Connecting with our spirit.
The human race has done a wonderful job of dividing and conquering the physical world. We have seen dominant cultures massacre contradicting beliefs using sheer force and brutality. We have seen cultures and races tortured by genocides, entire nations pushed onto poverty and reservations; an attempt to kill the spirit of the people.
Yet here we are, each individual given the true freedom of religion. The freedom to have a spirit, and to embrace that spirit. Because our nation isn't filled with gun toting, rebel yelling Americans. It's filled with a spirit of freedom.
Some of us don't understand what that spirit is. They sit in their urban areas, in their skyscrapers, driving past tons and tons of garbage in the ditches, garbage in the rivers and pollution in the air. Preaching about environmental control, civic duties and government responsibility. But what about spiritual responsibility?
To deny any aspect of the spiritual world to anyone, regardless of their culture, biology or location, is to deny spirit. The spiritual world is one, and exists within each and every one of us as well as the universe around us. When we preach "cultural appropriation" and tell others how they HAVE to believe based on their skin color, we are projecting racism, prejudice and taking away individual's rights to feel and the freedom of religion. To tell someone that they have to believe in the spirit world in a particular way is egotistical.
Connecting with the spirit world around us.
Many of us have never heard an eagle's screech echoing off of the canyon walls. Many have never felt the mountain lions gaze, the deer's gentle innocence or the wild horses freedom. Many have never experienced these luxuries of the physical world; but will preach "spiritual righteousness" or "cultural appropriation" to those of us who have. They will scream their opinions at their computer screens, waging war on Facebook to beat their ego into others, but what are we gaining by this?
To deny someone any aspect of the spirit world, is to deny that the spirit world is for everyone. The important aspect everyone is so quick to ignore is respect. Mostly because it's not ignoring respect, they never had it to begin with. I hold a deep respect for every culture. But more importantly, I hold a deep respect for every spirit, every plant, animal and rock on this Earth. As a whole, our society doesn't respect our elders, we don't respect those we disagree with and we certainly don't respect our enemies. We don't even respect ourselves! Spirituality as a whole, no matter what "nation" you belong to is to be respected. Every ritual, ceremony, event and sacred tool requests respect, and you can't be upset if you are punished for being disrespectful. American's struggle with this as a whole, due to the ego problem that runs rampant in our country.
If you want to make a difference in this world, you want to see your soul shine, ascend and live a happy life? Fix your ego. Fix your disrespect. Go home and love your family, your friends, your neighbors and your enemies.
Stop with the name game, stop blaming others for ruining this that or the other and just be. Work on yourself, work on being a better person and being open minded to different perspectives and ideas. Respect those you are talking to and be courteous in how we interact with each other.
And most importantly, respect and love yourself.