Politics and Spirituality
How does the saying go? If you want to get along with people, don’t talk about religion, politics, sex, or money at the dinner table, right? This is certainly an idea I grew up with, and one that I mostly follow without thinking too much about it. I am somewhat conflict-avoidant and I am surrounded by people who were taught to be this way, too, for better or for worse. But these days I’m questioning this habit. As I see people developing wildly disparate opinions and perspectives, and belittling those who disagree with them, I think we need to open up ways to talk about all these topics regularly and respectfully.
Beyond the dinner table question, there are so many other places where we refrain from talking about politics. This month I included a quote from a social leader in my monthly newsletter and someone wrote to tell me they don’t like the political implications of the quote. It caused me to pause and re-examine the role I play as a spiritual leader. It’s easy to keep politics out of my channelings, because the Akashic Records have no affiliation with or opinion about human politics.
But when I’m writing as myself, like here and in my newsletters, I sometimes quote social and political leaders when something they have said is similar to something coming from the Records. It’s important to me to make connections between the highly spiritual perspective of the Akasha and the real-world of everyday life. Yet I try to keep politics out of it. I try to make connections with current events and every day life. And, well, it gets confusing sometimes.
Luckily for me (and hopefully you), when I’m confused I ask the Akashic Records about it. Today I asked what to make of the connection between politics and spirituality, and a great channeling came through! It's called Politics and Spirituality, and you can download it here. I got an entirely new perspective on this topic that I hadn’t really considered before. The Keepers describe the differences among politics, religion, and spirituality in a way that made me feel so much more clear and easy about navigating the proverbial dinner table discussion. While I’ll always refrain from making political comments or choosing political sides in my work, I will continue to try to draw connections because, as the Keepers and just about every spiritual teacher out there tells us, it’s all connected. It’s all the same. And it’s all sacred.
After I channeled today, I took a walk around my neighborhood. While I walked, I remembered a great channeling from a few years ago that applies so well to this whole situation. It’s called “Conflict: From Destructive to Creative Force” and you can download it here.
What do you think about all this? How do you decide what to talk about around the dinner table, and how to you find common ground with those who disagree with you?