Thanks for the fine integration of the intellect and the heart's passion for life.
Yes, it is time we all looked what Jon Kabat-Zinn trenchantly named "the full catastrophe" in the face. How do we feel about having consented--by the way we lead our daily lives--to poisoning all our relations, for generations to come?
Only by opening into the horror--only by opening into remorse for our contribution to the horror--can we uncover the treasure within that can transform these insane outer conditions.
Until we know the one within who is capable of making and setting off deadly weapons, we can only contribute to further divisiveness, further violence, further destruction.
And every one of us carries a ruthless destroyer within.
I work in the field of trauma transformation. There I am compelled to observe: our unwillingness to surrender to and learn to metabolize our own pain and terror, despair and rage, leads us to put poison into our relationships with those we love the most. We then busy ourselves with denying our crimes, blaming others for them, or arguing that they weren't that bad.
Western trauma science finally accords with ancient wisdom: the violence we fail to transform DOES pass down to our children, and their children, and so on.
Worse than nuclear waste, the inner wastes become more toxic with each successive generation.
As the walls on the tunnels where we've stashed the secrets too nasty to tell collapse and the deadly materials are unleashed, what do we do?
Do we turn aside, do we look outside for the culprit?
Or do we do what we want the politicians to do: take a deep breath, and say, "Yep. This disaster is MY responsibility. My heart demands that I go beyond what I already know in order to clean it up. I'm going to need a lot of help, but I'm never giving up until my job is finished."
Grieving for those who are painfully dying this morning. And praying for us all to awaken to the One inside who can transform these agonizing conditions.
Thanks to all who are involved in that good work.