Miracle of Surrender

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“Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace is transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.”

— Eckhart Tolle

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Hand Unseen

“How often I have stood undecided I cannot count, but as if in a dream I keep returning to the crossroads, both paths dark before me, praying for a light to follow. The answer is not to be found by staring into your mind, but by feeling the hand unseen on your shoulder. Intuition is made sacred by trust.”

– Steven Charleston, Hope as Old as Fire

Genuine and Equal

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“I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. I ask primary evidence that you are a man, and refuse this appeal from the man to his actions. I know that for myself it makes no difference whether I do or forbear those actions which are reckoned excellent. I cannot consent to pay for a privilege where I have intrinsic right. Few and mean as my gifts may be, I actually am, and do not need for my own assurance or the assurance of my fellows any secondary testimony.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance

One line was left out of this quote which was “If your kind heart find favor in my words,  please Like, Share and Subscribe.” 🙂

Seriously though, I wonder how true these words actually were for Emerson. I can only speak for myself when I say that there are days when I feel that way and days where I seek constant validation. Just how it goes. No shame in it. Seasons of feelings I suppose.

What Is Racism

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“Give me liberty, or give me death!”” – Patrick Henry

The world is a mess. It’s always been a mess though.  It’s just that we have so many ways to view the mess that we can see how messy it is and was. Of course that’s just my view and where I’ve come to see things. You might have known it was a mess all of your life.

Let’s just pick one big ol mess we’re dealing with right now here in one little corner of the world.  Racism.  What is racism? Are you a racist? Am I a racist? Do you or I react to the world in racist ways that we are unaware of? How do you define racism? How did you or I learn to be racist?

You see so many people pointing fingers at racism. You also see so many people crying foul. “I am not a racists! I am the least racist person.”

What is racism? How do we have a conversation about racism if we can’t even agree on what racism is. You see racism point out on a daily basis in people’s words and actions yet those same people will flatly deny racism. I believe the many people only see racism as someone who wants to kill someone of another race or someone who wears a swastika. It seems like we all seem to think in extreme terms and conveniently that allows us to keep swinging but never actually hitting the target. We don’t get anywhere because we’re all still arguing about what racism actually is.

At least it seems that way to me.

I feel like we need a national conversation on what racism is.  How do we define racism in all its many and subtle ways along with the obvious extreme ways? If our actual goal is to live peacefully and hopefully together we have to start on a strong foundation.

Why would we want to do this? Shouldn’t we just kill Nazi’s? (I see that one a lot) Yes there are people beyond reason. I am not saying a conversation about defining racism is the cure. I do think it’s one of many paths.

Most people who behave in racist ways that I’ve met are just echoing what they were taught in their families and in their culture. I would imagine that goes for people all over the world. Experience shapes belief. How do you change a mind or heart like that? I think the only way you accomplish this is through providing some sort of dignity. Without dignity in a conversation this emotional I don’t see anyone changing their minds except through extreme action. (And by extreme action I mean war, a personal loss, etc)

To define this in an open national conversation could provide a sense of dignity that might allow some people to see that just because they were looking at these in the wrong way doesn’t mean you can’t change and help make them right. You don’t have to double down anymore and dig that pit of despair even deeper.

So “give me dignity or give me death!” This spin on the Patrick Henry quote is the subconscious battle cry beneath every Trump rally.  In a lot of ways it’s really the battle cry of most of humanity.

So how do we do this? I don’t know. I’m open to suggestion. Why not start here?

How do you define racism?

His Portion

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“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance, that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, or worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance