The other evening I watched a beautiful film about the life of Andreas Bocelli, the opera singer who has been blind since childhood. The music was so moving that when he sang Ave Maria I found myself tearing up and then suddenly sobbing. I realized I was crying for humanity. That glorious music is testament to our capacity for creating almost unbelievable beauty. Why, then, do we also create horror, mayhem, hunger and violence? It was a moment of deep sadness. It seems like such a lost possibility as we face the terrible effects of human ignorance today.
Of course it is a problem of non-recognition of our true nature. We have been told for so long, by religion, that we are sinners, flawed beings, fallen from Grace, hopelessly governed by evil forces fighting for our souls, that even those who intellectually challenge those concepts, are somewhat affected nonetheless. We have pretty much given up on humanity, normalizing abhorrent behavior. Of course that is not true for all of us, but it is a real spiritual practice to hang on to our belief in the higher nature of humans as we listen to the nightly news with its images of mass shootings and polluted oceans.
It seems almost silly to proscribe Love as the answer. And yet, it is the only thing that ever changes anything for the better. Love of Self, love of the earth, love of our common Source (whatever we choose to call it) and most importantly love of those who are perpetrating the negativity. Really? Well, as Thaddeus Golas asked “Just who was it you thought needed to be loved?” We exist in a field of consciousness, like a sea of awareness, where what is sincerely known at one point, ripples through the field and is known at all points (subjectively). Our love is felt because it is hidden within everyone. Our love ignites the spark.
Love your neighbor. Love those who seem unlovable. Love it the way it is and know we are capable of so much more. Do not make enemies of the ignorant. Love them into leaps of awareness. Our spiritual practice cannot be just about our personal life any more. It has to be about humanity itself.
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