May 8, 2012
Bob Sh’mal Ellenberg
OUR SOUL SHEDS TEARS
In my meditation this morning I began to concentrate on my soul; sort of looking for where it is in my body. I know though that my total body is my soul. It is not a place: It is all of who I am. As I sat and quietly and I watched my breathe, the term “soul force” came to mind, which was the term Gandhi used when he led millions of people in India to defy the rule of Britain over their country. He won a war with little violence and the Brits went home.
Satyagraha, was the term Gandhi conceived for his movement. It also means, “truth force.”
What we have witnessed in the Occupy movement is soul force in action. What we witnessed in the revolutions in Egypt, Libya and in the American Revolution, is the soul of humanity collectively coming awake inside of millions of people.
It doesn’t take a visionary to see that what is occurring around the world, what happened in the middle east countries a year ago and what will continue to happen in one form or another is that that human psyche, our aspiration for right, is being moved by the soul, the divine aspect of our beings, to bring equanimity to our world. That’s all: simple balance for all.
Last year there was a segment on Native American life on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The show depicted how pitifully those once honorable people are living. We can see the same thing in many places on our planet.
We get accustomed to seeing starving babies in the media around the world; we get accustomed to watching bombs being dropped on innocents. We accept a decision, by a few, to tear down a perfectly good hospital rather than leave a small part of it for homeless people. Really, isn’t someone ashamed?
As human beings we’ve become accustomed to not being the true human beings we wish to be. But our soul does not get accustomed to life that way — inside of us she is crying out that something has to change. Our soul, manifesting in our conscience as “truth force,” knows right from wrong. Hopefully, the Occupy movement will revive itself and the movement will continue in peaceful resistance as it manifests Satyagraha.
Any rational thinking human being can grasp that life on this planet has gone way askew. From how we have treated what feeds us — the earth — to how we passively accept children going hungry. It brings tears to most of our hearts, obviously not to all, that we can only deny for so long. That period of denial is over. Our conscience has shed tears for too long. We know we can do better.
And we are going to do better. We have no choice. We want to live in a world that we see as our truth.