ABOVE THE LAW: THE PURIFICATION OF AMERICA
This article is about the time we are in related to the appropriation of the U.S. government of rights and authority that extend beyond the law.
This time of the self-aggrandizement of a nation that was established on the principle of the inherent equality of man can only come about because the motivations of those in power are being fueled by energies which amplify and lend credence to ideas that would not be tolerated were these energies not present. Such ideas as the entitlement to be above the law because it is necessary to serve the nation’s need for security, or that it is necessary to protect the nation from experiencing another attack by terrorists, belies a deeper motivational truth. This motivational truth informs a perspective that holds that America is all-powerful and must remain all-powerful. Indeed, today, instead of America’s power residing in her virtue, a reversal has occurred among many in positions of high authority. Now, America’s virtue resides in her power.
The implicit ideological and emotional need to maintain the dominance of America on the world stage at a time when the needs of nations for respect, equality, recognition of individual identity, and a share at the table of planetary resources is increasing, cannot occur in a peaceful way. Given this ideological motivation, America will need, in the name of preserving her own ‘freedom and security’, to suppress the identities and freedoms of other peoples which are
growing more forceful and being strengthened by the day, in order to assert her own continuing dominance. This movement is not, of course, only occurring out of ideology or theology, (and within some, the two are blended), but also as a result of economic pressure caused by the diminishing pool of available fossil fuels from which to create an ongoing energy supply. Such reliance on the earth’s resources that are controlled by other nations makes it, according to the views of some, additionally imperative for America to remain dominant over others rather than in a cooperative relationship with them.
In this display of dominance, we see coming into the open once again, tendencies that were present at the founding of this country that are the reverse side of its ideological purity as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. Then, too, the implicit acknowledgment of the equality of man and the right of each to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” was boldly stated for all to see in a document that will resound through the ages. Nevertheless, at the same time, the institution of slavery was given full support within America’s borders, and the rights of Native Americans were disregarded almost entirely as if they were merely an ornament to the landscape rather than human beings who had as much right to equality as the white man who took over the land belonging to the tribes that had inhabited it. This dark side of American life has been with this country since its founding and creates a dichotomy between idealism and practice, a dichotomy that is being healed at this time. Once again, the ideals of the Constitution and of the Bill of Rights which guarantee to America’s citizens certain rights and liberties that governments have agreed not to violate, have become separated from the actual practice of maintaining ‘liberty for all’. Once again, in the name of certain ideals or certain ideological phrases such as ‘the protection of freedom’ or the ‘need for security’, a departure is taking place which moves behavior out of congruence with the very ideals that are being articulated.
It is a time of increasing darkness within the land of America, and many citizens are rightfully concerned about the direction things are taking both in terms of foreign policy and also within the nation herself. What is important at this time is to look at the painful or difficult aspects of what is currently happening as government claims to be ‘above the law', as part of the purification of tendencies toward darkness and duplicity that have always been part of the American character and of her history.
This is not something to be turned away from because it is painful to see. It is something to be held within the context of purification so that it can be known, and understood, and trusted. Trust lies in the perception that just as there is a plan for the earth that is held in the mind of God, so, too, is there a plan for this country that is held in the mind of God, and that plan involves the purification of the dark tendencies that have been part of America’s history and character since the very beginning.
The nature of purification of America involves the rooting out or bringing to the surface of impulses of disregard for human life, of superiority of one segment of the population toward others who are deemed to have less value as human beings, and of the willingness to depart from the primary principle of liberty and equality for all. These things must be seen for what they are – as the behavioral manifestation of darkness purifying, not randomly, not with a sense that they will be victorious in coming to dominate the future of an entire nation, but with clarity and trust that the darkness can be held within the light that is also present within this nation – a light that is expressed in the caring of its citizens that the rights of all be maintained, that the people of New Orleans and surrounding areas who have been dispossessed as a result of hurricane Katrina of property, livelihood, loved ones, and especially of hope, be not placed on the sidelines of consciousness because a large proportion of these people are of African-American heritage. There are ways of disregarding populations within this country that have continued unabated, even while lip-service has been given to not doing so, and even while laws have been put in place to prevent the prejudice and unequal treatment that creates extreme hardship for a particular group.
Despite this, the willingness to disregard the real needs of those in the post-Katrina areas of hardship, and to disregard the real needs and painful cries of the Iraqi families who have lost loved ones and continue to lose loved ones as the result of an ongoing occupation that is unwanted – these groups are the contemporary replacements for the earlier historical indifference to the hardships of black Americans and of Native Americans.
The purification of America will take place by the darkness expressing itself as it comes to the surface of collective consciousness, and by its being transformed in the presence of greater light. What we are witnessing today is the emergence of the darkness in greater measure, but this does not mean that the outcome of this emergence will be the consuming of all that is good and worthy within the American character or American way of life. The light that is also rising in the consciousness of many is a significant testimony to the increasing urge toward conscience that is taking place amongst the population. And the light that will come to hold the darkness and to dissolve and transform what cannot be dissolved and transformed without it, needs to be believed in.
How does it become possible to believe in the light that will come? It only becomes possible through perceiving things in spiritual terms, through wanting to know in a deeper way what the significance is of the time we are in, through searching for, and asking for, and turning toward the source of hope which resides in the love that is part of the fabric of Creation. This love is moving the earth forward at this time and simultaneously all beings upon it. For many, this trust in God’s plan is intuitive and a matter of faith. It does not have to be explained. For some, it is a matter of finding the places that are mistrustful or weak within the heart and addressing this mistrust directly through prayer and meditation which allows for a strengthening of intentionality to have a more direct experience of God and of light.
What appears to be a ‘political’ manifestation of our time - the darkness that continues to appear as the result of governmental actions toward its own people and toward those within other countries - is not fundamentally political at all. It is spiritual in its nature and has a direct bearing on the movements of light and darkness that are currently taking place within the planetary sphere. For the earth, the outcome of this purification process is sure – it is the victory for the forces of light. For each individual, it is a matter, in the present moment, of regaining the basis for trust in these forces, to know, and feel, and believe at ever greater levels of depth within the heart, that God is real and that the forces of darkness will not triumph in taking America away from the virtuous and sacred destiny that is hers.
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