Oneness

A person only needs to browse the newsfeed of Facbook on Election Day or Inauguration Day to see hatred flung at each other. In fairness, I also see some posts that are classy and positive on both sides of the political pendulum. But I see more mud slinging than I have ever seen before. It feels to me like our country is in civil war. Not north vs. south. All corners of our country seem to be dividing.

One of the reasons that I am an independent in terms of politics is the two sides repel me with negativism and intolerance. From the book Oneness, “The systems on which your society is based will, most likely, experience a fundamental breakdown as they are built on a foundation of diminished vibration that cannot sustain itself under conditions that continue to accelerate.”

So what do we do now? We have a new president. My answer is to look at myself first. How do I behave, think and feel? And how do I express my values to the world? How do I interact within my family, with my friends, in my community and with each and every interaction of my day?

Again an excerpt from Oneness, “For your world situation is no more than a magnified reflection of the energy of the collective consciousness. You are part of that group dynamic. And the only way to shift the worldview is to shift the thrust of what you project upon it. Each of you. One conflict at a time. [Read more…]

Is It Wise To Build A Wall?

Berlin Wall and view of "No-man's Land" 1985

Berlin Wall and view of “No-man’s Land” 1985

The Berlin Wall existed from 1961 to 1989. “During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the Wall, with an estimated death toll ranging from 136 to more than 200 in and around Berlin. In practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that had marked East Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period”- excerpts from Wikipedia.

I personally saw the Berlin Wall twice-in 1979 and 1985. Each time I viewed it, I felt its negative energy. It divided people and caused much suffering because many families and friends were separated from each other. I value connecting people instead of dividing them. I also sensed the fear that was created by the visible guard towers and the machine guns poking out of the openings-armed and ready to kill anyone who attempted to cross the barrier.

Donald Trump would like to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. The proposed cost varies but it is in the billions. There is an initial cost of construction and then there are the costs of maintaining this divider. The erection of massive concrete barriers didn’t seem to serve Germany well and was eventually demolished. I wonder if that money could be used in a more positive way? Might we look deeper to solve the root of the issues that prompted Trump to make this suggestion?

Trump says that this will make us safer from illegal immigration and drugs. Will a wall really stop these issues? Might there be other ways for people and drugs to find their way into the United States? If the people within the US continue to want drugs, they will find a way to get them. Might it be prudent to look at the root of the drug problem for a more effective solution? If someone really wants to enter our country, they will find a way around the wall. There are many methods and points of entry. Can all the ways be controlled?

Berlin Wall Graffiti

Berlin Wall Graffiti

Trump claims his wall will be beautiful and that it will have his name on it. Does he really need his name on another structure? Is this desire more about fame than logic? Is a concrete barrier that divides people anything but ugly even if shiny gold letters spelling “Trump” adorn it? Did the Berlin wall graffiti help the Germans enjoy the wall? [Read more…]

A Country Divided Is Not United…

I dread the upcoming elections. I say dread because I think the elections divide the country. I see and hear awful ads pointing fingers at who is to blame and out of context propaganda about how the other candidate is so terrible. The whole thing makes my stomach turn inside out. So I ignore much of it as best I can. I minimize TV watching and I don’t engage in political discussions with friends.

What do I believe? I think the answer lies in the middle instead of either edge of the extremes. I think saying only one party is right is about the same as saying that only one religion or church is your entry into heaven. (I better stick to politics and not dip my toe into religion in the same article!) So back to politics…when we war within our country about which party is right, we create a tense environment. How can we solve problems with finger pointing?

By now some of you are calling me simple-minded, naive, idealistic or unrealistic! So be it! I don’t think the answers are on the edge but rather in the middle. I love the concept of The Tao (pronounced dow). The Tao is called the way. The philosophy is that everything has two extremes or opposites like yin and yang. If you find the middle, forces balance. Energy is wasted on the two extremes. When you find the middle, you also find energy and effortless action and perhaps even solutions! Finding the balance in the center creates harmony.

So what can we agree upon? I hope we all agree that our country stands on the premise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as well as freedom. [Read more…]