Fear is immobilizing. It constricts, silences, panics, stagnates. Fear is part of the basic strategy of the Trump administration. They wield it as tool to persuade the public to close our borders to refugees, to expand military spending and force, to put up walls to keep the ‘bad people’ out, to bow to increasing surveillance, to discriminate, to keep oppressing and othering those perceived as different.
We the people, are greater than fear. And honestly, I’m simply fucking over it. I’ve lived my entire life in fear of this planet dying beneath our feet: of people, plants, and creatures being poisoned by big business and shit laws that put profit over people. I’ve had nightmares ever since I can remember of humanity being lost to nuclear war. My heart and soul have always been deeply connected to the realities of this world and the future that is being destroyed and stolen from all of us. In the age of information, we all know what is going down and how much is at stake.
So don’t try to fucking scare me or the people with threatening more war or terror from outside forces. Our country and what our corrupt government facilitates across the world and at home, is terror. Whether it’s ecological, political, economical, cultural, militarized, or whatever new form they can come up with, our own government is a face of terror. Maybe it always has been. I can certainly think of some good arguments there (the genocide of native people, slavery, war). And now they want to stop immigrants and refugees from coming to America? We think we can turn our backs on the war torn people of the middle east when we fucking started this mess?
I’m just over it. I’m over having fear used against us. We are all fucking terrified. And none of what this administration is trying to do is making anyone safer. It’s more like it is catapulting us right into the worst case scenario.
I propose that we revamp how we cope with fear, how we talk and think about fear, how we use fear on personal and collective levels. A good place to start is with the Empress. What path would she take in these times and in response to fear? Loving, sensual, and deeply connected to the planet, the empress teaches us to be fierce in the defense of what we love, who we are, what we live for, and those around us. She is the feminine force humanity has been sorely missing through this atrocious patriarchal era. She does not fight out of greed or selfish preservation. When she responds to fear, she transforms it into a reason to fight for love, for a nurturing and viable planet, for people and animals alike, for the right to create harmony and abundance for all.
Fear would not constrict her, but cause her to open her heart wider, to let more in so that she is able to include the diverse needs of the planet and people in her fight. The best reaction we can have to fear is coming together. This fight is not individual nor can it be. This is fight is for all of us. When you feel fear, remember to reach out and connect. Remember that this is the only way we can stop the forces that we fear. And when this administration tries to use fear to justify violent and catastrophic plans and actions, remember that walls, violence, and greed will never keep us safe. The only way towards the future we seek is through love, connection, and nurturing.
I say nurturing because it is through nurturing that we transform concern and love into action. I say nurturing because that is how healing is done. I say nurturing because that is what this planet and the people need.
This is getting much too long. I may have to turn this into a blog ;)
Blessed be my friends. Keep your hearts strong and your will brave.
Love to all.