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Perhaps you’ve noticed this too.
An unanticipated benefit I’ve experienced in the past three weeks has been a flood of wise articles, quotes and reflections from people of depth.
I find I’m impatient with same-old same-old new-agey platitudes (though I’m happy for a new age!). Don’t tell me, “It’s all good.” I don’t believe that.
I’m also impatient with “The sky is falling” messages, or more analysis of how and why things are the way they are. Yeah yeah yeah, tell me something useful.
I’m hungry for words of depth, words that acknowledge without flinching and without catastrophizing, words that help me pull strength from within myself.
Here are excerpts from five of many messages that I’ve found meaningful. Some I already knew – they’re among my “go to” quotes. Others have been sent by friends, colleagues and readers – and they have my thanks.
Hope something in here resonates with you too…
“It is time to stop feeding hate…
“This does not mean to withdraw from political conversation, but to rewrite its vocabulary. It is to speak hard truths with love. It is to offer acute political analysis that doesn’t carry the implicit message of, ‘Aren’t those people horrible?’…
“We need to confront an unjust, ecocidal system. Each time we do we will receive an invitation to give in to the dark side and hate ‘the deplorables.’ We must not shy away from those confrontations. Instead, we can engage them empowered by the inner mantra that my friend Pancho Ramos-Stierle uses in confrontation with his jailers: ‘Brother, your soul is too beautiful to be doing this work.’
“If we can stare hate in the face and never waver from that knowledge, we will access inexhaustible tools of creative engagement, and hold a compelling invitation to haters to fulfill their beauty.”
“The Election: Of Hate, Grief and a New Story” by Charles Eisenstein (November 10, 2016) http://charleseisenstein.net/hategriefandanewstory/
“In the present moment there are no problems. There are only situations in which to respond. When you are present, you are free of limitations from the past and so your response is always appropriate, uncomplicated, and effective.”
Journey Into Now by Leonard Jacobson (2007), Conscious Living Publications, La Selva Beach, CA USA. Find out more from Amazon.
“…You must learn to cope with this energy. You cannot reason with it because it is entirely destructive. Instead you must hold steady within yourself and observe its wild behavior from a position of power. If you do this, it will not be able to feed on you. Your steadiness will help contain its rapacious energy and it will not be able to do as much damage as it would otherwise…
“…Be mindful of who you are! You are a great being, here on earth to occupy a steady place in an unsteady world. You can do this! You are not weak and helpless. Within yourself you carry the great holding power of Yin. Call on it now. Live with it. Be as you were born to be…
“…We ask one more thing of you. At this time reach out to one another in service. Many are suffering now. Feed the hungry, visit people in hospitals and prisons, provide shoes to those who need them, help the animals. If each of you plunge into one activity of service, together you will do great good, turning many hearts to light. Find a service project for yourself. We ask this of you because we know who you are. You are our hands and hearts on earth. You are greatness itself.”
Excerpts from Sharon McErlane, Net of Light and Grandmothers Speak, channelled message from The Great Council of Grandmothers, November 12, 2016. http://www.netoflight.org/
“As I look at the world today, I am aware of how miniscule one person may seem to the systemic actions in front of our eyes yet, oddly, I ask you to laugh at such shrinking of our potential. For the Divine does not make mistakes and nearly every sacred tradition says we who exist were imagined since the beginning of time. What does that mean? Simple. We were made for this moment.”
“Let go of the doubt in the power of your story, even if it seems miniscule. Let go of the doubt in the power of your voice, even if you believe it is a whisper. For even if your contribution to a better world seems like a small step, never doubt the power of a micro-strategy done with a macro-intent.”
In Times of Terror, Wage Beauty by Mark Gonzales(2014), http://thinkdisrupt.ca and http://wagebeauty.com Find out more from Amazon.
And finally, two quotes within an excerpt!
Here’s where many of us get stuck, thinking of how little power we possess compared to the enormity of our nation’s problems. So let’s listen to the wisdom of writer and archivist Wendell Berry who reminds us that, when it comes to big problems, there’s never been one big answer, only a million-million little ones. If you believe that the little thing you’re doing can’t possibly make a big-picture difference, remember Berry’s words:
We don’t have a right to ask whether we’re going to succeed or not. The only question we have a right to ask is, ‘What’s the right thing to do?’
In a Hindu epic called the Ramayana, there’s a maxim President Kennedy turned to during hard times – one that often comes back to me as I make my way through the opening years of this challenging century:
There are three things that are real: God, human folly and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension, so we must do what we can with the third.”
Excerpts from “Our November Surprise: I Predicted the Winner” by Parker Palmer, November 9, 2016. http://www.onbeing.org/blog/parker-palmer-our-november-surprise-i-predicted-the-winner/9033
As I read these words, I feel myself strengthening – not in a “power-over” way but in a determination to be responsible for my own vibration, tapping into inner strength I may never have discovered before, perhaps because it was never so needed before.
Hope something like that is happening for you too.