I don’t believe that “sinners” go to hell in the afterlife. I believe they are already in it- living and breathing a version of hell. How do they heal? How do we we heal?
The Wound of the World:
They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I believe that it's true to a certain extent. Every single person, for better or for worse, is doing their best. This might be a little tough to stomach, but this idea is just as true for a humanitarian offering education to children in third world countries, as it is for a person committing a serious crime out in the world. The difference is in the motivation. One person is trying to expand the consciousness of the world while the other is trying to shrink it.
Why would a person cause so much harm and chaos in the world? The truth is that happy people don’t hurt others, it’s hurt people that hurt others. I believe that the people who hurt others are trapped in an unconscious loop. Someone disempowered them at a time when they were naive and innocent, and they in turn do the same to another, as an attempt to create a somewhat leveled playing field.
However, taking power from others is like consuming empty calories. We will likely never feel satisfied using this method. Taken power is always at risk of being taken away.
Humans are social creatures. We strive for love and belonging. It’s hard to feel belonging when we have painful secrets that tear us apart from the thread of humanity. When one person hurts another, it’s quite shameful for the victim. The victim might start down a negative spiral: “Why couldn’t I stop this? Why was I so weak? I’m pathetic! I’m worthless! This is why I was punished.” Then, this victim might look for another similarly "weak" human, and punish that persons vulnerabilities.
Shame can block a victim from healing. And, this lack of healing leads to a further broken world. Victims create more victims. However, this is not to say that all victims create pain and chaos in the world. Many actually go on to make the world a brighter, and safer place.
I think the real trouble begins when the oppressors become conscious of their mistakes. It's like they were previously detached from reality, and now they've come back. Conscious or not, people still need to be held accountable for their actions. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about that. But, how to we help them heal? Victims hurt victims, and they are all victims.
Prisons are supposed to be correctional facilities, but what do they actually correct? These places are dark and further devoid of human love. Instead of bringing the darkness to the light, we shove the darkness into more darkness. And, it magnifies.
I don’t know how to fix the entire system, and I’m not going to pretend that I know all the answers. My goal for this post is to offer some wisdom, and fill in the gaps of things that might not make sense. And, the good news is that there is some light here. The solution that I'm offering: you can "fix," or heal yourself!
We gain true power by giving to the world... by empowering ourselves, and the world around us. Read on for some interesting ideas on moving forward.
Healing the Wound:
Affirmation: As I raise my vibration, I raise the vibration of the world!
I’ve been guilty of coming home after a disempowering day at work and snapping at my family. They’ve done it to me as well. At one point or another, we've probably all used our pain as a weapon against both strangers, and our loved ones alike.
However, we can break this cycle by beginging to understand our own emotions:
- What am I feeling?
- Why am I feeling this way?
- What can I do to elevate my emotional vibration?
- What do I need to heal?
- Who can I reach out to for support?
We need to take charge of our emotional state, and own it. Yes, emotions are uncomfortable. But, they are messengers that exist to alert us to something that needs attention. Our emotions aren’t bad, it’s what we do with them that create the great problems of our world.
Take care of emotions as they emerge. This way, we don’t have to wait for a big blow up to reassemble our entire lives. Ignore a "fix engine" light for long enough, and a car is likely to have serious problems down the line.
Hate is contagious, and so is love. Every decision that we make is guided by love or hate, growth or expansion. My hope is that we begin to consciously and collectively choose love. Treat others with love and respect, and the world will start to become a brighter place.
Love Warrior Mini-Challenge: Victims are wounded, and love warriors have transcended the wound! So, I invite you to transcend with me! What's one loving thing you can do right now?
Amor y Canela,