People all over the world today will be blogging against it. I imagine that there will be multitudes of people retelling their own personal stories with it as well. Stories of pain, heartbreak, fear, courage and triumph. People will be blogging as to the nature of it, the root of it, and the answer to it. It involves children, women, men, animals and the Natural world. Governments and Politicians do it. Judicial systems and military systems do it. Sick demented people do it. Average, every-day people do it.
Can anyone read that word without reacting strongly to it? And what is abuse, anyway? So much comes to mind. For the sake of my post I’d like to define it simply as this: The abnormal use of personal power. Ab-Use.
With each new day, each of us is given a blank slate. From the moment we open our eyes, we have the opportunity, given to us by our Creator, to be the Masters and Mistresses of our lives through the gift of free-will. We have the use of our bodies and our intellects, our creativity and our feelings, our spirits and our words. And we can direct them in whatever way we choose. What power we have been given! What enormous potential for good – in both large and small ways. Unlike any other creature on the face of the planet, we have the wherewithall for self-realization and self-actualization. We have the mental processes and physical capabilities to give shape to anything that our minds can imagine.
Humans are extraordinary in their ability to transcend even the most horrendous, heinous situations. We’ve all seen the beauty that can arise from the most impoverished conditions. We’ve seen faith shown in the face of insurmountable odds, and courage, grace and joy demonstrated in the midst of complete disaster. We’ve been witness to an outpouring of love – and with it, forgiveness – in direct response to the most unloving, unforgiveable of human atrocities.
To me, these examples define the ‘normal’ use of our personal power – normal in the sense that we are most like the One Who Created us when we utilize our free wills in ways that perpetuate good will, harmony, community and safety towards one another. Towards the Earth. And towards those that will come after us. To me, it is normal to be a good steward of our resources, to offer a kind word rather than a harsh criticism, or a healing touch rather than a slap to the face. It is normal to want to make sure that each person and each animal and each resource is treated with respect, honor and a sacred awareness that we are all connected on a deep, mysterious level. It is normal to give. To protect. To love. When we engage in anything else, we have forgotten our sanity and our humanity and our divinity. We have become abnormal.
Today, I would like to offer a prayer. A prayer for all of us. May we be ever mindful about the way we chose to use our personal power towards one another and towards our selves. May we be in our right minds as we interact with each other – minds that have been renewed and healed by the Spirit of God. May we demonstrate to our fellow citizens, to the Earth, and to our children that it is normal to be kind, brave, generous and truthful. And may we never forget that we have been granted the unbelieveable honor of demonstrating the power of Love – the very nature of God – in every choice we make.
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