I know you are feeling anxious and disturbed about all that you see happening in the country right now, how it seems that ominous forces have burst out of the shadows and are threatening the fabric of the social order. Your fear is amplified by your awareness of how other countries have descended into chaos in conditions such as these, when people have been led astray by falsehoods and mobilized to violently impose their way upon the world.
Your fear is understandable. The old ways are dying, causing tremendous anxiety and tumult, and you sense that this could be a moment that breaks the spell of division, or a moment when falsehood, hatred, and violence gain momentum.
Let me begin by reminding you that violence is a stance of weakness. It is what people resort to when they sense that their cause is lost. And indeed there is a lost cause in all of this, a cause that has been lost from the beginning of time because it could never truly exist. This attempt to secede from Reality, secede from the truth of Union, of Love, has been a lost cause from the moment it dawned in the human mind.
I know this may not be the time to try to offer you reassurances that the turmoil you are seeing isn’t ultimately real, that it is a projection of the mind. I know that in this moment, as you look at the news, it seems frighteningly real.
It has always seemed real to the aspect of mind that generates and participates in this human drama of good versus evil, of enemies and battles that has played itself out in so many ways over so many centuries. Surely these last months have shown you how capable the mind is of fully believing something that isn’t true.
There is little point in trying to talk this aspect of mind out of its fear, because for it, the story is true, just as a nightmare is real to the mind that is dreaming it. Simply hold it, along with its fear, in absolute compassion. Cradle it in kindness.
Neither try to try to persuade those who remain loyal to the ways of ego that Love is the only Truth. Attempting to convince them will only be a distraction to you now. Simply hold them in compassion, and do not tether yourself to their disbelief.
What is needed now is for you, and all who are willing, to turn your awareness to the Self within that knows that, despite what you see playing out on the world stage, there is only one Reality, and it is Love. In Reality, you are safe and always have been. In Reality, there are no enemies, and never could be. This is the greatest service you can offer in this time of transformation into the New.
Even though you may feel unprepared for this moment, you are not. You have been preparing for eons. Join now with the Truth that is within you. Allow it to inhabit every fiber of your being. Allow the Joy and Gladness of Reality to resonate in your own being and radiate from your own Heart. Do not be timid about experiencing this Joy, for It is what you are.
I know that many will believe that it is naïve in such a moment as this to abide in Love. But what is truly naïve, and indeed absurd, is the the idea that anything but Love could exist, or that division could ever be real except for in the very fertile human imagination.
Place that imagination in the service of Love now. Imagine the world that you know wants to come forth. Imagine what it looks like when humans have been restored to their right minds, knowing themselves to be Love incarnate, a world in which each knows that they are a precious and unique expression of the Infinite Life here to give expression to the Love that is the Source of All That Is.
Imagine such a world in which these countless incarnations of Love are celebrating one another, thriving together, bringing forth the essence of their beautiful Beingness, rejoicing in the web of Life that is this magnificent planet.
Then allow yourself to feel that world in your body. Allow it to come alive in your cells. Be that world, because the new world that is arising does not come forth by battling with the old, but by joining with the New.
This is the only true insurrection—a word which means “to rise up.” As you transcend (trance end) the ways of ego, forgoing all judgment and all concept of enemy, and as you align yourself only with Love you help this new world to arise. You become a participant in Love’s long-awaited insurrection.
Your True Self
Lisa Fitzhugh says
Patricia, I wrote a piece that is very much in deep alignment with your message here. I am posting the link and also the text below as I think the more ways we can say this, the better! https://www.lisafitzhugh.me/writing/2021/1/6/an-act-of-imagination
An Act of Imagination….
If you were to ask just about anyone — whether they be a distraught Trump supporter or a relieved Biden supporter, a lockdown adherent or an advocate for a risk-tiered response to the virus, a back-to-the lander or an urban futurist, families with everyone stuck online all day or families whose wage-earners have lost their jobs – I wager all would say the current moment feels a lot like a nightmare. A suffocating, primal terror kind of nightmare.
I remember waking up from nightmares when I was a little girl, and the pattern is still the same even now in my fifties. In these bleak dreams, an ambiguous evil is always stalking me. I try to scream but there is no projected sound so I’m stifled until my screaming becomes audible and finally wakes me up. The nightmare sits close, pulsing into my waking consciousness, waiting for me to slip back into it. I have to sit up, shake it off or wander around the house, before I can let myself fall sleep again, to stop its vortex sucking me back in.
So if it’s true that most everyone experiences the current moment as a kind of nightmare, could our shared experience of profound fear be something that unites us, even if what terrifies us within the nightmare is quite different?
For instance, I’m terrified of a growing authoritarianism and government mandates related to our health choices. I have a deep fear of us becoming feedstock for a dehumanizing system run by artificial intelligence. Most of all I fear our increasing fear of each other. Not just the old intractable bigotry (fear) of people different than us, but the fear we now have of breathing the same air, of shaking hands, of embracing each other and where all that fear of basic human contact is taking us.
Maybe you share some of these fears, maybe not.
Many are terrified of the virus and its ongoing invisible threat and mutations. Others are filled with dread about what looks like certain ecological collapse in the very near future. Others still are fearful of those with more positional or social power and their propensity to abuse it, whether it be within a system, a workplace or in a household.
Many more of us are now terrified of losing the roof over our heads, income to buy food for our children, or access to a doctor when we get sick. All but a very few of us are scared of dying, death being the most dependable and transformative milestone there is, yet the one we have been seeking to avoid at all costs.
No matter what we’re scared of, I can’t expect others to fear the things I fear or trust the things I trust. If I were scared of losing my home or living on the street, things like contracting the virus may feel less scary to me. I myself have more time to fret about things like an ominous AI takeover, the specter of which someone trying to find stable housing or dealing with a cancer diagnosis may find completely irrelevant. To be scared of everything within the nightmare would be immobilizing, so each of us trusts in at least a few things, mostly out of necessity. Our nervous system has to be at ease somewhere or that system will collapse.
What I’m trying to say here is that who or what we fear and who and what we trust is, for each of us, a diverse kaleidoscope influenced by our unique lived experience shaped by many environments. Given that, I have quit the business of persuading anyone else to fear what I fear, even as most people around me seem to expect us to agree not only on what’s terrifying but what we should do about it.
It is this expectation for more unanimity, not only on what we fear but also how we should control what scares us, that is keeping us stuck in the nightmare’s vortex. Because as soon as we step back and look at everyone through that lens of common suffering, all of us sharing the experience of being in a nightmare we can’t seem to wake up from, we find compassion for one another, a much touted concept that few seem able to practice across the explosion of political and ideological fault lines.
Crazy as it might seem, given my many rants about Donald Trump these last four years, I actually felt the fear of the protesters who stormed the Capitol Building this week on January 6th. I could feel their fear—without in any way condoning their actions—and this helped me see them as human…and fearful, just like me.
Our seeming denial of this basic truth—that we cannot make other people fear what we fear or trust what we trust (except through manipulation)—is preventing us from much needed creativity around ‘how to respond.’
And respond we must at a time such as this.
If there were any group of people who can respond masterfully to whatever is thrown at them, it’s jazz musicians. Herbie Hancock speaks about the many things he’s learned from Miles Davis. In this interview, he talks about the time he thought he’d made a glaring mistake while playing one night. He said Miles didn’t see it as a ‘mistake,’ rather just as something that happened so he responded by playing something that made it work, a fluency for all great improvisors.
For Herbie, the big take away was essentially this — “that we can look for the world to be as we would like it to be as individuals—‘make it easy for me’–we can look for that. But I think the important thing is that we grow. And the only way we can grow is to have a mind that is open enough to be able to accept situations as they are, to experience situations as they are, and turn them into medicine, to turn poison into medicine, and take whatever situation that you have and make something constructive happen with it.”
So if we continue to stare astonished and furious at the ‘others’ who don’t see our point of view, who are just as scared as we are, just about different things—especially those things we may in fact trust—then we will definitely stay trapped in this collective dream, forever mired in a boiling chaos.
Yet if we could broaden our perspective, open up our aperture as wide as we can muster, then we’ll start to see the ‘other’ human being as simply trembling in the middle of the night from dark visions of the unknown. And then maybe, even for just a moment, we could imagine holding them close as we would a child, reminding them again and again in a kind and gentle way, that they’re not alone, that we’ve been scared too, and through this acknowledgment of common suffering, we just might get through this thing and finally wake up. Together.
Patricia Pearce says
Lisa, thank you. This is beautiful. I was especially taken by your question: “could our shared experience of profound fear be something that unites us, even if what terrifies us within the nightmare is quite different?” Powerfully said.
Christine Lafuente says
Thank you for this healing message, I needed it today.
Jan Kovac says
For Patricia , thank you ! The message felt deeply inspired and comforting to all . Perfect Love must have its way and maybe we don’t have the insight and understanding to receive that Love yet. The message was so appreciated.
Ann Linthorst says
Patricia, I felt the invitation to compassion deeply today. Kindness! Now there’s a disarming quality! And it takes me into my heart, where safety lies, because it speaks heart to heart!
I so appreciate the clarity and focus of your viewpoint on this whole situation. Many thanks!
Janet Smith says
Thank you, Patricia for this reminder. My father passed when I was 15 years old and was ill for the major portion of those 15 years I knew him. I asked him one day what I was here for because life (the world) didn’t make sense to me. His answer was that I/we are here for only 2 things…to love unconditionally and to forgive. He warned that it was a life long journey with many distractions along the way. This is a huge distraction and my fear could have taken over, but I remembered his words and know that this is just another “bump in the road” that I must navigate with love and forgiveness to remove from my path. I can’t focus on the size or the depth of it or I will loose focus of the purpose of it. I love you and I love the light you shine in this world!!