Over the past few months, I’ve been spending a lot of time contemplating everything that’s going on in our world today. From the pandemic to racial injustice and everything in between. It’s a lot to take in and process.
I’ve read a lot, I’ve meditated, I’ve listened to what others have to say. And one thing I know for sure is that more and more people are waking up to our current conditions (myself included). I’m seeing things in ways I never saw before. My perspectives are shifting.
Things to which I never paid much attention, I’m now taking an interest in. I’m realizing how critical it is for us to implement massive change in our world. Change for the better. If we continue down the current path, we’re likely to drive humanity into extinction. In fact, science has already predicted this.
When the pandemic first came about, I was asking “Why is this happening?” That’s not a very good question to ask. It keeps us in a state of victimhood, feeling like it’s happening TO us and there’s nothing we can do about it.
Then I started asking, “What can we learn from this?” “What opportunity is seeking to emerge from this situation?” And that’s when the doors of information and insight opened up. Personally, I have learned so much, and I’ve begun to care about issues I never paid attention to before, like how we’re treating ourselves, each other, all living beings, and our environment.
This pandemic didn’t just happen. We laid the groundwork for it to become as big an issue as it’s become. (And there’s a lot of controversy as to whether it’s truly as scary as we’ve been led to believe.)
Systemic racism didn’t just reappear. It’s been there all along, only hidden or denied. Now it’s in clear view. We talk of 2020 being the year of clear sight, and perhaps that’s exactly what it is. The veil is being lifted on the imbalances and diseases of humanity.
Now, it’s up to us to do something about it. And I hope we make the right choices.
None of these issues are isolated. Just like different conditions and imbalances in the body, they are all linked. They are all connected.
The connection? Broken, outdated systems. Our systems are dysfunctional, and things must be fixed at the root. It’s not about masking a symptom or putting a bandaid on it. It will require much needed change to heal the root issues.
When I speak of our systems being broken, I’m talking about many of our systems that are dominant in our world, especially in the US: financial/economic system, healthcare systems, pharmaceutical system, food systems, manufacturing & commerce , justice system, law enforcement, political/government. (see book recommendations below on these topics)
While there are companies within these systems doing great things in the way of giving back, creating eco-friendly products, supplying clean, organic food, making natural safe healthcare products, etc., the majority is making decisions based more on financial gain rather than the good of the people. This is a huge problem.
And until this changes, our environment will continue to be pillaged and destroyed, our natural resources will be used up, people’s health will continue to decline due to cheap fake food full of sugar, GMO’s, and pesticides, people will take drugs they have to be on for the rest of their lives that oftentimes hurt the body more than help, vaccines will continue to be brought to market without proper testing and loaded with toxic heavy metals, and the list goes on.
And of course, true equality must exist in all of these systems as well: racial equality, gender equality, sexual orientation equality, etc. I saw a sign recently that said “No one is free until we’re all free.”
The beautiful thing is that change is possible, and we can reverse the damage that has been done. The challenge is that it’s going to be the responsibility of the people to demand change. We must ask ourselves, what are we willing to accept as normal and okay and what will we not tolerate?
Finally, I want to share some articles and books both specific to the pandemic and about the general state of our world that is not being shared in mainstream media. If you watch the news as your main source of information, then I encourage you to engage some other sources for a different perspective.
The news thrives on doom and gloom worst case scenarios. They highlight the most horrific things going on in our world, and they highlight and perhaps exaggerate the scariest perspectives about the virus. It’s all fear-based.
Please know, I’m not minimizing the impact of the virus or the need to take safety precautions especially in the high risk population. Nor am I minimizing the impact that it's had on you personally. Whether you had the virus, you lost a loved one, or it's impacted you in other ways; we've all been affected and it's been a rollercoaster of emotions for many.
What I am saying is that it may be helpful to obtain information from different sources and apply some healthy skepticism to all of it. Determine for yourself what feels true, unbiased, and in service to the public.
I don’t know anyone who watches the news and feels joyful, happy, and blissful from watching it. If you’re honest with yourself, and tune into how the news makes you feel, you’re probably feeling scared, worried, anxious, angry, judgmental, and full of fear. See below for some alternative resources you can check out.
Books I've Been Enjoying:
Articles, Essays, and Other Media:
I do believe good things are coming. Oftentimes, we must go through the darkness to see the light. People are awakening. The vision of a new and better world is being born. If we all begin to elevate our state, shift our consciousness, and raise our vibration, we can create amazing change and build a society rooted in love and abundance.
I know this is outside the scope of what I traditionally write about but it’s deeply linked to people’s health and wellbeing, and it’s been on my heart for so long to share my truth. I understand that some people may have different views and opinions. That’s okay.
But if you read this and feel uncomfortable or defensive, then I would challenge you to check out the resources above and be open to new perspectives. And I encourage us all to treat others with respect and compassion even when our viewpoints differ.
Sending you much love and light.