When troubled times come upon us and emotions, and stories spin out of control, it’s time to remember that spiritual awakening is not for the faint of heart. We often imagine that enlightenment or awakening spiritually will be filled with bliss, peace, and a deep sense of connection with the Oneness. And that does happen. But more commonly awakening is like a clock alarm when one is deeply asleep, a jarring, harsh reality that upsets our life and makes us wish we’d never set the stupid clock in the first place.
This is a troubling, upsetting, and distressing time in our nation and the world when harsh and strident voices demonize those around them with far-flung accusations splattering even the bystanders. Many tend to imagine the worse and act from inner darkness instead of compassion and understanding. But it is in times like these where we are given the opportunity to face the enemy within ourselves. Will, we meet that moment with openness and a fearless heart or slide into fear, imagining the worst and assigning blame thereby closing our hearts and our minds to the suffering around us?
What if we were to focus on cultivating a community of kinship, compassion, and kindness so strong that Divine Spirit might recognize it?
Can we dream something different than the examples we see in world news?
Let us imagine a circle of compassion with no one standing outside it.
Let us stand with the poor, the powerless, and those without a voice.
Let us stand with the easily despised and the readily left out.
Let us stand with the disposable so the day will come when we stop throwing people away.
Let us stand with the demonized so the demonizing will stop, for demonizing is always based in untruth and a fear-based imagination.
Suffering will only be alleviated by a community of people determined to show tenderness with each other. If we resolve to take our next steps in love, forgiveness, and compassion, it is inevitable that we will finally discover true freedom from the hell voices of the world and our minds’.