the place of peace and stillness within our soul that is untouched by the world and its vast drama. This is the most difficult and rewarding work we can do while incarnated. To be in the world and yet not of it means exactly this—we acknowledge the world’s suffering, understand that suffering is caused by mistakenly believing the illusion to be reality, and then stilling the mind and emotions enough to experience the truth—reality is not this three dimensional story of separation we’ve been telling ourselves for thousands of years. In fact, the earth itself is on a journey of ascending into a higher plane of existence, and those of us who are awake to it, are here to help it arrive safely, much like an army of midwives helping to birth the new age of Earth and of mankind.

I have a saying taped to a wall in my kitchen. It says,

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do Justly Now.
Love Mercy Now. Walk Humbly Now. You’re not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

When I become very quiet and still and can go beyond my ego mind’s chatter, then  I understand what the Buddha, Joanna Macy and many other wise teachers teach. Then, I acknowledge the pain and immense suffering of this world, while also calmly seeing that it all stems from the false belief that we are separate and discreet entities from each other, unconnected to Earth or to Divinity, the Great Spirit that dwells within each being. We have lost our way because we have forgotten our inherent connection to everything else. It’s so very easy to forget as we go through our daily routines. Other people are annoying, rude, ugly and every other negative adjective we can come up with. Why should we care about them? Why should we be kind or smile when they don’t care to return the favor? How can we bring ourselves to love those who are purposefully destroying all we love and wish to protect? To forgive those who bring pain and suffering to others and then lie, cheat, dominate and destroy? I mean, this is VERY big, and difficult work.

Coming back then, to Joanna Macy’s words that rang through my soul tonight, I get it. As unbelievably painful and hard as it is to see, acknowledge, and feel it, I know that the only way out of our global predicament is through. We cannot, we WILL NOT change our world until enough of us can do exactly this. Business as usual is destroying our planet bit by bit, fire by fire, melting ice cap by melting ice cap. We are all so busy running around our lives, failing to stop long enough to truly listen to Earth-Gaia-Madre Tierra, crying out for us to Stop, Look and Listen. To see what we are doing to our only home. To cry for what we have all done to Her. To find better, healthier, cleaner ways to live upon her, in harmony with her great cycles. Until we can collectively get on our knees and ask for her forgiveness, we will continue to teeter on the brink of extinction.

For those of you who would like to hear Joanna Macy, here are more links to some of her talks. Joanna Macy- Embracing Pain
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On the brink

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Welcome to the energies of 2020. As if on cue, the new year and decade have arrived with the clarion call for Change. Due to the immense influx of cosmic light which blasted Earth at the end of last year, it has brought both the energies of light and of darkness into high relief. America’s warmongers, led by the president’s lunatic decision to have the military kill one of Iran’s highest military leaders has led the United States to the brink of a full out war with Iran. Echoes of the year 2001, when the war dogs became ravenous and created an immensely tragic war with Iraq, are present in the atmosphere once more. War. It’s presence on our planet has been a constant for more millennia than history can tell. At this pivotal moment for humanity, it has smelled yet another opportunity to feast upon human flesh and blood, to wreak destruction and havoc, and to siphon yet more resources that could go towards our common Good into its gaping, hideous jaws.

There are those who believe we are living through biblical prophesies. That the years we’ve gone through and are now facing are the Great Tribulation. That Armageddon is right here and now on Earth. Looking at the daily news cycle, it is clear that humanity is certainly going through unprecedented hard times, chaotic energies, ongoing emergencies, wars, and basically all manner of hell. The energies of chaos and disruption are heavy, dense, dark and oppressive. How can we humans cope in the face of all that?

Dear Readers, I am simply one more human being trying, like you, to manage as best as I can through all the density and gloom. For my own sanity and self-care, I turn to the masters who walked the path before me. Many people came to Earth and faced equally horrific and terrifying situations and gave us road maps for how to traverse through the most difficult of journeys. In fact, every culture on our planet has its heroes and brave, noble, peace-loving souls. The ones who persevered in spite of the most dire of circumstances. The ones who held their inner light as strongly as humanly possible and shone that soul light out into the darkness. Although most left their human forms long ago, their light still shines because that is what the light of divinity does. It is an eternal fire and cannot be destroyed. The other great gift these masters gave us is the lesson that we each carry that same soul light within us, and have the same exact power to wield it before those who would destroy it and us. Gandhi implored us to Be the Light and the Change. So did Martin Luther King. So did countless other leaders of the Way, the Truth and the Life. Buddha, Jesus, Krisna, Quan Yin, Mother Mary, all the Dali Lamas, all the holy people of each age. No matter what your spiritual beliefs may be, nor what part of the world your ancestors are from, the real truth of human beings is that we are not separate from one another, nor from nature, nor from our spiritual roots in the higher, divine realms.

As the current, insane world leaders attempt their latest rendition of shock, awe and destroy so they can continue to reap the profits from war racketeering and human misery, it is IMPERATIVE for us—the ones who are reading, the ones who are feeling the exhaustion, the ones who are pleading peace—to daily hold our Light on high and SHINE OUT into the world. Blast your light as wide and as far as you possibly can, dear Readers! Because we are now into a New Era on Earth/ Gaia, when each one’s light is their greatest strength and weapon to defeat the darkness. The time is now and you are exactly where you need to be. Conquer fear through shining your lovelight upon it. And don’t let anyone cover your light. You are incredibly important to the unfolding of what is to come. Stay calm, and remember to breathe into the news of each unfolding event. Keep breathing and shining your light. Keep going.

XR Rebels across the planet

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XR Rebels marching through the world’s streets via https://rebellion.earth

Dear Readers, can you feel the excitement in the air? In case you haven’t seen it on the news media (and chances are good you won’t), #ExtinctionRebellion activists are busy rebelling this week. In 60 major cities in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South America, Mexico, and the United States, people are gathering to shout, dance, sing, glue themselves to heavy objects, do performance art, and whatever else they can think of to tell global governments to STOP INVESTING IN AND SUPPORTING FOSSIL FUEL GIANTS. NOW. Our global house is on fire, and it is a CLIMATE EMERGENCY.

Here is a news segment from Democracy Now! which interviews Dr. Gail Bradbrook, one of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion. It’s a great segment to watch, especially if you aren’t familiar with XR’s basic philosophy and three foundational demands. Because climate heating is really happening, and governments can no longer simply pay lip service to the world’s citizens. We are demanding Real. Action. Now.

Here are links to XR’s website, for all the latest news, inspiring videos and amazing photos of what is happening in the streets of our world this week. The People are Awake! Shouting! And Fearless! https://rebellion.earth/2019/10/09/xr-unchained-day-2-of-rebellion/

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Get inspired and involved. To change our world, it takes everyone and that means YOU!!