If there is one thing I have learned in 20 years of supporting women and men in becoming their most authentic, self-actualized self, it is that fear begets fear. Most specifically, when we make decisions based in fear, we get more fear. Our lives become smaller, more constricted, we suffer from unhappiness and a deep sense of being unfulfilled. When we make decisions, instead, from a place of love, peace, contentment and truth….or when we wait for the decision to arrive that reflects these qualities, our experiences of love, peace, contentment and joy increase. Our life takes on a sense of meaning and we feel fulfilled.
Fear + Fear = More fear.
Love + Truth = Contentment and peace
As this mathematical equation is true on an individual basis, so it is on the collective. It would be helpful to bear this in mind as we approach the 2016 presidential elections.
When we choose a candidate who capitalizes on our fears, who paints a picture of fear, who attempts to create separation or capitalize on existing or growing systems of separation, then this is exactly what we will get – a country that is more polarized than it already was before, stepping out into a world creating more separation.
If, on, the other hand, we patiently wait for the candidate to step forth who will speak to us of truth, who seeks to bring us together instead of attempting to separate, who desires to support a political system and a world that works to build rather than tear down, who speaks about practical means of healing the separations in our country and in our world….then this is what we will get – a country that is able to come together as one, working together for the common good, and then doing the same as it goes out into the world.
As for myself, I haven’t yet decided who I want to vote for. Quite frankly, I’m not thrilled with any of our current options. What I do know is that I will be making my decision based on love and truth, not on fear, because love and truth is what I want to see in our world, not more of the fear that has ruled for the past 5000 years.
(PS What holds true in electing a president, holds true for all elected officials. Fear begets fear! What kind of world do you want to live in – one that tears us apart through fear or one that brings us together as love?)
Eyes of the Prophet
The eyes of a prophet discerning Spirit.
Seeing beyond the veil that seems to masks the eyes of others.
Seeing the truth that stands not behind, not beside, not within,
But that which stands in front of the illusion,
“Here I am, this is who I am really, not the one she sees or that everyone else sees, this is my truth.”
Clear, radiant, glowing, joyful, at peace and content,
Though on her cheek, a tear of sadness
for the ones who dare not see, acknowledge or live in this truth.
She waits in patience for the vessel to be ready to let that light shine.
Seeing with eyes that see beyond the veil
Of lies kept hidden, secrets kept, betrayals, deceit,
Eyes shifting, gazing downward, revealing discomfort.
Seeing with eyes that know the truth behind the lies, the fear, the guilt, the shame,
All nurtured to keep deceit alive.
The prophet sees and knows.
Seeing with eyes that see beyond the veil of denial.
There is a map, a timeline, a vision
Of things to come if what is now in place continues to choose the way that is familiar,
“It will not end here….this shall be next.”
And it is.
Endings. Doors are closed. And death.
Seeing and knowing this is what would be
If fear is chosen over love.
And yet, there is a light. And the light is love.
Seeing with eyes that see beyond the veil of despair,
Knowing that even in death there is the promise of new life,
If we but open our eyes and see.
copyright Lauri Ann Lumby