Nothing Good to Say

I wish I had something good to say about the events that are unfolding in our world, but I don’t. The military and law-enforcement response to the peaceful protest at Standing Rock is beyond repulsive.  The team that our  president-elect is gathering around him, quite frankly, frightens me.  The ongoing violence in Syria, the millions who have been killed and the millions who are now displaced is inexcusable.  The political tensions arising throughout the world is palpable.  And the teetering global financial markets are enough to disturb any rational human being.  As an empath and a highly sensitive person, I have been feeling the disturbance of all of this in increased anxiety, vertigo, and today, I’m on day 6 of a migraine headache.  To say that what is going on in our world “sucks” is an understatement.

But as a “spiritual teacher” I’m supposed to have something good to say about all this suck-i-ness, right?! I’m supposed to give us something to be hopeful about, right?  I’m supposed to shed some whoo whoo light on this, right?!  Please, Lauri, Please, give us something good to feel about all this yuk!!!  But the bottom line is, there is nothing good about any of this.  There is nothing good because it is all rooted in BAD!

For a very long time, our political system has sucked! No longer is it “by the people for the people,” it is for those who hold the gold, who pad the pockets of our lawmakers to satisfy their own greedy and selfish needs…..hence the protests at Standing Rock!

For a very long time, the United States has been one of the biggest assholes in the world. Waving the banner of our consumeristic, capitalistic, white, privileged, affluent society (with our spokespersons, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West!), while the rest of the world struggles just to feed themselves and keep a roof over their head.  No wonder other countries hate us!

For a very long time, we have not cared for our earth. We have raped it (after raping and killing the First Nation peoples who treated our planet as sacred) and pillaged it for our own selfish means.  And then, when some people got smart and pointed out the damage we were doing to our planet and secured safeguards for keeping our air and water clean, “those who hold the gold” picked up their manufacturing facilities and deported their toxic manufacturing practices to developing countries so they could destroy the environments there (now we’re back to being the assholes).

Then there’s the whole money and banking thing. To begin with, our money isn’t even real!  It’s no longer based in gold.  It isn’t even based in oil.  Our money is based in DEBT!  Do you understand what that means?  The American dollar is worth LESS THAN ZERO!  LESS THAN ZERO!  This doesn’t even make sense!  Sure, it would make sense if we stood any chance of getting back even some of the money the United States has loaned out with interest.  But since the whole rest of the world’s money is also based in debt…..good luck with that!  In short, we all owe each other a shit-ton of money, with no chance whatsoever of any of it every being paid back.  EVER!  There is only ONE possible outcome to this financial debacle and that is COMPLETE GLOBAL FINANCIAL COLLAPSE.  Duh!

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Why are we not hearing more about this – any of this? Because the media is doing a damn good job of keeping us distracted, and they are using glamour, affluence, greed, and fear to distract us.  While we are busy “keeping up with the Kardashians,” the world around us is falling apart – and that is not just in Syria, it is happening right here in our own country if we would take the time to look around.

In case you missed it, these are just a few of the systems that are on the brink of complete collapse:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Governance
  • Banking and Finance
  • Religion (I’m not sure how many bankruptcies the Catholic Church can handle without completely disintegrating)

Since these are the systems on which the rest of our culture is based, there is only one possible outcome: collapse.   And at the deepest parts of our souls, when we are woefully honest with ourselves, we know this.

So, what are we going to do about this? What can we do about this? In short….NOTHING. There is nothing we can do to save these systems as they barrel toward collapse, nor should we.  These are the systems that were based in a fear, power and control model and if we are going to survive as a species, these models HAVE TO GO!  So, in the immortal words of Princess Elsa, “Let it go!”

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There is something we can do, however. And it is something we should do, and must do, if we are going to survive the collapse, and support the new world as it is born out of the ash of the old:

CARE FOR OURSELVES!

It has never been more important, critically important, that we learn how to care for ourselves in the face of a collapsing world. Being hospice to the old world as it lays dying and midwifing the birth of the new world means taking care of ourselves.  Helping the world as it simultaneously goes through its death throes and birth pains, starts with ourselves.  As one wise teacher once said to me:

“The most loving thing you can do for those you love is to what is most loving for yourself.”

Self-care begins with self-knowledge. Asking ourselves what is life-giving for ourselves and what is not and setting boundaries around that.  We need to create a space in our own lives in which we can feel safe – saying yes to what is life-giving and no to what is not.  This saying no so that we can say yes includes rooting out those relationships that are life-sucking and letting them go.

We must find/create/deepen our commitment to SOMETHING in our life that helps us to know peace, love, even joy. What that something is from person to person will vary, but we need this something….and we need it daily.  For me, it is my daily spiritual practice of ritual, meditating with scripture, mantra, and journaling.  Yours might be your daily run, or knitting your grandchild a sweater.  Whatever that something is…DO IT.  And make it a priority.  What we give to ourselves comes back one hundred fold!

DETACH. I cannot say this enough.  Detach from anything and everything that causes you upset or pain.  If the news disturbs you, turn it off!  (That does not mean stop being informed, it means be VERY CHOOSEY about what news sources you read/watch and take EVERYTHING they say with a grain of salt.  Today, most news is meant not to inform, but to manipulate.  Be discerning!).  If you find yourself jealous or distracted by news stories of the “rich and famous,” go to your local soup kitchen and remind yourself of how MOST OF THE WORLD really lives!  Stop listening to your “friends” and family members who want to scare you into believing their fears.  And when you find yourself triggered……DO that thing that gives you peace.  Let go of the fear and come back to peace. Again, it boils down to caring for ourselves.  If we do not care for ourselves in a world facing collapse, we will get sucked down with the collapse and experience our own demise.

It is as grave as this. What are you going to choose?  Life or (spiritual) death?

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6 Responses to Nothing Good to Say

  1. Jane Goulet says:

    It is so good to read your “tell it like it is” entry, above. The spirit of truth and hope is also very welcomed. As I adjust to this “new country” that I find myself living in and determine my response in how I live my life it is heartening to see other travelers who are keeping the faith so to speak and are focusing on what truly matters. Thank you! In my little local paper there has been an increase in social awareness and compassion and I am also heartened to see this. So, we are out there, thankfully.

    • Yes, it is easy in these times to believe that we are alone and a voice crying out in the wilderness talking only to sand! It is for this reason that I do blog….if for no other reason than to convince myself I’m not alone! 😉 I too am seeing glimpses of our new world as it is peeking its head out waiting to be born. We might only see the tip of the beak…..but it is there, trying to find its way into the world!

  2. Thanks, Lauri. Authenticity is more important than “feelin’ good” in my opinion! I appreciate yours — and also the reminder to back away from the craziness and focus on self-care.

  3. Bob Russo says:

    Hi Lauri – you’re so right – the world is a mess today! I certainly have no answers other than to say that I still respect our Constitution and if we can abide by it, I believe that there is still hope for America in the future.

    The Constitution, IMHO, contains the language and seeds for a free people, “By the People, for the People” as you mentioned above. It requires our participation in the political process, especially at the local level. And, it entails the constant oversight of the people toward their elected officials. They need to hear from us when they screw up! We have the power – and that is how it was intended to be by our Founding Fathers.

    Unfortunately, most politicians are bought-out (both parties) before they are elected to office. Their loyalties are to special interest groups and to their own re-election. Yes, we have a very sinful past as a Nation. We can’t change it. But hopefully, we learn from it and avoid repeating the mistakes we have made in the past again in the future. That’s the definition of wisdom.

    There are concerns you mentioned that are right on the mark! The dollar is nearly worthless – with no backing in gold, silver, or any tangible asset. Debt is skyrocketing – some 20 trillion dollars and growing. These are ingredients for a financial meltdown. We’re still dependent on foreign oil, which is a drag. It’s a drag that we need fossil fuels at all. I often wonder if the technology is available for renewable energy but is being suppressed by the powers-that-be. I can’t prove this so I honestly don’t know. We need fossil fuels until we can come up with an electric car, for example, that can be powered by solar energy. Recharge the battery using solar energy. So, we either drill in North America and become more energy independent or continue to rely on it from other countries, including the crazy Middle East. Mother Earth gets the shaft either way.

    I wish I had some answers but I don’t. IMO, many of us feel a sense of angst enveloping us. There is an “uncertainty” in the air that can make us edgy and feisty at times – at least me! Time in nature is helpful along with time in meditation. And, conversing with others in an open fashion is very helpful too. Both sides need to come together in this hour of need.

    To conclude, we are a Republic and I think it’s in our best interest to stay one. And, let’s honor the Constitution our Founding Father created as we move forward. They had the knowledge and foresight to see potential problems that could arise in the future to restrict our freedoms. So, they consciously placed certain limits on the federal government to help preserve and protect our God-given rights. The wisdom of these guys still blows my mind! Yes, gratitude is healing too! So, blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Bob,
      Thank you for sharing your experience, your wisdom and your hope! I too believe in our constitution and the vision our founding “fathers” put forth for our country. I know that no matter what the outcome, new life will emerge out of the chaos. I’m hopeful for something more loving, more kind and more unifying!

      Blessings of Gratitude and Thanksgiving to you and yours!

      Love,
      Lauri

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