It took me a while to write this. I’m not normally politically-oriented and as an empath, it feels awful to get involved in emotion-charged arguments (which, unfortunately, politics most often seems to devolve to).
When the Supreme Court decision was issued, I felt such a churning, a biblical gnashing of my teeth. I actually wanted to rant and rave, to get in an argument so I could have someone tell me I was right, that I had logic’ed my way to victory. I wanted someone else to feel what I was feeling so that things would change.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been rewatching Westworld. It’s incredibly well done and also brutally violent. There are many parts that I fast-forward through. As I was empathizing with the hosts’ journey, the quote that kept coming back to me was from Carl Jung: “There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
It feels like a dark time now.
With women’s rights changing, how do you feel?
Do you feel vindicated? Can you hold space that others may not share your morals or your beliefs? Can you have compassion for another’s viewpoint?
Do you feel terrified? Angry? Can you sit with that for a while and let it teach you what you need to know about yourself? Can you let it make you stronger within so you can show up in a stronger way in the world?
It came to me that a core tenet of what was so hard for me to feel was that I was being ignored and invalidated. I realized that I have to give that to myself. The darkness must be faced.
The next steps are yours to choose. No one can tell you what is right for you to do, how you should get involved, or even if you should. Maybe for you, it’s daily prayer and meditation. For others, it could be donating their time or money. We’ll have those who step forth to organize and lead. It will be beautiful and exactly what it needs to be for our evolution.
Let your spiritual practice guide you. Go within. Anger can feel good for a while and it can really light a fire. But, there’s a big difference between propulsion and consumption. Don’t become that which you fight against. Come back to your core values, act from integrity. Show up as your highest self. Let the Light lead you.
My prayers for us all.