Spirituality

Bubbles

Stand, kneel, sit…take sides, stand by your beliefs…but is anyone listening to the other side? It seems that no matter the controversy, we are shutting down conversation and choosing to stay in our bubble of beliefs. We are holding steadfast in what we believe to be true but is it really true and can there be any forward movement or resolution if we don’t engage, debate, and have a civil discourse? How can we compromise without a conversation? How can we forge a better, more inclusive world if all we want to hear is our voice and voices like ours?

Obviously, we can’t…and until we do, we will see more of these destructive events – whether man made or nature made that are pushing us to work together, to see the human on the other side, to help each other, to love one another – like we are meant to do. We cannot forge a better world if the world we want to live in only has one side. It must include all sides, all voices, all beliefs, and be a compromise and an expression of freedom of all for all.

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It’s not about being right or wrong, it’s not about religion, it’s not about education, it’s about removing the “I” and becoming a “we”. A single person can affect a lot of “we” – as shown today in Las Vegas. How many lives has one single person destroyed and disrupted? Many, too many…think about that. If you’ve ever felt that you don’t matter, that your actions don’t matter, you couldn’t be more wrong. Each one of us is an important part of the whole, no one is insignificant, and everyone’s actions matter. All of us have to start caring about the “we” – I am “we”, you are “we”, we are “we”. Burst your bubble and stand together. Stop taking sides and see all sides, forge a bridge to the other side, become “we” with all sides. You can still be an individual with your own beliefs but what you cannot do is stand apart from the “we”. The other side is not bad, evil, or hateful. The other side is part of “we” and therefore it’s you.

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Boxes and Labels

There’s a lot of anger and accusations these days, seems like people want to put all kinds of different groups in boxes and give them labels. For example – Republicans are this, Liberals that, Immigrants are this, Muslims are that…I don’t have to go into specifics, you know what I mean. We see it everyday on social media, on the news, we hear it from people. It’s all around us and not just in the US but all over the world. But can we all neatly fit in boxes and be labeled based on our country of birth, our skin color, our sexual orientation, our religion, our beliefs? Is it really that simple? Do you fit in a box? Can you be easily labeled? Of course not!

We are all complex human beings. Our outward appearance has no bearing on our likes, our dislikes, our beliefs, or our actions. We are all also constantly evolving and changing. I am not the same person I was 10 years ago and neither are you. Events, milestones, circumstances have changed and shaped you and will continue to do so. Question is – how have you changed? Do you now see yourself as part of the whole or do you see yourself as separate?

The truth is that we are all human beings. We are more alike than different. We all basically want the same things – love, security, and happiness. We want to take care of the people we love, we want to have a fulfilling life, we want to achieve our dreams, and we hope for a better future.

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It’s time to take a good look at your neighbors and see them as who they truly are – real human beings, with real feelings, just trying to make a living and enjoy their life as you do. It’s time to put aside our differences and learn about each other. Differences are not weaknesses, they are just different – you don’t have to agree or emulate, you just let them be. I know there are bad apples among us, they are everywhere in every group, but if you look hard you will see that the good apples far outnumber the bad ones. Open your heart and let your intuition be your guide – you will know when you come across a bad energy just as you will know when you are encountering a good energy.

We are moving towards an energy of togetherness where community and helping each other are a central theme, there will not be room for selfishness, blaming, or labeling – don’t be the one left behind….