|The Mystery within...|
I had a dream last night about a project to get everyone, everywhere to learn and speak a language of belonging. It was one of those dreams when upon awakening it quickly fades from memory. But I seem to recall the whole world was involved in creating a belonging language and just before awakening I was in a classroom of young children who were excited to be working on this project. No doubt this dream was the result of listening to john a. powell’s conversation with Krista Tippet last week on how we might open up our anguished race conversation into the spiritual work of self and belonging.
Powell was right when he said we do not yet have the words to speak what needs to be said about race relations in America. I looked up belong in my Thesaurus and most of the synonyms left me cold with references to card carrying members. There were some words like respect, regard, concern, involve and touch that fit with powell’s focus on the spiritual work needed to promote belonging. I believe the language of belonging will come forth when we all know, on a gut level, how deeply we are connected to one another and the natural world.
My knowing of this deep connection came when fear and intuition led me into nature where I encountered an Energy that told me to “Be not afraid” and led me to trust I would be shown the way to work through my struggles with my aging parents’. I was shown my complicity in my troubles and gradually found ways to change myself--the only person I really can change. It seems fear permeates both sides of race relations in America today. Perhaps asking to know our complicity in this trouble will eventually lead us to a caring language of belonging where we all fit together.