Oh, Brothers and Sisters!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

There is a lot of pain on this planet. Radicals on all ends of the spectrum are attacking one another. And those of us caught in the crossfire watch flabbergasted, helpless. But we are not helpless. We may feel fragile at the moment, but we are not helpless.

Oh, it’s a cruel collective when people are no longer safe in sacred houses of worship. It’s downright cruel, appalling, heartbreaking, tragic. When holy sites are no longer havens or places of refuge, what of the world?

Instead of coming together as human beings and finding ways to protect ourselves from natural disasters and disease, we attack and kill each other, create wars, we divide ourselves into belief systems, we draw borders, we tell each other lies about who among us is superior.

Oh, brothers and sisters. We must stop taking sides. We must stop feeling threatened by the other. This is the game of our collective ego, prodding us to hate, to attack, to condemn, to ostracize, to take revenge, to go to war so the best can win. There is no best religion, best skin color, best race, best gender. Yet we are falling for it, believing this lie of us vs. them. And lives are at risk. And we are perpetuating that danger when we use labels, pointing fingers to show where the hate is coming from and seeing the violence coming from “them”, trying to prove that the threat is coming from “others.”

There are no others, oh sisters and brothers. We have been taught to fear immigrants, refugees, those who call God by another name, those who don’t adhere to any belief system. We have been taught to believe that women are inferior, gays are unnatural, and that social and financial divides are the way of the world. And these doctrines may seem normal since we grew up with them, but they are manifesting as hatred, poisoning our collective unconsciousness, tainting the heart of our existence, shredding our unified thread into pieces so that all we see are sects and enemies. So we have no right to act surprised when violence occurs when we refuse to remember that there is only one race: the human race. We have no right to act surprised when we believe that the darkness is elsewhere, and not lurking within us, in our nations, our communities, our societies, our thought matrices. It’s always the other’s fault, right? We have created this mess by believing we are entitled, by believing there are enemies outside of us, by believing that LOVE is wrong.

Oh, brothers and sisters, LOVE is never wrong. Neither is it right. Because LOVE merely is. And when we bask in it, we will no longer see a you or a me. No right wing, left wing, conservative, liberal, local, expat, man, woman, gay, straight. Only a human being. A divine spark that is made of love, that longs to love, to be loved. Let us not forget this.

Let us neither retaliate nor take sides. Each attack of violence is an attack on each and every one of us. It is a human issue, not an issue of one label against another. We are not separate. So, here’s to holding hands as we navigate unknown terrain. Here’s to holding each other so strongly that borders dissolve, and we travel freely like clouds, roaming from one place to another, welcome wherever we go, showering blessings on Earth.

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