Reflecting on Paris
Perhaps like you I’m reflecting on our brothers and sisters in Paris and around the world who have lost loved ones in recent days at the hands of pain, anger and hatred expressed as violence. So many thoughts and emotions run through me. I struggle to remember that all human behavior is directly motivated by the pain of separation (a continuum that we all share no matter who we are). That the same breath that I breathe is shared with everyone on the planet – even those who think killing to express their pain or to make a point, or seek revenge is an acceptable act. It’s hard to believe that God loves us all equally even in the midst of such a significant disruption to our basic sense of safety and momentum. And then I return to love, for that is our true nature. I remember that to love as the Divine loves, is to love each aspect of the whole fully. Though my personality struggles with this, the Divine in me reminds me of this truth as my body is buzzing as I’m writing these words. Be with whatever is coming up in you in your life – whether it’s what happened in Paris – or whatever you may be encountering in your day or week. Don’t suppress it – allow the emotions to express and be felt. To suppress only ensures that the dissonance is held in your body and your field. And when you’re ready, allow your awareness and love to return to all aspects of you as well as all expressions of the Divine on the planet. Underneath everything else is love. May the deep love and peace that are our true nature, find a way back into the experiences of those in Paris, and around the world who are feeling loss or hurt or pain right now. May we all more deeply experience God’s presence in our lives as whatever aspects of separation remain melt away as we remember and experience who we really are.