I’ve been here in time and space for 67 years. From the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy to September 11, 2001, I’ve experienced violence upon violence in our country and around the world. However, yesterday was the first time that I was deeply frightened. The sight of an angry mob climbing our Capitol walls and freely walking within its corridors against the background of the paintings and statues of American history, with only one intention – the violent upheaval of American democracy was more than disturbing. To further think that this upheaval was instigated by the encouragement of the highest leader in our government made me shiver and cry. What was mine to do?
I wanted to call Washington. I wanted to rush there and protect our government officials who were just doing their job. I wanted to kick and scream, “Stop! Stop! Stop!” However, in that moment, I remembered what Mother Theresa once said, “Grow where you are planted.” I am planted on an Island here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. My stewardship is a Spiritual Center and its global community. My job was to pray and be here for those who were frightened and sad. My job was to get past my fears and stand tall. My job was to hold what we call “The High Watch” for the rest of the world. (The High Watch is about holding the Consciousness of Peace and Love amidst the turmoil of the outer world. )
People say that praying isn’t enough. There is truth in that statement, if we do not put action behind those prayers. In yesterday’s (January 6) moment, that is where I began. Those prayers led us to hold a peace vigil last night. I know that different Faiths and Faith leaders around the world were doing the same thing. It makes a difference for Consciousness is aback of everything.
Yesterday’s violence in Washington was an effect of consciousness. It couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t backed by the consciousness of the majority of us. We have to admit that we’ve been in turmoil over this election for a long time. The wheels of causation were set into motion for something to explode.
However, as I know, the wheels of causation can be turned in the opposite direction anytime we decide to do so. And, yesterday we did. The consciousness of peace and justice and love was greater than the consciousness to obstruct that justice through violence. In turn, the people – our police force, our national guard, our secret service, our fire department (all effects of consciousness) came in to quell the fires of violence and bring peace to the experience. I am so grateful.
There is more to this epic story and all is not resolved in the world of effects; however, after yesterday, I know we are up for whatever comes. I know that the consciousness of Love is stronger than its opposite and it will pierce through, and truth will rise, peace is here. The will to uphold democracy rose yesterday and stood behind our government officials and all who assisted. The last year of challenges (COVID19 and more) has brought us to a “this is enough” attitude. The majority of our population, I believe, is ready to communicate in peace and work in Unity.
Mr. Rogers is quoted as saying, “In scary times, look for the helpers.” We all did our part. We were all helpers yesterday. We prayed. We consoled the frightened. We took to the streets and put ourselves in harms way to make sure peace and justice was served. We should be proud of ourselves and all involved. We are strong. We are Love.
And for those who feel wronged about yesterday, who still want something different than what it is, remember this, “Love is a Cosmic Force whose sweep is irresistible.” Ask yourself if your cause is backed by love, true love, unconditional love, the kind of Love that respects and includes everyone and everything, the kind of Love the endures no matter what the outside storm. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it best:
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. …Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. …Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Walk! March! Do what you need to do. Make your truth known, but let it be backed by love.
Love and Aloha,
Rev. Rita Andriello-Feren, Co-Spiritual Director CSL Kaua`i