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  • About a month ago, I had a realization.
    Something that had never occurred to me. Something that affected me deeply.

    A perfectly formed thought bubbled up from inside me. After years of meditation, yoga and self exploration discovering true compassion, deep love, patience, healing and peace, the suffering, the struggle, some underlying force still tugs at me. Moments of bliss are available, even plenty. Yet complete surrender, total illumination hangs just out of reach.

    Then, the perfectly formed thought; I have lost my faith in humanity.

    It rang in my ears like a bad rock concert and yet brings with it the promise of freedom, of understanding, of a shift in perception and of a far greater healing, not solely for myself.

    It seemed foreign... lost my faith in humanity.

    But I work with humanity, with clients, with community, with family. I pray for humanity.

    Why do I pray for humanity? Because of the awful things we do. Because of the unspeakable acts that some choose to commit. Because of the ugliness that, if we keep the tv channel turned to the news, will engulf us in darkness.

    This, I can not reconcile and it is my sadness, my great grief for those who fall victim to these acts that bars me from having faith in humanity.

    And although I hold sadness and grief for those who also commit these deeds, that seems easy to do from afar, as I pray they remain afar. As I hold the vision that it all stops. The heinous acts just stop.

    And so, on a bike ride around a large, serene reservoir, through bright green tree-lined trails, I call out to the world , "I have faith in humanity!". The reservoir waters amplify my call. Over and over again, "I have faith in humanity!" The great trees transmit my signal. I exhale, "I have faith in humanity". As if to cry out my support for every being on the earth, the victims and the offenders. As if my declaring this statement to the cosmos creates a ripple in the human field that translates into a tangible shift. Shifting my own fear, anger, despair, disgust and hopelessness for our human family while shifting the collective consciousness. Celebrating how great we can be, how promising our potential, how brilliant our possibility.

    Not long after, as if in answer to my cosmic call, the following quote pops into my inbox.

    "You must not lose your faith in humanity.
    Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops are dirty, the whole ocean does not become dirty."
    - Gandhi
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