From time to time I work with the energy and patterns of world circumstances, knowing in myself that imbuing the situation with the radiation of Love will have its impact and influence. As written in the workbook Attunement: The Creator’s Magic, energy is revealed in patterns; patterns are a part of the Fifth Seal (thyroid)—the Spirit of Life radiation. Lately I have been sharing Attunement with the situation in Ferguson, MO., where the shooting of an unarmed black American teenager has shaken the country in a way I have not seen since the civil rights movement and activities in the 1960’s. In working with this particular pattern of energy I have noticed a few things.
First, the energy of this pattern has very deep roots and includes more than appears on the surface. Yes, there have been numerous written blogs and television interviews with many people on the subject of discrimination. One will quickly notice that most media conversations play to the dramatic side of the events. I read a blog written by Benjamin Watson, a tight end football player for the New Orleans Saints. His blog makes sense to me. Here are some of his thoughts.
“I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through… his son, Jesus, and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope…Internally our sin makes us prideful, it makes us judgmental, it makes us prejudice, which leads to racism and it makes us lash out at people that don’t look like us. It makes us do all those things. It makes us lash out in anger and makes us point fingers.”
As I read Benjamin’s comments I realized that he had put his finger on the sin problem and the dilemma that has been with humanity since the ‘garden’ state. When the Creator asked Adam who told him that he was naked, Adam replied, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” GEN 3:12 Besides being the first instance of passing the buck of responsibility, Adam blamed the woman for his experience thus separating the woman from himself, resulting in the loss of the state of oneness and the experience of union on Earth. As well, Adam was blaming the Creator for giving him the woman, effectively separating himself from the Creator, thus cutting off his connection with the larger universal whole. In a monumental moment the pattern of judgment, prejudice, discrimination, racism and sexism began, and remains a pervasive influence unto this very day. Among other things, I suspect this is a primary factor for competition in our world from sports to the use of natural resources to the number of nuclear weapons a country stockpiles, etc. After making his fateful decision, Adam has been in competition with the Creator. The bottom line is that without a return to a consciousness of true identity and the state of union–first, with the Creator and second, with everyone else, there is no solution for circumstances like the one in Ferguson, Missouri.
Second, this energy pattern–judgment, prejudice, discrimination, racism, sexism–is rampant and exists throughout the world. In the Middle East conflict it is Sunni vs. Shī‘ah or the ISIS view of Islam vs. other views of Islam. In India it is the social class system that still governs much of society’s dos and don’ts in relationships. In Mexico it is conflict with native tribal people, and so on. Go to any part of the world and you will find the pattern, even in the basic family unit or in the social valuing of a woman’s worth. In the United States a woman makes approximately 75% of what a man makes for doing the same work, despite government bills that are passed urging equality.
Third, I don’t let myself go into despair, defense, or bury my head in the sand when I hear a story of someone being emotional–angry, disgusted, and/or feeling unjustly treated because in fact every human being has had that experience–myself included.
Here is another quote from Benjamin…“Because of our life experiences, whether it is being a black American or a white American, because of stories that you’ve heard over time, because of injustices that have happened or maybe being accused of something you didn’t do or being accused of being racist when you’re not, we have these certain histories and we react because of those.”
Fourth, “How shall I handle this pattern of energy?” is the real question. For me the answer is to radiate Love, to share Attunement–first with my consciousness of identity, then with the rest of my human self (especially the feeling realm) and then with the larger pattern. A consciousness of identity in Being and the expression of Love will bring a healing balm to the turbulent waters in me and in the larger world. I Am the answer.