I’ve wanted to write about racism for a while now, and it has taken me some time to gather and organize my thoughts. Racism is a sensitive topic that can be painful to examine. With this post, I want to provide a spiritual perspective, tools for healing trauma, and an action plan to create a peaceful post-racial world.¬†
The friction and upheaval during this pandemic have highlighted many of humanity’s weaknesses and failings. Racial tensions have always existed, and we can no longer hide from its ugliness.¬†Minorities continue to be brutally murdered merely for existing. When I go on social media, it’s hard not to feel defeated.¬†Of course¬†#BlackLivesMatter.¬†Of course¬†#AsiansAreHuman. It is undignified that people still have to insist on being treated like people just because they have more melanin in their skin or different-shaped eyes.¬†We should have evolved by now, but we haven’t, so all this chaos and drama is giving us a long kick in the butt to break outdated and archaic systems and modes of thinking.
So How Did We Get Here?
Or rather, why are we still here? Talking about racism makes many people uncomfortable and defensive because admitting to being racist is like saying you’re evil. No one wants to be likened to Hitler. But people are not divided into Good and Evil. Both traits are in us, a tug of war within, constantly challenging us to choose.
Everything comes from God, and that includes evil, the negative force, the ego, or whatever you want to call it. Life is a game set up so that we have the free will to choose good, to be like God. When we listen to the negative force, it sets us back from our spiritual goal.
With that understanding, we know that evil, or at least the potential for evil, exists in every one of us. To say that you don‚Äôt have a racist bone in your body is like saying you don‚Äôt have bones. To be human is to be fighting inner demons. The sooner that we can address these demons, the sooner we can relinquish them.
Is Racism Taught?¬†
Sometimes, I hear people asking, “why can’t we teach people not to rape/kill/be racist?” Well, it’s difficult to reason with the mentally ill. It’s already a challenge to communicate with those who seem to have all their mental and physical capacities.¬†By the time someone is raping or killing, they are entrenched in negativity and beyond reason.¬†
Laying a spiritual foundation for children would be very helpful. I wish schools can have classes on empathy, kindness, respect, and how to express emotions in healthy ways. Instilling these qualities would go a long way in combatting hatred in future generations.
Unfortunately, racism can be taught, consciously or unconsciously, starting within the family and within communities. Stereotypes and racial hierarchies are normalized in pop culture and media, even if subtly and indirectly. Those who are becoming conscious of pervasive racist thinking now have to actively unlearn it.
This can be a challenge for those living in very homogeneous societies.¬†A lack of contact with people from different backgrounds can give way to prejudices and assumptions unless we are really seeking to understand and empathize with others. Those who look different are often viewed as threats. Parents can pass down these fears of outsiders. This leads to a very important point:
Generational Racism and Xenophobia
We’re all likely descendants of ancestors from tribes and nations that were constantly at war or on the defensive from foreign invasions. Being suspicious of outsiders (xenophobia) is in our DNA. It’s a defense mechanism; we’re wired to be on guard for threats. When we see someone who looks different, we automatically assess them as “foreign,” even if they’re a citizen in the same country.¬†
There are isolated indigenous tribes and ancient civilizations still in existence, such as this Sentinelese tribe who will attack and kill outsiders stepping on their island. They need to be protected from outsiders because they don’t have the immunity we do to diseases.¬†And if history is any indication, if they don‚Äôt defend themselves, they would be stripped of their land, resources,¬†traditions, and forced to integrate into modern society. ¬†
Assessing appearances and leaning into stereotypes are shorthands to define and categorize those we don’t understand in order to stay safe from threats. However, conflict and violence are not exclusive to different races or nations. Just look at The Troubles in Northern Ireland or all the civil wars. You can easily hate someone in your own backyard. This war mentality will continue to flame prejudice, racism, and hatred until we learn to respect and accept each other, within our community and beyond.¬†
Right now, ‚Äúwhite supremacy‚ÄĚ seems to be the common enemy. White people are on top of the racial hierarchy, and the rest of us are battling it out so we don’t end up at the bottom. That means minorities being nasty to other minorities.¬†
Simply put, racism is a tool to make others feel inferior so we feel superior. It’s basic schoolyard bullying on a larger scale.¬†
White people are not going to give up their reign so easily, which is why they feel threatened when minorities move into their territory. Those who have stolen land are the most sensitive and defensive to foreign threats; they know another tribe can easily steal¬†the land right back.¬†
But let’s say another race does succeed in usurping white supremacy. Racism won’t end there. Whoever is at the top is still vulnerable to humanity’s lust for power and greed. As long as there’s a hierarchy, there’s always going to be war and conflict.¬†
None of us want to give up our land, our heritage, our traditions. This earth is an experiment to see if different tribes can co-exist peacefully. We can, as long as we give up our pursuit of dominance. This is why doing our spiritual work is so important.¬†
Breaking the Cycle
First, it’s time for us to heal from the collective racial trauma of our violent history. As some of you may know, I’m an intuitive healer, and I self-heal every morning. I understand that not everyone has the means to get certified as a healer or to hire one, but there are several simple techniques you can learn yourself. In my¬†list of 7 energy healing techniques, EFT tapping, The Emotion Code, The Quantum Breakthrough Code, and The Healing Code can all be learned fairly quickly to self-heal. You can even borrow the books from the library. Use them to release sadness, grief, pain, resentments, fears, anger, or anything else weighing you down.¬†
Anger is a big one. I know from the events of this year, I have definitely felt rage. (If you’re wondering what has kept me sane and balanced throughout this turbulent year, it’s all the self-healing.) The root of anger is pain. Expressing anger is easier than dealing with hurt and pain. Anger can be used to defend yourself when threatened, but unchecked, it will create a cycle of hurting each other, perpetuating anger and violence.¬†
This is why it’s imperative to release anger in ways that won’t hurt others or yourself. Scream into a pillow, exercise (boxing helps), break some plates outside, channel it into art, etc. If you don’t let it out, it will eat you from the inside out.¬†
You can say another “benefit” of anger is that it can help someone find their voice, even if it’s aggressive. But anger is reactive and not sustainable in the long run for fueling you to express yourself or take action. The goal is to get to a point where we can speak our truths, express our feelings, and stand up for ourselves calmly and without anger.¬†
It’s also time to move beyond blame. This can be extremely difficult as we continue to witness all the violence, chaos, and injustices in the world, but we need to surrender justice to the cosmos. Spiritual leaders know that the world is always in balance.
Whenever I hear tragic news, I have to take a step back to remind myself that everyone has different soul journeys.¬†Studying reincarnation has taught me that before being born, the soul chooses the body and certain life experiences to obtain spiritual lessons and elevate their soul. If they have passed on, I can honour their lives by receiving the lessons gifted to those of us who remain. As a result of hearing their stories, we might be inspired to take urgent action for change: find our moral truths, speak out, stand up for what’s right, help our communities, donate money or our services, reach out to others, start organizations, etc.¬†
Release hidden prejudices
We don’t need to have a common enemy to unite. If we continue with the Us-vs-Them mentality, the conflict will continue. In past lives, we’ve all been different races, sexes, religions, etc. Chances are, we have taken racial prejudices from past lifetimes into the current life. They can also be passed down from ancestors.¬†
In ThetaHealing, there’s a 5-day course called World Relations, where practitioners can muscle¬†test their subconscious for hatred, resentments, grudges, and prejudices for every race, country, culture, religion, sexual orientation, etc. I’m waiting for the pandemic to be over so I can take that course, but I took a short¬†Top People class on successful relationships where I tested resentments for different groups of people. For example, I tested that I hated rich people, which I released because it’s not a great belief to have if I want to manifest wealth. I’ve started testing resentments for different countries, and I had some for places that were not even on my radar. Surely, they came from past lives, and it’s good to remove them to prevent attracting conflicts with people from these places.¬†
Focus on your own spiritual work
As the Coronavirus has shown us, we are all connected, for better or for worse. The frustrating thing is that we can’t change other people. Right now, cancel culture is all about shaming others into change. Maybe it helps to get things going, but it’s not going to be sustainable in the long term. People should want to change on their own.
Spiritual leaders know the most effective thing they can do is to walk the walk. Love is a more powerful force than hate. Spreading love is the best way to inspire others to be better. I do my spiritual work by resolving my own issues so I can be happy and better shine my light on the world.¬†I’m not the same person I was last year, or five years ago, ten. People can change if we give them space. If we’re quick to judge, the judgment boomerangs back, and none of us are perfect. If someone really needs to change but won’t, leave it to the cosmic laws‚ÄĒand actual laws. You can certainly voice your opinions and stand up for what’s right, but it’s not your responsibility to force someone to change.¬†And it doesn’t work.¬†If you start with yourself and practice what you preach, you’ll have the best chance to inspire those around you to do better.¬†