I’ve never been to Boston. I’ve never seen its sights, soaked in the history, walked its streets. I’ve always wanted to, but haven’t yet. And hearing the news yesterday didn’t make me want to stay away, it made me sad, but it didn’t make me afraid.
“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” Albert Einstein
And make no mistake, the events at yesterday’s Boston Marathon started with a thought of fear. A Course in Miracles teaches that everything is either an extension of love or a call for it. Yesterday’s attack was a call for love. It was a chance for me to go back to my Inner Teacher and ask for help.
There is so much pain in the world… What can I do to lessen it? What grievances am I holding onto that are contributing to the chaos? I have a role here. I always do. And it is always to choose love over fear…to forgive any thoughts of separation and to allow our Inner Guide to show us how.
This is the inner work…the work of prayer, meditation, forgiveness. Of course there is much work to be done on the outside too…justice, treatments, counselling etc. And when that work is anchored with a loving heart, there is an ease to moving forward…an expansive, pervasive kind of healing.
We can do this. We can rise to the occasion and not tackle this event at the same level that made it.
As it says in the Course:
“Where there is love, your brother must give it to you because of what it is. But where there is a call for love, you must give it because of what you are.” (T. Ch.14, V.12)
We are all called. Let’s listen.