As I sit here in Poulsbo, WA, preparing to participate in a talk Catherine is offering at Unity of North Kitsap, I am reflecting on what is emerging in our world.
We watched the film, Black Panther (twice in two days) and came away feeling absolutely inspired that our world, as I see it, is in the throws of great changes. Like the mighty Juniper in the photo above, there are always things we can count on the remain solid an rooted. Our physical humanness has changed little over the millennia. We have advanced out science and technology as we continue to access our brains capacity to solve problems with new technology. Science is a wonderful tool and yet we seem to have left our spiritual advances behind.
I speak of how we treat each other with little regard for the precious life of our fellow humans. I realize there is a great hope emerging and that there are a great number of people who would do what I perceive to be the right thing. Alas, there are also those who continue on a journey with the intent, knowing or not knowing, to place road blocks in our spiritual advancement.
I am amazed by the youth of America in their ability to stand in solidarity and face the "Leaders" of this nation and demand something be done about gun control. They are fighting for the schools to be safe to attend without fear of whether they will be murdered on any given day, anywhere in this country, at any school or church. I am appalled at the response from those in power. "More guns in schools, that is the solution." "Take away our second amendment right and then our homes." These talking points are so far off base and not what anyone is projecting.
I'm sure you are all aware of the political banter in the news this past week, and it is right to be informed and aware of op eds and listen, watch, or read the news and filter out what is false and what is true. I believe it is also prudent to look at what is occurring from within ourselves.
When I see all the trauma exposed in the world right now, I wonder how we can take a closer look as a collective. I watched the inner battle emerge as I watched Black Panther and discovered that not only was it a deeply personal battle between King T'Challa (Black Panther and Erik (Kill-monger), it became quickly apparent to me that this was a battle between a nation and the outer world.
T'Challa's trauma became clear when he discovered what his father had done and, ultimately, who his ancestors were and how they lived their lives as past rulers of Wakanda. I realized that T'Challa's trauma was revealed and that he carried the DNA trauma from so many generations past and it manifested as a new ruler who was faced with challenging decisions which affected his own personal relationships.
Kill-monger's trauma became clear, also passed down from past generations and affected his physical being as he went out in the world destroying everything around him only to face his nemesis, T'Challa, for the final conflict in an attempt to resolve his trauma.
This individual and personal trauma expanded into the trauma of the institutions of both Wakanda and the outer world.
I saw this film as a constellation with many layers of trauma and watched how the trauma was exposed and how the healing was offered. The film was the facilitator and the client was humanity. Black Panther was a truly great example of systemic constellation work using ancestors, family, and social components and the actors became the representatives.
I see our current experience in the form of a constellation when I open to the issues humanity faces with our poor leadership, mass shootings, homelessness, and poverty. The client then becomes humanity and the representatives become love, indifference, despair, activism, solidarity, and so on. The facilitator must then become consciousness.
OUR COLLECTIVE ONENESS IS SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS...
NO MORE! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
We now must reveal the resolution of our collective trauma and move forward so we might continue to evolve to a higher level of consciousness. Our time is now to affect this welcome change.
As the mighty juniper tree stands strong, rooted in Earth, we, as a society, must send our own roots deep into a new consciousness so that we can remain a viable traveler, as Thomas Berry said, "In Earth."
Joe Arnold 2/25/2018
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