I am sitting here at work stressing out about a mistake I made in a newsletter that went out to 15,000 people. Also, today’s election is in the back of my mind. I am worried about the state of America. It appears to me the country is on the verge of another disastrous economic crash that will make entire 2008 crash look like just one day off without pay. We have a totally broken government. Our elections appear to be bought and sold to the highest bidding corporation. Millions of people without work struggle daily just to have food and shelter. For the people who do have jobs, their benefits have been slashed and they work crazy hours while their businesses hoard record profits. Our prisons are filled passed capacity with young men whose lives have been ruined because they either used or sold drugs in a society built on drug use. The infrastructure is crumbling. The lack of civility in the USA is alarming. And I just keep thinking “I want out of this country! I want to live in a civil society, one that treats the sick and elderly with respect and compassion!” The stress begins to eat at me.
With humans being human, our systems have been and always will be flawed. And while we do our best to improve the systems, there is continuous social injustice and untold human suffering (as well as unrepairable damage being done to the Earth). This is just fact that goes far beyond political parties.
So what to do to avoid stress and despair?
First of all, getting perspective (a.k.a. shifting our consciousness) is essential. All of these human systems, with all their consequences, are just one thin slice, one distinct frequency of Nature. And the rest of Nature is all around us as well. It is vital to remember, the wind still blows, the rain still falls and the sun will set tonight and come up in the morning, and today is a beautiful day with all the opportunity in the universe for deep spiritual connection with rivers of Awen washing over us.
We have to learn to control our actions and our minds. We need to have developed sufficient habits so that when we are stressed out, we remember to reach for the sacred, to sink into our mud and blood roots, finding nourishment from the Earth and support from our ancestors. We need to acknowledge and honor the spirits of place. We need to breathe and open our soul to the forces of Nature and to other souls so that Awen may flow.
Not to do this is to choose to become isolated and disconnected. There will always be strife in our human systems; powerful people and corporate entities will always seek to exploit; no matter how advanced our technology people will suffer, and as individuals we will always make mistakes that others will judge. This is part of life. Yet if we can learn to shift our consciousness, we will also see that all that is just one tiny faction of Nature. It is also filled with sanctity and beauty just waiting for us to open our hearts so we can touch soul to soul. Let’s remember to reach for it.