There are so many things that aren't real for us. I took a road trip with my mom to Las Vegas from Phoenix last week and I couldn't help but realize how much we take for granted. I thought about the people who spent countless hours making the roads that we were driving on in the middle of the seemingly barren desert. I looked at the electrical lines that spanned for miles and miles and thought about the people who installed them and the people who constructed them. I thought about the people who are responsible for getting the material to make these modern conveniences. Who gets the metal, rubber, tar, and raw materials from the earth? What kinds of animals were they confronted with? What dangers were faced? How were they handled? We take a lot for granted. We rarely know how things actually get done. We barely know how our own body functions.
I was in meditation AKA Kiki Lala Land today and I started thinking about how people are reacting to the Government shutdown. I don't watch TV so I am missing most of the drama, but I do have a facebook account and friends that like to share articles, videos, and memes to help fill in the blanks. When you are "friends" with lots of "spiritual" and "conscious" people on facebook, the perspective becomes really...full. I also use my intuition so I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on the whole thing...to my satisfaction. Some people are really feeling it in their personal lives, some people are empathizing based of the media they are consuming, and some will tell you it isn't real. I am more of an observer in the whole thing. I see all sides, even with the people who believe it isn't real...because it isn't real for them. I get that. They represent the truth of the culture most accurately if you ask me.
We depend on our government, but on most days we don't think we do. For this reason I think the shutdown is great. It helps shed light on the truth of where we are at as a species. As a species we are lazy, lack social skills, and are apathetic. The truth is that if most people were not taxed, they would never help to feed, clothe, and shelter a neighbor in need. How many people who live in heavily populated areas even know their neighbors? Government has been a scapegoat for most of our population to avoid actually being involved in the progression of our species. I am not upset that political games are being played. They can do whatever they want. We have willingly given them that power over and over again. It has resulted in a population that is majorly dysfunctional and mentally imbalanced. It is insane to think that such a small percentage of people can effectively make decisions for the whole. The real fear about the shutdown is that if it were to continue indefinitely, the people of this land would actually have to figure out how to take care of each other and relate to the world beyond...all at the same time. That is really hard when your understanding of each other comes largely from very controlled media outlets, racism, sexism, classism, lack of exposure, and pure ignorance. We have become so distant from each other that the idea of learning to care for each other is terrifying. We have pushed our responsibilities off to a government that has decided to take a nap.
What if people actually talked to each other to find out what each other needs? What if we actually got to know our neighbors so that we could build strong communities? What if everyone knew their neighbors? What if we worked together and shared(and rotated) the responsibilities to make things work efficiently in our environments? What if we took responsibilities for ourselves and shared our knowledge from that process so that others could do the same? What if we actually learned teamwork instead of competition? What if we learned integrity and trust? What if we became sovereign beings who worked together for the betterment of the whole? Don't mind me, I'm just daydreaming over here in Kiki Lala Land...but what if?
A lot of where this comes from is the fact that I have been in great appreciation of my body lately and all that it does for me, automatically. It is our greatest gift! YOUR body is a harmonious, intelligent entity that battles to stay that way at every moment and you are the one who decides how hard that battle will be by your interaction with it. People often say that United States of America is a Corporation, a body. That is interesting. As a body, we don't seem to be too intelligent or harmonious and the spirit(government) that this body holds took a nap. Sounds like horrible communication and quite a sickly body to me. What's even more insane is that this spirit decides how your energy(money) is going to be spent and you are upset that it stopped spending it. It seems like this is a great opportunity to figure out this so called body and how it best can work. After all, your body does its best healing when you are relaxed or asleep. If we are individual cells in a larger body, shouldn't we be working together, taking care of each other? Something isn't adding up. Why have we forfeited our ability to take care of ourselves and our neighbors? Maybe the United States isn't a corporation. Maybe people don't depend on a government to function. Maybe people need to learn to govern themselves. Maybe none of this is real.
Anywho, back to Kiki Lala land, I go. At least here, I know my body is a gift to be honored and appreciated. Whether I pay attention to it or not, it keeps striving to work beautifully for me. I love that in my appreciation of my body I am increasingly aware of how I should use my energy for optimal living. I love that I know that I couldn't have this physical experience without my body. Oh! Did I tell you I live on Sovereign road? I love this place and I can't wait to have awesome neighbors. It just makes sense here.