You feel it. You want to be peaceful, compassionate and loving. But whenever you turn on the TV, or read the newspapers, you realize that we still have a long way to go.
You feel despair. And a small voice inside you is saying:
“It really doesn’t matter what you do”.
Another voice, however, whispers:
“Don’t give up. You KNOW it’s possible. That’s why you’re here.”
Like the sun and the moon, these voices stand in contrast to each other. But at the same time, they’re part of the Whole.
Over the years, I’ve learned that the small voice saying “It really doesn’t matter what you do” is also an expression of love. It cares for me, and it knows that it’s not an easy road I’ve chosen to walk on.
It wants to save me from all the hardships, pain, and sorrows. Because it knows that I sense it all. Other people’s sufferings. Darkness. Greed. Evilness. Yes, even that.
But with time, I’ve also learned to trust the other voice, the one that encourages me not to give up.
Trust turns to faith. Faith is Knowing. And with that, a pathway slowly opens up, guiding me how to move forward, step by step.
I believe that the path of a spiritual activist is the path of Inner Peace. We must be able to find inner peace first, before we can truly do the work that our soul has chosen to do.
And no, I’m not saying that we all have to become a Buddha and rest in eternal bliss before we can do the work. If you’ve read about the life of the Buddha, you would know that even after he’d reached Enlightenment, he still faced lots of challenges where people tried to deceive him, testing his consciousness.
The Path of Inner Peace is the path of a spiritual activist because we work at different levels energetically. I believe that the energy we bring into the work is more important than what we actually do.
So, what is it like for me to be a spiritual activist?
At times, it can be painful. But also uplifting because even though I do sense darkness, I also see Light. I know that more people have woken up, and choose consciously to act from kindness, love and compassion.
Each one of us matters more than we think. Imagine a dark room and you walk in with a small candle. You lighten it, and see how it transforms the darkness of the room.
You are that candlelight. We are that candlelight. Lightens up one dark room at a time.
So don’t give up dear YOU. We’re needed. Right here and now.