Sunday I went to my version of church at the Positive Living Center.
It's where many of the members of my spiritual family go in search of wisdom, love, fellowship, sisterhood...
It's an especially good place to go if you happen to be a little low on hugs...we are a hugging and kissing bunch. We give real hugs...the kind you can breathe into.
The talk Sunday was about Oneness...and the talked closed with what most of the talks close with...these words....wherever I am God is, and all is well...and maybe I am one with God but all is not well in my world. And in all honesty it isn't in yours either.
I love my spiritual family. They fluff me up...make me think, let me love them, and love me back...sometimes they even put me in a circle of love and om me...
I have a deep problem with the members of my little tribe who refuse to talk about what is going on in the United States of America. The ones who say the reality of the world is just too much negative for them to talk about. No dark world thoughts for them. Claiming it isn't good for their spirituality. Such talk interferes with their positive thinking.
To that I really want to say bullshit...
The spiritual journey is a journey of the heart...the soul.
How can we turn away from the suffering on this planet and claim to be seeking enlightenment?
True spirituality is opening the heart...over and over again...Can we truly claim a spiritual path if we turn our backs on suffering?
Nothing will change if we do nothing. And I wonder what it will take to awaken us?
What will change our collective consciousness ?
What is it that will break this nation open?
What is it that will break our hearts open and make us want to more fully engage in the world?
we've got it
Bombing poorer less powerful nations back to the stone age?
we do it
Will global warming and extinctions, more Fukushimas do it...wake us to action to save the planet for future generations?
it seems not
Will watching friends and family die because they don't have adequate health care do it?
seems we don't care so much
How about the fact that people are working one, two, three jobs to make ends meet because the wages they are paid are simply not enough in 2014 with our triple digit inflation and lack of affordable housing.....does that touch us? Hard working people can't support their families, does that matter?.....or do we say, as I heard a Republican Senator say in regards to low income workers...''they shouldn't have had kids''.......Does that mean that the American dream of a home, a decent job, and a family, should only be for some?
What happened to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Doesn't that mean a decent job?
We blame the victims of this society for not seeing the robber barons coming to steal their jobs and their homes. What does it say that the people who serve us every day are paid so little while the top nine corporations in America pay their CEO's more then their companies pay in taxes. These corporations make billions in profit and still fight tooth and nail to keep from paying their employees a living wage. Where does the greed stop?
I heard yesterday that 1 in 30 children are homeless in America...and that 1 in 5 children go to bed hungry in families where food insecurity is a monthly experience. Food insecurity...what a clean sounding way to say they haven't enough food. How is that possible in a nation so rich? What will become of these children? What will lack of proper nutrition and lack of an education, and the security of a home do to them? And what about the shame? We do shame our homeless, the ones who have fallen through the ever widening in cracks...what will become of these children?...It is this nation that should feel shame...What will become of these children, will they be the next to fill our prisons?
There is so much wrong in the world I could fill pages...the military complex that our tax dollars fund rather than a decent education for all...militarized police...racism...our prison for profit system filled with non-violent offenders, the death penalty, the shrinking of our civil liberties, a corrupt government, personhood for corporations, school shootings, fracking, oil and pipelines, and trade agreements that further the wealth and agenda of corporations but care nothing for the people they will effect, Guantanamo, the Supreme Court......It's hard not to think of one thing after another because they are all connected to fear and greed....but on the bright side there is a cause for everyone...GMO's...nuclear power....drones...net neutrality....on and on...
What I am wondering is if we are truly a nation of exceptional people, many of whom believe in God, or Spirit, in the teachings of Jesus, or Buddha, in Oneness, in democracy, in liberty, what I'm wondering is why does it seem so impossible to find the place of love in ourselves where we care enough for our country, our brothers and sisters, to do something about the state of America the beautiful....what will it take for us to say ENOUGH??.....Why aren't we taken to our knees at what is happening in the world under our watch? And why is it so impossible to seek and bring about a world where humanitarian efforts become greater than the quest of things, power, and money?......What is it that will break us open and cause us to speak in one clear voice saying we will no longer stand for the suffering...the needless suffering of so many.
Let's move what we know about the world from our heads, to our hearts, and into action.....we certainly feel that all is not right in the world even if we aren't sure just what is going on, we feel it...we feel the rustle of fear and disconnect and separateness...and sorrow....
we need to stop being afraid to look.
There is hope unless we fall into hopelessness...
And what if we don't find that place of love inside ourselves and shine it outward by truly caring for one another, using our voices and actions to say we've had enough? What if we allow for homeless and hungry children? What if we don't look deep into ourselves and ask who we are, and what we really believe, what we stand for, and act on it, what will this world become? If we don't educate ourselves and engage in the conversation how can we expect transformation..how can we bring the darkness to the light....We must transform ourselves into people who don't look away......
And me? I'm trying.