I compose my song to celebrate myself in different movements. Some evoke jaunty steps, smiles, and others comfort, encouragement, and still others cringes, sweat, discomfort.
I want to share this because my Purpose, characterized by the name Discovery, covers a wide realm of possible concerns and topics. I by no means am a savant in any of them, nor am I lacking knowledge, at least some, in all of which I write.
Except maybe this one: zombies. Yeah, I don’t get the obsession with them, but on the other hand, I kind of do. Why? They symbolize, perhaps, the state of large segments of humanity right now.
How do they do that? The living dead represent those who have virtually silenced their own Heart. They have a life form that is powered by Ego, and an unchecked Ego, one not relegated to its place, is destructive of those holding true life, if the zombies can get to them. It’s not a perfect analogy, and the last thing I intend is an argument about zombies and what they can and can’t do.
However, I will argue that people who murder and destroy like terrorists and criminals are like those raggedy-looking, very obvious zombies. In St. Louis, Missouri, this past weekend, I think at least seven people were shot. In London, England, seven people were killed. While the motivation was different, the source of misery and destruction are the same: unawakened, unsatisfied, unfulfilled people. When Heart is not acknowledged, when the link with eternal Spirt is not forged, when the deep, gnawing hunger for purpose and happiness can’t be satisfied, then Ego has complete control. Ugliness ensues, and others are infected when those who appear to have life but are dead to Heart decide to attack and bite.
Not so nice so far, but these are things I have discovered in my thoughts about the nastiness I have seen this past weekend. However, criminals and terrorists as defined by laws are only one brand of zombie. The ones who are difficult to spot, maybe ones who we knew as normal, who look familiar to us, they may be the most insidious for infecting others. They appear to be trying to protect, but they steal from the uninfected, unsure masses the environments in which they can discover Self and pursue happiness and purpose. They create states of fear, negativity, and control.
Oh, they can’t totally prevent awakening, but when a nation’s government restricts, oppresses, or represses the people, the negative zeitgeist that results throws people more in danger of being infected by the zombie virus of Ego. When a respectable-looking zombie like a national leader distracts from sources of evil and truly workable solutions by engaging in knee-jerk, mouth-jerk reactions, then they only empower the whole zombie world.
If I’m being too subtle, then you probably don’t want to know all I’m actually thinking. However, let me at least be this bold: any current world leader who calls names and shakes fists at criminals or terrorists has little idea of how to lead. Nor does one who continually pisses off even allies. Such leaders are zombies, themselves. They have the means to act as living, sentient beings but choose continued paths of assured destruction. Those acting through Heart-energy, at least to some extent, will recognize that this is no longer a planet where nationalistic bullshit will benefit anyone except themselves and duped followers, who will never, in the long run, be better off. A global perspective, relationship, and appreciation is required.
In reference to America, Walt Whitman sought to provide a new song, a new literature that would address those living in the New World and raise awareness for everyone, a democratic awareness — -not of government but rather of the potential of every human being to live in joy, purpose, fullness, happiness — just to experience life in acceptance, understanding, and appreciation of everyone. He wasn’t nationalistic; he believed that America embodied any who would come. How far the mighty have fallen. We are not that nation right now.
Walt saw America as founded on such principles of universal democracy, respect and appreciation for one another, and the right for individuals to live based on the Bill of Rights and their evolution — not restriction. I believe he knew abject failure was the course America was headed for — if his song was not embraced and each one of us from an awakened soul would not compose our own song from our own awakened, empowered souls and minds. The government could not do that for us, but he saw government as the entity that could set up conditions where we would not be restricted. We have to be able to think and feel with Heart-energy if we don’t want to be devoured by Ego-propelled zombies.
If Walt Whitman were here today, I think the new song he would write might be one of those expanded songs of those who sang through their lives for equality and freedom of human spirit. Have we forgotten the likes of those such as Susan Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther and Coretta King, Ghandi, Mandela — too many to name here? Today, WW’s fear of not being able to think, create, and compose new songs that include everyone in equality and freedom has been materializing. We still have opportunity, but not in angry, prejudiced, narrow-minded rhetoric.
Dr. King’s quote strikes home more deeply now than ever: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/376797-returning-hate-for-hate-multiplies-hate-adding-deeper-darkness-to).
And allow me to end with that today, because I will take the side of those who have not been infected by the zombies. I will, with those like Dr. King and Ghandi, choose intelligent, Heart-driven paths of love. I would like to share the mindset with Malala Yousafzai, who says, “I don’t want revenge on the Taliban; I want education for son and daughters of the Taliban” https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/7064545.Malala_Yousafzai). That’s love driving out hate.
Yes, I know well the arguments of those like Trump and his supporters, and at some point and to some extent I embraced them. I know intimately that such rationalizations as they use for being hard-asses are stupid, narrow, restrictive, destructive, and lead to suspicion, fear, and hatred.
I won’t have it, and as I continue to discover with my Heart-energy, I will share from my truth and expose darkness as well as encourage in light. Harsh realities of the news on any given day are only a fraction of the injustices in this world, even in one country. Things get sensationalized to promote political agendas. The zombies are on the move. Beware!
My function, what I wish to do, is to help All discover Self, give them tools, thoughts, suggestions — things their Heart can use to speak to their souls and minds.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!