There’s a deafening noise in the world today. There’s a blinding clutter of lights and signs telling you who to be, what you need, and where to go. It’s impossible to avoid. Most of us trudge forward, carrying our weight until we lose track of who we are and what we’d set out to do. It’s too distracting and at times it feels plain dangerous.
If we set ourselves to find balance, our battle is already lost. Intention alone can’t win. It’s time to go to the extreme.
I know. I said “extreme” and I even meant it as a one-way road. Coming from me that’s a little scary. It could be a recipe for disaster, but I honestly think it’s the only path to take.
The Law of Attraction is appealing because it teaches us that we are cocreators of our lives. Most of us take that to mean that we can control our destiny. If you think Christianity instills a sense of guilt in its followers, try focusing on things you want to bring into your life for four or five years and see what happens. When you don’t get what you want you start thinking there’s something wrong with you. You might even blame your karma for your failure. After all the hours spent in meditation, after all that positive-thinking you’ve done, how could you fail at wishing your destiny into reality? Pair that with one of today’s favorite teachings—there’s absolutely nothing wrong with ourselves and we must meet our needs before others’—and we end up with a generation that is confused and self-entitled. I’m not saying that meditation doesn’t serve a purpose or that the Law of Attraction isn’t real. All I’m saying is that these concepts might work for a few people—culture and circumstance plays a role as well—but it isn’t a cookie-mold for all. Let’s face it, most of us don’t know what the hell we’re doing half the time. If we aren’t honest with ourselves to the point where we recognize our flaws and try to improve our weaknesses, we will slowly become self-absorbed fools living in a pink bubble of over-confidence and false spirituality. We wouldn’t last five minutes amidst real suffering and violence. Why? Because it’s a shallow sense of spirituality. It isn’t real. And I don’t claim to know all the answers, God knows I’m still thirsting for His peace. But I’ve been there. I’ve tried those practices and in the long run they didn’t work for me.
Hiding from the world won’t do us any good either. We need to put ourselves out there and meet the needs of others. Return hate with love. Return injustice with kindness. And when you feel overwhelmed tune all your senses into your source of faith. Turn off the phone, the TV, the radio, and tune into God. Don’t think about doing this halfway. There’s no such thing as balance if you’re to rise above the chaos. Go deep. Give it your all. If you’re too exhausted to use words, let your presence be your prayer. And trust me, if you’re overwhelmed and exhausted, this isn’t the time to figure out what belief system works for you. There are hundreds of names for the same God. Pick one and tune into Him. Do it for you and do it for all. Our planet needs healing.