For millions of Americans, this is a time of doubt, despair, and the pain of loss.
I have no “remedy” for this widespread suffering—and if I said I did, you’d know you were hearing from yet another con man.
But this much I know to be true: doubt is the other side of faith, despair is the other side of hope, and the pain of loss is the other side of love.
The words below come as close as I can to saying why we must learn to hold our doubt, despair, and pain—until we can reclaim our belief, our hope, our love.
We can hasten that day by joining in the never-ending struggle for love, truth, and justice in whatever ways we’re able.
As Wendell Berry has reminded us, big problems never have one big “fix.” They yield only to a million-million human scale answers to the question, “Under these circumstances, what’s the right thing to do?”
The deeper our faith, the more doubt we must endure; the deeper our hope, the more prone we are to despair; the deeper our love, the more pain its loss will bring: these are a few of the paradoxes we must hold as human beings. If we refuse to hold them in the hopes of living without doubt, despair, and pain, we also find ourselves living without faith, hope, and love. ~Parker J. Palmer
distilling our views may be fundamentally flawed…..maybe our focus should be about how we broaden…..with heart….
inquiry for today~ reflect not so much on your views as to how you can step in with strong and vital grace….
I feel that this is a time when we who seek to be more conscious, loving, and wise get to see exactly how deep our wisdom and love really are. This is where the rubber hits the road — no more abstractions or high-minded ideas; this is where and when it is needed. This is where we come to see if we are still caught in the old ego-minded world of reactivity, anger, and fear, or if we have come upon the consciousness of wisdom and love. It is also a time when we can see if we are hiding out in transcendental ideologies of how unreal it all is as an unconscious defense against engaging with the world as it actually is.
I cannot say exactly how to relate with those who are caught in their own conflict, except to say that if we seek to understand as our first impulse — and to respond from the wisest, most patient, and loving dimension of our being — we will at least be standing on a foundation of sanity and peace. And our actions, whatever they may be, will then be expressions of the highest consciousness that we have attained, and we will have taken responsibility for our own feelings and impulses, and made the wisest choices that we have access to.
If we are inspired to advocate for certain causes, we will do so out of love for those causes, rather than out of rage against the perceived “other.” Perhaps then we will become agents for sanity, peace, love, and the living of it in this confused world of ours. ~Adyashanti