“If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution.” ― Emma Goldman
You better believe I’m heading soon to my local women’s march. Although I intend to dance, rather than march my way along the route.
And rather than be against anyone or anything, I’m FOR unity, peace, love, joy for all.
I’m dancing for the oppressed AND the oppressor, for the bullied AND the bully.
Because here’s the thing. You can’t leave anyone out of the equation. Otherwise, you’re still going to have the same old equation
Lesson 20 in ACIM is simple. I am determined to see.
It asks me to step up my game. I’m asked to remember my intention a couple times every hour, to apply my desire to see to every situation. And I’m asked not to give in to resentment or opposition.
Opposition only perpetuates the old paradigm of winners and losers, of somebody being left out of the equation.
Remember the story I told a couple blogs ago about the Bangladeshi store clerk who decided to forgive the swastika-tattooed vigilante who shot him? What he discovered, when he became “determined to see” is that his shooter had come from broken parents, broken schools, a broken prison system. He grew up knowing that if his mom had been able to scrape together just 50 more bucks, she’d have aborted him. Is it any wonder he might have a slight bit of anger and resentment?
Someone also sent me an inspiring story about Sarah Silverman, the comedian, who instead of resisting and opposing a troll on twitter who called her a cunt, decided to befriend him. He opened up, confessed he’d been sexually abused and had tremendous back pain, and well, she helped him (through her massive twitter presence) find a support group, a doctor and the money to pay for it. As of last report, he’d started a GoFundMe campaign to help others.
Like Esther Hicks says, “What we see now is like old gum with all the juice chewed out of it.”
It is time for us to see and create a radically new vision, one where everyone wins, everyone gets a seat at the table. And for that I dance.
Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.