The Journey Continues – Does Fear Make Us Myopic?

“There are none so blind as those who will not see.” so goes the quote made by John Heywood in 1546.  I never realized how true that can be until recently.  I’m not sure if that’s the same thing as a lack of awareness or if the two go hand-in-hand.  What I can tell you is that it reminds me of a horse wearing blinders – just plodding along the path right in front of them, not seeing that anything else exists to the right or left, believing that all that exists is what’s right in front of them.  Unlike the horse, humans sometimes create self-imposed blinders our of a fear that something might exist that challenges their beliefs and concepts.

I’ve always been a person who’s had a thirst for knowing.  I couldn’t wait to learn to read, write, and just learn in general.  That may be the reason I have a hard time wrapping my mind around anyone who doesn’t want to learn or, if they do learn something, are unwilling to read and learn from many sources about a given subject.  “The Truth is our there.” (a quote from Fox Mulder from the show The X-Files.)  Sometimes you can’t take just one source as being the “truth.”  You have to be willing to dig through and search many sources to find the “truth.”  Sometimes no one person or group has the total truth and you have to piece together what rings true from many people and/or groups.

The answers are out there.  You just have to be willing t open your mind to infinite possibilities and be willing to listen to and read about it all, including from sources you feel you disagree with.  Learning means opening yourself to different perspectives.  It also means coming to understand that there is no one way that is the absolute be all, end all path for everyone.  It means understanding that even though your way may be right for you, it may not be right for someone else and vice-versa.  It also means understanding that it doesn’t make you right and them wrong nor does it make them right and you wrong.  That a truth all on its own.

The division that has happened down through history between people has come from an attitude of needing to be “right” and the fear of being “wrong.”  That need and that fear have caused the need for the conquest of others.  “If you’re not with me, then you’re against me.”  What are these the only two choices?  Why must it be “my way or the highway”?  Is it a lack of confidence in our own beliefs that causes us to turn on those who live and believe differently?  That lack of confidence is the fear of being wrong.  To me, that lack of confidence in our own beliefs means we have unanswered questions.  Unanswered questions means we have more to learn.  Why aren’t people going and learning instead of hating and persecuting those who live and believe differently?  Why are they unwilling to have a conversation with those very same people to find our why they believe what they do?

It’s very disturbing to me that the last four years in the United States have watched the division grow between its people to such a degree that it now approaches a magnitude like the time of the Civil War.  It’s become a time of “us and them” and that’s never a good sign.  Both sides are so sure that they are right that seldom does anyone from both sides talk about why they have the belief that they are right.  No one seems to be trying to truly see things from the other’s perspective.  That’s even worse.  Have we become so myopic that there’s no room for civil discussion not any possibility of understanding each other or learning from each other?  That’s truly sad.

Whether its about race, religion, sexual orientation, or politics, if we are to survive and grow, we must open our minds to learning and understanding Life from another’s perspective.  Without the willingness to do that, we become stagnant and stagnancy can cause death – death of a nation, death of a people, death of an ideology.

It’s time to take off the blinders.  It’s time to open our eyes to the total vista of Life on Earth.  “Where there is Love, Fear cannot exist.”  It could be that this is the real problem.  It’s become way easier to hate that to love.  We not only need to open our minds but our hearts as well.  Whether you’re talking about the teaching of Jesus or any of the other great spiritual Masters, those teachings involve Love.  Real Love is unconditional.  It’s the ego that places conditions on the love we give to others.  Why?  Because those conditions speak to the fears we have about the loss of Love.  Our Soul needs no such conditions.  It loves unconditionally and fears nothing.  What a wonderful possibility this presents to us and our world!

As with all things, the healing of the division between people begins with the healing of each of us.  That means self-love and asks the questions, how many of us truly love ourselves?  Without self-love, how can we possibly love anyone else?  Without understanding who we truly are, how can we possibly understand something from another’s perspective?

I offer this ending to a longer quotation of an unknown origin:

“Let our self-love be the power that changes the dream of our life.  With this new power in our hearts, the power of self-love, let us transform every relationship we have, beginning with the relationship we have with ourselves.  Help us to be free of any conflict with others.  Let us be happy to share our times with loved ones and to forgive them for any injustice we feel in our minds.  Help us to love ourselves so much that we forgive anyone who has ever hurt us in our lives.

“Today is a new beginning.  Help us to start our life over, beginning today with the power of self-love.  Help us to enjoy our relationships, to explore life, to take risks, to be alive, and to no longer live in fear of love.  Let us open our hearts to the love that is our birthright.  Help us to become masters of gratitude, generosity, and love so that we can enjoy all of your creations forever and ever…”

May your eyes see clearly, your heart and mind be open, and may you experience the joys of Love in all its many forms.

Love & Blessed Be