It would be easy to ignore the events of today, and I could retreat behind the claim that I only address myself to matters of spirituality. But that would be cowardly. Something massively important happened in this country today and in other countries around the globe. It cannot be ignored.
There was a collective consciousness on this planet, an energy, that moved people who have never been so moved before. I marched today in my town of Sedona, with a large group of people, including Sedona’s female mayor. Our backdrop was beautiful red rocks that were covered with snow. There were people in my small town who brought their children, people in wheel chairs, elders who found it difficult to walk, but there they were. Present. Peaceful. Helping one another across streets, bringing water, walking service dogs and pets. My daughters and my granddaughter were marching in Washington, D.C. And Los Angeles with hundreds of thousands of people.
What I saw and heard was a demand for the end of hate. I know that there are social and political issues that are related to this great speaking out, but there was something in this demonstration that over-arched all of them. It was in the mass of humanity that felt compelled to bring a presence to the rise of something dark in our time.
That is what this really is about. It isn’t about the man in the White House; it isn’t about the political process that seems to be regressing into a cruel past. It is about the fear and hate that is driving it. And it seems to me that today, there was a great rising up of humans against our darker natures, rejecting hate in all its forms. Notable was that it was completely without violence and rooted in peace.
Make no mistake. In spite of the fear that inspires hate, it is not greater than the Light that lives in all of us, and yes, even in those who hate and despise us. But Richard Attenborough said it best, and I offer it to you now:
“There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometime lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”
God bless us all.