Thursday, June 15, 2017

Violence, violence everywhere

Violence is something that I am personally familiar with, though I wish I was not.  I wish it was abstract to me as it is to some of the people around me, but it's not.  I know that long after physical wounds heal, the damage done to the heart and mind and soul lingers on.  Combined with what seems an excess of empathy, this knowledge makes the news hard to watch, to read, to talk about.

Yesterday, a member of Congress was shot.  In past weeks, there have been terror attacks in the United Kingdom. People trying to help young women being harassed in Portland were murdered for their caring. Even Walnut Creek, usually praised for it's lack of violent crime, has seen an increase.  My heart hurts from all of these plus the knowledge that in many places across the globe, violence incredibly normal.

Acts of physical violence are deplorable.  They catch our attention, and those are the violences that we, as members of our societies, focus on.  We don't spend enough time on addressing the underlying violences of heart and mind and soul that produce physical violence, and that keeps us from moving forward into any sort of peace.

Can we end terrorism or cruelty with those things? No, we can't.  We can end this cycle of violence and pain by cultivating our kindness, compassion, and a willingness to build dialogue, to truly listen to each other.  Anything less is going to miss the mark.  Addressing the source of pain, hatred, and fear is essential. Exploring the ideas and institutions that help oppress and wound and divide is crucial.  Listening and questioning are the tools we most need right now.

We need to bring our best selves to every aspect of our lives.  We need to denounce violence for any reason.  We need to expect more compassion and kindness from our leaders, at every level from our households to those who lead our nations.  We need to expect honesty, integrity, and openness, and we need to start talking about how we got here, who we have hurt, and who we oppress. If we will not work for a better world, we will never have anything other than what we see now.

As energy workers, light workers, healers, and spiritual beings, I feel we need to heal ourselves, but also, we need to include healing what we can in the world with that.  The time for silence and solitude is over.  It is time to try building inclusive communities again. It is time to share, both in what we give and what we receive.  We can wait no longer.

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