My Mom sent me a video via email a few months ago by Marianne Williamson, one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. She says things like this amazing quote that I so love about our deepest fear is not our inadequacy but our power.
She also said this. “Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.”
In her speech, she said many people are so repulsed by the vitriol and hateful rhetoric on both sides of the American presidential election, that some are talking about not voting. I was never considering not voting but I was definitely repulsed by the tone of this election. I was allowing it to affect my peace of mind. This is not bringing out the best in us. Or is it? What she said changed my perspective. Marianne said if we really believe there is a purpose to all things, then we must believe in the purpose of this election. That resonated with me.
I do believe there can always be a purpose to pain. The purpose is almost always healing either yourself or someone else with your same pain. This election has released some very powerful emotions and perhaps we should consider the possibility it will heal us in the long run? It has been said that in order to heal a wound, you must expose it. How about this? This election is releasing the pus from our collective wound. Gross I know, but we are all connected and this ugliness is on all of us to confront and make efforts to change it. Perhaps this election is no exception. We have ripped the band aid off fast. Now that all of this anger and fear has been exposed we can no longer ignore it. Despite all of our progress in America, racism, sexism, and gravitation towards messengers of fear still exist. Those that have been left behind in our economy are speaking up too. Individually and collectively we will have to face the brutal reality and work together to fix it.
I believe once the election is over, the losing side will lick their wounds and this will ignite a cascade of healing. Not right away, but long-term it will. At least I hope so. Sometimes chaos has to reign so peace can prevail. When you are in the chaos, the peace is hard to imagine. We all have a responsibility to focus on what we can do. What I can do is recognize my part in the chaos, seek to understand others point of view, and help with the healing. After months of being appalled by the ugliness within this election, I have resigned myself to believing there is a higher purpose to this snapshot in history. Love and kindness will prevail. It just has to.
“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.” – Marianne Williamson
How are you going to do your part to heal our country after this election?