Chris Renzo, Contributing Writer
There is a life waiting for all of us. A new life. A life not dictated by our fears and anxieties, but instead a life created by our love for life and all of its creations.
The only thing that is stopping us from creating harmony is fear. Fear is a global cultural norm. It is systemic throughout humanity. For example, we fear that if we cannot pay our bills that we will be cast onto the streets. We also fear nature and so we fortify our environments and destroy mass ecosystems in the name of profit. It is scientific fact that we are in the midst of the greatest mass extinction in 65 million years [Source]. We are over consuming the earths resources to keep “business as usual” and to “pay our bills.” So “normal” is this fear that we do not care to question its dominance over our lives and how it dictates economic and social activity.
And what about our social fears? Sometimes we are so afraid to speak what we feel to our friends, our partners, and our families, that we suppress what we feel in order to keep the status quo. We often keep ourselves quiet when there is such a vast array of emotional intelligence within us that should be shared. We fear we will hurt or loose the relationships which we cherish so we stay silent. We are afraid to be alone, but what we fail to see is that isolation and aloneness are only creations of the mind. Our disconnection from life, from nature, and from spirit, is directly tied to the dominant cultural paradigm of fear based actions [or inaction].
Adherence to cultural norms based in fear diminishes our sensitivity to life. We see that it is only adaptable to suppress our sensitivity. It is only normal we say. We must secure our livelihood, we must protect ourselves, and keep the economy “growing.” But can we not see that our fear driven culture is consuming not only the physical world at a rate that is not sustainable, but it is consuming our minds and diminishing our ability to be love, to be light, and to be connected to spirit.
This is as far as I will take it. This entry is not intended to be a negative one. It was written to shed awareness. And only when we are aware can we make changes. Despite the statements above everyone whom I meet and spend time with I have an inherent love for. The reason why is because I see love within them. We are all family in this life. And it is this life of dualistic proportions that gives us the opportunity to even know what a “more harmonious life” would be. It is this current society that allows us to see how we can grow.
Awareness of how fear influences our lives both at the individual level and the social level [for they are both one] brings us closer to the awakening that this world is crying out for [as well as our hearts… again, they are both one of the same]. It take courage to see the truth, but in your courage to see things as they are your reward is compassion and a sensitivity to life that will open your heart to the love that is all around you. Be not focused then in the mind that dwells in fear, but instead take shelter in the faith that the connection to the spirit is real.
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