I do not Hate! I do not hate those who’s opinions differ from mine, nor do I hate the ‘Haters’ of the world, for hate is a self destructive energy. To hate another I need to extend my energy in a hostile manner. To hate I must spend my time focused on that which I do not want in my life.
This does not mean I turn a blind eye to the injustices of the world, it simply means that I will not approach them with malice and spite. No venom drips from my teeth, and no insult gains way on my tongue. When those feeling rise to the surface of my mind, I breathe deep and remember that even the shadow has it’s purpose.
I went to the Women’s March of Unity in Montpelier, VT yesterday dressed as a Vermont Wonder Woman; hats, sweaters, and practical boots included. I did this because I felt it was important to stand for love, justice, and equality. I also felt it was important to represent America in my actions.
I believe patriotism matters, and I believe in the spirit of Wonder Woman!
Wonder Woman represents ideals that I value, and has always been my favorite heroine. She is strong, focused, and has great integrity. She does not turn her eyes away from trouble, but faces it head on. She carries herself with such balance, that she never mistakes justice for vengeance. Nor is she unforgiving, and she is never mean. Wonder Woman stands for justice, and believes in her country.
I believe patriotism matters…My father was a Vietnam Vet. His service and dedication to his country, not only effected his life, but the lives of all he touched. He was proud to be an American, even though the country he loved so much, showed him malice and hatred when he was most in need of comfort. He faced his fellow Americans who thought him a baby killer, and he chose not to hate. He did not Hate his country, he loved his country. I will not say he never experienced anger, for he certainly did. But he did not turn his back and hate the country he called home.
I was raised with a deep Patriotism. One that carries with it an understanding that I will never have the same views as everyone in the country. That we will disagree over and over, and over again. But that these differences are not with my country itself.
As a Druid, I believe that all things have Spirit. As a Psychic Medium, I am fortunate enough to communicate, see, and experience these spirits. They are not exactly like the Spirits of the Dead, but they are real all the same. Druids refer to the Spirit of Place as the Genius Locus. It is the energy that encompasses a place, holding the essence of it’s being. I remember this every time I stand in support.
I remember the Genius Locus of the United States.
When my father died he began pushing on me his strong Patriotic values, and he did this by utilizing my love of Wonder Woman. He started with clothing. He really loved wearing red, white & blue himself, and he wanted me to. He would say this to me over and over again, and I finally gave in when he said “Wonder Woman loved red, white, and blue Sali”. I added a bit of black, but I gave in. He has been dead 4 years now, and my love of Wonder Woman clothes is still going strong.
It’s about more than a costume though. I really believe we have to start supporting the Spirit of the United States, the Genius Locus of our country. We need to start sending love to the Spirit of America itself. Not to their version of America, or our version of America, but to the Spirit of the country itself. If we start sending love and healing to the Spirit of our country, perhaps what is best will naturally appear.
I do not say this in a sparkle, love & light, only good thoughts version of reality. I say this with the strength and justice of Wonder Woman. I mean really send out some healing love to the Spirit of our country. Remind her that she was is growing, healing, and a creative force. She can choose between love or hate. Show her that we trust in her. This is something we can do, no matter what side we believe we stand on.
We all want LOVE in our lives, safety, security, and justice. We may have different ideas on how that is reached, but we all want it. Growth requires trust, we need to trust in a higher power, and send as much love to the situation as we possibly can.
Genius Locus (the Spirit of place), is not limited to the country. There are natural forces, and land spirits that watch over States, towns, waterways, and homes.
Often when people are struggling to sell their homes, they come to me asking for advice. I always tell them to communicate with the Spirit of the house directly. To tell the Genius Locus how much you have appreciated it, listing the wonderful ways your home has supported you. Then to explain that you must move on, and ask the Spirit for help finding the right people for it. You can explain what you would like to see for the house.
This technique is truly helpful. After all we all sense the energy of buildings and spaces. Take a minute to think about it, and you recognize that you feel good in some places, and uncomfortable in others. This is due to the energy that the space holds.
The United States could use a great big smudging. We need to take a day and collectively get out our Sage bundles and smudge the fuck out of our country. Clean off the goobers of hate, anger, and dysfunction. Then we need to set up some intentional altars to hold space for the United States, and send it some serious love.
If you look at it from the terms of Quantum Theory; which has proven thought matters, then we need to look at the fact that we are generating more hate, and discourse if we approach this with anything but love.
I marched in the Women’s march yesterday, and was over joyed to see all the signs that talked about love, and support. I was not as happy to see the ones that preached hate at one man. Not because I agree with him, but because hate is still a powerful force, and it is one that is counter productive to change. How can be anything other then what we hate, if we are preaching hate?
How can we be more?
We can be more by standing for LOVE! We can be more by talking about the things in our country we love, the things we want to see flourish. I am not asking for people to put their heads in the sand. I am simply asking that we open our hearts and speak on the things we love, as much as the things we hate.
Yesterday, I felt tremendous LOVE. I felt that people were energetically linking arms and hearts, spreading out a gigantic web of goodness over the country, and the world. We were saying that we all matter. That was powerful, and good. We just need to remember that when we let hate slip into the mix, we taint ourselves, and our work. We need to remain focused on that which we are seeking…a safe, loving, supportive world. A world that is strong, and healthy, a world where are children, and our children’s, children can flourish.
Here is a simple way you can start making a difference…
Set up a working altar dedicated to the United States. Any flat surface will do, the top of a dresser, a shelf on a book case, etc. The key to a working altar, is that everything placed on it is done so intentionally. No loose change, receipts, and keys unless you have a reason other than laziness for it.
Place items on the altar that represent the America you love. Pictures, postcards, souvenirs, family pictures, soil, rocks, religious items, etc.
Place a candle on your altar. Every day find 5 minutes to work with your altar. Simply light your candle, stand or sit in front of your altar, and tell the genius Locus of the United States what you love about her. Allow yourself to deeply connect with the Spirit of the country, remembering that we are inside of her energy right this very minute. We are connected. Tell her your dreams for her, and your hopes, speak of her strengths, and share your support for the battles she is fighting.
Blow out your candle and go about your day. Throughout the day when you are feeling overwhelmed, scared, or unsure of the state of our nation, remember the candle, and the work you are doing. This takes your energy away from fear, refusing to fuel hatred and fear, and gives it to that which you are working to create…love, justice, and healing.
I also encourage you to start speaking out about the reasons you love your country. Start sharing that in conversations with friends, colleagues, and strangers. Where patriotic ensembles if you are so drawn, do not wait for the 4th of July. We need to remember we achieve nothing if we forget that this country belongs to us, and we belong to her. We need to stand in support, the United States as we want her to be…healthy, strong, and kind.
Our views on what makes America great may differ. We may hear things, see things, and interpret things different than one another, but we all want to be love. So does the Spirit of the United States.
Please know that I hate no one. There is no one I hate. I refuse to waste my energy on such things. Thanks for reading folks.