No matter what. . .
“Walk straight ahead, no matter what.”
– Dr. David Hawkins
As a reader of this blog, you may have noticed a certain theme developing. The theme I’m talking about centers around the idea that all of the apparently apocalyptic news we’re bombarded with on a daily basis is really a necessary part of a transformational process; a process of healing, if you will.
Information that once took days or even weeks to reach the outside world now flashes almost instantaneously across billions of computer screens. Faced with this onslaught of information, it’s very easy to lose one’s faith in humanity and its ability to do the right thing.
Taken at face value, the horrific events of recent times could easily lead one to conclude that the bulk of humankind has lost its way. Whether war crimes in Iraq, female genital mutilation in Africa or the oil spill in the gulf, there seems to be no end to the ways in which we as a species demonstrate our capability of wreaking havoc upon ourselves and our environment. Many of us seclude ourselves, content in the fact that none of these things is affecting us or our immediate surroundings. But that, my friends, is really our gravest error. And little by little, we’re waking up to that fact.
As a child I listened to WGBI, an AM country radio station popular in the Northeast PA Valley. Every morning, the Christopher Society would offer a minute or two of inspirational readings. This was always followed by their motto, “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” These words stay with me even to this day.
In The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare tells us, “truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out.” It is my sincere belief that in witnessing our myriad infractions upon this world and our fellow inhabitants upon it, we have been given a tremendous opportunity to light a candle by which to study the very darkest truths about ourselves.
In the direction of the South, Coyote teaches us through trickery and deception, to glimpse the very things about ourselves we only dare to notice in other people. The energy here is that of noontime, when the sun is at its highest. Standing here in the glaring light we may think our shadows have disappeared, but in truth, we are actually standing firmly within them. To observe these shadows, we must look closely. To understand them, we must work diligently. And to accept them as part and parcel of ourselves, we must love courageously and without reservation.
As we have traveled along this path we have taken actions that have caused the destruction of millions of our fellow beings. We have driven countless species to extinction, or the very brink thereof. We have plundered the very planet that gave us life in the name of Manifest Destiny. But we have also found the means to feed the hungry. We have brought the light of social justice to some of the darkest places in the world. We have clasped hands across chasms of hatred, and in doing so, have opened the door to love.
This is the time to muster our courage and recognize our shadows. We must come to know our own darkest places, and flood them with the light of love. We must heal ourselves at the very core of our being. We must turn away from the empty trappings of a materialistic society that commoditizes fear and greed. We must remember that our true Mother is the very planet we abuse. We must open our hearts and accept our brotherhood with every living thing. We must ask difficult questions, and prepare ourselves to receive difficult answers. We must put aside our need to conquer each other and work together for the greatest good of all. We must steer ourselves back to the good Red Road. And we must walk straight ahead, no matter what. . .