The question is, "Where do we go from here and how do we get there?"
During this present time when our nation seems to be tearing apart at the seams,
We have to dig deep and find the courage to have the compassion of a saint. You think that I am kidding but I am not.
The only way to fully heal this country of ours is through love. And the only time that this can take place is during each present moment.
The best solution is to stay calm and trust in and understand the truth. A very challenging task but meaningful healing can only take place through love, compassion, forgiveness, and more love, and inclusion.
We each must do our own inner healing, in order to be up to the task.
True, profound healing through love must take place. Anything less is just a Band-Aid.
So just do your own part. Just take the baby steps that meet you each present moment. All that is necessary is for us to meet each situation, each moment with bottomless compassion.
Now it appears that Joe has won the election of the presidency. This is good news for each and every one of us who cares about every person in this country. However, I fear that if I choose one side of this conflict to write about I am excluding the other side and I don't wish to exclude anyone in this blog. My whole point is to step back and see and honor the oneness. Where is the oneness in a Biden win? Well I do feel that he will be president for all the people. There are people who will hate him because they don't want to be considered equal with blacks and Latinos and the poor, etc. They are comfortable as long as they have privilege over others. As long as they feel that they have the upper hand. What must that be like for one's identity to be tied up in being better than someone else? And then if you don't feel that you're being treated better than that other person, you feel that it's not fair. I'm just trying to understand why a person would be racist, misogynist, etc and all I can come up with is a lack of love. And being raised in an environment that is racist misogynistic, etc. When a person is raised that way they think that it's normal. So I will add ignorance to the list. So- lack of understanding and lack of love. The best I can figure these are the causes of hate.
What if we shared our love and our understanding? Though I don't understand racism, etc I think we need to understand that it is a thing, and it needs to be addressed. And it will not go away if we put every racist person away. It is a human problem that will require our compassion to resolve and heal.
I am drawn to images that feel good, light, happy, affectionate, caring, compassionate, loving...
Such works of art seem to offer nourishment for the soul.
I am sad to see so much in art and entertainment that is violent, negative, dark... Of course, there is a place in the world for such art. My own soul hungers for something more hopeful, more meaningful. Art has the ability to inspire us! To show us the impossible! To share or spread ideas that we would never have thought of. I like to indulge in radical ideas of hope.
This feels nourishing to me.
Most of us understand the healing power of love.
Love has the power to lighten up the darkest times. So if I was going to share art images and ideas with someone, anyone, everyone, I would want most of all to share joyful hopeful comforting, compassionate ideas with the with full intention of making it a better place.
I have always wanted to create artwork that communicates badly needed good ideas into the world. I want to share life-saving and world-changing ideas through my art. Quite frankly, this is what I've always wanted to do. Why can't I just say that?
The events of the current times calls for super human response from us,
The beauty of evolving as humans,
Beyond our passive feelings
To our empowered, proactive feelings.
Our feelings can be automatic
We can't choose to have and to feel
The healthiest, most forward-thinking feelings humanly possible,
The kind of feelings that make miracles possible.
Think for a moment of all of the qualities that you wish people had,
Think of what you wish you were seeing more of,
Courage, kindness, good deeds, the helpers, love, gratitude, forgiveness...
Focus on those who embody these qualities,
Embody these qualities yourself,
When all else fails, focus on what you are grateful for.
Thoughts can be proactive, courageous thoughts and feelings,
Courageousness itself can inspire others embody these.
Dare to be courageous! And forgiving and kind, etc.
Our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and our ways of being all have a ripple effect throughout the world, throughout our communities,
Do you wish there were more Gandhis? more mother Teresas? More MLKs and more RFKs?
Then embody their values.
We all know who they are, and all the good they have done,
Bring them into your own world, your own communities, your own families,
through your own being.
It's up to each of us.
Today felt like my first day at my new job. Yesterday I gave Timothy the portrait of Millie that I painted for his birthday. He loved it so much he posted it on Facebook and I immediately got my first recent commission! So I spent most of today painting.
It was different, I've never spent that much time on art in one day. It felt really good and appropriate. Just right. I am pleased with how the new painting is coming along. I'm about 3/4 finished and it's looking good. It's a dog named Luna, who has already passed on. I'm doing my best to create a likeness that will be a comfort to her human.
I think I'm going to like my new job.
In the world right now I feel that it is vitally important to set aside our differences and let love flow. I set aside my expectations and attachments and allow the words to come through me. And the words that came through me just now were "let love flow". Sometimes the most meaningful and the most powerful words actually appear mundane at first sight.
Let love flow.
It really is amazing if you let yourself meditate deeply on it.
Love is so powerful.
As ordinary humans most of us have only experienced a fraction of how powerful love can be. It is so strong.
Love is the original, it was here before anything. It's at the very root of everything. Even evil has its roots in love. That's how we know that love is stronger. That's how we know that love will exist, always.
Eventually, everything will return to love.
It is our true home.
There is a thought that first occurred to me a few years ago, and that was about meditating on love and peace.
The idea is to imagine that there is no violence no hate no fear in the world, only love. Imagine what it would be like to live in a world like that! Anyway, the idea is to meditate with that thought. Go all the way into your feelings into what it would the world would be like.
I think and feel super good feelings when I try to go there myself. And I believe that even just one person meditating on this would do something to make the world a better place. Like butterfly wings! The ripples just go out into the world.
And so if two or three or more even, the more people that focus on this, even for 5 minutes the better an impact it would make. There would be a ripple effect through the world making it a little bit better each time.
There have been times that I have mentioned this to someone, I've actually mentioned it to several someone's, and their answer has always been "but that could never happen!", and just like that they dismiss the whole conversation. But that's not the point, the point is the exercise of doing this meditation.
In Schitt's Creek Dan Levy has created a world where there may be a little fear, but there is no hate and no harm ever done, no real harm anyway.
I still believe that it is ever so important to meditate on love and go deeply into the feeling of love.
Please join me in this endeavor!
I am sure that the Dalai Lama and all of his supporters are meditating on Peace. And that religious people of every description are too, meditating or praying for Peace on Earth, along with an endless number of unique not-so-religious people who are also visualizing or meditating on world Peace. So much of this is happening that all that stands in the way of this Peace is now coming forth in order to be seen and addressed and healed.
Remember "Love your enemies"? It is truly healthy to love our enemies. not to make fun of them. Even though they might appear ridiculous and easy targets for our sensibilities. Nothing good comes from it as we laugh at them. I wonder what kind of thought process would it take for us to see their lack of balance and poor mental health, and wish beautiful miraculous healing on them? What if such a thing was wished for? Prayed for? Visualized, affirmed or meditated upon?
This is how the Earth is to be healed. All this would take care of the whole itemized list of what's wrong with the world these days. So why not abandon our own hateful and judgmental attitudes and send out love and healing to each and every human being? No exceptions.
Nancy Ann Moore
Self quarantined artist, illustrator, Mom.