It is unavoidable; life is forcing all of us to question and try to find some truth. My husband Josh and I are passionate explorers of human potential/consciousness and we like to report back on what we’ve discovered; what drives us as humans. Right now we seem to be looking at the Grand Canyon of Confusion with noisy flocks of increasing polarities/dualities obscuring the human truth at the bottom of the contradictions. So Josh and I sought to find truth without getting caught in the swirling polarities of confusion.
Every day the NEWS explodes with US/THEM polarities across the screen. It feels like a huge centrifugal force is separating us into encampments based on Politics, Race, Religion, Gender, Ethnicity, Sexual Preference, Place of Birth, economic status, fitness, smarts, hair color, eye color, lawn size, time of birth, choice of toothpaste. OK!…we’re not that bad…yet. Ahhhhh! Absurd. Looks like cellular division gone wild and just as dangerous to us. Don’t fall for it, it’s still a long way down to the truth.
Why do we even divide into us/them when on the same evening NEWS we can clearly see there is really only us? Don’t we feel for people when seeing a tragedy on the other side of the world happening to people of different skin, language, gods, lawn size, toothpaste…. And yet the very next day the gut buys into some different variation of us against them. I recently heard a progressive TV host say “Keep Fighting “ to his audience. Why does this even make sense to us? There is a perfect place for fighting….keep reading, its at the bottom of the abyss.
If someone from another planet came here to assess humanity’ s growth (if), they would wonder about the survival of humanity. Isn’t it universal knowledge/common sense to care for your family..ours being our small world of human beings? (Peace Begins with Enough for All is not rocket science or beyond us, is it?) And yet we’re ready to fight for us against them automatically.
Seems to be the automatic that is in question. My gut reactions when I play an us/them are much deeper and visceral than common sense can sway. Feelings. It is primal…seems like survival and defies questioning. It makes a paradigm of competition and comparison, survival of the fittest make more sense than all the clear logic of our shared humanity.
Close to the bottom, narrowing it down.
We have climbed down deep into the canyon, down under the feelings and found the walls meet at the bottom in 2 lies. Plain and simple. 2 lies that most of humanity takes as truth. 2 lies that have us walking a narrowing path of fear. 2 lies that have us trapped with no way out. 2 simple lies keep the mask of division/competition/war more real to our gut than all evidence of our shared humanity. We’ve each bought one or both of them. They are at the bottom of so much pain, isolation, violence and just plain bullshit.
Lie 1. There is not Enough
Lie 2. I am not Enough
The very bottom.
These 2 beliefs are terrifying. Once we’re terrified, us/them and bad behavior are automatic unquestioned weapons of defending against slipping further into the abyss. Even war becomes plausible. Come on, look at yourself and people you know, people are not naturally greedy and violent unless holding on for dear life. We’ve come to question the nature of humanity …and find it falling short…rather than question these 2 lies. We believe we’re bad rather than question ‘Enough’.
And these 2 lies are shameful. In this pit of dismay of the human spirit, this is the place to stand and fight. Say ‘No!!!!!’ At the depths of the bottom, so all the us/thems can evaporate into the vapor they are. Find the courage to question the lies, not human nature and like Eddie the Eagle we will fly. Imagine enough people questioning these lies and our entire species could throw off the shackles of division and the dangerous realities they produce. Isn’t it time say ENOUGH!
Climbing up and out.
Question lie 1. ” There is not enough.” Look around, there really is Enough. Just because some people are better hoarders (because they really believe the lie) doesn’t mean there is not enough. Enough to take care of everyone’s survival needs. Imagine who you would be if you and everyone else had their basic needs met as far as Food, Water, Shelter, Healthcare and Education. It is doable. It will take an attitude adjustment and to do a better job of sharing. Can we do that? Seems when we see that tragedy halfway around the world on the NEWS we remember it is as natural as breath to care about each other, our family.
Out on a bit of a ledge.
Question lie 2. “I am not Enough.” – ( a trickier one) When I believe I’m not enough, me against the world is a really scary place. Truthfully, none of us do it alone, whether we secure our reality by money or love or some combination; we are in fact intricately dependent on each other. The fears can come both when we forget we actually are intertwined with each other and think we’re in it alone…and when we realize how much we need others. Realistically, I may not be enough to do it all alone, but we are when we choose to align toward a common goal. (Peace Begins with Enough for All is a great goal to start with.)
Beyond the 2 lies climbing out of the abyss, the view of our intricate interdependence is breathtakingly beautiful.
Global awarenesses of our shared life/impact is apparent. The TRUTH is we have one planet and one intricately interdependent humanity. And together we are more than enough. The motivation of basic morality/decency is more productive, heart filling and even fun than the old, worn out, shameful beliefs in inadequacy. Imagine for a moment… the entire world with the shared goal of protecting humanity. Stunning! Could happen.
Finding your own path out.
I can only tell you what we have found. Take small steps, chosen with care so as not to fall back into these painful lies, or be knocked about emotionally by the flocks of fear born dualities and confusion. Each day we are given opportunities to question the shameful lie that we, you, I am not enough to meet the challenges ahead. Deny and disprove the lies that there is not enough. When you find yourself arguing with a ‘Yeah, but…’ argument for the inadequacy of others, reality or yourself, question it. Usually a stubborn attachment to inadequacy is a red flag for parts of oneself that are hurting. Attend to them with healing and then forgiving the ‘others’ becomes easier. When finding fighting appealing, take a moment to ask which of the 2 lies is drawing you ever closer to the edge. Is the voice inside you telling you that you are better than the other, or less than the other? Stop. It is a lie.
Because it just takes small choices in moments we each have every day to, like a kaleidoscope, change the paradigm entirely.
Enormous change??? Yes. Doable. Yes! After all, we have to believe humanity’s maturation is as natural as growth. We each get what we believe and impossible is an ever-changing opinion..especially for us humans. There is enough and we are enough and you are enough.
Myriads of beautiful spreading vistas of possibility exist… just over the horizon, beyond the canyon walls.
After all, the only way to win is not to play.
Peace Begins with Enough for All