Resisting Hopelessness

September 11, 2017

It would be easy to slip into hopelessness now, to resign ourselves to the idea that the concentrated assaults on everything from the planet to our democracy have succeeded to such a degree that it’s no longer possible to stop them.

Yet it is exactly that hopelessness we must resist now, even more than we must resist the forces that seem so intent on bringing us down. Our hopelessness is only called for if in fact miracles are not possible, and because they are, there is no cause for hopelessness.

Hope springs eternal because life springs eternal, and life abounds with possibility. We have within us the capacity to change things, but only if we are willing to change ourselves. We have written the human story that now unfolds in front of us, and the only way we can change the story is if we are willing to rewrite it.

We wrote the story of a country that had everything, was given everything, was blessed beyond comprehension and yet chose to sell our souls to the highest dollar. We wrote the story of a country that put economics before love, sales before ethics, and our government on the bidding block. We wrote the story of a country that has treated the earth with lack of reverence, democracy as though we could take it for granted, and justice as though it only mattered if the issue was applying it to ourselves.

We wrote that story, and now we can write another one. But we can only do that if we are willing to recognize that all of us, to some degree, have been co-creators of the one we have now, atone for our heartlessness to each other and our arrogance before our Creator, and get to work on cleaning up this mess and re-creating the world.

Hope is a moral imperative, and cynicism is just an excuse for not helping. We have no choice but to recreate our civilization.

I know many of us feel the urgency of this moment, the radicalism at the heart of what we’re being called to do. For it is not incremental, it is a-historic; jumping out of the timeline of what is to be expected, off the scale in the amount of light it calls forth as much as political and weather storms are off the scale in terms of darkness.

This new world cannot be forced, any more than it can be rationally calculated; it can only be invoked into expression by the deepest kind of reverance. Invocation is the priest and priestess’ task, and that is what all of us are being called to be right now.

When I was a little girl, I used to ask God what I was supposed to be when I grew up. I would always see the word “priest,” but I thought it was weird…obviously impossible, because Jews don’t have priests. Then I grew up to realize that indeed they did in the Old Testament, and even more importantly, that the priest is anyone who invokes into expression the unlimited possibilities that emerge from the field of ultimate Reality. All of us are recruits for the new priesthood, no matter what we do, needed to invoke into expression the unlimited possibilities inherent in the Mind of God. Yet they remain un-manifest until we have the courage to invoke them.

Like ancient priestesses at Delphi, let us summon all our powers of multi-dimensional knowing, emerge from the narrow and shallow casing of a mechanistic worldview, throw off the chains of a rationalistic approach to life, and remember we are co-creators of our future. We are not victims here; we’re merely reaping what we’ve sowed. And we can sow anew. We are here to create the good, the true, and the beautiful, and anything less than that is short of our purpose and our mission in this life.

Each of us is endowed with an internal guidance system, and if we ask within what we’re to do, we will be guided. We will be told what to do and we will be told how to do it. We will be led to each other and we will collaborate in miraculous ways. We will dwell within the golden Light of a higher kind of knowing. We will know, and we will do.

  • KC Cassidy

    (Warning: plz know my choice of words can be as clumsy as my feet, & that laughter helps me find my footing faster on a serious path.)

    Amen Marianne!
    I’m so ready, to share & kick off what my internal guidance system keeps screaming at me, I went One Week too early to SEE U in LA last night!
    (I was just practicing, I guess!)

    Everyday I ask for guidance, & multiple times these days as challenges seem to outnumber the flow.
    Thru my ‘listening’ for the answer(s), I keep hearing the same things.
    ‘I’ am Inspired by ur words, (& I SEE that others are as well)
    Marianne… We Need/Want & I believe are Ready for a Plan.
    Before u cock ur spiritual Dali Llama gun at me… I have listened & want to share with U &/or like-minded CIM’s feelers/believers. I also believe, as a follower of CIM’s for over 30yrs,
    ‘I’ believe we need a ‘CIM’s Spiritual Toolkit’ to keeps us tuned & on this path of Re-Membering & Awakening others. If you can think of ANYONE (lol!) that would be more qualified than U…. Spill it Plz lol! This custom Toolkit would keep the momentum going as ‘these times’ appear harder than ever to navigate…the winds are blowing harder & the water is rising higher than we’ve ever seen with our human eyes before.

    This is all I’ll say for now, I have more, (lol!) but I’ve written to you several times at different emails, on Livestream, & FB… & my ego is starting to win As my own personal life I’m struggling with employment needs, living needs, family in Hurricane areas etc.
    I Am Grateful for ‘this’ opportunity to Launch my thots here!
    I encourage ANYONE that feels similarly to please comment! I’m ready!

  • Steven McGihon

    How about a note or comment as to why my comments get taken down? I am a serious student that is trying to change himself and the world. I am a spiritually powerful ally, who has had his wings clipped, and was raised in a proverbial cage. Feel free to tell me why you don’t want me here. stevenmcgihon@gmail.com

  • Steven McGihon

    When shunned by one’s last hope, where do the hopeless turn?

  • Steven McGihon

    Last night, I felt a team member join me in prayer, with a comforting response. If so, thank you. If not, the little voice is playing tricks.

  • Steven McGihon

    I have spent the entireity of my life helping other people with their issues. I serve, support and console. Is it wrong for me to pray that someday, someone appears in my life to help me with mine? Never once in my life has that person appeared. They would have to acknowledge that The Philadelphian existed, understand their prominence in early America, and help me understand the loss and decimation of my community. The Communion of One is a lonely place. Hence, the nickname, The Alien. ✌🦁 The Alien goes wherever I go.

  • tlctouch

    I too am sensing an urgency to take action on behalf of the children that will possibly/probably inherit this great country of ours, but when I learned about some of the decisions that have been made by our elected officials (autism vs. John Glenn’s first words on the moon) and that Social Security is now funded by foreign loans, well all sorts of red flags went up for me!
    If you want to know about the autism vs John Glenn’s words topic, take a look at what Rand Paul said recently. Then, as Marianne has urged us to do, contact your Congressmen and Senators.
    Now I am waiting to see if the Tea Party is going to announce that action is being taken, or if they are being discreet and selective.
    Though I have read Tears to Triumph and have been a ACIM student this entire year of 2017, my optimism is hanging on by a thread!

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