Walking the Narrow Path
I recently found myself in the middle of a social media tornado after I posted something political (anti-trump) on facebook. After watching the people go wild (both sides saying the same things about the other), I felt called to write the following statement, and was surprised to see how many people resonated with it, so I will share it here:
I see a division happening now that worries me. A schism, a rift, that is splitting the people of this country in two. Both sides are seeing a mirror image of their worst fears in the other. So what are we to do when we see our worst fears projected onto the canvas of the other side (left or right)?
Stay. In. The Middle.
And by that, I don't mean throw out your values, or even your opinions. What I mean is, don't be swayed into perceiving your brother as your enemy. (S)he's not.
The enemy is the Anger. The Fear. The Confusion. Anything that moves you off your center and away from love towards your brothers and sisters. All of the spiritual teachers of the world have said this is different ways. Keep standing up for what is right, but if what you're doing is belittling someone else, then you're off track. I'm ready for a Revolution of Kindness. I feel certain it will come, and when it does it will take off like wildfire and will dissolve the things that trick us into thinking we aren't members of one human family.
A very wise Native American Elder and Wisdom Keeper (Marshall Golden Eagle Jack) gave a metaphor for the time we are in. He said that the image is that of an ocean parting, as the Red Sea parted before Moses. On both sides there is a swelling of fear, passion, and anger. And our task is to walk the narrow path down the middle. We must keep our feet on the ground, our eyes on the future ahead, and our minds sober amidst the swirling waters all around us. I have held this image close as I feel the seas of contention parting us. I feel myself getting swept up in fear and anger too. And then I remember this teaching. I remember my Teachers, who never get swayed from peace and love and union. Thank God for them.
We can get through this folks. Good things are coming. I love you.
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