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?
Byron Kathleen Mitchell, better known as Byron Katie is an American speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as “The Work of Byron Katie” or simply as “The Work”.
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
Acts of Kindness Challenge
From criminals lassoed by cowboys then tied to a pole awaiting justice, to waiters tipped hundreds as a “gift”, Acts of Kindness are taking hold and you never know where they might hit next.
If you’ve been on Facebook, or any other social media site then you’ve likely had the pleasure of meeting a well-known, and much loved Canadian artist, dog rescuer, political junkie and coffee addict by the name of Mike Rilstone. Mike’s social media activities have touched millions of followers around the world, and he often has a major impact wherever he goes.
Over the years I’ve watched Mike get deeply involved in almost every type of social action. I’ve watched as his efforts impacted major national and international elections, and I’ve seen his actions improve small-town local fundraisers, but this past year brought about the development of his newest effort; an Acts of Kindness Challenge that people from all parts of the globe can take part in.
Dawn Douglas, an Australian Public Relations professional shared her thoughts in a post that echoes something we can all agree with, “be kind to others, it’ll make you feel amazing!!”
I asked Mike why he took on this newest social action and considering his past good deeds, I wasn’t surprised by his answer, “I was annoyed that mainstream media always trumped the good news with the bad. So I thought we needed a central depository to share the good things that were happening around us.”
His thinking has certainly paid off and thanks to public demand Mike’s decided to take it further. “Its original intent was to break through all the bad news in 2016 (especially political) and help take us into a happier Christmas season, but the page seems to have taken on a life of its own and I for one like the happy reprieve it brings on a daily basis.”
Throughout history, great leaders of all ages, cultures and religious beliefs have their own way of saying, ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’ With each New Year, come New Year’s resolutions and with it we’ll often hear a global call for change, but to achieve change we’ve all got to play a part, even if it’s just one small good deed at a time.
For Dawn Douglas it was simple, “I’ve been doing random acts of kindness for decades now, so when this page was suggested by a friend I hopped on board to join like-minded people. I’m hoping that by sharing random acts of kindness it will spread to others making the world a more caring place than it is.”
The Acts of Kindness Challenge is, as Mike describes it, “a safe place where those who are generally quiet about their good deeds can come to share them among friends, allowing good ideas to spread. It has become a place many now drop into regularly just to feel good.”
If you want to take part in creating the change you want to see in the world, then The Acts of Kindness Challenge is a great place to start.
JOIN the 2017 Acts of Kindness Challenge – CLICK HERE
A Sad Day for Canada
Three riders gone that we did not know,
They stood on guard so communities could grow,
They rode for justice and upheld the law,
They protected the public even though we have flaws
Three lights shine down from God up above,
In search of three souls so dearly loved,
Once found at peace their spirits shall lay,
With memories of them in our hearts here to stay
The Red Serge worn by those with belief
Will undoubtedly need our help for relief,
In support of these officers respecting our calls
Let’s support them in prayer, “God bless to all”
Words can’t replace such a devastating loss,
But the RCMP will prevail at all cost,
Police forces working in Nation’s world wide
Remember these three angels that now stand by your side…
God bless the Law Enforcement community on this day and Gods Speed on a healthy recovery for the two injured officers…
From left: Const. Dave Joseph Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Const. Douglas James Larche appear in photos released by the RCMP. (more…)
Materialistic is described as excessively concerned with physical comforts or the acquisition of material things rather than intellectual, moral, spiritual, or artistic-cultural values, which become impoverished, and the propensity towards adhering to the philosophy of materialism (the theory that regards only tangible or measurable matter as constituting the universe and all its phenomena). If your entire universe is material focussed you miss out substantially on the intellectual pursuits or spirituality and tend to lose out on the morality aspects, which is what went wrong and has brought the planet to verge of devastation through extreme levels of global consumption.
Amaterialistic would therefore be the antonym of it with emphasis on intellectual, moral, spiritual, or artistic-cultural values and away from securing happiness largely from material consumption, popularizing of which would certainly reduce global consumption to some extent. It can be readily noted that an absolute state of amaterialism would be incompatible with life although some serious legendary mediators in India are said to have gone without food for months or even years.
Need for a ratio reversal. It would be reasonable to assume that an average adult in the wealthy nations of EU, N. America, Australia etc., derives 80% of happiness from consumption or materialism and rest from amaterialism or intellectual, moral-spiritual, or artistic-cultural sources. (more…)
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