“We’re being called to step forward in unity to fulfill our highest potential — as individuals, as a nation and as one global family. We can do this. We can all be lightbearers leading the way. We cannot give up HOPE that real change is possible and that a country, and a world, that truly works for all IS possible…” Stephen Dinan, The Shift Network
I have had such a mixture of emotions since the election this week and have found myself wanting to retreat and be in silence. In fact, I still feel a bit raw as I’m writing these words today. Yet, I feel that it is important that we all share what we’re feeling – grief, anger, fear, confusion, anxiety, hope. I have felt all of these emotions, and I’m sure there will be more to come. I also feel challenged to speak with an even stronger voice and conviction that healing on an individual and collective level IS possible.
I’ve spoken of conscious loving and conscious living many times. And, the recent events make me realize how important it is to continue to talk about this and to try to live these truths in my own day to day life. By using the word “consciousness,” I don’t mean that we must all become an enlightened being (although that’s not a bad idea!), but what I do mean is that we must be AWARE of our emotions, our actions, our thoughts and our beliefs and how they impact ourselves and others. And, I feel challenged to clean up my OWN emotions, actions, thoughts and beliefs. I also want to continue my mission of making a difference in the world by facilitating healing on an individual and collective level. I want to relate to people on a level beyond politics and religion, and I want to be part of a collective effort to forge new pathways to love. I know that this is all possible if I don’t give up hope.
I don’t know what the next few months or years will bring, but I do know that I believe in a wise Universe. Right now, we are presented with a “Call to Journey” (in the words of the Hero’s Journey, a “wake-up” call) to better understand each other, bridge the gap between our differences, and to heal our collective wounds. I intend to answer this call.
One of my favorite musicians, Leonard Cohen (I have been so impacted by his words over the years and am grieving his passing), so wisely said:
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
I’m eager to hear back from you this week at firstname.lastname@example.org.