Today would have been my mom’s 79th birthday. She never became all she could be; her life was cut short when she died of cancer at just 51. While she was here she shined a bright light, and I feel compelled to answer the call inside me to do the same. To be the brightest light I can be even as I shine imperfectly. This is the call we all must answer: shine bright.
ALL the darkness we see is man made and is not what the world really is about. When we give darkness meaning and feed it, it does expand, and yes—it expands in our real experience, not just in our heads.
But the truth of life, of all life, for all time, is that only love is real. Life is about love. Oneness is the quest of life. Oneness means we are living in awareness of pure love.
This is not an essay suggesting that we ought to be above choosing sides in our current battles. I walked past a young black man yesterday and I felt deeply ashamed to be white. I felt deeply ashamed to be privileged in a way I have never felt.
I am standing up, and I am speaking up, and I am going to do more than ever before with my voice, words, actions, and resources. This writing, for example. I am going on vacation today, and I am really busy and I would like to not be thinking about sad awful conflicts, but I can’t stop my head. I have listened to the Black Eyed Peas song ‘Where is the Love’ at least fifteen times and cried every time.
What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all,
I want the world to right size itself so that our heart rates can calm down and we can just live, just live our normal sensible lives. Because normal is amazingly rich and beautiful. A few years ago I didn’t even want to be in the world; I felt so disconnected from it. This week I have wanted to wrap the whole globe in my arms each day. What brought me back was Love, because love truly is the only thing that is real. Connecting with the absolute energy of love is the mission of life. ALL life.
Now ask yourself where is the love?
Where is the love?
One world, we only got
Something’s wrong with it.
Yes. Something’s wrong with it. And that something is that we are collectively and almost constantly feeding fear, and its sister, hatred, and the sickening overwhelm of incessant technology has us staring the details of drama in the face 24/7.
We cannot drive out fear with fear, or hatred with hatred. Only love can vanquish those awful flames. And we can’t help but react when we are shocked and saddened.
Reactions are inevitable. Response calls for careful thought, and a personal stamp. I'm looking at the responses that have meaning for me—they are the ones that reflect both a tender awareness of the situation, and a tuning into the person’s greatest gifts. People speaking from their viewpoint of wisdom: Jimmy Fallon talking about his young daughters, Shauna Ahern asking everyone to read the same cookbook. In times of crisis we are not called to become different, we are called to be the best of what we are, and more of it. And the way we all do that is to get fueled, by Love, because love is the only true fuel. And then to act.
So love on yourself, your family, your work, your world. Then take your love and your views and your wisdom and express them more articulately, more powerfully than ever before. Speak out. Speak your love for our one world.
We only got one world.