Excerpt from a Talk by Shaikh Kabir Helminski at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., October 8th, 2016
If you think that Mainstream media today has betrayed journalism and become mindless entertainment; no, it is worse. Mainstream media and the official reality it promotes distracts us from the fact that we are being robbed blind by a corrupt financial system and led sleepwalking from one war to another. Mainstream Media is almost entirely an instrument of propaganda and mind control, leading us away from the virtues we need to awaken, the questions we need to be asking, leading us toward a sordid, anything goes, amoral culture. If you listen you may hear a great sucking sound – that is the sound of the substance of our attention, the precious energy of our hearts being drained.
Since the mysterious day of 9/11, the events of which have never been officially subjected to a criminal investigation, America has been waging perpetual war. The result is that most of the Middle East is in a state of anarchy, chaos, and lawlessness. Lies from “official sources” made this possible. Instead of investigative journalism we are spoon fed an official reality in 1984 fashion with phrases like “official sources” say this, and “official sources” say that.
Didn’t we learn something from Viet Nam? Haven’t we learned from Afghanistan and Iraq? Haven’t we learned from meddling in Libya and Syria? Now we’re hearing belligerent rumblings about Russia and China?
We are learning to recognize the lies from official sources. Wars are too often started with official lies and false flags. Societies have historically been controlled by naming scapegoats and by manufacturing terrorist threats.
We would do well to break the trance of the corporate media. There’s little truth there. Look around: more and more people are waking up, but many are still walking around in that trance.
On the other hand there are people like you who care about this country and understand that a spiritual revolution is needed. You are the soul that can move the body of the world. You are the soul that can remind the body that it cannot live without a heart. Is it possible to be spiritual today without being an activist? Faith tells me the extraordinary challenges we face right now are a blessing, an opportunity to awaken qualities of the soul that would otherwise remain latent or dormant.
You who are relatively conscious, relatively compassionate human beings have an awesome responsibility. Whether you believe in God or not, whether you believe in an eternal soul or not, whether you are totally secular, religious, or spiritual, there must be something you hold sacred, something before which you feel humble, something you want to serve or honor. You may call it wisdom or truth, you may call it God’s law, you may call it enlightenment. Whatever it is, align yourself with that truth, with that presence, with that higher consciousness. It is in that presence that we will find the clarity, guidance, and courage we need. Ask for the guidance and inspiration that can be found deep in the human heart, and when we have found that, each of us must also become effective, committed activists working for justice and truth, putting our lives on the line.
Instead of trillions of dollars being spent on senseless, unwinnable wars, we could work toward a foreign policy based on magnanimity and compassion. We could create a global Marshal Plan and put the resources of war toward bringing clean water to the planet, toward ending hunger, toward increasing the bonds of friendship with other nations instead of threatening them.
Sacred activism is the bridge between the invisible and visible worlds, between the world of possibilities and the everyday world we live in. If we are going to bridge these two, we need to connect through our own deepest being, through our inner presence, our spiritual heart. We can do that right now
We must hold the vision of the possible human being above the tantrums and arguments in the world today. The conscious, spiritually mature human being is the ripened fruit of the tree of life. There is no greater work than the work of becoming fully human, fully conscious and compassionate human beings. And part of becoming fully human is the sacred work of justice and truth.
~ Sheikh Kabir Helminski
If there is truly nothing that you can do to change your here and now, and you can’t remove yourself from the situation, then accept your here and now totally by dropping all inner resistance. The false, unhappy self that loves feeling miserable, resentful, or sorry for itself can then no longer survive. This is called surrender. Surrender is not weakness. There is great strength in it. Only a surrendered person has spiritual power. Through surrender, you will be free internally of the situation. You may then find that the situation changes without any effort on your part. In any case, you are free.
~ Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now)
When the darkness becomes long, after that the brightness will be long and even greater. “ Verily, with hardship there is relief” ~ so trust and surrender. Everything will be good in the end. If it’s not good, it’s not the end, for the beginning and end of all things is the goodness of God.