MULTIDIMENSIONAL LIVING, how real does it get?
The United States was built by visionaries - those who imagined a better life and were willing to assume responsibility for freedom. The United States is still built by visionaries, and it is time for us to imagine what this ideal means today.
September 16, 2001
The drums of war echo in our collective consciousness. The undeniable spirit that wants to live and now fears being quieted.
If we must wage war, let it be a war on ignorance. On the refusal to believe what life unfolds before us, for the betterment of our souls, for the unification of our spirit.
Blessings are everywhere. Our media reflect them back to us through firemen, and policeman, and friends, and spouses, and children. The omnipresent recognition of need and immediate response to fill it. So often we call it the American spirit, one that continues giving, and giving, and giving. At some point we must wonder, what is the blessing of our nation? The blessing we have in common.
Must we be destined for more death and destruction, that acts guided by fear and retribution will certainly breed? Some speak of the psychological impact of the past few days while missing the truths that are universal. All of us find our beliefs being tested, for these are the same growing pains of every child as he reaches to expand his world. We must face these pains, knowing they will pass. If we are open to self examination we can find the causes and cures thus ensuring an individual and national healing.
Even as we are given the facts of what happened, we still grapple with disbelief, finding it difficult to accept what is entering into our consciousness. Like an invading virus that gives a death sentence to the body, our instinct is to survive. And so instinctually we push away anything that might threaten the underpinning beliefs of our lives.
Yet the nature of life is forward motion, growth, change. Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross identified it years ago as the five stages of death. The denial of disbelief in time gives way to the anger of helplessness and the clutching for power. The extremes of bargaining follow, paving the way for the depression that precedes acceptance. At the School of Metaphysics we know these as the five stages of fighting change. Any change.
The way to stop fighting is to surrender, not as in "give up" but as the acceptance of who we are and what we are within a situation we have caused. Almost everyone who has spoken has affirmed the belief that something good will come from all this. It is time we transformed that belief into the firm resolve of knowing. Now, more and more of us, want to know the good. We can, as we reach to know the aftermath of ceasing the constant struggle that results from fighting change.
So how can we know? Many will tell us we are not meant to know these things. But the heart that reasons knows better. This is living, breathing visualization - human being as creator. This is our destiny as thinkers.
I have been in positions of leadership all my life, dedicating my adult years to teaching people to be whole, functioning selves - leaders of self and others. I understand the magnitude facing political leaders, clergy, business executives, educators, parents, when those in their charge, those whose trust is placed in them, ask "Why?"
Almost everyone who has spoken has affirmed the belief that something good will come from all this. It is time we transformed that belief into the firm resolve of knowing.
The United States was built by visionaries - those who imagined a better life and were willing to assume responsibility for freedom. The United States is still built by visionaries, and it is time for us to imagine what this ideal means today. For a nation, the responsibility for freedom is individuals, each unique, sharing a common ideal, a common hope, a common language, as well as a common land. There is much we can do to further live this ideal. And leadership in all sectors of life is essential.
What would happen if President Bush came forward saying what I have heard at least a few common people say in these past few days. What if our President said, "With over eight million people, New York City is the 14th largest city in the world. The family and friends of the people killed were self-described Italians, Czechs, Vietnamese, African-Americans, Iranians, Israelis, Chinese, Irish. These were citizens from around the globe, living, working, and playing together on a few acres of land. They represented what can happen in all the lands of our world. And because of that, what happened to them on September 11th, happened to every person on Earth."
New York has always prided itself on being a microcosm of our world. The living example of a melting pot of cultures, ideas, religions, of human beings and in these past days it has proven its mettle.
The WTC bombing was an act of terrorism on the reality of the ideal that all people on this planet can live together in peace. This was not an attack on the U.S., as so much of world media would lead us to believe. This was an act of terrorism on all of the world.
All great masters of consciousness have known this. In the last century Mohandas K. Gandhi in India, Martin Luther King in the U.S., and Nelson Mandela in South Africa embodied the vision of one race, the human race moving into a more enlightened, a more spiritually uplifted awareness of self and others.
Who will be the first to do so in the 21st century?
Dr. Barbara Condron
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