“The truth can be used to harm, or to heal” ~ my erstwhile mentor, Philip Goodman during one of our many fine talks.
I am of the belief that every one of us, in fact all living beings have at the center of their being a soul. It’s the part of us that has a direct line to the Infinite. It is always about good, about light, and ultimately about love, compassion and grace. I know this in the way so many of us know things that have no empirical truth; we know. However, are we engaged in a regular and devoted practice that helps us connect to the Source within each of us? Is it or is it not each of our truest, highest purpose to do this? Or is it cool to just shoot from the hip, do and say and mimic what our parents, teachers, life trauma and experience, and authorities told us was right?
I’m really not here to judge anyone. Ultimately, we have to meet each other exactly where we are, and go from there. And I think we have the ability to do that. We have a strange world political situation going on at present — and it seems to have had almost everyone digging in their heels and saying I am right, and you are wrong, and I am willing to fight about it. I was in Miami last summer studying ashtanga yoga with Paramaguru Sharath Jois. When he was asked about social media, he simply said ‘Everybody has comment.’ And so it is.
In my previous post, I suggested that ‘what if there was a virus that infected all of us, and it’s outward manifestation was to cause us to ‘think’ in a certain combative way?’… Wouldn’t we want to treat our illness first? And wouldn’t we stop rampantly stating what was on our mind once we had our diagnosis? And lastly, wouldn’t we follow a prescribed course of care to heal our self of the virus?
In my experience, and using the metaphor / mythology of warriors and healers, we begin our early adult life as warriors. We battle adversity. We fight corruption. We rail against the relative inequities in life. We rage against the machine. And we learn. We gain in experience. We become wiser. We soften. We learn compassion. Grace enters. We transition into healers. We see how our experiences and accumulated awareness can help others. By helping others we see first hand how lives are transformed. We witness light entering into areas where once only darkness existed. We are affirmed.
I was given an intuitive piece to the puzzle of my own soul’s purpose years ago. I found myself in a position to speak publicly, becoming vulnerable in a very public way, telling the truth of me, and it was my hope to bring healing to others so that they could begin to lay down some of their own weaponry. That piece was this; if even one soul is reached, your purpose is served. That soul may even be your own. And like that all pressure to perform and be ‘somebody’ was lifted. Simply by tuning into the inner healer, and sharing from that perspective, by being a hollow bone or conduit for that which is Universal, I could serve the highest good. It was no longer about me. Or about being right.
In the west, we have evolved into a largely compartmentalized tribe. We sit in our metal boxes trying to get somewhere by a certain time so we can do a certain thing. We use the metal box to defend our space. We sit at our desk, and are unable to make eye contact with the outer world, and are unable to feel the subtle energy of others, and are unable to hear the intonation of a voice. We suffer from disconnect. And boy do we have comments.
We comment about who should or shouldn’t drive in the left lane. We comment about patriotism, sexuality, politics, ad infinitum. Always a comment. But have we checked in? Have we checked our motives? What is our intention? Is it on purpose? Or are we just spreading the disease?
I am not saying there are not battles to be fought or that our warriors are very active right now. Many an enlightened soul has had to face immense struggle,
Gandhi comes to mind, as does the Bhagavad-Gita in which Arjuna still has to endure both the inner struggle and the outward struggle with that which he loves and has formed attachment to.
I am saying — what will serve all the one world — is for each of us to be responsible for having a practice devoted to finding, getting acquainted with, and more easily accessing our own soul. In this way, we all serve the one world.
Until next time ~ peace