We are all part of the same web

090_7I met with one of my best friends yesterday, and we both remarked how surprised we were at our own reaction to last week’s election. We had both thought Trump could win, and had thought we would experience whatever happened with a certain equanimity, the way trees and other nature beings seem to accept whatever comes there way.
 
Instead, we both felt physically ill when we heard the election results. We felt completely knocked out, and devastated. It felt like another 9/11 to many of us.  I believe we were feeling into the energetic web of life, and the enormous consequence of this election, especially for delicate and fragile web of life, that so many of us take for granted.
Yet, many Americans had the opposite reaction. They truly feel the country is going to become great again.  
 
For those of who grieved and experienced shock at our own deep reactions, there have been many recommendations on how to proceed.
Some people recommended to stay with the heartbreak, others urged to get angry, or only look at positive news, or no news all together. I see some of my friends acting as if nothing important happened last week. For them, it probably wasn’t important.
 
For me, both laughing and crying have been helpful, as well as tuning into my spiritual practices. I have been reading earth prayers by people from every faith in a book I love called Earth Prayers From Around the World.
 
With all that is going on in Standing Rock, and in Marrakesh, Morocco in the Climate Talks, the words of this prayer from Chief Seattle help me to get centered:
 
Teach your children
what we have taught our children —
that the earth is our mother.
Whatever befalls the earth
befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
If men spit upon the ground,
they spit upon themselves.
 
This we know.
The earth does not belong to us,
we belong to the earth.
This we know.
All things are connected
like the blood which unites one family.
All things are connected.
 
Whatever befalls the earth
befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
We did not weave the web of life;
we are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web,
we do to ourselves.
 
Chief Seattle
My focus for the next while is to help myself and other remember our place in the web of life, and that not only do we belong to this earth, we belong to the Great Spirit or God or however you refer to the sacred.  At the end of our days, our spirit will go back to where it came from.
Some of us are here to be gentle strands of love, peace, and kindness. Some of us, best serve the web of life by expressing outrage over injustice, intolerance and cruelty.  Others still, are simply here to live their lives without much sense of their connection to everything else.
I believe most of us strands in the web of life are being woven by our creator in ways that we cannot see at this moment.
If anyone else is like me, your task right now may be to ask questions and listen for answers.  Questions that matter deeply now include:
  • What is the highest expression of my strand in the web of life?
  • How can I walk more gently upon this earth?
  • Is it possible that I am not so much the weaver of my life, but that I am a strand being woven into a beautiful tapestry that is more vast than I can imagine, and need to surrender to being woven?
  • In what ways, am I being called to create my highest vision of peace in the world?
There is a power to asking restorative questions, and following through with our best actions, slowly and steadily.
None of us want to usher in a period of great difficulty for ourselves and those we love.
Our current American society too easily ignores the difficulties so much of life is facing now, from forests and their habitats being destroyed for human needs, to all the waste we throw into rivers, streams and oceans, and to animals struggling to survive.
For those of us who are here to protect, restore and nourish the earth, many of us fear the Trump administration’s policies could lead to increased destruction of our mother earth. The fact that Trump is President means one of my fears has become reality.  I cannot let this diminish what I am called to do.  Perhaps, responding to this moment, with grace, strength and creativity is why you and I were born.
Sending blessings to all of life on earth.  May all life work with us to strengthen the beautiful web of creation!

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