HOW TRAGEDY CALLS US TO BE REBORN
Days like today trigger such an all encompassing grief and ignite such holy fire within me. Right now, families are fleeing from countries destabilized BY THE UNITED STATES (i.e., the #warondrugs), seeking refuge and safety from the very conditions our nation has created, only to have their babies ripped from their arms and put in cages... just like our Jewish brothers and sisters were during the #holocaust, just like our African brothers and sister were during #slavery, and just like our Indigenous brothers and sisters were during the #trailoftears.
As Justice Advocate, Jesse Wente so aptly reminded me today, "Colonized states separate children from parents because it works. It destroys and traumatizes for generations. It's an attack on the future as well as the present." THIS is what we are witnessing unfold right now: not only the horrific injustice of families being ripped apart, but the systematic creation of a future enemy, who, when they act out, will "justify" our acts of injustice against the very populations we traumatized. After all where would the #PrisonIndustrialComplex get its BILLIONS without the traumatization, destabilization, and dehumanization of POC communities that collectively numb us to the injustice of #MassIncarceration?
But there is an even bigger story at play, beyond these particulars of form. On the energetic level, we are experiencing a symptomatic microcosm of a root-cause macrocosm of unhealed multigenerational trauma, spiraling out and through the collective, each of us taking on our respective archetypal roles as we are being called to dismantle the structures and beliefs and enable these energetic cycles of harm to continue. I can't tell you what role in this divine play is in your highest alignment, but I do know what mine is: to heal both the colonizer and the colonized in me. Holding space for the unfathomable traumas I've experienced as the oppressed in countless lifetimes AND owning the unfathomable traumas I've committed as an oppressor in countless lifetimes. And in this lifetime? I'm making things right
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