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So How Do We Resist?

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

In the early days of the Trump presidency I found myself beginning to get caught up in the “we have to resist” frenzy.  Living in a rather remote area and travel being difficult for us right now kept us from rushing off to participate in marches, rallies and other forms of “protest.”  So I participated in spirit.  I prayed, meditated and “held the high watch” for those who were out there as well as for our country as a whole.  But I have been uncomfortable with some of large public protests and the way they have been conducted.  I have watched with concern as protestors have been called thugs and accused of everything from inciting violence, to looting, to unprovoked attacks to being rude at town hall meetings.

I have been silent on the tragedy in Charlottesville because I just didn’t know what to say.  I also rarely comment on current events immediately.  I wait for guidance and if it comes then I say something.  Finally guidance came and I am now able to offer these words of hope and encouragement.

So how do we resist evil?

  1.  Choose our actions carefully and wisely.  Getting into a face to face showdown with heavily armed White Nationalists may not be the best thing to do.  Scripture tells us to “abstain from all appearance of evil.” 2Thessalonians 5:22  Most people have likely seen the President’s description of the events in Charlottesville.  That a group of “leftist thugs” attacked a group of “fine, upstanding citizens” who were peacefully protesting (with a permit to do so) the removal of a statue and the renaming of a park.  We do not get involved with anything that can degrade into or even be exaggerated or twisted into being improper, violent or evil.  I am not sure that physical on site protests have accomplished what people are trying to do and in many cases have been used as examples of the “evil intent” of the protestors.
  2. Maybe it time to rethink the word “resist.”  What if resistance isn’t fighting against but living for?  See my blog Fighting Against or Living For?”  
  3. Determine that the world will not change you, that you will not follow the anger and violence of the world but that you will follow Spirit, walk in the light and lead by example.  We can resist by refusing to hate.  We can resist by living in peace.  We can resist by loving.
  4. Create and repeat affirmations.  I am love.  I am peace.  I am creating a world that works for all.  When working with affirmations it is important to put them in positive words, not negative.  I will not, I am not, are not as powerful as I am statements.
  5. Live in the light and walk the path set before you.  People will notice.  Your example may make people think about their actions.  Your example may even change the world.

This is how we do it folks, by living the life of love, peace and light and refusing to be changed by the world around us.

 

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Fighting Against or Living For?

Lakewood Driveway Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Lakewood Driveway
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

Two and a half years ago Bob and I moved to the lake.  At first it was “paradise.”  Then some major changes around here brought us back to reality and reminded us that life has its challenges and people are people no matter where you live.

The biggest challenge for me has been staying young and healthy in body, mind and spirit while surrounded by people who are older and believe sickness is an inevitable part of aging. In fact certain illnesses and major surgeries seem to be badges of honor and rights of passage.

During this time I have often found myself feeling that I was fighting against negativity, stereotypes of aging and yes sometimes even people.  I have often talked with Bob about the struggle to maintain my healthy lifestyle.

Then something happened that made me realize I had it all wrong. Instead of fighting against I should see myself as living for something greater.  Instead of fighting against sickness and negativity I should be living for wellness, light, love and focusing on the positive.  It may seem like a very slight shift but if we look at it closely the difference is huge.

The same applies to life in the wider world.  Are we fighting against the negative forces in the world today or are we living for light, love, peace, acceptance, and creating a better world for all?

What are you fighting against?  How can you flip that into living for something greater?