This week I want you to think about two things.
Number one: More bad things are reported in the “news” than good things that are happening in the world.
If you realise that news is something that is not usual, not common (that’s why it’s news!), then you realise that every day we hear a digest of bad things that happen in the world. These are not the usual things, the mundane things, the boring things. Nor are they the good things either. They are the exceptionally bad things that the media things we need to know about.
What happens to us, when we are bombarded with all of this bad news (masquerading as “important news”), is that we forget about all the good things that are happening in the world. Such as all the people who get better and are discharged from hospital, all the children who are loved, all the teams that win their matches. We don’t hear about the people who are able to pay their bills and don’t go hungry, the family reconciliations that happen when people finally forgive each other, nor do we hear about all the births of new Souls coming to the world, or the joy someone feels when they have mastered a skill they’ve been working on for a long time. We only hear about the bad stuff.
Number two: We are ALL human.
There is only one Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama says that if he was to think of himself as the Dalai Lama, he automatically isolates himself from the rest of the world. But if he is to think of himself as human, suddenly he is part of a community of 7 billion people. He said it so succinctly: If I am to think of myself as special, I create a wall of separation between me and everybody else.
This reminds me of a status update I saw on Facebook, it went something like this: A woman is speaking to another woman and says: “What do you see when you look into the mirror?” The second woman says “A woman. Why? What do you see?” The first woman says “You are so lucky to see a woman, you see a woman because you are white, you are so lucky to be white. When I look into the mirror, I see a black woman, a woman who is oppressed in the world, a woman who is treated as a lesser being”.
If you see yourself as separate, then you become separate. If you see yourself as part of a global community, you then become part of that community. When I spent time in America in my 20’s I met a wonderful woman who became a good friend. Only when her brother and his friends showed up did I realise she was a black woman. As soon as her brother and friends left, she was back to being a woman again. I felt that separation in action. I asked her about it, and she agreed with me. She knew something had shifted. She felt it too. But to be accepted by her brother and his friends she felt she had to take sides, to separate from me.
Here we are in times of separateness. In times of bad news. What can we do about it?
Know it is not all bad out in the world, we are just hearing about the bad things. Know separation can be something that we do ourselves, in our minds. It can also be something that we learn how not to do.
Know that it does all start with you. Be in your power all the time, so you can be powerful in your life. Be with all that is true for you, not necessarily what you are told is true. And act if you need to act, and know when to turn it off, and walk away.
Sending blessings out to you all,