Most mornings I listen to a brief overview of a book through an app called Blinkish. Sometimes they're great and super informative, sometimes they're boring and sometimes I end up feeling a little cross with the content. It's a great way to take me out of the realm of my own echo chamber and learn a thing that I don't actively take an interest in. This morning though, I got a bit cross with what I was listening to.
The content was of the harmful type that perpetuates the idea of false positivity. That we somehow live trapped inside a Matrix type invention that forces us to live lives that make us feel bad and that what we should do about is WAKE UP! Become more positive all of a sudden and realise what is going on around us.
It carried on to tell me that what I should do is take on healing all the negativity suffered by my ancestors so that I and my descendants can live a positive life. I felt heavy and loaded with responsibility just listening to it. what a ridiculous weight to try and shoulder!
When people are in a bad place mentally, emotionally or spiritually this kind of content is dangerous. It seems on the face of it to offer a solution to our problems. What it actually does is help you sink tower and keeps you dependant on working harder to dispel something that doesn't exist.
Let's try and see it a little differently shall we?
First of all, yes we are all connected. Not just to each other but to everything smaller than us and everything larger than us. That's a scientific fact. what we're not is a part of some evil construct that is keeping us down. We're all a part of the cycle of life and what we're experiencing right now is a literal death of ideas, beliefs and aspects of life that no longer suit us. Yes it hurts, yes it's horrible to live through but it is an inevitable part of the cycle of life. It's not your fault for not being "woke" enough or not doing your part somehow.
Being forever positive won't fix it. If anything it's likely to make it worse because simply put-being positive like that is toxic, no good for us and really not how life really works. What we need to remember here it that like all things, this is temporary and eventually it will shift again in the other direction. We need the negative, horrid stuff or we don't 6am lessons that we need to grow and evolve. So long as we do whatever is needed during hard times such as dealing with issues instead of ignoring them, helping others that need a hand and being open to changing our minds then that's good enough.
As for healing the issues of our ancestors, well that's what we are doing collectively as those ideas and beliefs I mentioned earlier get broken down and replaced by new more relevant to mow ideas and beliefs. That's a collective responsibility that will help us as a society to move forward and do better now we know better. Take part in that by doing that just for yourself sure but do not work under the impression that healing the issues of your whole bloodline is what you need to do. First of all that would take more time than you have here on Earth and second of all, all any of us can and should be responsible for is our own actions and behaviours.
For me, this is what my Pagan path is about-learning to walk this-Earth carrying the load of the things that mean something to me while making sure I take responsibility and learn from my mistakes when I make them. It helps me to accept this cycle of life and move with it rather than fighting against it.
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