I wanted to share some of my recent thoughts with you.
I’m noticing as we get deeper and deeper into Neptune’s transit through Pisces (which I’ll write a whole piece about soon (quick preview the last time for this transit was the lead up to the civil war)), I’m noticing more and more that people are, right and left, getting eaten alive by the
The ‘righteousness beast’ is my term for when you have been taken over by the belief that some particular ‘other’ is so evil and wrong that the only correct way to interact with them (or more likely talk about them from a safe distance) is with condescending righteousness.
Because, naturally, for them to have opposing views can only possibly mean that they are, in fact, insane and dangerous.
Today I would like to try and open your mind to another way to view these ‘others.’ One that might allow you to give ‘those people’ their humanity back….and reconnect more with your own in the process.
To do this, let’s start with a question.
What if someone came up to you right now and said “Oh, you’re just turquoise” in a condescending tone.
How would you react?
For most of us we would shrug and say, “Uh, sure…” and walk away thinking that that person was a little off their rocker.
But here’s the important part, we wouldn’t be affected by it because being turquoise means nothing to us. Nothing in our identity relates to being turquoise, so we aren’t affected by it one way or the other.
We have no reason for it to affect our sense of how we view ourselves, because we don’t have a collective belief system relating to being turquoise.
Now, let’s say, when you’re born, you learn from the world around you that you are Turquoise.
You also learn that being Turquoise means you have less power than those individuals who are Green. You get this message from media, from your parents, and from lots and lots of people you interact with. You get it pounded into your head from stories you read and movies you watch, and from the mouths of those you look up to.
This permeates your consciousness so much, that you start believing it.
When someone says, ‘who do you think you are, don’t you realize you’re Turquoise? You can’t do/have/think that,’ you feel deeply hurt, and possibly even ashamed. You adopt the collective belief that Green in good, and Turquoise is bad.
You also probably grow up to believe that Green people are the source of all of your problems. “If those Green people over there would just stop hating on Turquoise people, then all my problems would be solved.”
But you remember your first reaction to being called Turquoise? How that was such a random way to divide people that you didn’t really have a strong reaction one way or the other to it?
That’s still the reality.
It’s still just as random to divide people up into ‘Green’ and ‘Turquoise.’
It’s still your choice to not have that bother you.
It’s still your choice to not have that take you away from seeing how unique and powerful you are.
Now for the hard part.
I want you to replace ‘Green’ with Men, and ‘Turquoise’ with Women. Or ‘Green’ with Republican, or White People, or Rich People or whoever else you have decided has more power over you.
It’s no different.
My purpose in saying this is to empower you and free you from feelings of helplessness, and the first step to owning your power is owning your reality.
Most people get hung up on this because they feel that truly believing this invalidates their deeply entrenched feelings and belief patterns that they have held onto for their entire lives.
I believe feelings are incredibly, INCREDIBLY important, and should never be pushed aside or made to feel as ‘wrong.’
Your feelings are valid.
All I’m suggesting is, what if your way out of victim hood did not solely rest upon waiting for the doing or undoing of something ‘out there’ which will always be outside of your control, but instead was entirely something inside your control because in the end it has only ever been ‘in here?’
What if seeing someone as more powerful than you, seeing ‘them’ as the source of our troubles, is a way we as humans cope with not feeling empowered ourselves, not yet realizing that our empowerment and self actualization is only ever in our own hands?
What if we free ourselves from the blinders of black and white thinking of ‘it's their fault I’m not happy’ that we’re constantly surrounded with in our society, and instead see if there isn’t a better way.
What if power is not created from an outside source?
What if true power and freedom is realizing that the actions and viewpoints of another do not inhibit our own actions and viewpoints, and that part of creating our own reality is deciding what you enjoy being around, and then letting the rest go on their merry way?
What if there is no ‘collective power’ and in truth the only reality is our individual power?
There is no ‘them.’ There is only us. We’re all in this together, and regardless of who you believe threw the first stone, it’s never worked or will work to throw an equal stone back.
See how ‘those people over there’ have the same humanity you do.
If you want more peace in the world, be peace.
If you want more love in the world, be love.
And the biggest challenge is to show that peace and show that love to everyone.
And I mean Every. Single. One.
So, to my liberal friends, show love and peace to republicans. And even to Trump himself. To my POC friends, show love and peace to racists. To my badass feminist friends, show love and peace to rapists.
“Woah,” you say.
“You can’t really mean that? I mean sure I want peace and love, but for everyone but them!
They started it! It’s their fault!”
And therein lies the challenge.
Do you create a reality of peace, or do you stay in victim hood because you’re ‘right?’
No one has power over you unless you give it to them.
Is it worth defending your ‘rightness’ at the expense of your own empowerment?
It’s all a choice.
Own your power.
Let’s be done with believing in victim hood.
Let’s change this world.
Hi, I'm Veronica - Astrologer, Artist, Teacher, Storyteller, and Soft-Hearted Seeker of Non-Dualistic Truth.