By Steve Clayton
‘Protective Rationalization’ or ‘Protective Justification’ are terms I have not thought of in a long time. As human beings we have a knack of being able to rationalize or justify any of our actions no matter how hideous or immoral they may be. As life gets harder and harder here on Mother Earth, through the shortsightedness and the fear of many of us, the need for justifications and rationalizations becomes greater and greater.
Those in power have to justify their position in order to maintain their power while those not in power rationalize their unwillingness for change out of fear of things becoming worse; or at least they are buying into the fear those in power are generating to keep the rest of us in line. If you don’t believe this go on line and see the size of ‘anti-occupy movement’; and read the hate filled messages sent towards those who believe in a better world for all.
Divide and conquer is still a principle tool of those in power and why shouldn’t it be when it works so well. Humanity seems, on certain levels, to be hellbent against change and often we hear laments such as, “I am only one person what can I do against the system” or “there are no honest people in politics and if an honest man or woman tries to get into politics they get steamrollered by the system”.
It is easy to fall prey to negativity when we are constantly bombarded by it through the media in all of its facets. What is not easy is to find our inner voice or guidance system. It is there in each and every one of us just waiting for each of us to take notice of its presence. As we move steadily forward into the 21st century the necessity for us to find, and listen to, our inner voice is becoming increasingly important. Whether you believe you are going to be part of the Ascension or you believe your soul’s journey is still tied to the Third Dimension it is important to discover who you are and what you believe in. This is not as impossible a task as you might first think. Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong are just a sampling of methods to getting in touch with your inner self. Seek out the one(s) that resonate with you and you may be shocked and amazed to discover who you really are beneath the external shell that spends most of its time jumping through the hoops imposed by ‘modern’ society.
I believe it was Einstein who said a person must look at the world around him or herself as if everything is a miracle or nothing is a miracle. We are not encouraged to look too closely at each other let alone at the world around us but when we do take the time to do so we can once again be filled with the wonderment of childhood when everything was an exciting new discovery. Taking the time to reconnect with nature or with an animal can also reawaken that wonder and, just as importantly, allow you to reconnect with your inner voice. For the last decade my inner voice has been growing louder and louder and, though somewhat reluctantly at first, I have begun to listen.
As I come back into the forgotten knowledge that we all are truly one, that all life is interconnected, I see miracles all around me. I know without a doubt that each of us and the life we find ourselves in is so much greater than we are led to believe. The moment that truly brought this home for me was not an earth shattering event in any way shape or form. It was simply staring into my dog’s eyes for a few minutes while I scratched his head. During that moment in time I saw how on the surface we were so different and how underneath we were so much the same. In his eyes I recognized the same need to give and receive Love that I felt within. I realized how much I had underestimated not only him and his species but all the other life forms we share the planet with. I knew that the ‘human’ superiority I had felt for so many of my years was as false as a world that condemns multitudes for being different in sex, colour, religion, philosophy or nationality. I realized how little I actually knew. I felt humbled. I began to see again the miracle involved in all life. I even wrote a Haiku about it which I will leave with you as a closing thought:
The depths within a dog’s eyes
drives home how little
I comprehend miracles