United vs Divided: See the spark of understanding
As of this writing, I don’t know who will be president, but it is evident from watching the voting that in our beautiful country of America, we are pretty equally divided between Republicans and Democrats.
United we stand, divided we fall, sorrowfully comes to mind. Is that OK with you? No matter who wins, the condemnation and division will make us miserable until we decide or at least try to understand it. Understanding brings acceptance — or visa versa perhaps.
We need to interview each other, meet up online and reach out to learn what we have in common. We are the same in so many ways. We live, eat, breathe and we die. We are in the same boat on the same planet. That should be enough to get us to the table of toleration. What do we love? That is the question.
Besides those basics there is another profound sameness. Mystics and saints tell us of the spark that is at the center of everyone who is here, has come or is yet to come. This innocent spark at your center is truth that cannot be extinguished. It carries you throughout your life, a north star, the guide to constant peace within. It cannot die, and you take it with you when your leave this earthly plane.
Cherish and engage this spark, it is your touchstone, your spirit identity, the driving force that guides you to truth and the knowledge of what and who you are. It is the life force living within and without in everyone. It is a guide for any circumstance that comes, if consulted. You will know what to do, where to go and what to say and to whom. There will be no doubts in your holy mind because peace has entered the rock on which you stand as you go forth with the guidance given.
Guilt is nowhere to be found in your holy mind. You have nothing that you lack and nothing can endanger or put out this life spark, no circumstance is too difficult to understand and no amount of hate can extinguish its holy light.
The spark is in Trump, Biden, Republicans, Democrats, Independents — in everyone. It is in those who protest Black Lives Matter and those who don’t. It is in the shooter who kills and he who is shot. The only difference: refusing to acknowledge the spark in us is also in the other.
We judge “them” as immoral, criticize and demonize others with aversion, ignoring, denying the spark could possibly be in them. We close our minds but the spark still burns within all of us. Each of us is responsible for recognizing, enriching and honoring the spark in ourselves and in those we condemn. It will emerge, blossoming as we endeavor to “see” and claim its reality. After all, it is love.
Love and the evidence it brings dissolves the barriers that cover the spark. Look into a little child’s eyes or sweet smile. Hear her call of “Hi” in response to your smile or wave. Look into the eyes of your pet or grandchild. Look at the love that comes at you. It is a gift from the spark we share. Love calls to love and cannot be stopped, destroyed, hurt or buried.
I don’t know what will happen with politics, but we have a life to live. With COVID we don’t know how long or well, but we can still live with the fullest amount of love we can give. If you need to go to a protest in the coming weeks, make a sign, “I love you no matter what.” Recognize the spark of love dwells in the person or persons in the next car, in the kid walking down the street, the talking head on TV no matter whether you agree with them, in the woman in the grocery store line, the homeless guy with the sign, and the person standing or sitting next to you.
Send love, send acceptance, toleration and compassion. Open your mind to surround everyone you see and include yourself. Exclude no one from your love or acceptance and we will unite and never be divided by politics, religion or any circumstances life or the world brings. I send love to all of you.
Sally McKirgan facilitates the Inner Peace column and “A Course In Miracles” Zoom study group. See her blog at www.innerpeaceforyou.com. Email 600- to 700-word articles to firstname.lastname@example.org.