Posted in Authentic Freedom, Being Human, Choose Love Revolution, Lessons, non-violence, Spiritual Development

Acknowledging My Own Racism

Racism is a hot topic these days.  As it shows up in our media and our politics, we are reminded of the prevalence of racism in our country and those who suffer as a result.  As the topic of racism emerges front and center, I hear many white people arguing, “I’m not racist.”  I would suggest that if we need to defend our racism, we may, in fact, be racist.  As an awakened human being, I would like to say I am not racist.  However, when I am completely honest with myself, I am aware of the subtle ways in which I am, in fact, racist – not because I want to be, but because it was how I was conditioned.  The good news is that I can acknowledge the subtle ways in which conditioned racism comes out sideways and begin to do something about it.  I would invite you to also reflect on how racism may be present in your life, and what you might be able to do about changing that.

Acknowledging my Racism

As a white person of European descent,

If I don’t acknowledge my own racism,

It cannot be healed.

Ashamed am I to admit the subtle presence of racism within me –

The things I don’t mean to do, but come out anyway

because of my white, middle-class conditioning:

Making judgments based on what I think I am seeing

with nothing but conditioning forming that judgment:

 

What I’ve seen on TV.

Heard from family or friends.

What’s been portrayed in the media

 

The ease with which I’m tempted to judge a race

based on the singular action of a morning hold-up;

One man’s desperate action

unfairly coloring my view of an entire population….

 

Not really, but sometimes.

 

Ashamed am I of the vestiges of racism

that somehow took root in me by no fault of my own.

Knowing better, yet still aware of when the racism slips through.

 

I don’t mean it – but there it is:

The averted gaze

The skip of a heart beat

The racing mind

Anxiety

Clutching my purse more tightly toward me

Looking for an exit plan

 

For no reason other than the lies I’ve been told

And a few negative experiences…

 

But it was a white man who raped me;

and white men who have betrayed and abused me.

So why the unfair judgment of men of color

when life has shown me it’s white men I should fear?

 

Ahhhhhh – the power of conditioning.

 

But I now understand I can choose otherwise.

As a self-aware human, I can move past my conditioning by:

Acknowledging it.

Seeing it when it arises in me.

Choosing otherwise.

And in the process, healing.

 

In my heart of hearts, I wish I could be completely free

of the subtleties of racism – because I know better.

But I humbly acknowledge I may never be completely free.

Even so, I am committed to doing what I can

for my own sake and for the sake of all those

who have been unfairly judged simply because of the color of their skin…

 

I know as human beings we are ONE,

and it is only fear that divides…

and when we heal that fear,

we find that only love remains…

And I choose love!

 

Copyright 2019  Lauri Ann Lumby

 

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Posted in New World

#Choosing Love – Sharing the Love

I am calling today’s blog., “Meme Magic.”  Here I share with you my favorite #choosinglove memes.  Right click, copy and save these memes to your phone or computer and then share them on all your social media sites!  Let’s blanket the world with LOVE!

Here you go…..

Posted in Choose Love Revolution

Choose Love – Join the Revolution!

Join the Choose Love Revolution:  Go our CHOOSE LOVE Facebook page HERE.  Once there, like and then follow our page.  As a follower of the page, you will receive notifications of “Choose Love” posts to that page.  We then invite you to SHARE those “Choose Love” posts on your own social media sites.  You may have to first save the post from the Choose Love page to your own image files or copy and post if it is a text post.  By sharing these posts, you are part of the “Choose Love” revolution.  Thank you in advance for your support and for your help in choosing love in a world conditioned by fear!

My mission and purpose on this human plane is LOVE. Pure and simple, I am here to be LOVE and live from that LOVE.  This is a truth I have always known, but it has taken me 53 years to unravel from the conditioning that sought to tell me otherwise.

The same is true for you. You are here for the single purpose of love.  Period!  There is no other purpose to the human experience.  We are here to learn how to love.

This is the truth that has been taught by every single spiritual teacher from Abraham and Sarah, to Isaac and Ishamel, to Moses and Miriam, to Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the Buddha, Kuan Yin, Mohammed, Black Elk, the Thirteen Grandmothers, Amma, the Dalai Lama, and every other spiritual teacher we might try to name. They all taught the same thing (sometimes using different words) – LOVE.

We are here for the purpose of love and the simple truth is that LOVE IS A CHOICE. It really is that simple.  While simple, it doesn’t mean the choice is easy.  In order to choose love, we first have to unravel from all the ways in which we have been conditioned by fear.  Fear that has been taught to us by:

  • Our tribe
  • Our church
  • Our government
  • Our education system
  • The medical system
  • Corporations
  • Advertising
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Our culture
  • Our family
  • Our friends
  • Our teachers
  • Our pastors
  • Etc. etc. etc.

We do not need to look very far to see how we have been conditioned how to fear. Unless we are face to face with a hungry lion, or a man with a gun, fear is simply a matter of conditioning. Oh yes, our survival fears are very real, but the rest are simply lies told to us by those who are either in a place of fear themselves, or who have found that they can manipulate and control others through the use of fear.  Shame on them!

But we have a choice. We can CHOOSE LOVE instead of the lies we’ve been told.  We can choose love instead of fear.  And if we don’t have the tools to assist us in choosing love, Authentic Freedom.Love is here to help.

But Authentic Freedom cannot do this alone! We need your help.  The first step in that help is to let the world know that Love is a choice, and to invite the world to make that choice.  Here is what you can do and my invitation to you:

Go our CHOOSE LOVE Facebook page HERE. Once there, like and then follow our page.  As a follower of the page, you will receive notifications of “Choose Love” posts to that page.  We then invite you to SHARE those “Choose Love” posts on your own social media sites.  You may have to first save the post from the Choose Love page to your own image files or copy and post if it is a text post.  By sharing these posts, you are part of the “Choose Love” revolution.  Thank you in advance for your support and for your help in choosing love in a world conditioned by fear!

Love,

Lauri