My friend Greg tagged me in a Facebook post that really got me thinking. This is something all of us struggle with, especially those of us who consistently work on projecting light into the world.
With all of the darkness and unrest in the world, how do we keep showing up?
Trying to come to grips with competing philosophies (positivity as a force for change, raising the collective consciousness, and radical acceptance of what “is” vs. taking action in the face of injustice) given all the craziness going on in the world right now. I’d love to know how my friends and teachers who also embrace (and try to live) these values deal with these dualities. Years ago, I pledged to only post positive words and images here on FB to both promote positive messages by example and combat all the negativity that can become pervasive on social media.
But as one of my friends asked earlier today, does being silent about things that I feel are simply NOT acceptable (the wave of violence by whites against African-Americans and all of the gun violence in general) mean that I (and others who do the same) are essentially complicit in those things continuing to happen in our society by our non-action? Discuss please as I ponder all of it and plot my actions moving forward!!
All of us play our role in the great human drama. Yogananda taught that this harsh, dualistic, high-contrast motion picture of life is projected from 1 beam of light. However that doesn’t make it hurt any less. Life is real, and it can be painful.
Yogananda said “…the villain is on the screen so you love the hero. Become the hero. When you become the villain your throat needs to be cut.” These are harsh words for a reason. He’s telling us to choose Right Action, to align our human freewill with the Divine Will. We must consistently choose understanding, equanimity, non-judgement, and above all love. Focusing on the darkness turns us into Black Spidey.