You are not broken.
You are doing the best you can in a civilization that is antagonistic towards life and your essential nature.
By understanding this, we can cultivate a deeper compassion and resilience towards the challenges we face as we walk the path of healing. The truth of our being is love, connection to all that is, creativity, choice and freedom. The dominant economic and political systems on our planet, however, serve the accumulation of power and resources, with an extractive and divisive relationship towards both people and all life on Earth.
Our empathy, sensitivity, and freedom threaten the existing order. They are simply incompatible with a system that requires disconnection from those who pay its most obvious costs, whether that looks like slavery, imperialism, patriarchy, industrial animal production, destroying natural habitats, or exporting toxic manufacturing to poorer neighborhoods and countries.
Growing up in this system, we become divided against ourselves. Every time our connectedness, truth, or worth is suppressed, denied or rejected, we fragment; parts of us adopt varied and often conflicting strategies for survival, pushing the creative, free, and vulnerable aspects to retreat into hiding. This fragmentation causes us emotional pain, numbness, or even physical disease, and creates struggle in living the life we want.
There is a maxim, “As within, so without, as above, so below.” In a whole and just culture that celebrated our interdependence and spiritual connection, every aspect of life would be regarded not for its utility, but for its intrinsic sacred nature. On a personal level, we can begin to heal by repairing the internal relationships between aspects of our own selves. So many of us are familiar with harsh inner voices that say things like “you coward, you’re ugly, you idiot, you loser, you’re a failure,” and perhaps we can also hear the soft ones that say “I’m scared, I’m lonely, I’m heartbroken.”
We need to discover these parts within ourselves, hear their origin stories, embrace them with love and understanding, and help them become a functioning community that addresses their needs and harmonizes their goals.
This is the Hero’s Journey. And I stand ready to support you with the gifts of space, presence, acceptance, and compassion.
(Read the full version of this explanation here.)