Sisters and brothers,
Why all the divisive language? Why, as we are getting closer to the day of the presidential election, are we continuing the “us vs. them” rhetoric? Rhetoric which is casting “the other” in the role of villain and our own favored candidate in the role of savior? Are we voting and hoping for a savior?
If we are looking for Trump or Biden or any of the other presidential candidates to save our nation, we are looking and hoping in the wrong direction. The salvation we are all looking for WILL NOT come from outside of us. It can only come from within.
I know, to many that may seem like “whoo whoo talk” or sounds a little religiously familiar; but the truth of the matter is that the mess we have gotten ourselves into as a nation started with ourselves. In other words, we have no one else to blame, and it is only our own actions that will bring forth any change.
You want to change the world? Then change yourself!
The ills of our nation began in the desire to have power and control in worlds where we felt powerless. Whether it was religious persecution or the longing for a better life that brought us here, or if we were dragged here in chains for the purpose of servitude, it was fear that brought us here. Fear compels us to seek separation (if for no other reason than to paint ourselves as heroes and the other as the villain) and separation is exactly what has defined this nation even before those men signed the Declaration of Independence.
- Male and female.
- Black and white.
- Civilized and barbarous.
- Rich and poor.
- Catholic and Protestant.
- Educated and Ignorant.
- Gay and Straight.
- Republican and Democrat.
The list goes on and on and one. It is separation that has defined our nation and this separation was brought about by our own hand. As such, if we truly want to save our nation (it’s a good start in the direction of saving the world), then we have to put an end to separation. But separation doesn’t end because we want it to. Separation ends when we heal the wound that created separation in the first place. Which brings me back to my original point:
If we are voting and hoping for a savior, we are looking in the wrong direction.
Saving our nation begins with saving ourselves and that is an inside job. When we heal what is separate within us, only then are we able to be a vehicle through which the separation that plagues our world can be healed. It starts with ourselves and it starts within.
The process is woefully simple, but I have found that few have the courage or tenacity to do this great work. The great work of which I speak is simply this:
Learning how to love.
Learning how to love begins by learning how to love ourselves. Loving ourselves is the natural consequence of healing all that is separate within us: our fears, our past traumas and our fear-based conditioning. Loving ourselves includes learning to love the parts of ourselves we have been conditioned to believe are unlovable – our vulnerabilities and imperfections; and most importantly – our shadow. Our shadow is the accumulation of what we have rejected/suppressed or repressed inside of us along with all the parts of ourselves that remain unlived.
As we learn to love ourselves, we find that the walls of separation we have build around ourselves and others, begin to fall away. Suddenly we have empathy for another’s pain. We have understanding of another’s challenges. We can see the world through the eyes of those whose experiences have differed from our own. And we learn compassion. When we learn compassion we discover that there is beauty in diversity and that every single human being has needs that are worthy.
Most importantly, we learn what the ancients knew full-well, a species which is divided will destroy itself. A species that can come together in cooperation and collaboration in support of the common good will thrive.
The only true savior is that which we can find within ourselves. Isn’t time we stop looking outside of ourselves for a savior and start looking within?