This 10-minute video recently posted on Facebook needs to be watched by every person in America who cares about the soul of this country.
It is the most authentic, courageous and heartfelt plea for this country to wake the **bleep** up to the truth and get the **bleep** out of our state of denial about the systemic racism that pervades this country at all levels, and our failure to face up to the fact that it resides in the consciousness of every single person in this country.
This is true no matter what the color of their skin, educational level, geographical location, position of power, and so on; from the President right on down.
And, I include myself in this. I have racist thoughts just like everyone else. I notice them come unbidden, but they’re there nevertheless. (We Brits have our own form of radical prejudice given our history, but it’s not that much different.)
If you’ve already seen the video, that’s fine. You need read no further if you don’t want to. I just wanted to make sure you’d had the opportunity to see it.
The Radical Forgiveness philosophy holds to the principle that there is perfection in whatever shows up in our lives because it represents an opportunity to heal something deep within us – both individually and collectively.
But unless we first see what is there in front of our eyes, see it for what it really is in human terms, and be willing to feel the pain of it, the healing cannot begin.
Denial is a psychological defense mechanism, designed to protect us in the short term from an emotional shock which we might not otherwise be able to handle.
But as a long-term strategy for avoiding the reality of what is, denial and the refusal to face reality leads, if not to total insanity, then almost certainly to a systemic breakdown of some sort.
What we have right now in America is both. Insanity and breakdown. And, our collective denial over two centuries is the cause. This is what Savannah is pleading us to recognize and come to terms with.
She’s saying, get real, for God’s sake! Only then will the madness stop. Only then will we begin to heal.
I need to say as well, that it is equally insane to use a spiritual bypass to avoid feeling the pain of it and seeing it for what it is. If we just mouth things like, “It’s all perfect, and all part of the divine plan,” without first feeling the pain of what happens, nothing changes. A spiritual bypass is just another form of denial and is the antithesis of Radical Forgiveness. You can’t heal what you don’t feel. We cannot transform anything into Love if we don’t feel that which is NOT love first.
Our Radical Transformation worksheet, downloadable from our website, is designed to help move us from first feeling the pain of what happens out there in the world and then to an awareness of the love that is hidden beneath the apparent situation.
But given the situation as I view it from the UK, which amounts to only a glimpse, I’m sure it is probably too soon to go there. So, for now, do what Savannah is saying; open your heart, feel the pain, see the truth and accept it for what it is. It’s probably the best we can do right now.
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