Soulful Racism

In my prior post I meditated on the words of Cesar Chavez. Because of the source, I believe these words typically get attributed to issues of race … or perhaps even issues of economic levels.

For myself, I found that I began thinking of ways that I impose my own beliefs upon others.  I am not racist; so this topic didn’t pertain to that level for me.  I am not homophobic; so it did not pertain to that level either.  I am not sexist; so it did not pertain to either men or women.

The one level that this quote resonated on was how I treat others who believe differently than I do.  That doesn’t mean different religions … I find people of like minds in every religion.  I simply find myself to be intolerant at times with people who are intolerant.  That is the one thing that I find repulsive and have a difficult time with.

So as I was meditating on this, I realized that my biases are no different than anyone elses.  Many of these people who are so horribly intolerant simply don’t know any better … they were born into it.  Think about it.  If they were born into a family of lesbian parents, who raised them to respect everyone regardless of life situations … well, then they would reflect that.  It doesn’t have to be lesbians, or anyone else … we simply are a product of how we are raised. 

Even when we come to a place where we feel enlightened, or that we have worked through all of our inner conflicts … we are soulfully racist toward those who have yet to do so. 

This truly is what Jesus talks about in referring to “turning the other cheek”.  The people who abuse physically are not evolved on a spiritual level.  That doesn’t mean it should be tolerated … I simply am using this as a point … that we need to be patient and respectful of all people.

I’m sure each and every one of us can think of people who rile us … even if we spend every day in a meditative place of peace.  Those people need our love, and acceptance … soulful bigotry is no different than any other kind of bigotry.  We all are loved by God … and God would have us show that to everyone … and especially to those who have no clue.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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2 Comments»

  Rev Dani Lynn wrote @

You “hit the nail on the head” for me. When I’m faced with that, I have to very consciously remind myself everyone is a child of “God” and that along with, as you say, being raised under negative conditions, be aware that people are also fearful of things that are different and things they don’t understand. For some reason, some people seem to believe that the actions of others will affect them or their way of life in some major way and they in turn become fearful and choose not to show compassion for their fellow man. Even when doing so is against their own professed religious beliefs. I still find it a little challenging, some times more then others. Thank you for being courageous enough to put it out there.

  Religion4All wrote @

I couldn’t agree more … it is extremely challenging. The urge to defend oneself can sometimes be overwhelming in the face of persecution or judgment … whatever form it may come in. It’s even more difficult, I think, to not only do this once, but then to continue to keep yourself open to those people actively and on a daily basis. Sometimes you simply don’t have a choice (or at least not a valid choice); this person is in your life and you them to be loved … so you have to open yourself to being that type of facilitator … but it’s NOT easy to do :-). Nevertheless, it is a responsibility that comes with being open and connected to God … so work away at it I shall.


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