“Our courage is revealed both by what we do in the world, and by what we are willing to face in ourselves.”
"When I take a good hard look at my thoughts and actions, I begin to realize that I can continue doing what I've always done, or choose something different. That's what I call agency."
Each of us wants the same thing in our heart of hearts, call it love, freedom, wholeness, or connection. And our common longing comes from the same source, call it spirit, g-d, the psyche, or nature. Ironically, that source is ultimately what we long for. And the answer to any core question we have - who we are, what we should do, and how we should do it - arises when we turn inwards and follow our longing all the way back to its source. Our personal truth and our ultimate truth align, and we come home.
The path inward is not easy. Yet, regardless of how connected we feel to the source or to the answer to those questions, what we already know for sure is that the current condition of our world is calling out for each of us to play our part in healing the internal and external divides that create the suffering we see. We know we are in the midst of a difficult time of transition and crisis - politically, environmentally, economically, culturally - we are growing further apart as a society, we are endangering life on the planet, we are losing our moral character, and more and more of us are falling into despair, sickness, violence, and overwhelm.
We also know that our problems cannot be solved by doing the same things we have done to get us here. It’s time for a revolution of humanity in how we treat each other and how we see ourselves as agents of change. We are changing this world, and the power that we have is beyond measure, both to create and to destroy. We can either choose to engage from a place of empowerment, or to engage from a place of dis-empowerment, and that is probably the greatest choice any of us will ever have to make. Our decision will determine our survival as a species on the planet. And as Reverend William Barber declares, it is not enough to wake up, we need to rise up. Because only us can save us.
Each of us individually, as beings who inhabit this planet, and humanity as a species are on a collision course for our own destiny — it might be a good idea to live in the most conscious way possible. Our patterns and conditioning have been making a mess of things for some time and we're starting to see that unfold in our world. In my own life I can see what happens when I operate from a place of conditioned reactivity versus a place of presence. As it is within so it is without.
The interaction of these forces impact our relationship with society and with the planet. Doing the work of healing the world is similar to meditation in that it is experiential — you cannot know what it is until you do it. And you cannot have one without the other. In other words, you cannot be on a spiritual path without engaging in repair of the world and vice versa.