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#truth "this is as true of our spiritual journey as it is of our sacred activism and dismantling systems of oppression.
critics [of my letter] believe that in me shining a torch on the darkness, on that which they are refusing to see, accept and own within themselves and within the society they live in, that i am inviting in darkness rather than love and light.
this is what i'm referring to when i speak of light-washing. this fear of the darkness. this determination to only look at the bright side. this refusal to go to their own edge and acknowledge that which is hurting us all.
this light-washing is complicit in upholding white supremacy. this idea that people of colour should ignore the myriad of ways in which they are hurting and being discriminated against. 'don't focus on that,' they say. 'you're just fueling negativity and division. focus on love and light'. this is something that white privilege can say.
an important lesson that the spiritual journey has taught me is that before i can ascend to the light, i must descend to the depths of my own darkness. i must go within and uncover the subconscious beliefs, patterns and wounds that are holding me back from fully knowing my authentic truth and causing me to harm myself though self-sabotage and playing small. by going into our darkness we shine a light on those parts of ourselves that we have rejected. we make them known. we grieve their pain. we atone for the ways through which we have unintentionally hurt ourselves and hurt others.
we bring healing to our abandoned parts so that we can facilitate integration. so that we can know what it is like to feel authentically whole. so that we can truly own our truth, sovereignty and power.
light-washers don't want to hear about the darkness. neither in their own spiritual journey, nor in addressing toxic systems of oppression and discrimination. they just want the ascension. they just want the light.
the light is only one half of the equation. and to get to the light, we've got to go through the darkness.
this takes courage.
this takes faith.
this takes love.
Hatred is a disgusting thing. honestly, why can't people just be kind to one another? why must we divide people, harm people, hate people? everyone is loved by someone. everyone has a shot at grace. who are we to say who gets love and who doesn't? who are we to say that "your sins are too great", meanwhile you turn around and sin yourself?
there is no reason whatsoever to hate people. they are people. they are precious and loved to someone. they may not seem that way to you but they are. jesus is that main "someone" and if we call ourselves christians and yet spread hatred then we've got some serious self-examining to do.
and you know what? it's easy to love those that you already do love. your family. your friends. but what about those you would never think of yourself as actually "loving"? what about those that you tell your friends about: "oh, i absolutely can't stand them"? jesus calls us to love the unlovable. the misfits. the weirdos. the ones with bitterness in the heart. the ones with mean and nasty spirits. can you love them? really think about it now, can you? because jesus does. jesus sure does and he will always be loving people cause that's just what he does. heart check: is that what we do? dear christian, this world is dark and ugly and it gonna get no better if we just sit on the sidelines and watch it happen. jesus declares to us to be the light. be the salt. be the fire that sets this world ablaze with love. god's love. "ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt hath lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
ye are the light of the world. a city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. "