Centers for Spiritual Living speaks in favor of seeing beyond fear to the truth, especially in such cases as the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the response to the George Zimmerman trial. These events have brought heightened attention to needed conversations about race relations in our society, as well as to the deeper spiritual issue of our interconnectedness to one another.
In the case of Treyvon Martin and George Zimmerman, we are faced with the underlying racial tensions and issues that simmer below the surface of our society. These tensions play out in tragedy when the "us versus them" thinking embedded in stereotyping is perpetuated and allowed to generate fear of an unknown, unsafe "other." This fear-based thinking can bring forth violence, and we must somehow find a way to stop being afraid of our differences so that tragedies like this don’t continue to happen.
Centers for Spiritual Living acknowledges the deep emotional pain that this event has triggered in our communities. Maya Angelou captures this in the current issue of Time magazine, "A number of people think that only blacks were hurt, that African Americans were hurt by this decision, but that is not true. All you have to do is look at the protesters---they are white and black, Spanish-speaking and Asian. What is really injured---bruised, if you will---is the psyche of our national population. We are all harmed." Therefore Centers for Spiritual Living is committed to ongoing dialogues that foster healing and restoration within our communities.
Our founder, Ernest Holmes, wrote “We cannot afford to hold personal animosities or enmities against the world or individual members of society. All such thoughts are outside [spiritual] law and cannot be taken into the heavenly consciousness. Love alone can beget love. People do not gather roses from thistles.”
With this in mind, let each person begin within his/her own heart and mind to take the first step of healing, by mindfully eradicating any sense of “otherness.” Let us each in our own way continue to affirm and declare that there is only One Life in which we all live, and above all, let us seek to live from that awareness, and by doing so, step justly and gracefully toward a world that works for everyone.
Centers for Spiritual Living affirms the unity of all people and the essential goodness of all life in every person. We celebrate the unique and precious gift that is every individual human life, as part of the one Life we hold sacred. Rather than fear, Centers for Spiritual Living teaches love for one another, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, style of dressing, lifestyle or economic social position. I invite you to let this incomprehensible tragedy spur you on to continue working toward a consciousness of oneness, and to trust that this work helps the collective awareness of inclusivity awaken in humanity now.