We’re living in the era of Manipura. Bullies and victims. People triggered by other people’s victimhood. People silencing others. People shaming others.
There’s a competition going on for who is right and who is wrong. Who is justified in their opinions and who should be ignored.
We’re all aligning ourselves to this person or that. This cause or that.
And everywhere you turn, people are spoiling for a fight.
All are convinced that they’re on the side of the Angels and that those who disagree are on the side of the Devil.
Like everyone else, I have personal opinions on all of this. Of course I do.
Whenever I take those political spectrum tests I show up just left of the Dalai Lama. Here’s what that looks like; I’m a feminist, I want Aboriginal people recognised in the Australian constitution, I believe that refugees should be treated humanely and with compassion when they land on the doorstep of the country they turn to for refuge. I’m a huge supporter of gay marriage and I stand in allegiance with #blacklivesmatter. I believe women should have the right to choose what to do with their bodies and their pregnancies, and I believe that guns are dangerous and should not be freely available.
So in a world of victims and bullies, it’s easy for me to be anti-Trump. It’s easy for me to think his supporters are crazy, ill informed, racist, misogynists.
And believe me, there’s been many a time that I have believed that.
But then I’ve stopped and taken a breath. I’ve reconnected with my heart and I’ve realised that this cannot be the way forward. I’ve remembered that every time I’ve tried to convince someone of my opinions, all I’ve done is further entrench them in theirs.
I’ve also read my history books and I know where entrenchment leads.
So here’s what I propose as an alternative to continuing the ideology of us v them:
Facing the fear. This can be as simple (and not simple) as sitting with the fear until it passes through the body. Or drawing on the amazing number of tools we have at our disposal to clear our fears and the stories that perpetuate them. EFT, Compassion Key, Non-Personal Awareness, yoga, kinesiology. They’re just a few of the tools I love.
Ultimately, fear attracts fear and while you remain fearful of that other out there, all you’ll ever see and breed is more fear.
Manipura invites you to release it and find what lies beneath.
Taking responsibility. The next step is to realise you’re not a victim of the gun lobby or the pro life lobby or the Christian far right. This can be difficult to see when you’re entrenched in victimhood. It can be difficult to see when you’re strongly identified with your wounds.
The things we identify with the most, the things we attach to the most strongly, are also the things that wound us the most.
And so transcendence requires a transference of allegiance. From the victim within to your most powerful self.
Taking responsibility for your own life requires you to tap into your personal power. You have to remember that you have as much power as they do. You have a voice, just as they do. That you have the ability to shift reality, just as they do.
You always have a choice. To remain the victim or to rise above.
Manipura invites you to rise above.
Seeing with your heart. Human beings aren’t born hating other human beings. Human beings are born blaming others for their life circumstances. Humans aren’t born victims.
Life twists its way around us and sometimes we’re harmed in the twisting. Sometimes we get lost in it. Sometimes the pain is so great we start to project it onto others. Anyone that we can find.
And when we’re in pain, we don’t bother to find out the truth. We see only stereotypes and one dimensional characters.
But when we choose differently, when we see with out hearts, new possibilities open up. New dialogues make themselves available. New connections form and the separation we’ve all been a part of is made whole again.
So this is what we’re being invited to do at this time, on our beautiful planet. To heal Manipura so that we might rise collectively and connect from the heart.
That’s what we’ll be doing next week in the Manipura Chakra Alignment Class.
If you’re feeling entrenched in an us v them mentality, if you’re feeling victimised by other people, if you’re feeling exhausted by the fight, this class is for you. It will help you. It will heal you. I’d love to see you there.