Several years ago in our weekly Sacred Circle discussion and meditation group, we debated the issue of using the word “Resistance” in relation to what was going on in our country. I proudly consider myself to be in The Resistance in the sense that, as a spiritual person, particularly a Universalist Minster, and as a patriotic American, I oppose many of the policies of our former President and his MAGA allies. Where do I begin? Immigration Rights? LGBT Rights? Abortion? Sexual abuse and assault/groping by men? Black Lives Matter? Racism and ethnocentrism? Anti-Semitism? Wall Street abuses? Ethics conflicts? Gun control? Russian hacking? The list just seemed to go on and on. However, the issue we are discussing in this blog is not our right to take a stand to uphold our spiritual beliefs and values, it literally is about the word “Resistance.”
Let’s not forget to take into account the Spiritual Law of Attraction. Whatever you focus on with enough energy, whether positive or not, that is what you will draw to you. Mother Theresa said it well many years ago, “I will never attend an Anti-War Rally, but if you invite me to a Peace Rally, I will be there.” Like so many great spiritual teachers, she reminded us that words matter. As a guy, I used to pooh pooh this because I liked words and liked telling it like it is, and I did not really understand the energy behind words. My wife, Cate, has been patiently trying to drum this into my head for many years, and I finally got it—after innumerable times of drawing the wrong energies to myself because of my words and the beliefs hidden behind them.
Let’s think of some examples. How has the “War on Drugs” gone? Ever since they started using that terminology, it became more and more of a war, and drugs seemed to blossom everywhere. Let’s try the “War on Terror.” Ever since we announced that in the Bush Administration, it seems like terrorist groups and terrorist acts have proliferated everywhere. When we live in fear and anger consciousness, and use terminology that reflects that, that is what grows before our very eyes. And, we become more angry and fearful. And the circle goes round and round and round and round; the dog chasing its tail.
So, now, I am much more careful with my words and affirmations. So careful, that I must revisit the idea of being in The Resistance. Is there a better term that will not draw “resistance” to us like flies to honey? Under the Law of Attraction, the more we resist, the more we invite resistance. Mind you, I am not saying stop our protests and activism, just call it something more positive and effective. And voila, we received the answer in Sacred Circle. Thank you, Sarah Munoz. Sarah said, “Why don’t we call it The Awakening?” Brilliant. If you think about it, what are we attempting to accomplish? Aren’t we working to enlighten and awaken our people, our country and our leaders to a more loving, compassionate and respectful path?
This is not an airy-fairy, head-in-the-sand approach, because as I have mentioned in previous blogs, our activism is peaceful and loving, but also provocative and engaging (following the powerful tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr). Awakening implies learning, evolving, growing and educating, all things that are part of our activist movement. I can participate in that, because my whole life has been a process of awakening. So join The Awakening. Join me in standing up for our values and principles, as we continue our own Awakening and as we assist in the Awakening of others.