I’ve admittedly led a sheltered, privileged life, so I’m aware that my perspective is skewed, but it’s still true that never in my 47 years of life have I felt so strongly the impact of the level of collective fear on this planet. Fear seems to be making headline news every day right now. Terrorist attacks are becoming a daily occurrence on every continent. Climate change that can lead to mass ecocide is escalating right when we’re swearing in powerful politicians who don’t believe in climate change. The Dakota pipeline is threatening not just the sacred, life-giving water, but the very essence of the seeds of planetary healing that the indigenous people of all nations have been holding through the horrors of colonialism for many centuries. The U.S. election has polarized our people against each other, not just in the U.S., but all the way in Bali, where I just spent two months. At this pivotal time in the evolution (and questionable survival) of our species, we are more divided than ever, right when we need to unify, to acknowledge the Oneness that links us, not just as humans, but the Oneness that links us to the mountains, the oceans, the rivers, the trees, the endangered and extinct animals, the Oneness that acknowledges that everything is sacred and conscious, that we cannot perceive mountains as dead rocks or rivers as unconscious water, that everything is spirit and everything is connected and everything is God/Goddess, so we cannot harm the water or judge our neighbor or even demonize the terrorists without inflicting harm upon ourselves. Just as an aspen tree appears to be separate but is connected at its roots to a community of aspen trees, we are inextricably linked to All That Is. We have forgotten (bless our innocent hearts). We have attached to the story of the separate self, and this forgetting has allowed us to commit atrocities against nature and one another. But we are remembering. Let us forgive ourselves for the forgetting and gently and humbly come back to the remembering.
Now is the time to come together, to open our hearts, to surrender our fears and anxiety to Love, to trust that Love will show us what to do, that Love will protect us, that our intuition will guide us and our hearts will lead us home to one another in a way that will unify, rather than divide us. This is your call to action. You know in your heart that it’s time to let go of any part of you that is positioning only for that which serves your individual self-interest. It’s time to love ourselves through our greed, consumerism, selfishness, narcissism, righteousness, and judgment, so these protective impulses, which stem from fear, can loosen and let go, without toxic self-recrimination which will only harm us further. As you examine how you operate in the world, as you reflect upon your place in the planetary community and how you might serve the global awakening, we have to get honest with ourselves, even if it hurts. We must be gentle and compassionate with ourselves — after all, we’re all doing the best we can and it’s hard to be human these days. But we must also be fierce in our love of the truth. We must be fierce in our self-examination and self-inquiry. It’s time to take a good, hard look at ourselves and the society we have chosen to create together.
Now more than ever, we have to be willing to see how we have contributed to an American Dream that is collapsing all around us, so we can co-create a New Dream together. It’s time to open yourself to serving that which serves you, your family, and the collective of humanity, nature, the planet — in equal measure. This doesn’t mean you stop being a responsible parent or being concerned for your own physical well-being. But it does mean that maybe you can take a discerning look at whether you’re serving your role in planetary healing as generously as you could- for the good of the whole.
It’s time to let go of the story of separation and do what you can to participate in this reclamation of our unity. The love for all beings that lives naturally in our cracked open hearts will lead us home.
Unity consciousness is the cure for what ails us as a culture right now. The indigenous people have known this all along. How ironic that the people we judged as primitive and tried to “convert” to our European religions through murder and terror have held the seeds of our survival all along. The elders of these tribes have retained in their DNA and their knowing what we are just now Remembering. It pains me as a white American to feel this all the way into my heart and my gut, and I know I’m not alone. We have to be willing to feel the deep grief of the genocide we colonialists have inflicted upon these wise tribal beings who hold the seeds of the restoration of our planetary harmony. We have to be willing to have a sort of Truth & Reconciliation, so we can say, with deep humility, “We are sorry. Please help.” Standing Rock, where indigenous tribes from all over are merging together with beings of all colors and races who stand for serving the sacred in all things, especially the water, strikes me as a part of this Truth & Reconciliation. May we send our prayers to Standing Rock and all other gatherings of those who Remember.
They know what we are now Remembering. You are the water, the trees, the children in Syria. You are the rocks and the valleys, the sun and the moon. You are me, and I am you, and we need each other now more than ever. Yet we need to come together, not from fear, but from faith, from trust, from the love in our hearts that sees you as me. This means we need to be willing to feel our grief because when our hearts crack open, they not only burst with love for all beings. Our hearts also break when we read about a frog species that just became extinct or a young girl who is sold as a sex slave or a river this is defiled by an oil spill. This is not the time to be paralyzed by fear or to let anxiety make us sick. Now is the time to let love and grief move through us like a river of healing, to transform fear into trust, and to let intuition light a fire under us to do that which serves Divine Will. May we all be shown how we can serve love in our own way.
Take a moment to reflect on your individual role in this planetary time of transition. This is your call to action right here.
What is calling you? How might you serve love today in your own unique way during this time of transition? Will you refrain from escalating fear, judgment, and polarization? Will you take risks to stand for unification, or will you silence yourself to avoid ripples? Will you open your heart to try to understand someone who you find easy to judge, or will you contribute to the epidemic of fear by casting your judgment upon people who, “There but by the grace of God,” could be you? Will you be part of the healing or are you more committed to proving that you’re “right” and someone else is “wrong?” Will you do what it takes to go through the discomfort of many Truths & Reconciliations that are necessary before we come to peace as One Heart? Are you willing to say “I’m sorry” and make amends? Are you able to be gentle with yourself through this process so you can see clearly how you’ve harmed yourself and others without spiraling into judgment of yourself? Can you love yourself as God/Goddess loves you? Can you love others as God/Goddess loves them?
This is your call to action, should you be ready to join the Love Warriors who are stepping into this Revolution of Love. Now is the time. We need each other.
P.S. I know I’ve been quite silent on my blog for a long time, but sometimes we need to go inward before we can focus our attention outward again. 2016 was one of those years. I’ve just returned from two profoundly altering months in Bali, and then my daughter and I planned a strategic US re-entry plan, visiting 12 National Parks in two weeks so we could remember why we love the United States so much at Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, the Taos Pueblo, Canyon de Chelly, Sedona, and many other sacred temples of nature in the U.S.. I will be writing more on my blog about what has unfolded as the revelations came streaming in, so stay tuned as I integrate and digest, and make sure you follow me on Facebook, where I post more often than I blog.
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