True Support in times of Crises
Crises is defined as a time of intense difficulty or danger. There is news of world events, some that seem far removed from our lives and some closer to home. When there is so much occurring in our lives and our world we may feel that there is intensity and crises even if we are not being exposed directly to danger. We may experience intense difficulty in personal, relationship, financial or health crises. We may face the uncertainty of physical threat to ourselves or those we love, through violence or abuse, or we may experience the intensity of the crises of death through accident, illness, injury or suicide.
Wherever we look we can find some form of crises, either close to home or further afield, as we are exposed to so much through the media.
What really happens when we hear news of crisis, either in our immediate world or in the wider context of the world around us – and what is true support? .
Firstly we need to distinguish if the crises, the threat of intense difficulty or danger, is real or perceived , is immediate or imagined. If it is real and immediate, then of course immediate action and support is needed, to remove, to protect, and to remain safe is vital – this may require us to obtain physical, mental, financial, emotional support and assistance, to run, to flee or to ask for help.
However, what we often experience as crises, as threat of intense difficulty or danger, is only perceived threat, is only imagined danger, which causes us to react – moving away or against mentally, physically or emotionally, to cope, to deny, to suppress, to control. We are triggered by world events, feeling powerless, fearful, angry, enraged, and yet we talk and act as though nothing is really wrong, burying our heads in the sand or acting out. How do we distinguish and be real with what is actually occurring, what is actually here, what is being triggered in us, and have the availability of true response and true support?
We are afraid or war, afraid of hurt, afraid of violence, afraid of terrorism, afraid of pain, afraid of death. So we either deny and suppress or project and become angry about war, angry about seeing others hurt, angry about violence and terrorism, angry about pain, angry about death. Then we talk, argue, discuss, we project the anger, the hurt, the resentment, the fear, both outwardly and inwardly onto others and ourselves, creating more unrest, more war, a form of inner terrorism, and then wonder why there is no peace, why there is no love, why there is no support.
In the willingness to inquire and distinguish firstly between real or perceived crises, there is then the opportunity to stop, to fully experience what is here, without denying or projecting. There is the opportunity to feel the pain and intensity of it all, without telling a story about it and without moving – feeling and allowing the powerlessness, the hurt, the anger, the violation – and then opening even deeper into what holds it all, into true support, into the peace of our own Self, and the love that holds everything.
Satsang is this opportunity to stop and inquire, to discern what is true, and to affirm what is undeniably present here always – this endless peace, stillness, silence of being, once discovered is found to be true and endless support.
In deepest gratitude for this life that constantly points us home to the truth, to the support that is always here – as each other, as our own self ~ Namaste Yantra-ji