THE LISTENING SEED
I was in a city, surrounded by a crowd of bustling people, when suddenly we were all struck with the immediate realization that our planet was being invaded by a hostile alien species.
In my dream I looked to the sky and knew, hearing a message in the language of my heart:
“We must be like the ants!”
I used this message to bolster my courage, knowing that the full power of ants is in their solidarity, their ability to overcome obstacles by sticking together.
I turned my gaze from the sky to the scene around me, seeing in slow-motion. I expected to find my fellow humans standing firm behind me with the same wisdom in their hearts.
Photograph by Brea Fisher
What I found instead was absolute pandemonium; people were screaming frantically, scattering away, running to hide, to protect themselves alone, and leaving me in the street.
At that point I knew we were doomed; and I woke up before the demise came to pass.
We must be like the ants, standing as one massive entity in support of one another, and that is how we will make it through times of great challenge.
Not only were the people in my dream disbanding in absolute fear; they were doing so in a fit of hostility toward each other. Shoving, shouting, stealing, and general ill-will for others filled the scene.
When you feel the pull of fear leading you to suspect the worst in those you need most, you have a choice:
Choose to react; or choose to respond.
Fear is not the cause of suffering; it’s our reaction to fear that opens us to detriment.
The 2014 film, Pride, depicts what happens when people move beyond their fear-based reactions and instead, respond with love.
Wikipedia summarizes this movie as the true story of the “lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’s strike in 1984… The alliance was unlike any seen before and was ultimately successful.”
Both groups were “treated with hostility from the public and the government, and the subject of a smear campaign by the tabloid newspapers.”
Many of the British LGBTQ community had suffered verbal or physical attack from miners, specifically. Even so, the founding members of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners group knew the best way to overcome the obstacle of the majority was to come to the aid of their fellow fighters for basic rights.
I cannot recommend this film highly enough for these times. The specifics are not the same, of course, but the spirit of standing together is so very important right now, for the US, and for the whole world.
When we are divided we are weakened— easily vulnerable to attack.
When we create alliances with those around us, releasing our judgements about what those others may believe, it strengthens the whole.
When we work together it forms a bond that goes beyond our beliefs.
When we stand together in alliance, regardless of our personal opinions, we create a stronghold for cultivation and protection of our common interests as human beings.
Regardless of what you think about the current state of US and global politics right now, we cannot let our opinions create a chasm too deep and far to traverse. Those on the other side of the split are just like you, underneath all those “beliefs.”
Abraham-Hicks calls beliefs just thoughts you have been chronically thinking. What makes us all alike as humans is our desire for health, happiness, and freedom.
“The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.” —Rose Schneiderman
This line inspired the title of the song, “Bread and Roses,” and in the movie, Pride, the women of a small Welsh miner community sing this song. The scene moved me to tears.
As humans, we all seek the basic resources for health, as well as the dignity of happiness and freedom.
Bread and roses are our rights as human beings.
This is a challenge well worth committing to. It isn’t easy, but it is essential right now.
For every time you disagree with another, the challenge is to let go of your fear, loathing, and hostility toward that person.
I’m not asking you to stop believing in what you do. I am not suggesting you try sharing the opinions of those you oppose.
I ask you only to “show concern, not contempt, for the wounds of those who [hold beliefs counter to your own].”*
The above quote is from an article by Andrés Miguel Rondón, published in the Washington Post last month. In their original form, they refer to “the wounds of those who brought [Donald Trump] to power.” As a Venezuelan citizen who was born and raised in that country, he has experienced firsthand what can happen to a country when its people are divided.
Rondón eloquently describes the challenge of the times in an effort to persuade us to form alliances with the very people we may see as our enemies:
“Your challenge is to prove that you belong in the same tribe as them — that you are American in exactly the same way they are.
“In Venezuela, we fell into this trap in a bad way. We wrote again and again about principles, about separation of powers, civil liberties, the role of the military in politics, corruption and economic policy. But it took opposition leaders 10 years to figure out that they needed to actually go to the slums and the countryside. Not for a speech or a rally, but for a game of dominoes or to dance salsa — to show they were Venezuelans, too, that they weren’t just dour scolds and could hit a baseball, could tell a joke that landed. That they could break the tribal divide, come down off the billboards and show that they were real.”
*Rondón, Andrés Miguel. “In Venezuela, We Couldn’t Stop Chavez. Don’t Make the Same Mistakes We Did.” The Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/27/in-venezuela-we-couldnt-stop-chavez-dont-make-the-same-mistakes-we-did/?utm_term=.bd265fbc22e2. Accessed 5 Feb. 2017.
Whether you believe in the current president’s ability to lead the US well, or— well— not, your opinion does not strip you of your desire, your need, your right to health, happiness, and freedom.
This is what runs true in us all.
Please hold this truth in your heart when you face those whose views differ from your own. Deciding they are wrong, ignorant, or dangerous does not protect you from those things your fear.
Take care to focus on the truth that everyone is trying desperately to ease their own suffering, and in this, we are the same.
The aliens have come. Do not turn and run. Do not scatter in fear. Do not fight your neighbors.
We must be like the ants now. Let us stand together.
This is by far the most difficult challenge I have asked of you yet. And possibly the most important. Please share your thoughts, even if they differ from mine. I welcome that; I welcome you, whatever your beliefs may be.