A Spiritual Approach to Deprogramming Racism

Flickr-racism-jamieskinner00Ida Lawrence, Contributor
Waking Times

Someone asked a question on a Facebook page as to the spiritual response to race issues: when you see people as spirit, with the body being the carrier of the spirit, you take note of the energy of the person and not their skin pigmentation or culture. This is true and it is the practice of many people.

Yet we find ourselves within a racially divided tinderbox – races at odds – and we don’t know where to position ourselves. We can step aside and observe… and we can also take the opportunity to observe our own conditioning. What do we feel? What’s going on inside of us? That may answer the question of whether humanity can eventually rise above race issues.

Considering the history of this country, a black person would have to have accomplished quite a bit of individuation to go to a white person to learn about spirituality. Sounds kind of silly when you look at it, doesn’t it? We have our own work to do: to look within and work on ourselves, cultivating compassion, perception and light.

People tend to go to teachers that arise within their own human family, and there are some very great compassionate hearts that have taken on the burden of carrying the light within the black human family. So no worries. The light goes to all, in the form of one of their own, if they so need.

Today I’d like to urge that we shine the light into one of the darkest places in the collective human mind. I can take you there with two words: Trayvon Martin.

This article is going to be lengthy, and it has to be that way because there is much to say. I’ve covered it more deeply in my book, The Warrior’s Way to Heaven on Earth, which looks into the relationships and shadows of groups of people… our human families and the evolution of the group soul. But for now, we’ll walk through it as much as possible in this brief space.

When we talk about human families and their relationships, we see exploitation and conflict everywhere. Say the word racism, and we feel like we’ve entered a room in hell full of centipedes and spiders and slimy creatures. There are people in there too, with sword in hand, unable to begin to clear the space. Racism, prejudice, and the hate these sentiments and opinions engender is a global reality… and a toxic poison for the human spirit. In the US, racism is woven into the system, and we cannot claim to be blind to it… it is blatant, especially in the creation and application of laws.

We want to believe that the justice system wears a blindfold and it doesn’t see color. We want to believe that we don’t see color. We want to live in a world where nobody sees skin pigmentation as having relevance. That world is possible for individuals who have groomed themselves to see divine spirit, higher self, all is energy. For those who have looked into the dark rooms, brought their shadows into light, and overcome their conditioning, the human being becomes the human being’s energy or information. So a renewed world of oneness is envisioned, is forming, and is to be our world one day.

But in this current world we have what we have: separation, us and them, negative experiences of human families over centuries, groups relating to and acting upon other groups based on conditioning or programming. In order to understand the problems that we call political, social or cultural, we might want to add spiritual to the mix. Can we do some spiritual work here, and look inside the other group, attempting to see what others might be experiencing, and to see ourselves through their eyes?

Empathy is very good, but it can be misplaced if we don’t understand what we’re empathizing with. Awareness of ‘what is’, is always good. Without awareness, inaccurate conclusions can be reached and emotional reactions can be based on the misperception of something being hostile when in fact it is not. Empathy, awareness, and familiarity serve to dissolve the opinions that are part of our conditioning; fed and nurtured by the programming of the ‘divide and conquer’ fear generating system that we live under.

In a movie I watched last night I heard this line: “To know thyself is only possible through the eye of the other.” To that statement, I’d say… yes and no. To know thyself in the ‘true self’ exploration as an individual, does not require the eye of the other. But to know thyself when in relationship with the other, you must be able to see yourself through the eyes of the other.

Not seeing color is a privilege that white people hold. I have never heard a black person, or any other person of color say that they don’t see color. When you’ve been under assault in one form or another for a long, long time, colorblindness is not an option. Are there some misperceptions that go along with seeing from the ‘under assault’ position? Yes, of course there are.

My son has a neighborhood friend whose parents illegally entered the US from Mexico. The young man was born here, went to school, and recently graduated from high school. Within the last year his father has been deported back to Mexico, leaving the family in dire straits, having to rent rooms to survive. The young friend came to our house the other day with a letter from the US Selective Service. It was about the military draft registration that every 18 year old is required to do upon graduating high school.

He hadn’t signed and sent his letter in, and now the second letter arrived. It mentioned fines and jail time for failing to register. The young man was panicked… convinced that he was personally being targeted and that he was going to have to go to jail. My son told him that it wasn’t personal and he wasn’t being singled out and targeted… just sign it and send it in. The young man was delighted, and so relieved. Problem solved… but you can see how experience colors perception.

A few months ago a satirical video went viral. It was about the new president of the National Rifle Association making statements that he looked forward to the time when, “we can own black people again.” I read the comments and realized it was satire. Well, as it turns out an awful lot of black people believed that it was true. It was re-posted and commented upon as real news. Once again… experience colors perception.

Let’s look at some more, only this time it’ll be conditioning and programming that colors perception. A week or so ago I listened to a friend being interviewed by a radio host from New Zealand who kept bringing up the Trayvon Martin ‘race riots’ in America. As we know, at this point there

He then diminished black people by saying they should wise up and be concerned about eugenics programs targeting blacks. Does he think there is no concern about that? This is an unaware man, conditioned and programmed, believing that his perception of events is the right one… he knows ‘what is’. I could come up with many more conditioned and programmed reactions that I’ve heard or read, but there is no need. You can imagine.

Let’s look at one more perception, that of David Banner, actor and rap musician:  “Our people have been activated, and I don’t just mean black people, I mean poor people. It’s way bigger than black and white. It is about black and white because it affects black people… yeah, we die. But the real game is poor and rich. They pit us against each other and keep us distracted while they get the money.”

Is that entirely accurate, or somewhat accurate? I would say somewhat accurate. The ‘pitting us against each other’ strategy works so well because it skillfully uses past experience, conditioning and programming, fear, and guilty knowledge. Yes, it’s bigger than black and white, but no, it’s not bigger than deeds that are ‘in the record’ of our lives.

I am a white mother of two black sons. The older son has a light complexion and the younger is dark.  My older son has never been pulled over by the police. The younger one was pulled over seven times in two months, never ticketed, nothing was ever found on him… he was profiled as criminal, plain and simple. He was even forcibly pulled from the car through the window during one stop, when he was too slow in getting out. He knows how to submit to police and sit quietly for 45 minutes while they try to find some reason to take him in. He does this to save his life.

I know that the response from the black community to the Trayvon Martin killing is not about one young man. Many thousands of young black men have been killed for fitting the profile of criminality, or simply because of hatred and overzealous, programming-driven policing. What the response to Trayvon Martin comes from, is the long, painful experience of parents not knowing if their sons are going to make it home from the store. Is this a case of the media trying to trump up a race war? That’s another yes and no answer. They’ve tried to trump it up (and obviously failed in getting the riots they wanted), but the pain is not trumped up.

Fitting the profile is not exclusive to black people either. There are areas of the country where our young Mexican friend would fit the profile, and other areas where Arabs would fit the profile, or Native Americans. It all depends upon who the boogie man is. The boogie man is the shadow, and the shadow is our fear of retaliation for our own collective wrongdoing – guilty knowledge.

Deep within we must know. In order to hide that awareness from ourselves we build up a mountain of justifications: Trayvon Martin was a thug (he was an ordinary teen); the media are trying to stir this up (yes they are); Zimmerman was afraid for his life (for real? I wonder why he was in that position); what he did was within the law (a savage law that is applied unequally): and more and more and more. The ego, when challenged, becomes even more forceful in its justifications and assertions of rightness and defense of self.

What do I hear from black people? I hear from quite a few who are ready to leave the US and go to a place where the majority population is black. They’re skilled, experienced and ready to build elsewhere as this country will never correct itself… such is their belief. I hear from others who are hurt and angry, and want to see political changes here. Conclusions: The US government cannot re-examine its soul, but individuals can. I am pleased to see the numbers of white people, especially the young, participating in the Trayvon marches as it speaks well for them.

Political efforts cannot solve this. While the financial and political realms may rule our lives, the spiritual rules our response to our lives. We can respond with empathy, awareness, and willingness to see through another’s eyes.

I don’t recommend joining in the emotional wave, but I do recommend being aware of the poisoning of the spirit and the drip drip of opinions that are fed to us, telling us how to think and what to be angry about. I’d say just try one creative tactic: in your imagination, change the race of the participants in every one of the situations that come up, and be completely honest with yourself about the imagined outcome. Skip the ego’s opinion and go with the light of the compassionate heart.

About the Author

Ida Lawrence is an author, blogger, copywriter and editor based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has contributed to and edited two books on racial justice and human rights, and numerous articles on human rights, self-empowerment and related subjects. Her latest book is entitled The Warrior’s Way to Heaven on Earth. Ida has also published a companion book of blog favorites from http://talk2momz.com/.

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  1. reaper says:

    This goes deep into the soul for it is true in all ways. The unfortunate spect of this is that spiritual growth has been hindered, not by accident but on purpose—-and it is only those who choose the path of enlightenment/awareness/spiritual rebirth who are able to see thru the veil of darkness eneveloping us….Ironically, what has been written here, is that which we all, already know but have forgotten—–hopefully this reminder will awaken those who are sleeping

  2. Larry Peterson says:

    Word press said that I was posting too fast,and asked me to slow down. This is as slow as I get- besides what does that have to do with the topic? The Quick post that I had written will now be in short form.
    What I said was that we have to look at Racism as a cultural matter-and leave ambiguous terms such as “spirits” and “Heaven” out of it. Certain facts known to Police Officers were kept private-the case was media driven. How do your spirits explain Zimmerman’s injuries? Why wasn’t it brought up? When Martin was slamming Zimmerman’s head into a concrete sidewalk-Zimmerman shot him. He was found not guilty by reason of self defense-not racially based. Learn the facts before we go to solve a problem that wasn’t there. The Jury who didn’t even have all the facts, saw that it was a case of self-defense. I’m not denying that Racial problems exist, but it requires that both cultures change-and so far-Heaven hasn’t helped. Slow enough?

  3. Chad says:

    This is a purely emotional article with no grounding in rational thinking nor reality. It is a mere manifestation of the authors ignorance and the place it finds her in. Unfortunately, it would require an article 10x the length to debunk the irrationality of the article. But I would like to leave a brief note: usually when you attach “-ism” to a word you are relating an idealogy (socialism, fascism, fundamentalism, etc), and when you attach “-ist” to a word, you are relating a profession of some type (biologist, communist, artist, etc).
    But in the last few decades, we invented “sexist” and “racist” which are words completely founded in ignorance and thought-corruption, designed to modify the human thought process so that reality-based distinctions between sexes and races are “evil” and you are labeled as an “evil” in society if you notice such differences, and you are attacked and outcast with those words. Properly, a sexist would be someone that studies sex, and a racist would be someone that studies races; and sexism would be a study or belief in sex, and racism would be a study or belief in races. I hope people see how their thought processes are being undermined and disassociated from reality/truth by social engineers.
    Of course, there is a reason for this as a smooth transition must occur as the economic slave class of society is replaced in Western countries by 2nd & 3rd world people in order to maintain economic growth as industry is shifted to a global foundation and white people in Western nations are left unable to find proper family+children conditions (socially and economically). It should be known that white people are actually the minority in the world, despite every other race other than white people being called “minority” in the media. Words can undermine reality-based thinking <- keep this in mind when you read/hear if you care to know the truth of reality.

    • Anonymous says:

      Your response is absolutely correct. However there is a very real
      issue of anti-white racism in America. All minorities are allowed
      to express pride in their race. When a white person expresses pride
      in their race the media goes into hyper-drive to denounce any form
      of white pride as racism. Time magazine in their “racism” issue put
      a blue eyed blond infant on the cover with the implication that
      white people are born as racist. The article went so far as to ask
      “why would anyone take pride in a white baby”? White privilege
      doesn’t exist. Everything whites have was achieved through generations and centuries of hard work. What they have was “earned”
      through creativity, sweat and discipline not privilege!

      • Pavlov'sBitch says:

        Same as here in Y-UK – they’re so belligerent without just cause. But don’t kid yourself that whites are ‘more hard working’ and thus more ‘honourable’ than blacks. They were and are slaves.

  4. Chad says:

    I have lived in 10 US states in the last half-century, from ghettos to farms/ranches to upper middle class suburbs, east-coast to west-coast, and I have never seen anyone consider doing something negative to another person because of their race, though people sometimes will properly generalize or abstract due to a persons race before knowing more about a person because that is the normal functioning of a mind – generating associations/categorizing precendent to further knowledge/understanding, eg, using what we know as a foundation of further understanding. People that think judge others ultimately on character, and those don’t can’t be helped.
    All of these human judgments occur in a plethora of circumstances within interactions in human populations. Is the person poor? Then I think this … Is the person upper-middle-class? Then I think this … Was the person born in the USA? Then I think this … Is the person my neighbor, stranger, ugly, attractive? Then I think this … But I never knew of anyone that thought “This person is this race, so I am going to do evil to this person without knowing anything more about them”. That doesn’t exist on any practical level in the USA. Being negative to others based on initial physical characteristics happens far far far more often based on thin/fat, rich/poor, attractive/ugly, etc (relatively common, and even promoted in media – go figure).

  5. Chad says:

    “I am a white mother of 2 black sons” … ?
    “The older son has a light complexion and the younger is dark” … ?
    These things are not possible. A white mother cannot have a black son, and F1 generations are split 50/50 in genetic expressions, only F2 and later generations have such variations. The truth is that the sons must be MOSTLY white, eg, a white woman married to a mixed white-black man.
    If we can be honest, it is the non-white that have the racial bias in US society; it is the Mexicans that promote Aztlan, the Blacks that vote 90+% for a president based solely on race – if a white person ever had these expressions, society would come down on them like a ton of bricks.

  6. jaleel shakir says:

    The enemy of man created race to divide the people, color consciousness and false mentality and all other perversions to keep us apart from each other. We are human beings first before anything else comes into the picture, spiritual beings with a body.

  7. Pavlov'sBitch says:

    Political efforts CREATED all ISMS and who runs the banking and political warfare machine? Yes. Quite. The same psychopathic cult which created enslavement: those ‘chosen ones’ of the ‘jealous god’ who pass for ‘white’ and are not. The Zimmermans of this whirled perspective.

    The same cabal creates such ‘snews’ HEAD-Lines. After the debacle of Sandy Hook, it is somewhat baffling that contributors on this and other ‘awareness’ blogs have somehow managed to miss the obvious that it’s all a Hollywood production with murderous political objectives. This should have been clear from the ‘Thunderbirds are GO’! footage on 9/11.

    We who are white and were campaigners for ‘anti-racism’ (before we grew up) have always seen how ludicrous ‘racism’ is. We are in no need of further persuasion. We’re also pretty fed up of being mugged, dissed and abused by pignorant blacks who, in my experience are far more ‘racist’ than any programmed white I’ve met. But then, I wouldn’t mix with racist whites. Whilst through my own programming of ‘black is beautiful’ memes, I’ve mixed with many blacks.

    Over here in Y-UK, the expletive Stephen Lawrence fiasco was used to PC the police force and create divisions where perhaps none had existed, even with the annual dose of ‘Black History Month’ disinformation. David Banner has spoken the obvious truth. As for blacks wanting to ‘get back to their roots’ or to be exclusively around blacks; fine – Africa’s a big place but they’ll not find escape/relief from the virus of the chosen few. Heaven knows they’ve been prattling on about it for decades but look at Liberia! If whites and blacks knew their true history under enslavement there would be no division. Then, watch out for some real action!

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