We are living in remarkable times--times in which humanity is discovering the Truth about itself, and about the world. Times that are occurring because millennia of historic events have set the stage for our awakening. The biggest mistake we can make is to be too shortsighted in our attempt to interpret current situations.
It’s easy to give in to our emotional response to the threat of violence when crowds stormed the Capitol on January 6. Yet, our feelings of fear, shock and anger do not lead us into the kind of understanding necessary to respond to what happened. We must frame these experiences in an historic perspective.
We are living in an Axial Age (think of the axis of a wheel as it turns, moving everything forward). And like the transition of other Axial Ages, for instance, Medieval into Renaissance, everything changes. It is going to involve (indeed, it is already involving) every aspect of our lives: our governance and politics, our economics and financial stability, our commerce and industry, our social conventions and constructions, our educational systems and approaches, our religions and beliefs, our customs and traditions—in fact, our entire cultural story.
The old systems of error thought, long existing in the shadow of Race Mind, are now being expressed, allowing us to recognize them, and giving us the freedom to heal and release them. This can be an explosive process, because much energy has been suppressed around major erroneous beliefs. Nevertheless, exposing them is an essential stage in our racial healing.
We think back to the Book of Genesis and the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers. Joseph ultimately rose to a high rank in Egypt and managed the stores of grain that saved numerous people during a famine. When reunited with his brothers, they wept and begged for forgiveness. Joseph said (GN 50:20) “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good.”
During these tumultuous times, we need to step back from the obvious interpretation of anything that happens, take a long view, and see what is revealed and what changes for the good as a result. And always, always remember to lead with love.