I was talking to a new friend today about the trendiness and monetary manipulation of spirituality and how it attracts people we perceive as “fake” or “egotistical” when we interact with them. And, yes, there’s a lot of that. But I was reading @gqstyle
’s piece on @babaramdass
(a must read) and as always Ram Dass brought me closer to truth. Ram Dass has BOTH Trump and Obama on his alter. In the article he quips “Trump is just god in drag.” The people we don’t like, the people seemingly horribly misguided on their path to truth...they are ultimately still on their path. Our path and our truth is to love everyone even if we don’t like them. It doesn’t mean you have to be around them. Some people I purposely keep at a distance because it’s the only way I can love them. But I honor that their lessons, experiences, negative behaviors, and even hurtful actions are integral parts of the journey of their soul. The ugliest parts of them needn’t be judged on my path because that doesn’t contribute to my ability to lift others up. (Still practicing this on the daily, and really trying to keep negativity out of my language is not easy or automatic.) .
This holiday season, and always, you don’t have to like your fascist uncle, your abusive brother, your friend you’re at odds with, or me (but like why are you following me tho?) you just have to accept that other people’s lessons aren’t about you. That your job is to love them (maybe in passive silence, or even defiance if you are standing up to an injustice, but still from a compassionate place). We are mirrors. People don’t love us sometimes either. But it’s all just god in drag. And the more you surround yourself with people who mirror your vibration, release judgement and opposition to those who don’t, the more you find peace. And everyone else, thank you, next.