The Dark Days

March 3, 2018 at 9:20 AM Leave a comment

The weather is grey, wet, irritating, uninviting. “Crawl back under the covers,” the very air seems say.

The news is grey and miserable. Everybody hates everybody. Everyone wants to destroy everybody else. The things I see on the internet are touting “Humiliation,” “Crookedness,” “Collusion,” “Harassment,” “Abuse,” and SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. The republicans and the democrats are trying to outdo each other: Who can unearth the most dirt on the other? Who is worse, the idiot on one side of the table or the scumbag on the other side of the table? You must take a side. Sign your name, and donate, because if we don’t win this battle or this special election or this skirmish….the world will end. (And it will be your fault for not taking OUR side. The Right side. The Correct side. The Good side. The Logical, Wise, Responsible side.) Everything is in absolutes, and everything is dire. There is no small stuff for us to sweat.

I’m not sure where I would be with all this or what I would be doing were I not a year and a half into my two year study program with Richard Rohr. He, a Franciscan priest, like the Buddhists, the mystics of all world religions, the Native Americans and indigenous peoples of all continents, refuse to be reduced to either/or thinking and behavior. When someone, anyone, says you MUST do this or that, stop dead in your tracks and be suspicious. You are being seduced into dualistic thinking. You must be either a republican or a democrat. You believe either in God, or you believe in evolution. You are pro-life or pro-choice.

Can you see how we are being minimized and marginalized? We humans are not either/or beasts. We are capable of complex, beautiful contradictions and wide open options and choices. I’m a pacifist, and I hope never to own a gun or use one. However, if there was a boa constrictor slithering into the crib of a baby, I bet I could figure out really quickly how to use one and be very happy there was a gun handy. We are being forced into artificial boxes and categories which don’t suit our human nature at all. Can you feel it? Can you feel the stifling, stale air which keeps us from taking a deep, free breath?

Pay attention this week, okay? Listen for all the good/bad, right/wrong, logical/illogical, republican/democrat, pro/anti arguments which are airing around you and trying to cramp your wisdom and intuition. You know you are not simplistic and one-dimensional. None of us are. We are born to learn and study and grow and evolve. We are not born to stagnate and stiffen and give up.

These dark days can serve a valuable purpose if we let them. They can teach us to go inside and grow restless with the two-dimensional choices we are being coerced into making. This is a multi-dimensional world and we are multi-dimensional people. Laws and morals and ethics and values exist which lift us and free us to soar to new heights and depths and breadths of being. But, first, we must become aware of the cages we are unconsciously entering. Having to choose between two opposites is always a mistake. Always, forever, in every circumstance, there is a third, and fourth and infinite number of other options. Twenty-eight, my friend, Phil Hockwalt, used to say. When you think you have only two options, you always have at least twenty-eight.

Don’t let yourself shrink to fit into the small mindset of people who see only a or b. There are billions of alphabets of possibilities for us. Think big, much bigger. and think freely, much more freely. The only limitations that truly exist are those of our own imaginations. Listen to Albert Einstein:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

The world needs us to open doors not close windows.

In love, peace, and infinite potentiality, Susan



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