I ONLY LOOK AT THE POSITIVE,
SO EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL
A few weeks ago I received a letter from a middle aged woman, religiously involved in the New Age. Her philosophy is, “You only need to look at the positive and everything will be wonderful.” You may know the type of person I am talking about; they shop around for a teacher who will agree with all their phobias. The shop till you drop syndrome. Oh, I can feel the emails already. I love you unconditionally, now TAKE ME OFF YOUR MAILING LIST!
All right I thought I would have a little fun, playing with the smorgasbord of spirituality on this ancient rock floating out in space we call earth. How did we humans come to accept such intense spiritual and religious beliefs? Do they work? How many can explore the origins of all their religious and spiritual beliefs? I am not only talking about Christianity or New Age; I am talking about the whole ball of wax, all religions and all spiritual beliefs. Why is it a Muslim can go to war and kill people who may disagree with them and perhaps be killed and go to heaven with forty virgins waiting for him? Where do all the virgins come from, certainly not earth at least in this age! What about the Christians, believing if you accept Jesus the day before you die, you go to heaven even if you murdered or swindled people your whole life? What about a person who lives a decent life and one day gets angry and curses God and dies that day in an accident, is he sent to hell for eternity by his loving God? Don’t misunderstand me; I am not condemning religion or New Age. I am searching for answers, common sense answers. I see New Age teachers who are some of the most incredible humans on the planet, teachers who genuinely care and choose to get involved in awakening sleeping souls. I know Christians who are also terrific people, loving and caring, assisting the needy, sick, and elderly. I also know Muslims who are totally devoted, assisting children in need, feeding the poor, and helping make human life enjoyable. I know Hindus who devote their life in serving humanity. The list can go on and on to all religions, all spiritual beliefs.
We all live on this rock we call home; we are all a part of humanity. Unfortunately, the majority of humanity is passive. Some deceive themselves into thinking, I will just send a little light a small prayer or some positive thinking for the ills of humanity, and therefore, I am involved. How would you go about explaining this to a mother whose young daughter was ripped from her arms and sold into prostitution? Would you honestly tell her, “I am sending you positive thoughts. Everything is wonderful?” Would you say, “It is God’s will.”? Some people tell me, I have an issue with people being passive. Yes, I have an issue with this, because as a human you are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem. It is much too easy to say, “I will send some light, and everything will be wonderful. I will offer a prayer; I will turn it over to some other source.” We are living in a dying, polluted world, a world with outdated beliefs possibly outdated religions, which produce more harm than good. I received a letter from one who came to me in the 80’s for help. She told me how much that aid had a profound effect on her life. The object of her letter was to be taken off my mailing list. Why? She felt the messages about getting involved and being part of the solution were complicating her life. Would you tell that mother whose daughter was ripped from her arms, “I do not want to get involved because it complicates my life.”?
Old beliefs are outdated and dangerous, like walking through a mine field. Old beliefs are also like old technology. Use the old typewriter as an example. The keyboard was designed to type slowly, so the keys would not jam. Now we have computers with no keys hitting the paper, yet we use the same keyboard that was designed to keep one typing slowly. This is a metaphor for old outdated beliefs that keep us slow, uninformed, out of touch with humanity, to what is actually occurring on this rock we call earth.
Why does humanity accept slavery? Slavery is more prevalent now than any time in human history. Why? Is it our old, outdated beliefs that make us turn the other way, so we do not see it? Is it our old, outdated beliefs that sanitize this from our minds? How does a mind sanitize knowing of children being sold into sexual slavery, shipped to any number of countries including America, or your teenage son sold to a corporation running secret factories in Asia and Eastern Europe? How would you react if you were told, “It is not my problem,” or, “Just think positive thoughts and everything will be wonderful.”? Such rubbish!
A Christian friend said to me, “it was in God’s hands,” referring to slavery. If that is true, then in my opinion their God has unusually weak hands. How could it be in God’s hands if slavery is more prevalent now than any other time in human history? Perhaps it is the God of the Old Testament that allowed slavery.
I asked earlier, why does humanity accept slavery including sexual slavery of children? I have asked this question before to people, often their response is, “Humanity does not accept it.” Well Mr. and Ms Humanity, the facts prove you do accept it; you not only accept it, you attempt to sanitize it. If humanity chose to put an end to slavery, it would end. If humanity chose to put an end to polluting, it would end. If humanity chose to put an end to war, it would end. The difficulty is, we put our power and trust in our politicians, governments, and religions, to put an end to these abuses. If they wanted to stop the slavery, pollution, and wars, indeed they would.
Has humanity been betrayed by the world’s politicians, governments, and religions? This is not a statement, this is a question. Humanity has the power to stop these abuses, why does it not – why does it not? I have headed a nonprofit educational foundation salary free for the last twenty-five years, working with abused children. What a sight to behold in the eyes of children when they know the abuse has come to an end, now the healing can begin, that sight keeps me going. Children are our future; let’s remove them from the waste basket of humanity, of which many have been placed by sanitized minds.
What can I do? That is a valid question to ask. What can you do? How can you make slavery an issue? What if one person gatherers ten, ten gathers one hundred, one hundred gathers one thousand, one thousand gathers one million, and one million gathers one billion? I guarantee you slavery would come to an end; pollution would come to an end; and war would come to an end.
Perhaps the problem is people are too passive, too sanitized to get their hands dirty. In my blog “Freedom versus Security” I suggested, “Perhaps if a small group becoming a large group, becoming even a larger group, were to pick a date in the not too distance future such as May 1, 2011, and encourage all citizens of the world not fly for one week, unless these Draconian measures including the naked scanners are rescinded.” Since that blog I have heard people state, “It is not convenient to my schedule.” Perhaps they are saying, “Allow the draconian measures to continue?” Perhaps after this blog people will say, “It is not convenient to get involved ending slavery; perhaps I will just send it light, a prayer.” Perhaps they may analyze it to the extent it is no longer an issue, even easier, send me a “take me off your mailing list” email because it complicates life.
Perhaps the greatest problem creating this passiveness is the old toxic beliefs either from New Age or old Religions. I am going to a better place after I die. Then I will not need to live in this world. It reminds me of an old movie where a young man is rescued from the slums, as he is picked up by a car he sticks his head out of the window shouting, “Suffer you suckers, I am out of here.”
Can you seriously imagine this thinking or saying this on their death bed? I can’t either, but I can see some saying it or believing it metaphorically. Perhaps they might come to understand death is not an escape, but only a continuation of life they created.
Perhaps I am fishing metaphorically, waiting for the big one. Perhaps this will be it; perhaps some will take this message seriously and make slavery such an issue. Mr. and Ms Humanity will say enough is enough. We will put a stop to this hideous atrocity.
Over 140 years ago the United States abolished slavery. 60 years ago the U.N. made a declaration banning slavery worldwide, yet today humanity has over 27 million slaves, more than any time in human history. If the United States and the U.N. have both declared this an abomination, why is slavery still alive and growing? Our politicians, our governments, and our religions have failed us; therefore, it is time for us Mr. and Ms Humanity to take action. What if you were the next one to be taken into slavery? What if your child was ripped from your arms to be sold into sexual slavery? What if your teenage son was to be taken as a slave to some factory in a strange land never to be seen again? Must you wait for this to take action? The American CIA states there are more than 1 million slaves in the United States alone. The US State Department states, 17, 500 slaves are brought into the United States every year.
You are part of the human race; each has a responsibility to assist the human race. Be in denial of the negative, how is one to heal the negative? Being in denial of child prostitution has never stopped child prostitution. How many times I have heard do not think of the negative, do not dwell on the negative. I teach you must know the negative in order to use the positive to heal it. If one denies their humanity, how is one to heal their humanity?
I ask you, now the thousands reading this blog. Let go of the old, outdated beliefs. Get involved, if you are already involved get others involved, if you are already getting others involved, then you are indeed the expression of one who is enlightened to the highest degree, for you are in touch with your humanity.
Check out different sites on slavery, such as www.notforsalecampaign.org, or www.freedomcenter.org.
What a response, I had to put on my seatbelt for this one. Some stated I was not strong enough, some stated I was too strong, and did not understand why some want to just send light. But the majority, over 95%, felt it was right on, many promising to become more involved and make a difference in our world. We had over 5,000 comments submitted; only a few dozen can be posted. We are still in the process of going through the written comments.
Now for the postscript; some wrote to me asking for an understanding on the law of karma, some call it the law of non interference. They went on to state perhaps that is why some only send light and do not get involved. I found this karma reasoning intriguing, so I read more of what they had to offer, thinking perhaps I will write a blog on karma, or the law of non interference. I shared with them, a metaphor I have often used, about a young child next to a busy highway. You are standing next to the child when the child prepares to run in front of an oncoming truck, certainly to be crushed to death. What would you do? Use the law of non interference, or grasp the child to prevent certain death. The response I received was, of course they would stop the child from being killed, but then added this is an extreme example. Dear God, an extreme example? Hello humanity, isn’t rescuing a child from being sold into child prostitution also an extreme example? That is what my blog was about. Unfortunately, this extreme example is now a common example in much of our world.
Both children are facing certain death. The child being crushed by a truck, certainly in my opinion, will be better off than a child who spent his/hers childhood years as a sex slave, and then discarded into the trash bin of humanity. But the question remains, is the law of non interference a valid law? Is the law of karma a valid law? Is it our responsibility to get involved? Is it our responsibility to just send light? Just what is our responsibility as human to humanity? I indeed shall write my next blog “Karma, a right or privilege.”