the bad news first: people are trying to bring you down, and they are invested in keeping you down.
there are people in this world who profit from your pain, exhaustion, frustration and dread. they are not bad people. they have bought into the lie that power over others will protect you and make you happy.
many of these people are rich, but not all. money is not in itself evil – i do not subscribe to that idiom. money is simply a resource, a tool.
there are systems in place that support using money and any other tool we have to collect as much power as we can and take as much as we can from others.
we are taught scarcity, competition, and separateness.
in reality, none of this is the truth.
we can see what we want to see and what we are looking for. if you think there is not enough to support you, there won’t be. no matter what you have, it won’t be enough for you. if you think others are out to get you, you will interpret what they do that way.
there is no separation from the whole. and thus there is no competition – it is not us vs. them. “it’s all of us or none of us” as the saying goes.
you cannot support yourself while pushing others down – you are attached to them intricately, inescapably.
you cannot take that which is inherently gifted. you can take money, possessions, material things – these are human-created. but you cannot steal someone’s power. they will always have something, the magical spirit of being human, the ability to make their own decision (no matter what you do to try to control them), the impenetrable imagination and company of their own mind.
and no one can take these from you.
you can see what you want to see.
do you want to recognize your own worth? affirm the power you have that no one can take from you? recognize your ability to choose your actions and the freedom of your spirit?
and so it can be.
because the world is so profoundly confused, it has become all important to learn to support ourselves and lift ourselves up. others may try to bring you down with them but they have no power over you. you can affirm your worth and your agency and carry on.
the line between the personal and the political does not exist. there is no separation between what is important on an individual level or on a collective level.
daily, as a woman, i am told i’m not as valued as other people; as a person with mental illness, that my opinion cannot be trusted; as a queer person, that i don’t deserve to be happy or have the things that i want; as a bisexual woman, that i don’t exist.
but no one can take from me what i know to be true. i am worthy of this life. i am powerful. i am a unique expression of the energy of the universe.
it is my intention and commitment to lift myself up in the face of a world trying to bring me down – and lift you up with me.