Recently, there has been so much news about racism in the U.S. and their unfair treatment at the hands of the police. The videos cannot be argued with. If you are a black male in the U.S. you are at risk, period. It doesn't matter the level of your education or the level of your income. It doesn't matter if you are an upstanding citizen. At some point, if you are black in America, you will be treated differently. That is sad. That is a burden that is hard to carry.
I am sure to a smaller degree, it happens in Canada too. Our cultural blanket includes so many different nationalities that it is sure to rub against someone, someplace or other, subtle and not so subtle.
And at the core of it, I believe, is that we forget to treat others with respect from a place of non-judgment and no conclusions.
The aborginal community suffers from this, the Muslim community, the Hindu community, Asians... and the list is endless and includes any suspicious male including white, if they are in an area that is judged or concluded to be suspicious for whatever the reason is given or not.
Recently on Facebook there was a photo shared of a white man waiting in a car in our neigborhood, in the parking lot of an outdoor pool. He had been seen there multiple times. Some concerned citizen took a photo and posted it. I saw the photo and comment that perhaps he was waiting for his child who was in the pool? What if someone simply went over and said hello, I have noticed you waiting and because of my fear I was wondering what you are doing?
I did not share the photo.
When did we begin to jump to conclusions so quickly-oh yes the media's reports on our perceived unsafe world and we decide that is true without checking in with ourselves and our awarenesses to see if it is true for us in our lives. Yes-stuff happens but it isn't as widespread as the media would have us believe. There is more goodness on our planet than anything else.
What if we began to celebrate the goodness? What if we acknowledged a job well done to those that serve us, to a dad being particularly playful or patient with their child? What if we acknowledged the contributions that our husband is to our life? What if we acknowledged the magnficence of our own boys and their friends?
What if we acknowledged to the police that yes there jobs are difficult and we thank you for what you do and what if the police stepped back out of the fear and noticed the human being standing in front of them? What if we helped them to remember?
I have many questions and few, if any, answers. I do know that there is a better way. We can help cultivate a peaceful and loving world by offering that in our immediate lives. How much easier does it get than that?
We can become more peaceful in our lives and create more peace on the planet. Simple-yes. Easy? Not always but it is so worth the journey.
Men are wonderful beings struggling along with the rest of us to do their best. That shouldn't be anymore of a burden than it already is.
Today the world heard that Robin Williams had released himself from planet earth. He has left behind a legacy of of laughter and poignant moments. He was a comic genius, period and a multifaceted actor that captured our hearts.
Today, many grieve the loss. We remember our favourite movies, our favourite pieces of stand up and of course "the alien" who mirrored our quirky humanity. He made us laugh at ourselves.
I asked The Group about him.
Q. What was so special about him?
A. You said it yourself-he made you laugh at yourself. He made you laugh at the absurdity of life on planet earth and in the comedy he teased you into questioning life.
Q. How is it that he was so burdened with his talent?
A. When someone leaps into his own beingness so fully, on your planet and then judges himself for what he sees and questions his observations that are so intuitive and not edited, they can feel like a ship adrift on the ocean with no shore in sight.
So many looked up to him because they saw a piece of themselves reflected, a sea of possibilities not taken, the courage to be so engaged in a very public way that so many of you are afraid to do. You recognized the genius, the soul that was shining through and many of you neglected to see the burden that was for him and many like him.
It will not be so hard for the new ones who are entering in now and they will be more balanced in their beingness and more sure of themselves. So many are willing to be more because of Robin Williams and those in all fields that step outside of any boxes that society is ready to put you in. They will not be put in those boxes. They will choose something else, something bigger and more expansive and more allowing.
That is the gift that Robin Williams left on your planet. His energy created possibilities that had never existed before. His generosity and open heartedness created more even when he himself was looking for more, he was willing to be who he was, as much as he was able in any given moment and that is a indefinable quantity. It cannot be measured by you.
There is much celebration as he returned into the soup that is Source. He is soothed and he is laughing at the grand absurdity of it all. Do not grieve for him but celebrate his contribution by being as much as a contribution as you can be to the planet. Make people laugh when you can, kick those walls down that surround you, step out of your comfort zones and just be you. He pathed the way for that to be easier for you, truly he did. That was his contribution.
The other aspects are as important. He made you laugh and soothed your wounded spirit when you could find no other way. He took you out of yourselves for moments at a time and landed you in yourself in a way that few can.
We encourage you to watch his genius at work and consciously acknowledge the gift-notice the raising of your vibration as you chuckle, laugh, sigh your way into a more allowing space for yourself.
He will know when you do, as we do and we will all celebrate those moments. We will all encourage you into more of you-full heartedly, unashamed of yourself, judging nothing of yourself and accepting all of you-every bit of you. There are no pitfalls when you learn to accept all of you-shadows included-with love.
All of you on planet earth are undergoing a massive shift and his leave taking is part of that. Ask yourself; What can I be now-in this moment to be the contribution of all of me?
Then listen for the whisper that inspires you into more joy of you.
There is no shame in playing at being human-we revere you-adore you and love you-each and everyone, no matter how you chose to exit your reality, no matter what you do or who you be. You get to choose over and over again. The invitation is always there to choose more joy-more of you in joy-always.
Robin encouraged joy on your planet in those he touched. We encourage you to relish his contribution and add to it in your own unique way.
Linda lives in White Rock, B.C. and is the owner of Go For The Joy. Linda helps people internationally to remember that there is a different perspective available that will create more ease and joy in your life.