Many of the people devotedly espousing positive perspective – teaching on energy, manifestation and the laws of attraction are white, middle class-to- wealthy, privileged and most generally immune to any of the ramifications the present administration represents to the marginalized citizens of this country. This does not diminish the love and deep humanity within the teacher’s intention. Still, we might consider that most of us remain untouched by the objectives our new president threatens in daily words, and substantiates through daily actions. This is not true of all, nor is it a judgment of any. This perspective is available as a consideration to those who wish to express loving compassion to communities of which they may not be a part – and who may recognize a disconnect between their experience, and that of those most affected by the conditions facing marginalized groups in America.
It is easy, and reasonably effortless for a white spiritualist to announce to the world that it is their fear that brings their condition. A condition with regard to Black people that our white ancestors perpetrated on them to the magnitude of genocidal scale. The privilege from which we consistently benefit – in ways so intricate and enduring – may not be the place from which to advise with such insouciant ease. By such cavalier delivery these become dismissive platitudes of contemporary spiritual perspective, not so well received by a mother at home whose child was killed in the streets – not because of a crime but because of his or her color. The words may not be relevant to entire communities of Brown people facing deportation to a country they never knew – or in the dividing of families that love and live as bound in familial devotion and dependency as any. Or by Muslim Americans, refugees and extended families who risk being rejected or deported to a country in which they may be killed upon returning, or for remaining in – while by being here, under this president, they now risk violence, discrimination, humiliation and attack. No soft place to land – or to restore and have that moment of peace, a deep breath for most would otherwise bring.
Healers, Teachers and Initiates espousing universal law and elevated consciousness may want to weigh more carefully their compassion, unless they are only addressing white privileged Americans, and have no plans of including others. Consciousness, Healing … first comprehend from a place of compassion and empathy, and then seek to endow with relevant wisdom. Seeking first to understand and then to advise is what creates relevance, receptivity and relationship.
Imagine if you will, a scenario in which people with coexist bumper stickers are targeted by police and stopped for no reason. Imagine that among traffic stops, a majority of confrontations ending in death occur. Imagine that communities like Sedona, Ojai, Taos, Big Sur, and all the others with concentrations of teachers, healers, initiates and seekers, were centers for this kind of violence and persecution. Envision for a moment that it were directed always toward people identifiable as Reiki, Shamanic , Yoga practitioners and instructors, Peace Walkers, Light Workers and self –described people of consciousness – and no one else.
Imagine if our places of practice and instruction were consistently threatened and targeted for bombings, meditation centers randomly and regularly set ablaze by arsonists. People wearing crystals or medicine bags around their necks having them pulled off in public buildings, threatened and subject to rages and public attack on aircraft, public transit, in school rooms, malls, playgrounds – in line at concerts … and on. Would you have fear? Would you be open to the statements that your passion to bring it to an end would be deemed part of the problem? When you protested the lack of response, or a president who promised to eradicate you – or bring you to heel – what would your response be? This place of comprehension – if we are able – is the place of empathy.
Until this image and these considerations have touched and illuminated our vision and our calling – we are just dispensaries for platitudes – useful only to our own echo-chambers of spiritual practice – and of little to our broader communities or the world. We can all preach to the choirs of our circles. We will always hear the uplifting amens that let us know we are loved and on our path – deeply connected with our communities. For Healers however – the place we’re most often called to is the place of suffering. How can we be of service with no comprehension of what that suffering looks and feels like – and no contemplation of the burden broad enough to begin to assist in lifting it.
Finding the place within another that shares the place within ourselves – enough to be of service – requires more from us than to understand encyclopedic attributes of Universal Law. Much of the law exists between us. Not until we understand each other, can we speak on the fullness of that law.
Artwork attribution; Sergiy Lukutin – Ukraine