I can see the new world.
It’s one in which we come together, to support each other, give each other the benefit of the doubt that we are all here for the common good, and remind each other of that reality, when we each individually forget.
It’s a world in which our resources are unlimited because we have figured out how to live, work and love together instead of against each other.
In this new world, we are united, we are one, we are all aware of that reality and live in unity.
Can you imagine such a world? Have you? Does it really exist? Can it ever?
Tonight, I wonder and I feel scared and sad in that wonderment because if not, what hope do we really have for the future?
If we (those of us who have all of our needs met and no real reason to fight) cannot figure out how to get along, love each other, live together and truly connect with the truth of who we really are, beyond the fear, ego, guilt, shame, worry and doubt, nothing else really matters — whether our businesses succeed or fail, whether the dollar drops to zero or we extend the debt ceiling, or whether we run out of natural resources – it’s all meaningless if we cannot get beyond the conflict that tears us apart.
I see people I love carry so much judgment with them and project it on to others – unwilling to examine their own beliefs and fears to see where they are arising within them, coming up to be healed.
I can feel how far we are from the universal peace I carry in my heart as possible.
If people I love and hold dear are so full of judgment and condemnation, what can that possibly mean for the rest of the world?
Why is it that we who truly have our needs fully met must look outside of ourselves and create a story that some other has bad motives, is trying to do something to us, manipulate, or harm us?
What would happen if we fully dropped that story and instead let down our guards with the intention of finding more heart, more connection, more love, more truth, more openness? What if we each took more responsibility for our own experiences and reactions?
What if we were willing to give each person we met the benefit of the doubt, assume their intentions are good and communicate directly, honestly and openly when we feel otherwise?
What if instead of holding our judgments inside or talking about them with others we owned our own projections and stopped transferring our fears of our own inadequacy onto another?
I think this is what it means to wake up. Radical personal responsibility, ownership of our own experience, looking within for the divinity and recognition that there is no other.
I am you, you are me and we are all together.
So tonight, I ask you to remember. Remember who you really are. Remember who I really am. Remember why we came here.
Please, let’s wake up and remember together …
Addendum to post: Since I posted this and shared it, a friend challenged me with the comment that if I really want things to be different it has to begin with me. I have to own my own projections and model what it might look like to take radical personal responsibility for what I am seeing in the world rather than issuing a nebulous call to the rest of the world. He is right.
Because it’s late and to do this requires intense awareness, clarity and presence, I am going to do just that in my next blog post — I will step up and take a leadership role in modeling what I am asking for here.
If you have any insights, articles, or processes that would support me in taking radical personal responsibility for my own projections, I would appreciate you sending them my way. I yearn to model something different because I know that is the only way the world around me will change.