I appreciate Byron Katie greatly. I find the work something I resist. When I resist something with such veracity it most often has its roots in some larger truth secreted, awaiting discovery. When I resist something quite often it is the very thing I need to so.
How was I to do the work regarding our current President?
I attempted to watch a video which was created by Byron Katie for this occasion and after several minutes found myself angered at the surreal absurdity with which something which does pose a concrete threat was dismissed. I found myself wanting to sit down with Byron Katie and ask some questions of my own.
What would the work have looked like if Byron had the ability to go back in time and meet with Hitler?
It then hit me, as I was contemplating Heisenberg wave theory of all things, that perhaps my issue was I had different fears?
The work is unique to the individual. What if my questions raised a different awareness for consideration?
Climate change is a very real issue. Fossil fuel dependency is a very real issue. Fracking is environmentally hazardous. Pollution and toxicity are impacting species and the earth’s capacity to maintain the narrow spectrum of conditions requisite to sustain life as we now know it in many forms on the planet. It is true that human conduct is negatively impacting the health of the planet.
It is true that President Trump’s current plans as outlined on his WhiteHouse.gov website will cause further harm to the environment. These are facts, not alternate facts, or even facts lite.
It is true that there are many who dismiss scientific evidence under the erroneous assumption there is some grand conspiracy afoot to further a liberal global elite agenda. Ironically globalization is inevitable because we function within a larger ecosystem called earth to whom we are all answerable.
Nature is not a respecter of persons.
The only turn around I can arrive at is I (we) indeed are all remiss in one nuance of the spectrum or another in contributing to the larger scope of the problem in small ways which prove exponentially problematic.
The President merely represents a different position on the spectrum of indifference and overall contribution. He can create an impact on a larger scale, thus his waves create a larger ripple effect. His consequences, in turn, will be equally and appositionally proportionate with one another.
Slavery has created a huge wound in this nation which we have yet to address or heal. The theft of the very land we reside in from our Native Americans is another deep wound we pour salt on versus attempt to redress. The Civil War is another tragedy still churning animosity. These things are true. I know they are true.
It has become abundantly clear the political correctness driving unpopular speech behind closed doors through public opinion merely hid a seething cancer only those who experienced it knew was still with us.
Periods of historical contraction offer us the ability to reflect and act where we once failed to act, altering an old self-defeating global response, and creating a new movement of global change.
If I did the work I could see that my failing was impatience with those whom in my humble estimation and experience failed to comprehend the larger complexities and potential outcomes juxtaposing the micro with the macro for a more holistic understanding from which to make more educated and thus hopefully more precise successive approximations towards slow but lasting positive progress. Such deliberation minimizes the inevitable setbacks one will encounter despite the best planning.
We appear to be a nation divided in approach as to how change is achieved on the personal, the interpersonal or the social level. One portion is impatient, seeking immediate remedy for issues decades and or centuries in the formation through external force. The other seems more understanding that progress is not a linear process but an internal transformation.
It is a difference of simplicity versus complexity, and fluidity versus rigidity. It is the tension of attachment versus detachment and optimism versus cynicism. If peak creativity occurs at the threshold of maximum tension? We can resist tyranny and enter a period of self-determination within the fluidity of a cooperative paradigm. Succeed or fail we must create anew with heart that which we deconstruct.
It juxtaposes those who think the story of the universe is complete through the mythologies presented in holy scriptures with those who see the spirit’s essence in pattern expressed in math ever contracting and expanding.
This creative tension exists to elicit a vibrant explosive energy of potentialities and probabilities which can either propel us exponentially into an ever-expansive cooperative social paradigm or send us spiralling into a cycle of “as long as I get mine” mentality which sees Earth bidding us good riddance to restore balance to the larger system which sustains all life.
If anything became apparent to me from my own foray into doing the work?
Perhaps if The President took us ten steps backward it would be the best thing that could happen.
If we are not ready to progress into the future with equity for one another and all life forms on this planet it is best for our overall survival to run out of oil with no back up plan. Perhaps it is best for us to continue to allow water to be polluted or looted. Perhaps it is best for us to make matters so much more emergent they will no longer be met by platitudes and euphemisms but concrete action.
Love is a verb.
If we are set back at a time when our progress would only mean destruction due to arrogance and ignorance?
Perhaps we will unwittingly save ourselves from a larger destruction which could prove irreversible or fatal for more than just our species.
©2017 Kelley White