I’ve felt uninspired this week to create new content for my blog, mainly because I’ve felt more like reading. There is a time to speak and a time to listen.
A few weeks ago, Marianne Williamson said, “If this is the religious right, we need a religious left” in response to the religious right’s lack of morality. Growing up in the Bible belt, surrounded by the religious right, I’ve always thought that we need stronger voices from the left as spiritual teachers because a lot of compassion, tolerance, love, and beauty is missing from the political and religious right.
I admire spiritual teachers who come from a place of great love for all people, no matter their beliefs, and try to unite us all through love. Love does awaken great compassion for all beings.
Though I aim for that ideal, I’m also an English professor who analyzes language, and I cannot find love in the rhetoric of the current administration or in the religious right for anyone except white males and fetuses.
The God-consciousness I experienced during my near-death experience included everyone. This God consciousness showed me a greater love, acceptance, and compassion than my human brain could comprehend. I couldn’t bottle that astronomically powerful love force of God and take it back with me, but I remember what it was like to be in the presence of an all-knowing, all-loving God.
I can share what it is and what it isn’t. God-consciousness was instantly enlightening, and it is my belief that the division between all people can be instantly dissolved in that light.
How do we get there though? It is easy and instant on the other side. It takes a lot more time here, and sometimes it isn’t achieved in one life-time. Perhaps all we can do is work to enlighten the minds of those we encounter.
The God consciousness that awoke inside of me at a very young age taught me to care about the children in other countries, to care about the poor children in my own country, and to look deeply into the struggles of those who face racism, sexism, and homophobia and work to create a safer world for all people.
This work is hard. This isn’t “snowflake” work because what a person does when he or she stands up to a bully or someone deeply established in patterns of hate and ridicule is the most difficult work on the planet. To be a loving person capable of transforming the hate of the world makes you a superstar in the moments of your life when you succeed. John Pavlovitz says this perfectly.
During my near-death experience, God didn’t say bulldoze sacred lands and pollute all water ways. Instead, God said, “Go to nature for wisdom, for healing, for energy, and release of your worries. Treat nature as sacred.”
During my near-death experience, God informed me that I needed to turn on the light of knowledge in others through education. I’ve always believed that enough facts and logic can change the minds of people. Logic is part of the light as much as love is part of the light.
It is logical to care about all people, and I am tired of defending “people.” Love doesn’t need a defense. Love simply is and accepts everyone where they are and tries to lift them up to a better place. Through the eyes of love, we see that all human beings suffer, and we want to lighten that suffering for all beings. We shouldn’t have to first see their suffering to wish for their healing. We shouldn’t have to first see their pain to wish for their joy.
In many ways, creating a more loving world is tough work, but love calls us to rise above our own wounds, educate others, and protect ourselves and others. And through it all, we should love our own brave hearts more not less. Whatever the life journey takes out of us, we love ourselves more when we choose to be on the side of love.
That said, shock value has its place. It wakes us up from a sleepy day, energizes our system, and often makes us chuckle.
This is a time for belief systems to be shaken up, not stirred.
Two Corinthians walk into a bar and grab women in inappropriate, illegal ways. They get away with it because they are rich and powerful. When told that they are wrong, they scream, “An Eye for an Eye.” (The Newly Revised Trump Standard Version of the Bible.) Later, they swear on a book they’ve never read and go out and destroy the earth for the almighty dollar.
Some spiritual teachers will disagree with me and not want to alienate anyone or make anyone wrong, but I am an educator first, and a woman with a spiritual message secondly. The angels I encountered during my near-death experience were intelligent beings, and they did not traffic in lies and misinformation. What they knew was clear, sound, healing, and solid. It doesn’t take a master’s degree to intuit that our president does not speak based on solid, intelligent facts and traffics in hate. I do not defend hate. I shed light on it.
I said what I needed to say in an earlier post, and I have nothing more to say today. I’ll let John Pavlovitz say it for me.
Sexism and the belief that women are inferior is fully exposed from the religious right’s point of view now. Hopefully, the majority of Americans, no matter their vote, will not be silent in the face of hatred.
This is why we grieve.
And, most of all, when did compassion become partisan politics?
Finally, here are fifty more reasons to keep going, fighting, loving, and resisting.
And, if you like TED Talks, this one is interesting about how the political division is growing and how it could heal.