We’re Not There Yet

We’re Not There Yet

Late last week the Dalai Lama did an interview where he stated that if a woman took over as Dalai Lama she should be pretty or nice to look at. This quickly took over my social media feeds and is still coming up. So let’s talk about it.

I think it’s important to take stalk of where we are versus where we would like to be. There are some common themes in spiritual circles that need to be acknowledged.

  1. Women shouldn’t have to be pretty to be relevant.
    This is absolutely true. It’s also easy to find a woman that doesn’t fit the typical standard of beauty in western culture that has made a name for herself. It’s also not hard for me to figure out that a short skirt and some cleavage can help me get a job if the interviewer is a straight male.
    While I’d love to sit here and write that we’ve completely done away with the idea that a good looking woman is no more or less better off than another, we’re not there yet.
  2. People should not charge for their spiritual gifts.
    You don’t have to spend much time in spiritual circles to find groups of people that believe that if you have intuitive or healing gifts, you should not charge for those services. Essentially these folks have given up on the idea of a monetary system entirely. Many have also vilified money.
    The problem here is obvious. We still live in a society that depends on money for survival. So if you vilify money and don’t charge for your services, how are you surviving?
    The idea is terrific and it’s a great goal to work toward, but we’re not there yet.
  3. The western medical system is corrupt and controlled by the pharmaceutical industry.
    Maybe it is. That said, if your guts are hanging out of your body, your chiropractor, naturopath, Reiki healer is not going to be able to help you. You still need western medicine. We can’t be throwing the baby out with the bath water. Both systems need to work in tandem and recognize each other’s benefits.
    Can we get to a place where this is not the case and the medical system is independent of the pharmaceutical companies? Sure. We’re not there yet.
  4. Marianne Williamson is running for President in the United States and most think she’s crazy.
    When she gets up there and says things like “the human body has the ability to heal itself”, most of society still looks at her like she’s nuts. What she said isn’t wrong. The human body does have the ability to heal itself. It requires a certain set of beliefs and a mindset that most people don’t have.
    The world simply isn’t ready for the message that Marianne Williamson is putting out there. While it’s great to give a public voice to some of these things, it’s not going to be accepted as anything but crazy by most of western society. We’re just not there yet.

So what are we to do? There are many people that have evolved past a lot of these old ideas and beliefs. The rest of the world just hasn’t caught up yet. What do we do in the meantime?

First, accept what is. Abraham Hicks, Eckhart Tolle and others will tell you to simply accept what is. Resisting what is, being anti what is, just puts more energy into what you don’t want. So it’s time to accept that the Dalai Lama is still a human male that enjoys looking at good looking women, we still need money, the pharmaceutical industry still has control over the medical system and the world isn’t ready for Marianne Williamson. Just get okay with these things.

Now put energy into what you do want. Share your message. Talk to people that agree with you and people that don’t. Have these conversations. Turn these ideas on their heads. Put yourself out there, even if it feels like you’re slogging through quicksand. Focus only on what you do want while accepting the things you don’t. This is how we create change.

Playing victim to these things and looking for a bubble where these things don’t exist doesn’t get you anywhere. Letting this stuff bother you for any more than a minute is an exercise in being a victim and letting the world tell you how to feel. This stuff just is. Accept it. Put your message out there anyway. Realize that we’re just not there yet. That’s okay too.