Ed.note: You can find Part 1 of this piece on Resilience.org here.
The Flame of Truth Is Blazing
George Floyd lit a spark that has ignited the world. In the midst of a pandemic, hundreds of thousands are out on the streets, risking their own safety and lives to show solidarity with one man’s death — and the potential for the rising of a new way of life on this planet.
The solidarity that is coming forward, in such a shaky, vulnerable moment, speaks volumes – an extraordinarily auspicious sign of these times, and the ways they are turning. In the middle of a pandemic, climate crisis and economic collapses, people have come out on the streets all around the world to protest the violence of racism, even at the risk of violent attacks on themselves by the forces of suppression. People are rising now to the call of these times, even at the risk of their lives, no longer turning away.
We are at a liminal moment, a turning-point in our evolution, from long-standing patterns of separation and domination to the realization of our true interconnectedness, in our consciousness, actions and systems. This is a call to an evolutionary leap — a now-or-never choice-point — and people are starting to get it. The nature of the patterns we have been subjected to is now clicking in place, as they show themselves ever more clearly; and so are our responses – a movement from domination and violence to communion and care on all levels.
A pivotal point such as this one is no short of a revolution – a conscious turn-around, from the grass-roots, of the unjust patterns of domination and division that have been choking us all. People are reclaiming their breath now, their powers of expression, their very right to live. They are connecting the dots between the patterns that have been breaking us, setting us apart from each other, and coming together to act. The words “I can’t breathe” have been echoing around the world, and people are coming together to reclaim their breath, their voice and their power.
Because the same pattern of domination and destruction pervades all domains of our culture, people are starting to see now that climate action, racial and gender justice all go together; that ecological collapse and economic and social collapse are all related issues, and must be addressed in tandem. They are all consequences of the same pattern of separation, domination and exploitation that reverberates at all levels of our consciousness and society, and need to be uprooted at all levels. The kingpin of both these patterns and the ways to address them lie in their roots, the type of consciousness that underlies them — whether it is divisive or connective, whether it is one of separation or collaborative co-creation. It is there that our choice-point lies, our most powerful leverage for radical transformation.
Climate, Race and Gender Justice All Go Together
Racial justice, gender justice, climate justice, our social, ecological, economic collapses, are not piecemeal issues, that can be addressed in isolation – neither their present isolation from each other, nor ours from each other — they are all intricately interconnected, as we are. We need to see how they are connected, and we need to come together to address them. And now this is happening – the combination of climate crisis, a global pandemic and one man’s death at the hands of a viciously oppressive system has lit the spark that is now bringing the light — the flame of truth and justice erupting, spreading around the world like wildfire.
In his last moment, his dying breath, George Floyd called out for his mother. It is possible it is the Anima Mundi, the World-Mother of us all, the sacred feminine, who in her passion and mercy, has fueled the protests rising up around the world – not the violent ones but the ones passionately standing up for peace and justice, love and well-being for all. George Floyd’s death was the last straw, and the spark, that lit the fire for truth –for goodness, beauty, justice to be done in the world.
Little did he know, when he called out for his mama, that he was becoming a martyr – someone who dies for a cause, for a greater good than himself. In that last call of his dying breath, he ignited something huge, a force that is rising up now all over the planet — a call for justice, truth and love, a call for redemption, his own, and all of life on this planet.
The more you try to repress something, the more it ultimately rebels. This may take some time, but when it comes, it explodes with an equal and opposite force and power, and still more – if it is aligned with goodness, justice and truth. Truth ultimately overcomes falsehood; the good overcomes the harmful; the power of beauty overcomes the forces of cruelty and suffering. Today we are living in the turning of the tide — if we turn to that truth.
A Revolution from Divisiveness to Connectedness: Our Evolutionary Leap
In our evolutionary journey, individually and collectively, we move from unity to separation, back to unity. We are in the “separation” phase of our evolutionary journey – the peak of materialist, individualist self-seeking, of seemingly endless outer greed and acquisition — and now we have come to the turning point, the time to turn back to our true unity. We see this at all scales and all levels – the entire edifice of our society is trembling, ready to collapse, and bring us back down to Earth, to the true ground of our being, our centre. And the regeneration that follows must also happen at all levels, flowing from the foundation of our being, the spirit of love and unity reverberating, rippling out, rising up, touching and transforming all the dimensions of our being and our global society.
We are at the peak of the phase of separation and domination – that’s why they are so pervasive now, as is their impending demise. We have reached the outermost limit of the outward phase in our separation from our own Source, from our own essence and from our own hearts – that is why everything is so upside-down and backwards, and needs to be reversed. It is why the crises are driving us, forcing us, back to our centre, where we can re-set, come together and start afresh – this time, however, chastened by our lessons, and expressing the spirit of love and unity, caring and community, at all levels.
What Power Do We Allow to Control Us?
We are being carried on a sacred wave, a tsunami of grace – clearing out the old, washing in the new — if we can only flow with it. Anyone who has a sense that there is a sacred force behind all this – a hand of goodness, truth and beauty – is blessed, because in that faith, they become the vehicle for that power, goodness truth and beauty itself, quite apart from whether or not its existence is “objectively” true. The higher power may not be outside us, it may be within us.
In a sense, we make true what we believe in, by the power of that belief, that dedication, itself. This is not sophistry but a crucial key to the way reality works. This works for individuals, but also applies to the collective — if a critical mass of people see the world in a certain way, they will make the world in that image – until, if it is not aligned with a deeper truth, history and time itself will overturn it. This is a hidden secret of life, that is coming to the light of day today, because we desperately need it. This is the key to the Anthropocene, the domination of men on this Earth – its ending, and what is beyond it.
Whether or not we believe in a higher power outside us, we have a higher power within us. Now is the time to call on it, and to act in its name. Nature, science, the events of our world, all are saying the same thing – it is a clarion call. Now is the time to come together, for the sake of ourselves and all others, for the sake of the sacred web of life of which we are all a part.
We will learn what we need to along the way, but we have to jump in now. We are called to an evolutionary leap – from divisiveness to connectedness, from separation to co-creation, from enmity and hate (or complacent apathy) to caring, love in action. We are all part of one human race, and the clock is ticking. It is either now or never. At this zero-hour of the fate of humanity, let us take the leap.
The flame of truth is blazing now, blazing our way to a new world – it can be annihilation or light – which one do we want it to be?
I believe we the people are choosing.
Teaser image credit: Anima Mundi by Robert Fludd.