Within some of the social circles and communities that claim themselves to be ‘enlightened’, I often hear it said that everything is perfect and we only need to change ourselves. We simply need to find peace within. I am willing to consider that there may have been times in human history where some individuals may have existed in scenarios where this was, in fact, useful. I don’t believe it to be accurate any longer in regards to human evolution and the conscious evolution. If we believe in God, and the idea that we are all emanations of God, it only logically follows that we must mindfully and consciously be like God.
As technology has evolved alongside humanity, so have many other aspects of our experience, existence, abilities, situations, problems and solutions. A group of monks being tested by a rowdy village next door may have been perfectly understanding their situation when realizing that all they needed to do was accept the perfection of the moment and bring themselves to peace within. Today, many of us are coming into this life so empathic that we not only feel the pain and suffering of those around us but, we also feel the pain of those who are extensions of us in our soul flower. How are we to find complete zen within when there are so many of our brothers and sisters struggling to survive and suffering in the process and we feel ALL of it.
Growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness, I was taught that the best thing I could do was teach the bible to others and this just never sat right with me. My first realization of this came in 1984 at just 6 years old when the church’s own publication ran photographs of starving children in some far away land and I recall hearing one of the adults in our bible study circle say that they were going on a mission in Africa. This mission was to preach and instinctually I asked if they were going to feed the starving kids while they were out there and they quickly said no. I couldn’t fathom in my young mind how preaching the bible was more important than feeding people and I still can’t fathom it in my almost middle age mind.
There’s a truth that we must individually find as much peace within as possible to avoid feeding the inner demons that could lead us down paths of further inner and outer destruction, including greed and selfishness, anger and violence, lust and rape, and so forth.
Here are some choice quotes from one of my greatest heroes… Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
“Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul.”
“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
The truth, as I see it, is that our inaction in any unjust situation is just as evil as those committing it. I learned more studying Rev. King than the Jehovah’s Witness church ever taught me. Their passive belief that God will fix everything and they will receive salvation and everlasting life on a paradise Earth as a reward for their ‘good efforts’ of preaching the word of God is flawed, just as every other church that has forgotten that those who claim to be close to God and believe the messages that Jesus and other great messengers shared have forgotten. Be like them. More importantly than worshipping the messengers is embodying them.
A wise man once said that to be a person of God, to embody the Spirit, we must remember the love. We can’t be ‘enlightened’ when we are indifferent to the suffering of others and we can’t reach a convenient point in our learning and say that we’ve heard that all is perfect and we’ve found our peace within so now we just hold that is limiting. Consciousness is ever expanding and growing. We are intended to grow beyond limiting beliefs. To me, believing that the ONLY thing that solves anything is simply achieving that inner peace and then wait for everyone else to ‘get it’. The universe is a complicated multi-dimensional place. Simplicity is valued AND rare. That doesn’t mean the solutions and actions you are taking have to be complex but, you came here for a reason. Our purposes are multi-layered and involve a balance of body, mind and spirit each represented through many dimensions. We are all invited to master meditation and creative visualization. It doesn’t end there.
There are many still lost in ‘the darkness’, trapped in the matrix, unconscious or whatever it is you wish to call it, and those are the ones we are here to help, heal, teach and lead the way for. There are others that are waiting for the one who will awaken them with a simple kind gesture or word of encouragement that reminds them of who THEY are. Every human on this planet, including you, has infinite potential and reaching outside of our own spiritual bubble is important to complete our mission here. The starving child in any image could be the one, after all, that brings about the greatest solution to humanity’s problems if we nurture their body and mind.
It’s time for us to remember who we are. Stand up, do your part and until you know what it is, do what you can. Start each day with gratitude in your heart and ask what is the greatest way you can nurture your body, mind and spirit and then ask how you can be of service to others. Follow the clues and nudges from Spirit. The synchronicities lead you to those who will inevitably say to you, “I just prayed for this.”
Once you e positioned yourself in a place of understanding how much impact your smallest gestures can create, start asking the bigger questions. One of the most powerful influences in my life taught me to ask, “How can I relieve the greatest amount of suffering in the shortest amount of time with as few resources as possible?” That question, and variations of it, has led me to global solution ideas such as The Universal Inspiration Project and others. You have greatness in you that is unique to you as an individual. Any perceived limitations in your experience can be transformed from excuses to inspiration and, possibly, even the greatest clues as to what you are here to heal and transform. Each of us can use our challenges as a way out if we choose and it may fool others and give them cause to let you off the proverbial hook, however, you cannot fool Divinity. There is no excuse for allowing your purpose to drown in a sea of fear. You know the way out. Start swimming.
Remember: you are an emanation of God. So is every other here. Will you, as God, tell the rest of God that it is not as important as your vacation? That it is not as important as your hair appointment? That it is not as important as your retirement? That it is not as important as your luxury car? That it is not as important as your isolation? That it is not important enough to face your fears, limiting beliefs and self imposed prison of excuses? That it is not worthy of the healing you can offer if it cannot pay you $XXX? That it is not important enough to be relieved of its suffering if you have to ‘sacrifice’ your comfort or illusion of security?
Remember who you are. Remember who everyone else is. Remember what we came here for. Remember love. We believe in you.