I believe this.
I have been different things because of it too. I’ve been a bluegrass fiddler, a healer, a martial artist, a francophile, an existential philosopher, a Christian, a pagan, a mother, and most recently, a politically immersed Libertarian candidate for the US House of Representatives.
I’ve been consciously filling my mind with issues, laws, governments, our Constitution, our rights, our current political theatre, history, economics, the pulse of what’s going on with our leaders, etc.
Am I creating it all?
I hope that it truly is all an illusion, that I’ve created this reality with my mind, and that I am responsible for my life, as my tango with New Age philosophy would have me believe. I realize there is a collective consciousness in which we all take part, but it is possible that everything is just a figment of my imagination, a great movie I am writing, directing, and staring in. That way, I can just change it. I can stop filling my mind with politics and government, and go back to filling it with positive vibrational energy.
But it sure does seem real, especially the broken bodies of our soldiers returning from war. It doesn’t seem like sticking my head in the sands of a philosophical desert is going to change that.
Politics is ugly, but I’m in control of my mind, right?
Filling my mind with politics and current events leaves me fighting becoming bitter, hard, afraid, sad, and angry. Ew. Those are all the negative emotions. There was a time, as a healer, that I would have told someone that every time you feel one of the negative emotions, you have to become conscious of it and then replace it with a positive one, and the best way to do that is through gratitude and forgiveness. If you are in the process of being grateful, you can not possibly be sad, angry, or mad. You are filled with peace, love, and joy. And when you’re filled with peace, love and joy, you’re happy, you’re light, and the people around you all benefit from that because moods are contagious.
Mmmm. I feel better already. But wait, the economy is about to collapse, our rights are going to be completely stripped when the dictatorial military law kicks in, life as we know it will come to a grinding halt, and it’s not going to be pretty. Our government, that handful of folks whom we apparently elect, controls the press and has sold us down the river. We’re beyond broke – up a creek without a paddle. We really do live an illusion, especially those who don’t provide for themselves. Our government is spying on us, has the liberty to incarcerate us without a trial, and takes the liberty to kill people by drone strike without a trial. They’ve begun the systematic elimination of our Constitutional rights. Furthermore, nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the government can forcibly take our income from us. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that we should give that money to 47% of the population who doesn’t have any skin in the game. The Constitution unfortunately does say that Congress has the power to tax. I wish one of our founding fathers had been twisted enough to have imagined something as injurious to liberty as the income tax, so that they would have thought to add a clause that said – citizens’ earnings shall never be subject to taxation. I digress.
See? I just ranted.
My ire is raised every single time I think about these issues – like these unconstitutional wars that are destroying families and soldiers’ lives. These pointless wars are on our dime! Dime? Try a trillion dollars per war. Yep, all the tax payers are forced to fund the wars under threat of jail time. It angers me. The first lady spends millions of our dollars on her vacations. Why can’t she spend her own money like other first ladies have done? We are frugal when we spend our own money, you know.
So here I am. All peeved.
You are what you fill your mind with. Do I go on creating this for myself? Or do I stop and meditate, focus on forgiveness and gratitude, and become light and love? Herein lies the problem: I can’t follow my bliss when I don’t have freedom and rights; I can only do this in the free world for which hundreds of thousands of men and women have given their lives that I might enjoy the circuitous pursuit of happiness. I have to fight for that world right now. I want it for my grand kids more than I want it for myself. When I come to that conclusion, it makes me feel like I am one of those brave men and women who have given their lives for the rest of us to enjoy the fruits of liberty. I must conclude that I volunteer. I will fight for our Constitution, our rights, and our precious freedom.
However, for my own sanity, I may need to take a break now and then and read some Tom Brown, Gary Zukav, Neale Donald Walsh, Mary, Rumi, Starhawk, John Donne, or Brian Tracy.
“I realize we can never sleep again without one eye open on the government at all times”. – Mike Najvar
Yes, Mike. That’s exactly how our founders felt.