I am so tired of being manipulated! Trump is a master at it – he says something totally outrageous that sends us into a tizzy. Even after 4 years we still rise like fish to the bait! The fundraising organizations do it – let there be some headline and immediately different organizations are emailing me to send them money to help them stave off the dire effects.
I remember seeing the same thing when I was volunteering at non-profit organization – the CEO saw every headline not in terms of how it would actually affect our clients but rather in terms of how to use it to get more donations. Manipulation by fear. Bah Humbug.
I was listening to one of my early spiritual teachers the other day. He had said that the Universe is Benign. I’ve believed that. When I first heard it, wondrous magical things were happening to me and all around me. Of course it was benign! But when I heard it the other day, I felt a glitch in me. Do I still believe that?
It seems to me that Nature is not benign. Predator and prey. Eruption and erosion. It is not particularly antagonistic either. It just is. Isn’t that true of “The Universe”?
We as a species have not conducted ourselves in a way that we can expect a “kindly” response from our universe. Without getting into questions of “deserving”, if one erodes the ground under one’s feet, one will fall.
I remember a shamanic dream I had years ago in which I realized that it is more important that I honor the sacred than it is whether I live or die. Perhaps that implies that I should stop judging the Universe, stop yearning for it to be benign yet being afraid that it isn’t.