Well, I appreciate your feedback on my post yesterday [see 4 December Facebook post]. And now I will offer some feedback, if that’s okay by you, as they say. First, there is something to be said for matters of spiritual conscience – not consciousness – but conscience. That is, there comes a time when good people need to speak up when confronted with the face of evil. If not you, then who? Speaking up is not being “political”; it is an act of conscience. I am not promoting anything political. I am pointing a finger at the decline of the quality of life in our nation, in our leaders, in our society-at-large. If we do not speak up, we will ultimately forfeit the right to speak up at all. If you call the right to speak up political, it is you who are mistaken. And I would ask you, “Why are you not screaming from the rooftop?”
Secondly, as for being surprised that a “spiritual” teacher would speak out – who better? What is the role of a spiritual teacher if not to alert people that we are traveling into dangerous water. The spiritual journey is not about finding happiness and tranquillity and all that blather. It is about seeking truth. What is really unfolding in front of our eyes? What is the “meaning and purpose” behind the madness happening in the world today? Why has our society slipped into such chaos, not to mention hostility? Where once America was an embracing, safe nation, we are now a hostile one with a growing reputation for explosive random acts of violence happening on a daily basis.
In truth, humanity is losing its humanity little by little; bomb-by-bomb, bullet-by-bullet, political policy-by-policy. Our conscience and powers of discernment about the parameters of evil and its handiwork grow ever more dim as the propaganda released from pundits gets louder and louder about the foreign and religious enemies hidden everywhere. Eventually people will no longer be able to tell the real from the unreal. Was someone really a terrorist or not? Who knows? A society easily reaches the “does it really matter” turning point. That’s when its ripe for the worst type of leadership to step in with political promises of the most outrageous kind – reminiscent of a lunatic yelling his promises in a beer hall in the 1930’s in Berlin. We are coming dangerously close to those beer hall speeches and lunacy promises of returning to the days of being a superior nation once again.
The spiritual journey is one of truth: See clearly. We are evolving into a global community and this evolution is fraught with enormous pain and difficulty. And it is likely to get even worse. Why? Because as wondrous as it may sound in discussions around an organic meal, very few people really want to dismantle their personal boundaries much less their nation’s in order to blend into a globally cooperative planet. We did not grow up that way. We are the generations who are in charge of imagining the idea. We are not the people who will see that idea – that global vision – come to pass. Rather, we are the ones who will live the breakdown of the days of old, the world we came from. And it was a world we loved so we will not go easily, no matter how much we idealize wholeness or oneness. This truth is one of the active ingredients underlying the chaos we are living in today.
And so we must face that we are part of the conflict that is unfolding. We are agents in this chaos. It is in us and we are in it. But we also have the choice to be a part of its resolution. We can and we must choose to not give into the negative political propaganda and nonsense that is generated to keep a society in fear – even though so much is frightening. We must utilize the resources of the soul: Prayer is everything its cracked up to be – I promise you. My antidote for the waves of rage that rush over me when I listen to the fools presenting themselves as qualified leaders is to retreat into prayer. I admit to you that I go through psychic nausea first but I have never claimed to be a guru or a fully enlightened being. I walk a humble spiritual path and I have as much disgust about liars and frauds and fools as any one.
No doubt someone will ask me, “What about faith? Don’t you have faith in how things will work out?”
Faith requires action. This is our world as well as God’s. We are in charge of this mess. People who think or believe or hope some off-planet God is going to dive down here and prevent all-hell from breaking loose is seriously mistaken. We are free to nuke ourselves, if that’s where our madness leads us. Free will includes directions to hell. That said, I have endless faith in the unseen benevolence of the Divine. Endless faith. That may strike you as a contradiction – so what. I don’t care. I live an interior place of spiritual mystery, mysticism, and the miraculous. I love this interior address.
So, look alive every one. It’s time to utilize the power of your soul, your consciousness and your conscience. And that is not a political statement. It is a call to your humanity – as well as a call to prayer:
“ Hover over me, God, and those I love. Surround me in the grace of clarity and courage. I need to rely on what my soul sees now far more than my eyes. I need to listen to my heart far more than to the distractive influences filtering into my mind. Guide me to goodness in whatever ways my life allows. Help me not to judge others when I have no idea what pain and trauma they are enduring. What I do to the least among us I am doing to every human being. If I am kind to one, I am kind to all. Even kindness takes courage on some days. Hover over me, God. Keep me away from my own darkness and always heading toward the Light. Amen.”
This post originally appeared on Caroline’s Facebook page 5 December 2015.