“If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want” ~ Zig Ziglar
Now that the ethnocentric American version of the end of the world didn’t happen, there is still a sense of a new era dawning.
As horrific, brutal, and devastating as the Sandy Hook shootings were, other equally horrific, brutal, and devastating things are happening every day, in every culture, society, and city in our world. Racism, tribalism, sexism, classism, and hate crimes of all variety abound.
As Americans face the fiscal cliff, and blame it all on Obama and/or Bush, other nations are facing economic devastation of their own, probably criticizing and blaming their leaders, in similar fashion as we do our own.
At the same time we politic against GMO’s and advocate for food labels, people everywhere are starving – not because there isn’t enough food, but because access is lacking – usually due to finances but sometimes due to transportation or physical ability.
While we help our own from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, other parts of our country, and many areas of the world, have yet to recover from floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and man-made disasters over the past decade.
The list goes on.
The world continues to rotate.
Our lives don’t stop.
The world didn’t end.
What if these are the contractions and pains of something being born?
What follows is excerpted from words credited to Bolivian President Evo Morales from a speech to the UN in September 2012:
the 21st of December …. It is the end of the Macha & the beginning of the Pacha. It is the end of selfishness & the beginning of brotherhood. It is the end of individualism & the beginning of collectivism … It is the end of hatred & the beginning of love. The end of lies & the beginning of truth. It is the end of sadness & the beginning of joy. It is the end of division & the beginning of unity. … ~ The Galactic Free Press, 30 November 2012
One of my religious Christian friends got slightly offended and confused when I shared the meme these words were part of because his interpretation was that it was about solely trusting in mankind for the salvation of mankind. For those of you who don’t ascribe to the Christian belief system, this makes complete sense. For those of us caught in between belief and skepticism, between faith and doubt, it is an area of spiritual dissonance.
The way I see it is that almost universally, regardless of national, cultural, or religious origins just about everyone believes in something outside of themselves as a unifying force. For some this is science, for others it is God (by any specific name, or pantheon of names), some consider it to be love, or even an unidentified cosmic energy. The truth is we don’t KNOW, with absolute 100% evidentiary certainty there is anything other than us.
I believe and choose to call that force of good and unification a God of Love, as manifested in the incarnation of Jesus. According to my understanding of the various interpretations and versions of the bible, the Word of God, the presences of God stopped being carried in the Ark of the Covenant and was released from being accessed only in the Holy of Holies in the Temple once Christ ascended. At which point the Holy presence of God’s spirit, which is Love, then inhabited His people and His children.
Here’s where I really become heretical. Christ died once for ALL. God’s redemptive love is UNCONDITIONAL. Therefore, ALL of HUMANITY can receive and have the indwelling of the redemptive spirit of love. Regardless of what name it is given. There are fruits of the spirit of love. If love is present, then those fruits will be present, whether we have the same name we call it by.
So, until there is a new heaven and a new earth, all of humanity, living and existing here on this earth, side by side get to decide if they are going to allow the spirit of love to rule their hearts, their minds, their words and their actions. Those humans who call themselves Christians are the walking, talking. living, breathing embodiment of the Body of the Bride of Christ, the Church, and instead of arguing over terminology and group think, we should be leading the way for the rest of humanity to:
- end selfishness and be in brother/sisterhood
- let go of individualism and recognize our part in the collective
- stop acting in hate and show love
- discern lies, stop spreading them, and live in truth
- stop propagating the things that sadden the world around us and promote those things which bring joy
What if we stopped labeling and limiting God and ourselves and just moved forward into Pacha?
Yes, I was thinking of this movie and it’s themes when writing this post and giving it’s title.