Community: com·mu·ni·ty: noun
a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
In the world of isolation, restrictions, and lockdowns, it has been difficult for me to remember that we need community. I had a realization a couple of weeks ago that during the Covid situation, there have been many communities created: a lot of which are cliques or groups of people who believe the same things. Unfortunately, the common feeling that is present in many of these newly created communities is that of fear; fear of getting sick, fear of spreading illness, fear of others who think differently, fear of not belonging, fear of being in the wrong community, fear of being wrong, fear of being right, fear of the future….It goes on and on.
One thing is for certain, communities created in fear will likely create more fear.
I have taught in circle for many years. One of the reasons that I teach in a circle is that everyone in a circle is equal. We look at each other’s faces. No one is unequal. There is no beginning or end to a circle, and I feel that there is an enhanced level of safety when we feel equal and safe in a compassionate and loving circle. When I teach in circle, even though I am the “teacher”, I feel that the energy of the circle offers me opportunities to learn as well, given the equanimity and safety.
A circle of equals interested in spiritual growth, kindness and compassion, is a community that I can get my heart around.
I encourage all of us to reach out with open hearts to those you resonate with in a heartfelt and loving way, rather than fearful. Reach out to those who are inclusive and compassionate, rather than opinionated and righteous. Find your common ground(s). Find your spiritual common ground. Not everyone is “Christian” or “Hindu” or “Buddhist”, etc., but they are kind, generous and caring toward others. Although the religious beliefs, colour of skin, or manner of dress may be different, there may be incredible bridges to be crossed if we look for our similarities.
What will we find when we look past the surface, the opinions, and the fear? Perhaps our hearts will rejoice in inclusivity, acceptance, equality, and joy. What would the world look like if we call could come together and share with love and caring for all beings?
What community will you create?
I am continuing my sabbatical into November. I do have some sessions booked with clients, and I am now considering November fully booked. I will consider reopening in December. I will not be checking email regularly but will answer your inquiries as soon as I am able. Please look after yourself and those you care about.
Journey to your helping spirits to discover answers surrounding your beliefs regarding community. Are you creating community in a healthy and loving way? Are you fearful of not belonging? Notice what comes up. As always, remember, no judgements! What will you discover? I invite you to journey with this intention and see where it takes you on your path to self-mastery.