A dear friend of mine is always inviting all around her to look for clues to the changes we hope to see happening in our lives and in the world. I love her for this – one amongst a million reasons – because it reminds me, always, to be on the side of hope. Keeping my eyes open for signs of positive change is a habit that enriches my life every day. This week, I’m inviting you to do the same. Since that’s an awfully short blog post, I also want to share with you one of my clues from the recent weeks.
I dislike politics. I always have. It feels divisive to me. In an ideal world, I’d see our two party system as a beautiful balancing act, two halves of a whole. The parties would act as grounding and expansive forces for our country, keeping us moving forward while maintaining stability.
In current reality, I don’t see much of that. I see a lot of people sneering at each other and feeling superior to members of the other party. I see a lot of fighting, positioning, and jockeying for power.
I would like to see the United States as a global leader for peace. I don’t see how we can do that when we run our country by two parties fighting with each other.
Recently, I heard the news that Marianne Williamson has announced her candidacy for the House of Representatives for the 2014 election. This clue made me weep. I have no idea if she will be elected, and it almost doesn’t matter. It gave me the vision of a Congress filled with people who are known for expressing ideas like this:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.”
“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”
“Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.”
“Just like a sunbeam can’t separate itself from the sun, and a wave can’t separate itself from the ocean,
we can’t separate ourselves from one another. We are all part of a vast sea of love, one indivisible divine mind.”
Still with me? Good. We’re going back to clues then. This week, keep an eye out for signs and clues. Write them down, share them with a friend, or leave a comment here. Keep track of them! You never know what might make you weep. You never know what that weeping will reveal about your dreams.
We might not even know our dreams are in the process of coming true until we become willing to look for evidence of this.
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”