Practice Taking Essence Action.
Yesterday was the National Women’s March on Washington, and Naples had their own version in support of all who feel misrepresented, marginalized and often ignored by the powers that be. The organizers of the local march had initially estimated about 1000 to show up, according to the online registration; and while it is impossible to know the exact numbers, the final tally was estimated to be around 3000!
I had decided if I couldn’t be in Washington, there was no way I would miss the march right here at home.
Most of the day I felt empowered, completely aligned with my Essence Self, feeling Love in my heart, and Connected to not only the thousands of others marching with me here in Naples, but also with all the hundreds of thousands of like-minded sisters (and brothers) across the country (actually, the world) who were also inspired to make sure their voices were heard, and gathered in record-breaking crowds.
The Indignation I have been feeling over the last several months, was put to good use today. Today it inspired me.
It inspired me to take Essence Action. I marched, I chanted, I laughed, I cried, I hugged, held hands and told strangers that I loved them. No. I didn’t just hug, hold hands and tell people that I loved them; I felt it. Connected. To all of them; to all the protesters around the world; to my Highest Self; and to the Source of All that Is Good. To my very core. And I expressed it from the bottom of my heart.
Today, in these moments, I knew all was well. I was not afraid. I was not worried. I was plugged in to my Essence Self. The part of me that knows, “I am Empowered,” “I am Strong,” “I am Capable,” “I am Worthy and Valuable,” and “I am Connected to something much greater than Fear.”
But there was one notable moment when my Ego was triggered. Yes, someone threw a hot coal in my direction: an Angry man in a car was making his way through the crowd, loudly and angrily yelling, saying to those of us peacefully marching down 5th Avenue “You’re all a bunch of Baby Murderers.” His energy was so toxic that I could feel the venom oozing from the rage in the crevices of his face. I was intensely aware of my reaction to this “perceived” danger beginning to stir within me.
Imagine that somewhere inside, in reaction to his poison, I felt afraid, intimidated and small. This, of course, activated my Ego, and in true form, also activated the “instinct” to raise my hand to catch the hot coal he was launching at us. I had no moment to pause…
With no thought at all, I grabbed the coal. Ouch! That burned!!! I could feel the adrenaline starting to pump, and the thoughts in my mind starting to bubble toward aggression and an attempt to push him down; a desire to get up in his face and throw that hot coal right back at him.
But then, my awareness shifted to the present moment. I realized that for the last hour or so, we were literally chanting “Love, not Hate, keeps America Great!” and here I was, swept away by the scorch of that coal, and the attempted protection of my Ego, definitely feeling Hate, and certainly not Love.
It would be unrealistic to have expected myself to instantly drop that coal and instead turn and feel love for this man. However, I was able to take a Conscious Breath, shift out of a feeling of powerlessness, which my Ego almost turned into aggression, and into the present moment of empowerment. In that moment of recognition, I felt once again, the power of Unity; the connection I felt with those 3000 other people marching with me, expressing Love, not Hate.
It felt as if I was just a tiny part of this huge mass of Love and Light. There was no need for me to be afraid, certainly; and there was also no need for me to throw the coal back at him. Instead, with the power of the connection I felt, I simply stood up taller, increased the volume of my voice, and raised the intensity of the energy behind the message, “Love, not Hate.”
While I may not have been able to connect with Love for this man right that moment, I without a doubt, felt it for myself and every other person marching with me.
In fact, it has only been in hindsight, that I have been able to find compassion for the Wounded Little Boy driving that car who likely felt much more powerless and intimidated by this group of incredibly powerful women than I might have been feeling, in comparison.
Powerful insight. Angry, toxic energy coming from someone who seems to be in a position of power. Presumably, a straight, white, male, in a position of status and power; who seems unable to pause, have patience and tolerance for those who presumably are less in a position of power. Perhaps there is a fear beneath the venom, that he will lose his position (illusion) of power and entitlement, and recognize how vulnerable and imperfect he is too. But this is another conversation…
For today, let us hold an intention to watch when our Egos turn from Love to Hate.
Today, let us be aware of the shift in our physical experience when we are in an energy of Hate (always Ego fueled by Fear), compared to when we are in an energy of Love (always fueled by the Light of Essence).
Love, not Hate; keeps Humanity Great.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only Love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am brilliant;
I am magnificent;
I am a being of Love and Light.
I am here to bring my Essence Self to every experience of my Life.
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