Saturday, October 25, 2014

Personal Reflections on School Shootings and Violence and Healing in America, In the World, In Our Own Hearts

There are many others left off this list, including the shooting at Reynold's High School outside of Portland last spring. Our children are symptom bearers of our larger culture, and some are so much more vulnerable than others to it's toxicity. My deep prayer is that our country, our world, and each and every one of us will work with increasing passion to heal and awaken and be brave and be a light in the darkness that all too often permeates what our children and all of us are exposed to.
There is a reason why school shootings - and so many other shootings! - are so horrifically common in America. There is a reason why our culture is so violent. Among my longtime teachers is Michael Meade, who illuminates how a culture is in deep trouble when it disrespects its youth and ignores its elders. This is a profound truth, and a tragic reality of what has so often become "normal" in America.

May we each lower our tolerance in ourselves and others for insensitivity, blame, shame, projections, polarizations, judgements, neglect and abuse, addictions, racism and all the "isms", separation and isolation, fear and greed, obscene redistribution of wealth upward, and all the overt and often subtle forms of violence that have been rooted in our culture since the earliest days of America that included genocide of native peoples and slavery and more. 
We have much healing to do individually and collectively. May each of us hold the intention, and back it up with fierce compassionate action, that we are all in. We are all in! We each can increasingly find our part, our place, our role - no matter how large or small - to affect change, heartfelt change. We are all in this together. Another world is possible.
Let us love the children, all the children. Let us love and care about one another and all beings. This very much includes ourselves. We can only allow love in and bring love into the world to the degree that we have healed our own hearts. 

May we be courageous enough to deepen our commitment to the ongoing work of becoming and growing in consciousness. To the degree that we are asleep is the degree that each and every one of us causes harm to ourselves and others. To the degree that we illuminate, heal, and transform those dark places in our own hearts is the degree that we bring much needed healing to the world. We are all connected. We are all Sacred.

Bless us all ~ Molly

Photo and quote below from George Takei
This is of course but a handful of the terrible tragedies 
devastating our schools and communities. 
Please share this, and let us first come together, 
then find an answer, together. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Carl Jung: Below the Surface

Whatever is rejected from the self, appears 
in the world as an event.
 Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. 
But deep down below the surface of the average conscience 
a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.
We cannot change anything unless we accept it. 
Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
  C.G. Jung

Rumi: Sorrow Prepares You for Joy

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.


David Richo: When We Feel Unsafe

When we feel unsafe with someone and still stay with him, 
we damage our ability to discern trustworthiness 
in those we will meet in the future.

 David Richo


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thích Nhất Hạnh: Joy

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, 
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

David Richo: Our Wounds

Photo by Molly

Our wounds are often the openings 
into the best and most beautiful part of us.

 David Richo


David Richo: Tears

Our tears are precious, necessary, and part of what 
make us such endearing creatures.

Joseph Campbell: Where You Stumble

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover 
the treasures of life. Where you stumble,
there lies your treasure.

- Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Joseph Campbell: Transformation

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and 
our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly 
heroic transformation of consciousness.

- Joseph Campbell

Rumi: When You Do Things From Your Soul

When you do things from your soul, you feel 
a river moving in you, a joy.