First and foremost, my condolences go out to all the victims— the victims' families—of mass shootings and other acts of violence. I also send love and compassion to the perpetrators of these events and their families as well.
It's time to heal. It's time for our world, our species to consider all possibilities for bringing us into a higher conscious, being present and mindful, raising our vibration, connecting with Mother Earth, and loving the inner child, Divine, light, spark, God, Buddha, Allah, Yahweh, Creator, Spirit, etc., in all of us—especially ourselves.
Someone (Julie, Ye Olde Magic Shoppe) recently reminded me that we can empathize and show compassion to our aggressors, oppressors, opponents, and our enemies. It might seem impossible or impractical, but it’s one of the many ways to reclaim our own personal power—and the power of our various identities (racial, ethnic, gender/non-gender, sexuality, religious, spiritual, etc.). We all have deep, rich, powerful histories full of love, laughter, joy, pain, sorrow, and suffering.
Historical Characteristics of My Group Identities
The dominant racial group of which I belong to in this lifetime—provided you believe in past lives—includes a history of being the oppressor, claim to supremacy, conquerors, victors, medical and technological advancements, rights activists, peaceful, loving, and warmongerers. The history of my spiritual identity includes persecution, freedom, connection, isolation, faith, and fear. As a female throughout history and into the present, we’ve endured captivity, inferiority, and unrealistic expectations (physical beauty, wifely duties, etc); but we’ve also experienced freedom from old beliefs, opportunity to explore any occupation (should we choose), and a return to the value of the Divine Feminine.
Human Race Scorecard
While there are many groups still fighting to obtain autonomy in the eyes of the law and other human beings, our human race has come a long way in reference to the Dark Ages.
- Great industrial, technological, and medical advancements;
- Mostly considerate of those who are less fortunate;
- Value the idea of education, opportunity, and freedom;
- Understand the duality and polarity of various forces;
- Mostly value human lives;
- Slowly waking up to the value and worth of all living beings;
We’re not perfect by any means and we still have a long road ahead of us, but it’s good to take a moment to reflect on our achievements before lamenting on those lessons we still have yet to learn and subsequently release.
Resolution through Inner Peace
To address this current "warring," conflicted nature of "all" humans, we should consider self-examination. Humans are inherently good—not greedy, power-hungry fools. Once we’re born (and maybe even in the womb), our instinctual tendency is to bond, which requires love and trust. It is possible that unconditional love is more inherent than some may choose to believe.
After we’re born, however, we learn additional behaviors throughout our lifetime. Some learned behaviors might be very useful such as spiritual awakening and physical, mental, and emotional development. Other learned behaviors or thought patterns like racism, materialism, and elitism may not be as useful.
Gandhi told us, in so many words, to “be the change you want to see,” which requires each of us to make a commitment to self-mastery, self-love, self-discovery, and self-examination. We cannot control our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, neighbors, and co-workers, but we can choose to adjust our own worldview—starting with that great big thumping organ in the middle of our chests.
If we tried opening our own hearts and practicing lovingkindness, we can inspire others to follow suit. We don’t persuade with our words but merely demonstrate by the way we speak and the way we act. The Buddhists refer to this as the Noble Eightfold Path consisting of right speech, right action, right view, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right aspiration, and right concentration.
While I can point you to a great resource for being mindful of race (Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out), I cannot in good conscious even begin to dictate the steps to overcome racism. I would, however, highly recommend researching Ms. King and allowing her to provide you with some food for thought—and the soul. She shines a light on specific insights in a very loving, mindful, honest way.
Lastly, try for yourself a loving-kindness meditation. Sending love to oneself is a beautiful gift. An even better gift is accepting your “perfectly imperfect” self as you truly are: gifts, flaws, and all!
May I be happy.
May I be at peace.
May I live with ease.
May I be free from suffering.
May I be filled with lovingkindness.
I am blessed.
I am loved.
I am worthy.
I am filled with gratitude.
I am the light.
In Light of Recent Events ... by Adryanna Kenna Sadge is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.