I couldn’t get up fast enough this morning to start writing because the story line has been percolating inside me for some time. It also conveniently ties into the message from the Course of Miracles today which was, The job of Spirit is to literally heal our faulty perceptions in such a way as to allow true forgiveness to take place. I have been writing about healing for the past few days now and it keeps coming up, so maybe we need to keep hearing it in different ways for it to sink in or make sense. Although the story line is one of intense and emotional content it is a timely one and will require much more dialogue then you’ll find here.
Today the story line is about the issue of abuse, its cause and effect. Recently some men have been removed from their jobs for being abusive. Not sexually as in so many other cases but physically and emotionally abusive to their wives. These men were employees of the White House and subsequently linked to Donald Trump. I would like to go on record that I believe abusive behavior is not acceptable in any situation. I also want to acknowledge that there have been times in my life when I have been abusive. I have said things, been mean etc. to my kids, wife, employees, parents, friends etc. While that has not resulted in any physical hurt or injury, it usually leaves scars. Those scars are still present with me today and keep me aware of what I am capable of, and conversely what I do not want to be or represent in the world. I also believe our behavior leaves scars on those we love and care for. While I have done my share of scarring others, I also have been scarred by parents (my mother left me as a baby, my father beat me with his umbrella), friends family etc. It is part of the human condition and I find it connected to frustration, anger and poor self esteem to name a few .
Every day as we go out in the world we have to choose how we want to live in the world. The message in today’s Course of Miracles reminds me again. Healing our faulty perceptions and allowing for true forgiveness is a full time job for me.
This past year, I have been in the presence of individuals that have HATE in their hearts for Donald Trump. I mean real HATE, the kind of hate that turns ones stomach…. as I sit and listen to them I can actually see and feel the hate. I can even feel it in posts on facebook and it scares me becasue I have never had HATE like that in me for anyone or reason. I also recently saw a YouTube video of a mother spanking (beating) her child in a shopping mall. I was going to attach the video but it’s to disturbing. While I can’t relate to the HATE, as a parent I have had moments when my children have pushed me to the edge of good sense and objective behavior.
What are we to do?
As a society we can take away peoples rights and livelihood, but, are we supposed to be judge and jury for every event that we struggle with or when we witness a moment of ill intended actions.
When the world is in chaos, we can still have our own inner peace and maintain a sense of calm in a sea of unrest. The job of Spirit is to literally heal our faulty perceptions in such a way as to allow true forgiveness to take place. Often, times of confusion are the times that enable us to find that part of ourselves that knows how to cope, and how to be a light to others in the storm. It helps to remember that we don’t need to completely understand what’s happening right now, nor do we need to be able to predict the future. Most of us just want to find our way to being at peace with whatever happens, and we can find this peace inside. Heal our thinking, to allow true forgiveness.
“Blessings on your journey”