“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.” … Marianne Williamson
It’s not hard to be afraid these days. The news media and the Internet keep us up to date on all of the scary and out of balance stuff that is going on in the world. Unless you live in a cave or under a rock there’s almost no way to avoid hearing the bad news. What bothers me the most is not the simple reporting of dangerous, tragic or overwhelming events but the huge amount of fear mongering that just goes on for days and days and days … in place of actual news. If Marianne Williamson is correct and “fear is what we have learned here” then my observations of people tell to me that we have done a REALLY good job of learning this particular lesson.
Just as we set up Internet filters so that our children are not exposed to inappropriate content; it seems to me that it is our own responsibility to set up “fear filters” in our minds to block out the stuff that we are being inundated with that is NOT the actual news. Now then, this is not to imply that we shouldn’t care about and for those whose plights and dire circumstances touch our hearts. Heaven only knows I find myself weeping for those who are less fortunate on a regular basis! It is simply that I would prefer to have my news be “news” – you know that old-fashioned concept called “the Truth of the situation” – not something that is delivered with a twist. Once again, it’s all about Choice. And I happen to believe that I, and my very compassionate heart, are fully capable of making positive and responsible choices with regard to how we can best lovingly respond to incoming information.
“Love is what we are born with.” Keen observational powers, a loving heart, kindness galore and the ability to make choices were also all present when I, and every other person, came into this world. Now all I have to decide is when I would like to re-awaken those qualities, uncover the beauty and resilience of my heart and use what I find within me as my benchmark for how I choose to behave in the world. Perky Polly, her best friend Sunshine Sue and I have had a few discussions and we have decided that “the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts” is the way that we choose to live – starting immediately. So far that decision seems to be working pretty well. Score one for loving interactions and 0 for fear.
Arinaste (from my heart to your heart)