COMMUNITY AND FEAR
By heartlightdg, 01/09/2016
Yesterday I sat with neighbors and my current roommate and listened to them blast Obama and all refugees (slash terrorists, in their mind), talking borders, terrorists, and exclusion. It was good practice for me not to be drawn into their stories. Knowing anything I offered would not be heard, I disagreed but stayed quiet and wondered how I would answer if asked. I am so “liberal” they would be dumbfounded and probably shunned if they knew how open-minded I am. I definitely need to have answers and things thought out ahead of time in conversations like this so I can be clear in my words, because I write better than I talk. So, I just sat there and consciously held my center, which is the best thing I could do at the time. Eventually, I steered the conversation away to more local topics.
Later, as I pondered this conversation, I realized just how scared these folks are. As Eloheim teaches, “Everyone is just fixing their fears.” Reaching deep inside, I looked for the clarity and answers I sought, how do I respond if asked my thoughts in a conversation like this? The words that immediately flashed into my head were…”I choose to focus on spreading love, inclusion and unity. I choose not to focus on the fear mongering*, hate, and separatism that is so prevalent in the world today. I prefer to be positive and uplifting. I believe we are one people, one world. For me, that means I focus on the situation and the person standing right in front of me, as that is the only place I can have any influence or change anything. I personally refuse to join in the fear and hate. Death doesn’t scare me. Neither does the news media.”
(As an aside here, the dolphins have called the One World concept “Unity-Community”. I’m totally on board with that!)
I can’t change the world, I can only change me.
I would say more but the rest of my beliefs would be probably be far beyond their grasp at this point. It would probably sound like Charlie Brown’s cartoon mother to them. Things like, what you focus on expands, or in other words, what you focus on is an invitation for more of the same to come into your world. Like, those in power would prefer to keep their power so fear is their best weapon. Like, I take life one step at a time, one moment at a time, one person at a time. Like, your truth is not my truth.
Now I just need to remember those precious words for the next time. And though I sincerely doubt it will have little effect on them or change their minds, maybe some kernels of love will seep in and take root.
*Fear mongering is the deliberate use of fear based tactics including exaggeration and continual repetition to alter the preception of the public in order to achieve a desired outcome