We are all unique souls traveling on this planet—learning, loving and living from day to day. Each individual soul is connected to a universal consciousness. This means that although each of us have been created in ways that are magnificently different from one another, we are still one and the same. How can this be? Essentially, we share the same collective consciousness. For instance, when a mother learns that her child has been bullied and beat up at school, she’s outraged. That’s because the heart of a good mother is the same regardless of where she lives or her social standing in the world. A mother’s political views and the color of her skin are entirely irrelevant when it comes to keeping her child out of harms way. Of course, it’s not just mothers. As a collective consciousness, whenever we witness or hear about blatant, horrific crimes against innocent lives; this is disturbing to us all.
Yet in some instances, abuse is disguised in subtle forms. Perhaps it will manifest through a backhanded compliment, sarcasm, or the twisted words of a jealous, hypocritical, disrespectful friend or family member. Sometimes, abuse is not always easy to discern, but make no mistake, it can be exhibited in multiple ways—verbally, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Often in order to cope with painful situations, we choose to put on the blinders, but denial is NOT our happy place. Those blinders might work as a short-term coping mechanism; but in the long-run it has a way of backfiring. Over time, denial can cloud our judgement, insult our intelligence and diminish our self-esteem. Mindfulness is essential to our health and well-being.
On the surface, we go about our day business as usual; but underneath this exterior, there is a great disturbance. That’s because our personal integrity and other aspects of our well-being are at stake. Whenever we discount our own truth, this begins to stifle our potential. Left unchecked, denial can slowly erode the quality of our life and negatively impact those around us. Whether this underlying damage transpires individually, or collectively, there comes a point when enough is enough. In order to heal; whether mentally, emotionally, spiritually, or physically, we need to raise our awareness to a higher dimension and reclaim a better grip on reality.
Moreover, there’s something else we need to help us gain clarity, wisdom and peace of mind. Something larger than life. Call it whatever you want. God, Universal Spirit, Christ, Alpha and Omega, Divine Spirit, Allah, Messiah or Yahweh—this higher source of power is our moral compass. It’s the unifying force that can guide all of us along the right path. Inside each of us therein lies a hidden, yet shared cosmos. We are each a single point of consciousness, yet together, we’re connected to this universal source of power. Collectively, we are one.
Why is it so important that we start to see ourselves as one? Well, let’s face it; the aftermath of the Trump presidency has propelled us into a different era. Some call it an alternative reality. America is in the midst of tumultuous times—deep polarization has taken root in our collective soul. Changes are occurring rapidly, and while several of these shifts could prove to be beneficial, many people still feel overwhelmed, anxious and disillusioned. For some, fear of the unknown that is brought about by abrupt change makes every day more challenging to cope.
While several of us are trying to sort through a myriad of concerns, others have put on their blinders. After all, the surge of diversions seem relentless. As we scroll through our newsfeed, negativity bombards us at every juncture. Regardless of our political stance; the backbiting, disorder and strife will take its toll on our well-being—mentally, emotionally and spiritually. That’s because when we focus so much attention on our differences, together we lose our moral compass. We are different, indeed; yet we do share in a collective consciousness which comes from the unifying spiritual presence of God.
Fortunately, since God’s laws are written on our hearts; intrinsically, most of us do recognize the difference between right and wrong. Regardless of our religious inclination; this moral compass can be found within each of us. Hebrews 10:16 (NIV): “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” However, in order for the compass to operate, it requires the power of one magnet. At the heart of that magnetic force comes a simple message which summarizes all rules of religious rhetoric. It says: Love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:29-31 (NIV): “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” The receiver must activate the magnet through this basic rule of instruction, otherwise the compass won’t operate.
So where am I going with this? When the storms of life demagnetize our compass, we get lost. Once we find a quiet place to leave the turbulent disturbance behind, we can magnetize our compass properly and get back on track. How do we do this? For a few moments, stop viewing people as: Republicans, Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, Deplorables, Bullies, Snowflakes, Racists, Bigots, Fascists, etc. That doesn’t mean these descriptions don’t exist—they do and some seem to be gaining more momentum than others. However, for the compass to operate as it should, the needle must be facing true north. Together we need to activate the magnet, magnetize the compass, and start heading in the right direction. When our collective moral compass is powered up in the right way, will any of our differences matter at that point?
Here’s another way to look at it. When a couple unites in marriage, they come forward as two entirely distinct individuals, yet they merge together into one. In fact, they could be the polar opposite in many ways, but that contrast doesn’t detract from their love for each other. Instead, they embrace those differences as they understand it brings more balance and harmony into their relationship. For example, the Yang protects, and the Yin nurtures. Think of the Yin and Yang as complementary, not opposing forces; the whole being greater than its parts.
Similarly, when people join together to support a common cause, they’re representing one voice. The opposition may pose a difference in values, but not in humanity. We can agree to disagree. This is our privilege—it comes with the gift of free will and being proactive. However, let’s not forget that we are still one people, one country, one voice. As such, this requires that we show respect for the dignity of mankind, not just for our preferred party. Forget the label of “Republican” or “Democrat.” Regardless of our affiliation, each of us should do our part to move forward with clarity, wisdom and peace.
As one nation, we need to heal; and there’s probably no better time than now to start reading the Proactive Health Solution. This uplifting book takes no sides. It provides healing to all of us—in mind, body and spirit. In these uncertain times, the basic structure of the PHS is exactly what we need. It will help inspire, enlighten and guide us on a better path. There’s no other health and fitness book of this kind on the market—one that combines the inspirational word of God with insight from a highly experienced certified personal trainer—aka, yours truly. Oh and let me leave you with something else; a founding theme that should resonate in all of our hearts. Read below and notice the words in bold.
The Pledge of Allegiance: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
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