I recently read a newsletter from the spiritual teacher Denise Linn, and she shared an interview of Nelson Mandela that inspired me in the face of the darkness and fear many of us are experiencing. The interviewer asked Nelson Mandela if he sunk into despair during his 27 years of imprisonment. He replied that he wasn’t “despairing,” but rather, he was “preparing” for the days ahead. Despite the horrific cruelty, injustice and indignity he suffered, Nelson Mandela found the capacity inside of himself to prepare the way to end apartheid and achieve what once seemed impossible and hopeless.
His noble words reminded me of a song we used to sing in Catholic School called “ Prepare ye the way of the Lord,” ( which I think was from the musical Godspell). I imagined changing those words to “Prepare ye the way for love and light” to flow into our world. With all the polarization and anger about our upcoming elections you may feel a bit hopeless and think you are powerless to do this. But I believe that each one of us can do what we can, where we can, when we can, to prepare the way for light and love to flow. You can start by asking yourself “Am I adding to the darkness and despair by projecting hatred towards the candidate I don’t want to win? If so, ask yourself how can I shift my energy to add to the light?
Preparing the way for light and love is about creating a pathway for it to flow. Whether that is in the neural pathways and thinking patterns in your mind, or a literal pathway in the world outside of you, you can start right now by being gentle with yourself or another, and then doing one kind thing for someone in your sphere of influence.
Light and Love are part of an eternal and infinite stream of energy, but we need to clear all of the roadblocks inside of us and outside of us, that are obstructing their ability to flow. Do not despair. Regardless of who you are voting for, or the outcome of our elections, we need light and love now more than ever. Do your part to prepare the way!
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I’ve always loved the word Delight! To me it means “of the light” and with all the darkness and fear in the world today, I wanted to create a place where we can gather together, restore our connection to the light and help one another to Delight The World with love, kindness, gentleness, beauty, compassion and grace. —Amy Rose, LCSW