At the end of last month, I joined with my mighty companions as we concluded a 7-day journey of healing through shame, guilt, and unworthiness with a powerful Zoom circle. People of all ages and colors, black, brown, and white, from all over the world, gathered in the purpose of healing which also allowed us to begin processing our sadness and anger we felt at the murder of George Floyd.
Most of us probably never knew George Floyd until last month. Recently, I made a new friend on Facebook, Guthema Roba, a poet and author originally from Ethiopia who works for the Hennepin County library system in Minneapolis where Floyd was a frequent visitor. While Guthema never met Floyd, what he shared about Floyd truly touched my heart:
“The unrest that started here in the heart of Minneapolis last week has now spread like fire across the country and the world. It is actually more consuming than wildfire. The spot where George Floyd was brutally killed has now become a place for healing and community gathering.
… When I look back … I feel that George did not die. So, don’t look for him in the graveyard. He became the sea. He became a rainbow and a running brook. He became light and spread himself across the world. He became a new fire and started burning in our hearts. It gives me some hope that awakening is slowly happening to America.
… The unrest we see now across the nations can be an invitation to see a person beyond his/her mere appearance. After all, appearance is not a reality. It is only a garment we wear. We are more than that. Who is inside the cloth? What if we are willing to see God when we see someone walking down the street?“
Audio recordings from our Zoom circle
If you feel inspired, you can listen to the message of Mary Magdalene and Jesus from 2000 years ago we shared during our Zoom circle.
To listen to the audio recording of the Zoom circle, please click here.
To listen to the guided meditation, please click here.
There was oppression then – as there is now. There was inequality and injustice then – as there is now; yet Jesus and Mary directed their fellow brothers and sisters to go within – to plant the mustard seed of faith and love within and allow it to grow and grow – so then others can come and find peace, refuge, safety, and healing.
I feel so blessed to have been a part of this circle where the participants shared so honestly and bravely what was on their minds and in their hearts. Together, through tears and laughter, we found peace and healing where at first there seemed to be just pain and darkness.
To truly honor George Floyd
Perhaps the death of George Floyd can be a catalyst for our society to come together with greater unity, oneness, and love. As A Course in Miracles teaches, the holiest of all spots on earth is where an ancient hatred becomes a present love. This spot is not outside us but begins within – finding the mustard seed of the kingdom of love, peace, and light within.
Let us all look within and uproot the seeds of shame, guilt, unworthiness and separation inside our minds and hearts. Let us join together so that we may be a living witness to the love, peace, and oneness that truly can honor George Floyd.
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