I'm determined to do something about it. I'm not attempting to wipe out my fears or
ignore them but I can see how they've been holding me back from using my voice.
Instead of letting them continue to go unchecked, I'm letting them guide me to take
more calculated risks. Case in point, on Facebook, I've been posting links to resources
to help further the discussion of race in a positive way.
Because even though I've been luckier than most black people I've known and haven't
experienced as much, racism is still something I deal with it whether I talk about it or not.
I still have to teach my children how to love the skin they're in in the face of people who
would try to make them feel shame and less than because of it.
And I have to prepare myself for the hard conversations I'll have to have to armor my
young biracial son with as he moves into manhood and out into the world.
So as often as spirit moves me, I'm going to talk about it.
In case you don't follow me on Facebook here's the cliffnotes version of a recent example
of the work to be done. I posted a link explaining why saying 'All Lives Matter' in response
to Black Lives Matter is like kicking someone in the face.
A friend of a friend 'didn't get it' and after attempts were made by others to help her get it
(via other links and sharing their understanding), she showed her true colors; she didn't
really care because she felt blacks have more privileges (her last comment being a
sarcastic reference to "United White College Fund").
How did my work with the elements support me in this case? Well, had I not been actively
engaged in a weekly practice of elemental connection via the Elemental Forces of Creation
Oracle and my daily practice of saying good morning to the elements and asking for their
guidance and support throughout my interactions, I would have fallen back on default.
I would have taken personally the comments of someone I don't know and allowed
this stranger dull my fiery radiance.
I would have allowed what she was broadcasting over the air waves to affect the way
I think and feel about myself.
I would have become depressed and maybe even angry at feeling like a victim.
I would have shrunk away from standing in my own power.
I would have been afraid to speak up again.
But that is not the case.
I chose to remain sovereign, standing firm in my own power.
The choice I make daily is to hold onto the vision I have of myself and follow my own
spirit filled guidance. Allowing my radiance to light the way, I choose to write you
about this without an emotional charge.
Don't get me wrong, I definitely was angered by her words.
But because I held an uplifted vibration, God/Goddess/All That Is sent me confirmation
that the Universe has my back. This confirmation came in the form of other Facebook
friends chiming in to put Ms. Sassypants in check and using their power of unfriending.
The elements support me in my inner world which affected and shaped my actions and
the support I recieved on the outer world.
Today I invite you to do 3 things:
1. Start making a daily connection with the elements with a simple prayer of gratitude.
Say "Good Morning ...! Thank you for..." filling in the blank with each element + adding
what you're grateful for with each. (if you need additional support in developing a daily
spiritual practice check out Honor this Day)
2. Really pay attention to what's being broadcasted in the places (both online and off)
you most frequent and be mindful of what you're broadcasting as well. Are things being
said that make you uncomfortable or aren't in alignment with who you are and what you
want in your life? Consider what actions you need to take in order to be more in
alignment and act accordingly.
3. Take good care of yourself as you make the adjustments.
Change is hard enough without you beating up on yourself.