The election is over and Thanksgiving has ushered in the holiday season. The negativity of the campaign stood in sharp relief to the background of the candidates’ desire to serve, contribute and to right social wrongs. We saw too little higher self expansiveness – powerfully standing for one’s truth and honoring that right for the other. We suffered instead the candidates’ attachment to winning and thereby seeking to gain advantage by shaping the truth to fit the situation and by crushing the opponent. This negativity represents pieces of the worst in the collective and individual human ego: our self serving ways, the attachment to results, the need to be in control and to be right – every man and every woman’s plight. We absorb it from the culture that surrounds us and it is exacerbated by the wounds of our childhood. We must admit our darkness in order to transform it.
Over the longest holiday season of the year we will pay homage to our connections to our friends and family and the Creator of our understanding as we celebrate the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza. As the year turns into the next we are called to honor our relationship to ourselves by reviewing our days and setting our intentions on who we aim to become in the new year.
As we head toward the Winter Solstice, the elements of long darkness and cold blowing invite us to close the shutters, wrap up, turn to the inside for warmth and safety. To enter the interior life of the psyche is a sacred time – the season to examine how the collective human ego lives and operates in us, and let there be no mistake, it does. The holy challenge is to face, own and allow this darkness with compassion without holding it against ourselves or acting it out upon others – and when we do, and we will, to make an amends to oneself or the other. “I was in error. I am sorry” In Matthew we read, “First take the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly the speck from your brother’s eye”.
Lovingness lives in us to be liberated by admitting with acceptance unlovingness which is the learned condition of being human. As we move forward, may we, in the words of Nina Simone, await “When the whole world learns it is only love that is worthwhile”.
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