Of late it has been quite a challenge to keep things light. What with natural and unnatural disasters and scandals and tragedies happening on a daily basis, it has become increasingly more difficult to keep my hands folded and envision the best outcome for all. Yet, it is what I practice as long as I am mindful of the truth about life and living. The truth is not, as The X Files used to intone, "out there". It is in here, inside each and every one of us.
When we forget who we are, we enable evil to win. Now before you jump to conclusions, I define "evil" as wrong thinking, of forgetting that we are all in this together. Evil is the result of erroneous thinking. To put others down to raise ourselves up is evil. To turn a blind eye toward those in need or suffering is evil. to take away or deny what others take for granted is evil. And these days, it feels like those who would do such things...whatever their intentions are, whether they intend to be evil or somehow believe what they are doing is right, are winning. But the reality is that they are not. Light really does dispel darkness. Try it sometime.
It really is a challenge to be light. It is a heavy mission. That is why I feel this heaviness of being light these days when there is some much to fell dark about. And to be light in these trying times seems frivolous and flip. But it is only in being light that we can see what we are really dealing with and overcome it. I feel the anger and rage about all the divisiveness in the world today. It seems for some it has to be one way, their way. And I think it exists on every side. What I want to ask the powers that be is when did we stop working on bridges and solutions and give in to the darkness where we cannot see each other any more? What I ask myself is, am I giving in by focussing on the lightness of life?
We can only change ourselves. That is what I remind myself of all the time. By changing and monitoring how I react and respond to all the madness around me, I can at least effect my world. And like the proverbial rock in the pond, the change ripples across the water and I may never know how I have affected someone else, but I will know how they have affected me. And that, I believe, is how lightness overcomes darkness. Amen. Namaste. So be it. And so it is. Peace. And so on.