If you're Jewish, Passover begins Wednesday, and if you're Christian, this week also includes Good Friday and Easter on Sunday. While Good Friday is not a day of celebration, Passover celebrates the Israelites' liberation from the Egyptians, and Easter celebrates Jesus' resurrection. In the Northern Hemisphere, we're also fully in Spring, so I'd like to celebrate this week by writing about spirituality.
First, my favorite Bible verse and how I've tried to live my life is from the Book of Matthew 6:25-26...
DO NOT WORRY
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
As a freelance TV producer, I would work on a show for a few months and then not work for a few months. I was fortunate to work most of the time, and when my friends and I didn't work at the same time, we would go find the happy hours that also served food, so we could get a cheap meal with a drink. That's when most of my friends would ask me..."how do you not worry?" "How do you not fall into the 'I'll never find another job loop?'" I had never thought I was all that unusual, in my way of thinking, until my friends asked me those questions, and I have to say it's because of the above Bible verse. It's been my mantra, of sorts, a deeply held belief in a higher power that will take care of me and my needs. I will always have enough. It's up to me to create the "more than enough" part.
This moment is one where our faith is being tested. One of my spiritual teachers says that when your worry list is a mile long, it means your faith is very small. When your worry list is very small or non-existent, it truly shows the strength in your faith.
So, if you have worries right now...about you or a family member getting sick, about work and not having enough money, or even about not having access to food or toilet paper, it's time to give your worries over to a higher power. The birds do not need to store or hoard their food and nest building supplies, and so why should we? I would encourage you to write down your worries and then say a prayer and give it to God because wouldn't your higher power be able to take on your worries and help you sooo much better than you?
Next, I'd like to share a very moving and spiritual message from a Hopi Native...
“This moment humanity is going through can be seen as a portal and as a hole. The decision to fall into the hole or go through the portal is up to you....
If they repent of the problem and consume the news 24 hours a day, with little energy, nervous all the time, with pessimism, they will fall into the hole. But if you take this opportunity to look at yourself, rethink life and death, take care of yourself and others, you will cross the portal.
Take care of your home, take care of your body. Connect with the middle body of your spiritual house, all this is synonymous, that is to say the same. When you are taking care of one, you are taking care of everything else.
Do not lose the spiritual dimension of this crisis, have the aspect of the eagle, which from above, sees the whole, sees more widely.
There is a social demand in this crisis, but there is also a spiritual demand. The two go hand in hand.
Without the social dimension, we fall into fanaticism. But without the spiritual dimension, we fall into pessimism and lack of meaning.
You were prepared to go through this crisis. Take your toolbox and use all the tools at your disposal. Learn about resistance with indigenous and African peoples: we have always been and continue to be exterminated. But we still haven’t stopped singing, dancing, lighting a fire and having fun.
Don’t feel guilty about being happy during this difficult time. You don’t help at all by being sad and without energy. It helps if good things emanate from the Universe now. It is through joy that one resists.
Also, when the storm passes, you will be very important in the reconstruction of this new world. You need to be well and strong. And, for that, there is no other way than to maintain a beautiful, happy and bright vibration. This has nothing to do with alienation. This is a resistance strategy.
In shamanism, there is a rite of passage called the quest for vision. You spend a few days alone in the forest, without water, without food, without protection. When you go through this portal, you get a new vision of the world, because you have faced your fears, your difficulties…
This is what is asked of you. Let them take advantage of this time to perform their vision seeking rituals.
What world do you want to build for yourself?
For now, this is what you can do: serenity in the storm. Calm down and pray. Everyday.
Establish a routine to meet the sacred every day. Good things emanate, what you emanate now is the most important thing. And sing, dance, resist through art, joy, faith and love.”
With so much Gratitude & Love,