Gina Murdock: Path toward healing ourselves, our world is here if we choose it
Lead with Love
I don’t buy into the world I see portrayed in the news and social media that we are all so different and against each other. It’s not our true nature. I know this. I think many of us know this, but we forget it. The division and separation feels so real right now, doesn’t it?
COVID-19 is again on the rise and the election is just a few days away. Fear, anxiety, blame, misinformation, separation and a sense of urgency are present like nothing I’ve felt before in my adult life. It’s scary.
When I need solace, wisdom, peace and truth I turn within and always find it there. The urge to go inward and block out the noise of so much discontentment and unease is so alluring to me right now. Yet, it seems necessary, like a calling deep inside, that I stay engaged, informed and active because there is so much on the line that people I admire and respect have fought for over the last several decades. What to do?
For me, it’s important to listen to both parts, going inward and engaging. The most important part of “activism” is that it is informed by that inner journey. In the stillness and silence I come to a place of knowing that we are one. What I see and hear on the news is not our true nature. It is just us playing roles that are meant to disintegrate and disgrace the “other.” It’s an illusion. A farce. And most of us have bought into it.
In the true world I believe there is equality, love, joy and peace because that is our essential nature. There is a resonance to this truth, a vibration of aliveness, a feeling of “yes!” This feeling and knowing is contagious. Unfortunately, so is the false world of separation and fear. We gravitate so easily to the separation and fear because it is in our wiring, our DNA, to survive. We are literally programmed to be tribal and to fear the “other” because survival often meant me or you, not me and you.
For many of us, we are at a point where we are beyond survival — we have food and shelter — so we can update our beliefs to come from a more evolved place where me and you is the norm. I am because you are. We can start to see and feel the interconnection of all things. In that place you would never hurt another or the planet because it is you.
Are you going to live as if we’re all one or as if everyone and everything is different and separate and therefore a threat to be conquered? I catch myself thinking righteous, judgmental, angry thoughts making others wrong and me right all the time. It’s so easy to get sucked into this game. This is my ego, wired to survive and win. There is another way to be, it’s acknowledging these thoughts, taking responsibility for them before I spew them on others, and making a CHOICE to come from another place. This is the path toward healing, making that choice every day, a thousand times a day. This is love in action.
Here is how author Andrew Harvey describes it:
“A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic and social institutions, a holy force — the power of wisdom and love in action — is born. This force I define as Sacred Activism.”
Can we shift from fear to love? Can we shift from angry activism toward the sacred? The choice is ours, every moment of every day.
Gina Murdock is the founder of the Aspen-based nonprofit Lead with Love. She writes a monthly column for The Aspen Times. For more information, go to ileadwithlove.org.
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For those of you who follow my monthly missives, and occasionally read between the lines, you may have noticed a trend toward a bit of cognitive dissonance and some internal conflict on my part.