What is it with this need to hate? People hating people because they are sick or disabled and need support; because they need help housing and feeding their family; because they have chosen here as a safe haven from war and tyranny; because their homes have been destroyed and they have asked for our help to find a place; because they can’t find work; because they dress differently; have different coloured skin; different accents; different sexual desires; different houses to pray to their god(s). How petty do these sound? .. say it ‘ I’m afraid of you because you pray in a mosque”; “I hate you because you like to wear women’s clothes” ; “I hate you a because you are too ill to work and have sought help”; ” I fear you because irrespective of the fact you were born here, three generations ago your ancestors came here from….”…. It’s takes a crazy and sad person to think like this.
If you want to be angry, be angry about the corporation that control supply and demand across the globe; be angry about a system that makes the wealthy wealthier but keeps the poor poorer; be angry about our political disregard for the longevity of our planets resources; about the millions of people starving, raped,beaten, mutilated ,murdered in corrupt regimes; about the misguided individuals with pathetic weak minds who follow radical extremism; about those who target the susceptible and innocent and abuse their trust, sex traffickers, slave traders etc.
Terrible atrocities happen across the globe on a daily basis. We as humans often ignore or don’t hear about the those horrific incidents outside of our own country. In light of the terrible happenings in Manchester this week a friend of mine wrote this:
I wanted to say something – and its so hard because everyone is hurting but I hope you get where I’m coming from if you read this – now is not the time for opinions on who or why – its not a time for division or conspiracy theories or even politics …..
….Humans are suffering every day at the hands of evil. Simple as. We are led to believe that we are separate. That somehow borders and seas and distance make us ‘different’. But love and compassion and humanity should recognise no such borders. I am not ‘British’ or ‘European’ or anything else. I AM TERRAN. I AM OF THIS EARTH.
ALL suffering hurts my heart.
ALL injustice makes my soul weep.
And so as I stand with Manchester 22.05.17 and I hold in my heart all those who are suffering and the 22 souls lost and the 50 plus injured and the people who have seen such terrible things I also stand with Deir ez-Zur 21.05.17 and the 15 lost and the 60 plus injured – most of whom were also women and children.
Baghdad – 20.05.17 – 35 killed, 45 injured.
Tuz Khurma. Maiduguri. Hamah. Mastung…
The list goes on.
I’ve not listed which countries these places are on purpose – because an innocent soul is an innocent soul and leaves a hole where once there was light.
Hold your loved ones tight. Love love love. Be kind. Be compassionate. Educate yourself. Help others on each and every occasion that you can.
I love all the light being sent to Manchester today…what power, what beauty.
Imagine if we could send out that wave each day to each person who needed it – how powerful we truly would become.
‘There is more that unites us than separates us’
Look at us all on that tiny sphere. So fragile and yet so very strong. Separateness is an illusion used to control us. I send love to my brothers and sisters all over this beautiful planet today and everyday
Andrew Burnham, Mayor of Manchester, quite rightly said that the “Manchester terrorist no more represents Muslims than Jo Cox’s killer represents white people”.
Ignorance and laziness cause people to condemn an entire race, religion or country because of the act of the odd nutter/extremist… this plays right into the hands of every extremist movement, creating fear, hate and intolerance within communities… we are all people of the Earth , we may elect to follow a religion (generally based on which country we were raised and what our parents believed), we may follow a cultural behaviours based on the same, but these evil behaviours are not the result of any religious scriptures or cultural behaviours, they are the behaviours of weak-minded, warped individuals with a twisted sense of reality and a total disregard for humanity… we must stand together, arm in arm with our neighbours, irrespective of their skin colour, their dress code, their age, their sexuality, their religious beliefs or their ancestry….
We must not let the media propaganda (media terrorism) warp our minds into believing their rhetoric… Everyone is an individual being of our earth.
My only faith is the one I hold for Humanity; that humans are predominantly compassionate and kind and that we can, as humankind, drive out this culture of intolerance and hate without resorting to vilification of entire groups … we must stand together and give of our hearts, share of our minds and support of our being…
I may not have the best words or the most articulate response, but as always, I speak straight from my heart and mind and these are the only words I can find for the horrendous atrocities of this week… and I speak not just of what happened in Manchester …
I’m not completely sure of everything that I believe in.
For example, I can’t say how I feel about ghosts, spirits and their ability to communicate across planes, the form they take or whether they exist at all. I don’t know what I feel about spirits although I’ve weegee’d a fair bit and seemingly contacted various ‘spirits’. I don’t know how I feel about sentient spirits interacting with living people in that I accept something is happening but it’s probably something to do with our subconscious minds. I find it hard to accept that there is a true ability to interact across planes of existence (if there are other planes of existence). I have several friends who I would explain away as extremely empathetic , but who consider themselves to be Mediums or Spiritual Healer. I suspect a lot of healing comes from the belief in being healed. I accept there are a lot of unanswered questions and I do think there is more out there and more capacity within our brains than we yet understand or tap.
I do believe that we have subconscious and conscious skills beyond those that most of us use. I also believe that way back before we became ‘civilised’ we were more able to tap into our instincts, communicate more intuitively and work alongside nature/seasons/elements. I do believe that our energy lives on. Science proves that energy is neither created or destroyed. When we die our physical bodies decay and feed the earth, growing plants, feeding animals, continuing the circle of life. Weather there is a ‘soul’ that exists separately? Whether this ‘soul’ contains consciousness and awareness of life as we know it? Those are matters on which I remain open to further evidence and scientific study. I am definitely a sceptic.
I am however, completely sure of what I don’t believe.
I do not believe and feel it factual to say that there is no all-seeing divine, super being(s) controlling/orchestrating who is good/bad; who is healed/left to suffer; who is constantly watching/ignoring; who is determining our individual fates here/in any alternative life. Religion is a man-made conscript which has evolved and changed through the millenia to suit those who dictate it and is dependant on where you were born and with what fables you were raised as to which story/ supreme being each individual worships.
I do however, have great faith in the inherent goodness of (wo)mankind and its abilities to make a difference by offering positive thoughts/kindness/actions to others. I do believe that a charitable and positive outlook makes you a happier more enriched person. I do believe that actions speak louder than words. That giving is receiving. That laughter and friendship are the best medicine. That love conquers all.
(I would add to this quote “and all life” after “fellow human beings” )
I am, at heart, a Humanist. I find strength and solace in my friends and acquaintances. I gain and grow from exploring new paths, listening to others and sharing kindness. I try to stand up against wrongs; be loud for those who feel they do not have a voice; offer support to those who do not have the strength. In return I try to accept the love and help of those around me , who feel the same essence of humanity and want to give of themselves as I want to give of myself.
This week I have been struggling. I have felt pain and weakness and fatigue. Friends have offered support each in their own way. Sympathy, spiritually, practically. I’ve had massage, pampering, kind words, visits and positive energy sent to me from all directions. Its interesting, because those with a religion will say they will pray for you. Perhaps this is the same as me or other friends , offering positive thoughts. Although we are offering humanity and nature up as a healing source; and those of religion are requesting that their supreme being consider looking out for you. In both instances the intention is the same.. it is a human wilfulness to care for your best interests and well-being.
The world around us; plants, animals, seasons, skies, and all of nature are suppressed by the unnatural infrastructure we have created. Nature will eventually win out. We cannot tame it . We might adjust it for a time. But when we leave, either voluntarily or through our own demise. Nature will take over again. The evidence of our footprint on the earth would soon be buried deep in the earth and nature will , if necessary continue without us. We can forge our own battles against it for our short-term convenience and gain and nature will let us; for a while. But, when we push too far, get too greedy with the resources of this planet, nature will fight back and win. And it might well do it without us being part of the natural future.
We think we are supreme, intelligent and resourceful because we build, invent, communicate and utilise the resources of this planet. Because we are now reaching beyond our world and in time will do the same on distant planets. But there are limited resources, limited tolerances that this planet and atmosphere will allow us to control. There has to be balance. Greed and corporations are not balance. They are egos. Egos will eventually lose to nature., be they a whole race, an economic construct, or a political ideal. These artificial controls of resources for greed, control and financial gain will eventually fall; but at what price to humankind?
Interestingly, and surprisingly as I’ve sat here ‘mind dumping into written word’ the words spilling into this blog are not those I had expected. I was meaning to extrapolate into alternative healing and goodwill and have turned instead to ecology and economic politics! Fortunately, for me at least, that is the joy of just leaving your fingers to ride the keyboard and spill the mind onto the page. I never quite know where it will lead … sometimes, quite often actually, I’m not even aware that the thoughts that appear were even in my head. Oh the joy of letting your mind do the talking!
Anyway, today I am being extremely kind to myself. I am being mindful. I am listening to my joints and muscles, I am giving them permission to rest and heal. I am reading, writing, sitting, resting. I am allowing my friends to advise me and guide me. I am letting my husband allow me the freedom to stop. I am relaxing, recovering and regaling my thoughts to you all.
Try it. Let your mind wander through your fingers from a starting point of your choosing and see where it takes you. You may discover something new about yourself . Or try mine about ‘belief’.
I would love to hear from you xxxx
Interesting isn’t it.
My last blog in which I openly discussed my beliefs, ie: my conviction in my understanding that there is no one true god, or collection/selection of Gods, or a creator/supreme being; has created more response than any other blog to date.
It’s a subject that can divides Nations and drive people to war. For me it creates interesting discussion. Well interesting discussion amongst mainly amongst Atheists but generally, from those with a ‘God’, almost no discussion at all. It truly is ‘blind faith’. A ll the conflicting and hypocritical bits in their respective ‘book of rules’; changes in which God; number of different Gods; choices of which bits of the ‘rule book’ to ignore because they no longer suit modern society, etc, become non-issues and are points of zero discussion in the eyes of the ‘faithful’. The Bible, Koran, Torah; in huge chunks (although I accept I have not read all of any of them) will openly marginalise women, oppose homosexuality, encourage the harsh punishment of children and rule breakers etc etc. Ancient religions (which the current faithful dismiss now as ridiculous) encouraged sacrifice, multiple god worship etc.
I find the ability to believe , irrespective of education , science, and the continuous changing and bending of the order of the faith, absolutely fascinating. I have friends who are Buddhist, Creationist, Catholic, Baptist, Pagan, Wicca, Atheists, Agnostics, Humanist. Those I have known since young generally, if they have a ‘God’, have the one indoctrinated in them by their family or school. Many lost their belief about the same time as they realised that Father Christmas was a sentiment rather than a reality.
I don’t ever remember believing in a God; I do remember the pain of Jewish Sunday School and the conflicts in our household to keep up the pretense to avoid confrontation with grandparents/aunts/uncles. My parents may remember differently. I do remember believing in Santa. And the Tooth Fairy. I believed in them because my parents told me they were real and society collectively kept the illusion alive. Then, as I grew older I realised that it wasn’t a ‘lie’ as such but a ‘fable’, a ‘sentiment’ and it retained and still retains a ‘magic’ for the joining together and joy it brings within the western world. But the ‘individual’ , ie: the actual ‘Santa’ is not real. the stories are based around folk-lore and stories passed down the generations as a way to promote a certain behaviour within society.
When our son was a child we raised him to have an open mind. We told him that different people believed in different things and they couldn’t possibly all be ‘right’; that he should listen to all the different views and make his own choice. Whatever choice he made would be the right choice.
One of his main adult contacts was a family with whom we were very close friends. they are a devout family of Creationists and Baptist church goers with two children around the same age as Jason. Jason would learn their beliefs from them. Plus, his school taught him theirs. John and I, being Atheists, generally kept our views to ourselves. Until he asked.
At about aged seven I remember him being very emotional and fearing for us. He asked us if we believed in God and Heaven, we both said ‘no’ , he cried “you’ll see I’m right when you die!”. I guess we will!
Today he is, I believe, an Atheist, but like us he has friends from different and often opposing faiths , all of whom believe blindly that theirs is the only true and righteous path. I enjoy hearing him and his friends ‘philosophise’ (to quote Bill & Ted) on the subject.
I have friends who ‘ pray for me’. Great. It is of no consequence to me or my sense of well-being, but, if it makes them happier, safer or gives them a feeling of being helpful, then that’s great. If it turns out that I’ve got it wrong on the God front, they have my back covered !
I don’t mind what people believe as long as they act morally, and considerately and treat others as they would like to be treated themselves, irrespective of their gender, race, sexuality, colour, age and the like. I love all my friends, family and acquaintances for their individuality irrespective of which set of indoctrinations they follow. I don’t care (unless it affects their happiness negatively) what their sexuality is, their social standing, their wealth, their age, their race. So why would I would I worry about which God. I love them for the way they behave, their actions and their interactions.
To quote Albert Einstein, “A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”