I found my inspiration on an Honest T bottle cap: Great Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds ~ Albert Einstein.
I can’t speak for Einstein, I can only reflect on the words and notice what arises within myself. In the wake of an event such as the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, VA, it is easy to lose sight of the macrocosmic view of an evolving humanity. We may question how far we have really come in consciousness, or if we are even evolving at all.
One thing that stands out to me about Einstein’s quote is that he drew a distinction between the Spirit and the mind, and I don’t think the statement was meant to infer an air of superiority. He did not say, “Great Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre spirits.” Nor did he say, “Great minds have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” I feel his phrasing was purposeful; I believe that he was pointing to the fundamental truth of our Spiritual nature as the driving force behind human evolutionary progress, making spiritual awakening and the understanding of our essential oneness the leading edge of consciousness.
One characteristic of our conscious evolution is our expanding capacity for compassion. What contributes most to our ability to be compassionate is the courage to peer into our own shadows: those places within ourselves where we have yet to awaken to the Truth of who we are.
Our tendency may be to think that the personal and the collective are two different things; we can no longer afford the luxury of this delusion. We look at events like Charlottesville and we may say, “Not in here.” That rage, that anger, that contempt, that hatred does not exist in here, in my sense of the personal. It is “out there” in the “other.”
To be truly compassionate requires deep self-honesty. How can we expect to have compassion for so-called “others,” breaking down that illusionary barrier of separateness if we haven’t yet acknowledged the places within ourselves where the Light of Truth seems not to be? The personal and the collective are not separate; they are microcosmic and macrocosmic reflections of one another.
The way in is the way out. The way in to our “personal” spiritual work is the way out of the “collective” expression of not yet having awakened to the Truth of who we, the collective WE, are. What is the purpose of our own awakening if not to use the light we have found inside ourselves as an impulse to move humanity and collective consciousness forward?
To observe and conclude, “They are unenlightened,” is simply a judgment that serves to keep us trapped in separation consciousness. What our compassion allows us to do is to witness the shadow of the “other” and see it as Spirit beckoning to us to step up into our authenticity; to be the Great Spirits that Einstein seemed to know we are capable of becoming. As always, we hope this issue can play a small role to help you find the way in, so WE can find the way out.
In this issue:
- 9 Principles of Alignment
- What’s Happening to Our Skies?
- The Power of Breath
- Grandmother Wisdom Returns
- Behind the Mask
- Colors of the Wind