"There is only one consciousness, equally distributed everywhere." - Ramana Maharshi
This year has been a year like no other in history. On Jan 25th, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power following 18 days of unrelenting public protest. In August, Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule came to an end as Libyan rebels overtook Tripoli, after 6 months of civil war. Earthquakes and tornadoes have escalated to unforeseen severity, and the U.S. has seen the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement in every major city, and met with the opposition of police forces in New York, Cleveland, Oakland, Denver, Atlanta, Nashville, and elsewhere.
Like all of you, I know that these can be scary and confronting times. The idea that a major earthquake could affect me in my home has been enough to start me shaking in my boots, let alone other possibilities that seem more likely now than ever. All of these major, world changing events have had a real impact on me. I can see very clearly through the events of this year my own vulnerability, and the vulnerability of all humans, to all kinds of change. And, perhaps more importantly, I can see very clearly my own strength, and the strength of all humans to overcome tremendous obstacles.
These kind of events have a way of reminding me that there is no one else "out there" that is any different from me. All people, in all nations have a core of values that we all want to uphold. All people are the same in the face of catastrophe, and are all worthy of assistance when in need. Even when it seems like protesters and police are meeting in opposition in the streets - consider that both camps are full of human beings, with human virtues and flaws, who are all being put on the front lines of a struggle that they would rather not have to fight. (To find out how individual police officers in Cleveland have been a stand for protesters, Click Here.) They are all vulnerable, and they are all strong.
Today, I invite you to gaze across your line in the sand - look at "those" people, "over there," and consider this:
In what ways are "they" just like you?
In what way can you be a stand for "them" and for all people?
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