- The Facts:
The outrage against racist remarks and actions on social media makes it seems as though racial division is as high as it's ever been.
- Reflect On:
What is the best way to respond to racist words and actions, if indeed we want to grow as a collective beyond this kind of social divide?
It is interesting how the emergence of instantaneous and widespread communication afforded by social media has impacted public discourse. The issue of racism is a case in point. In the current climate, the utterance of any racist epithets or other visible signs of discrimination against people based on the color of their skin seems to be grounds for utter public outrage and widespread social media condemnation.
Some of this–much of it–is contrived, attempts on the part of powerful forces to keep us divided. While it’s important to recognize the extent to which social engineering is at play here, let us put aside the ‘set-ups’ and fake hate crimes that seem to be proliferating at the moment, and deal simply and squarely with those instances in which a person’s words or actions genuinely reveal an inner prejudice against people of a different race.
It is time for all of us to take a collective deep breath and start to examine, at a deeper and more nuanced level, how we really feel about racists, and how we might want to deal with words and actions tinged with bigotry and racial prejudice within our society.
What Is Racism?
Racism is defined as “Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.”
This means, by definition, that someone can only be racist if they believe that their own race is superior. And by ‘superior’ here, we are not referring to statistically demonstrable ways that members of a given race scores higher per capita in specific areas than members of another race. We are talking about the belief that one’s race is inherently more worthy of esteem, is deserving of a greater share of the Earth’s bounty, or that the lives of one’s racial group are more valuable than those of other racial groups.
Now before we get into examining acts of prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism, let’s ask this question: Does the belief that “one’s own race is superior” in and of itself make one a racist? Presumably it does, since it forms the context of the intentions and motives behind racially-prejudicial words and actions. Clearly, then, if we are actually attempting to eradicate racism, simply trying to prevent certain words and actions from happening in our society will not suffice. What needs to change are people’s beliefs that their race is superior to other races.
And here is where it gets complicated.
The human tendency towards ethnocentricity, the belief in the inherent superiority of one’s own ethnic group or culture, represents something that most human beings go through in their lives. Being grounded in the ethical and cultural mores we were brought up in, it is understandable that we would instinctively evaluate other groups or cultures based on how much they adhere to that which we value and consider proper. Given adequate guidance and informative life experiences, ethnocentricity is something that a person can grow out of. But if this bias is perpetuated within our cultural environment and we don’t have the kinds of experiences that will open our minds, it’s possible to remain stuck with this limited perception all our lives.
A lot of the outrage going on in our society involving things like immigration or profiling have a lot more to do with ethnocentricity than racism, but for the purposes of this discussion we can speak about these two things as one because they come from the same source: ignorance, the product of the human ego. The ego is naturally insecure, and so it devises ways for the individual to overcome a sense of inferiority by projecting that inferiority out in the world onto a person or a group that is different from us. When a person attacks others from a racist mindset, it does not prove the inferiority of the group that is being attacked. It only exposes the sense of inferiority within the attacker.
As a collective, our evolution is founded on our working together to gradually let go of our ignorance in favor of the truth, which is the understanding that at a higher level we are all one, and as individuals we are all equal parts of the whole no matter what our differences might be. We have to ask ourselves if our current collective approach to dealing with racist words and actions is fostering this evolution.
Our Condemnation Of Racists
Much of the discourse around racism today insists that ‘good people’ must provide swift and unequivocal condemnation of anything that resembles a racist act, or be called out as supporters of such acts. But this black-and-white, George-W-Bushian ‘you’re either for us or you’re for them’ attitude will never serve our collective evolution, no matter if it is about racism or any other prejudice.
Acts of racism are founded in ignorance, and perpetrators are in need of guidance. We can’t beat ignorance with a stick until it turns into enlightenment. When we oppose racist hatred with a hatred of racists, we are only perpetuating the hatred. All we are doing by condemning racism is relegating that ignorance back into the dark recesses of the offender’s subconscious mind, where it eventually will play out again in the world in unpredictable and sometimes violent ways.
Some may argue that people who have been publicly called out for racist comments are often remorseful and apologetic. But if this remorse is sincere–and many times it is not–then the sudden and remarkable shift in consciousness is not the result of condemnation and hatred. It is the result of the person realizing that their words have been hurtful or have contributed to the suppression of a group of people.
Should We Then Condone Racist Words And Actions?
To answer this question we have to move beyond the polarities of self-centered apathy and hateful condemnation. If someone’s words and actions are founded in the ignorant belief in the superiority of one’s race over others, there is no need to judge that person. This is not a ‘cop-out’ or a ‘spiritual bypass,’ because it does not mean we are condoning that type of behavior.
Our response to racist words and actions, if it is to contribute to our collective evolution, needs to be measured and neutral. Measured, in the sense that there are degrees to which a person’s words or actions are actually harmful to the targeted person or group. Neutral, in the sense that while we may observe that a person’s words or actions are unacceptable, that we don’t ostracize or demean the person committing them.
We will not make any progress if our collective work is simply grounded in calling out all signs of violation, and having elaborate ‘hate crime’ laws that are onerously enforced by the state and our media. Our progress will be found in our efforts to love and accept others as they are. Every situation is different, and there are no rules governing specifically what to do in the face of racist behavior. Sometimes it is mediating a fight and helping to diffuse emotions. Sometimes it is speaking up respectfully, sometimes it is not going along with a joke in poor taste. Sometimes it is simply being silent.
Looking In The Mirror
A humble approach is best. When we take a look at ourselves in the mirror, can we say that we are completely free of racist or ethnocentric thinking? If not, that is the place to start, rather than going onto social media and jumping on the bandwagon bashing someone for their words or behavior. We will eventually come to realize that any anger we impose upon others is a projection of our own unhealed emotions.
Besides that, are all observations about what is different between races, cultures, and ethnicities off limits? Is it no longer possible to have a bit of fun and laugh if someone makes fun of the particular idiosyncrasies of a given group we belong to? This song ‘Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist’ from the play Avenue Q in the video below might help ground us a bit on the subject of racial harmony:
While it might seem a worthwhile effort to ‘end prejudice’ in our society, we would do well to remember CE’s maxim change starts within. Staying neutral and unplugging ourselves from confrontational racial discourse not only gives us greater peace in our own lives, it is what will best help our collective evolve beyond racial prejudice.
Why Vegan and not Vegetarian? Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh Answers The Question
- The Facts:
Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh explains why he chooses not to consume any meat or dairy products, and points towards the overwhelmingly cruel food industry.
- Reflect On:
What gives us the right to torture animals, steal their babies, abuse them simply for our consumption? Where is our compassion, morality and empathy? Have we been made and brainwashed to believe that it's ok?
The most heartbreaking thing to see and to witness is an innocent benevolent being getting tortured and suffering. This is the realty of eating animal products today. Billions of animals are raised for slaughter every single year, and the overwhelmingly large majority of them go through horrific and terrifying experiences. It’s hard to imagine how anybody could eat or wear the clothes of diseased animals knowing what they went through. It’s also hard to believe that anybody who does eat or purchase products that have used animals in their manufacturing process would do that kind of “labour” themselves.
The truth is that many people still don’t know what these beings are going through. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, immoral, and unethical. Morality, empathy, and love are all emotions that need to return to planet Earth, and as long as we have multiple industries exploiting animals, that can’t happen.
If you’re unaware of what these animals are going through on a daily basis, a recent PETA investigation on two of the world’s top cashmere exporters revealed extreme cruelty, including the violent killing of cashmere goats. You can read more about it and see some footage of that here, if you’re interested.
You can view more examples of graphic footage in the trailer of “The Buddha Bowl,” a documentary in the making featuring personalities and some of the most influential and renowned spiritual leaders from all over the world sharing their perspectives on veganism. These include viewpoints from Buddha himself and from spiritual leaders from the past and present, totalling about 30 interviews on animal rights, environmental issues and health.
One of the people in that documentary is Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who is recognized as a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. The video below is not part of the documentary listed above, but from an interview taken a few years ago at a conference.
Are We Even Designed To Eat Meat?
There is no doubt our world is becoming more awake, aware, and compassionate. Millions of people around the world have transitioned towards a plant-based diet. This represents the kind of compassion and empathy our world needs more of, and this diet can do nothing but benefit human health, the planet, and the animals.
It’s no secret that eating meat and animal products is destroying the Earth, as clearing land for animal grazing and slaughter is one of the leading causes of deforestation, and factory farms are an environmental disaster.
More people are also starting to become aware of plant-based diets and their health benefits.
A recent study conducted by researchers in California and France found that meat protein is associated with a very sharp increased risk of heart disease, while protein from nuts and seeds is actually beneficial for the human heart. The study is titled “Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: The Adventist Health Study-2 cohort,”
It’s one of many studies that’ve emerged over the years showing the benefits of plant-based diets and their ability to reverse diseases. On the other hand, many studies published have shown how the consumption of meat has the exact opposite effect.
Below is a clip from a recent CETV episode where CE founder Joe Martino and I go into the discussion a little deeper, with a specific focus on plant-based protein compared to meat protein. If interested, you can watch the full episode here by signing up for your free trial. CETV is a platform that we created to combat the censorship we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.
I also go into this type of discussion, if you’re interested in reading about it, in an article I recently published: “Another Study Suggests Humans Are Not Designed To Eat Meat.”
Human beings are born with compassion and empathy. What we are doing to animals on our planet today, and how many continue to ignore it and be unaffected by it, is simply as a result of mass brainwashing and marketing by big food corporations. The truth is that we’ve been taught to ignore it, we’ve been taught to believe that it’s OK and it’s our right to do this to others who share the planet with us. No child would ever stand for such a thing unless they were taught to do so. It’s the same thing as racism, we are not born with it, we are taught it. I urge all those who are reading this to do their research into where the vast majority of our food and clothes are coming from, watch what these animals are going through, look into their eyes and and feel what they are feeling.
The ability to feel and understand the emotions of others, animal or human, is a HUGE and VITAL step towards creating a better world and a better overall human experience.
Marianne Williamson Admits “The System Is More Corrupt Than I Knew”
- The Facts:
Marianne Williamson stated in an interview on Fox and Friends that she did not realize the political system was as corrupt as it is.
- Reflect On:
This is an important revelation of how leaders often don't quite see the full truth of our system at hand. Through them and their experience, we can learn a lot about what is truly going on. Is it time to let go of the systems we have?
About a week ago Marianne Williamson told the New Yorker, I know this sounds naïve, but I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this.” In a segment I did on CETV, I discussed the fact that Williamson is doing a great job of bringing a bit more of a conscious conversation into the mix here, which is very important, but seems to not quite understand what politics is really about and how things function in our world.
In my article about this statement I stated:
Some have suggested that Marianne already knows these truths, and she may, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she is only uncovering these things now. I say this as I belong to a group that communicates regularly that contains many high profile conscious industry leaders like Williamson and other big authors, speakers etc. Many of them are great with spirituality but seem to struggle to see how politics truly functions. I have witnessed this first hand and this is why I’m so passionate about what I do as I feel bringing together both personal transformation and hard truth is imperative.
Some felt that my analysis was off and that Williamson is just ‘playing naive,’ but to me, this did not feel true nor did it seem to be the case. While some might view this as an unimportant detail, it’s very important as for society to truly begin to shift we must not only personally transform but also realize the true nature of the world we live in.
As outlined in the CE Protocol, the formula I built to help awaken and shift the masses, the very first step is Breaking The Illusion about our programmed reality and understand what’s truly going on. From there, personal transformation becomes key.
Williamson Admits She Was Unaware
Here we are a week later and Williamson has stated what I observed in my previous segment, she did not quite realize how corrupt our political system truly is. In an interview on Fox and Friends Williamson stated:
“I would say that I feel that I’ve learned that the system is even more corrupt than I knew and people are even more wonderful than I hoped,
I want to state this isn’t about picking on anyone as much as it is about understanding the importance behind seeing the full picture of the change that needs to take place here. For 10 years now I have built CE to include both personal transformation and truth seeking for the reason that either one of those topics on their own doesn’t create the change we all know is possible in our hearts.
I’ve seen many ‘spiritual leaders’ still deeply support the dysfunctional nature of our systems because they believe there is truth to them when in reality they belong to a consciousness we are shifting away from.
Our political system is built and exists within a system designed for a very limited state of consciousness, some call this 3D consciousness. The goal isn’t to shift our political system, it’s to let it go. Collectively we are shifting and the new state of consciousness emerging doesn’t support the political system at hand. Hence why the chaos around it is increasing, because it’s acting as a mirror for us to see how it doesn’t resonate with our emerging consciousness.
It’s like trying to install Windows on a Mac or vice versa, the systems aren’t designed for the operating system. Humanity is faced with a challenge of ‘letting go of the old,’ not trying to fix the old.
In a brand new segment of The CE Show I did on YouTube and CETV, I discuss Marianne’s latest comments and what I feel we all must realize as we move forward in this journey of shifting ourselves and our world.
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I feel that we have become addicted to the systems of a state of consciousness that we are moving away from. The choice is up to us, we stop resisting and holding onto things of the old, move through the process of watching these old systems fall away, or we continue to fight tooth and nail under the belief that we must hold up the old systems, and suffer along the way.
Ask yourself within, do you truly feel that this is about changing our current political system to be more open and evolved? Or is it about letting go of the rigidity of our current systems and creating new ones that are birthed from a new state of consciousness, not one that is centuries old…
Full Moon In Pisces: Navigating Ideals
We are having a Full Moon in Pisces which will be exact at 4:33am Universal Time on September 14th 2019. It will appear the fullest on the night of the 13th for most of the world and on the night of the 14th for the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand.
This is the peak of the Lunar cycle which began two weeks prior with a New Moon in Virgo. The energies of it build up as the Moon increases its light and are strongest in the days before and after. However, it will still be a part of the backdrop over the following two weeks.
Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Pisces and Sun in Virgo. It can reflect either a conflict or integration of both signs. We can feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Virgo side and others expressing the Pisces side.
Pisces is associated with sensitivity, compassion, creativity, and oneness. It is spiritually conductive, mystical, energy oriented, dreamy, flowy, imaginative, idealistic, and empathic. Negatively, it can be delusional, lazy, intoxicated, deceptive, confused/confusing, elusive, flaky, and lack critical thinking. Pisces energy is the least compatible with the mundane world and is associated with escapism in its many forms.
Virgo is about productivity, duties, service, physical health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, conscientious, skillful, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, and practical. Negatively, Virgo energy can also be overly critical, too cautious, fault-finding, irritable, discriminating, and overly perfectionist.
Full Moon Aligned with Neptune in T-Square with Jupiter and Mars
This Full Moon is close to Neptune which has many of the same qualities of Pisces that were mentioned above. It is viewed as a modern ruler of that sign and it amplifies its energies even more so during this period. Neptune is also associated with glamour, romance, and addiction. It has a dissolving, flooding, and watery energy that doesn’t comprehend boundaries.
Neptune is completing its last of three squares with Jupiter in Sagittarius which will be exact on September 21st and will be strong into the following week. It began last January and peaked again this past June. At best, this can be an expansive period in a spiritual, creative, or compassionate way.
However, it can also be a time of confusion or lack of discernment around beliefs, ideologies, education, and teachers. It can also be a time in which we become aware of us being like that previously. We can be more excessive when it comes to how we express Piscean/Neptunian energies mentioned above.
At the time of the Full Moon, Mars in Virgo is also involved in this configuration along with the opposition of the Sun and Moon, forming a T-square aspect. This can be good for asserting ourselves towards our ideals or with a different Jupiter-Neptune approach (mentioned above). However this can also make our actions scattered, less assertive/direct, and make it harder to apply ourselves with practicality.
Full Moon Sextile Pluto Near Saturn and South Node, Saturn Going Direct
This Full Moon is in a tight sextile with Pluto which is near Saturn and the South Node. This could trigger some of the themes of the previous Lunar Eclipse (that is still reflecting this period) in a more harmonious way. Purging aspects of our past that are getting in the way of us moving forward. This can help to facilitate empowerment through some sort of release or transformation.
Saturn will be finishing its retrograde on September 18th and will move towards its final conjunction with the South Node which will peak at the end of the month and early October. This energy was also strong in mid Spring and part of it in early Summer.
Saturnian themes get amplified and we can be dealing with limitations, obstacles, restrictions, or perhaps issues around boundaries. We may feel a need to make changes around responsibilities, commitments, career, and structures in our lives. Similarly to the last Lunar Eclipse, there can be a sort of ending playing out around how an area of our lives is being expressed.
Full Moon Opposing Mercury and Venus Conjunction As They Change Signs
At the time of this Full Moon, Mercury and Venus are in a conjunction at the very end of Virgo, (Mercury’s sign). They will then be moving into Libra (Venus’ sign) in the hours following with the Full Moon triggering after it begins to wane.
This can be a time of heightened interactions, catching up with friends and other relationships. While it is in Virgo it could lean more towards its themes connected to work, service, fault finding, etc. For some people there can be a feeling of some sort of urgency.
After this conjunction moves into Libra, especially a day after the Full Moon, it becomes more pleasant, social, and creative. Our interactions can be more harmonious, diplomatic, and less critical. We can more easily see both sides to something, find balance, and a great time to discuss relationship matters.
As a result of both of these planets transitioning near the same time, some people may experience some sort of significant shift in other areas of their lives within a few days following the Full Moon.
Things To Consider During This Period
How can you better balance the mundane aspects of life with your ideals, creativity, or spirituality? How have your beliefs been impacted this year and what is the conclusion to your experiences? Is it possible that you may have been confused about some aspects of newly or previously acquired perspectives?
What themes are coming up for you now that have been playing out since last April? What do you need to release? What changes do you need to make when it comes to your work, responsibilities, commitments, structures, or boundaries?
These are just some examples of what could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime after the peak of the Full Moon when it begins to wane until the next New Moon in two weeks. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on September 14th at 4:33am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.
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