Where Do You Sit?

I am a futurist. I’ve dedicated the last 36 years of my life to healing old beliefs and patterns that kept resurfacing and in that process I’ve moved from dwelling on and in the past to being in the moment and looking forward. I’ve seen that if  I don’t change those patterns, I recreate the same type of experiences over and over. The people may have different faces but the dance isn’t new.

Writing Awakening Earth Chronicles opened my mind to a level of politics I hadn’t experienced before. (Also a new batch of patterns not seen before).  For me, as a writer, the story unfolds before me as if I were living it and I  write it down to share. I often dream parts of the story.

Recently a very powerful dream unfolded for me in which I saw the dramatic importance of changing our national anthem.  I saw that our anthem didn’t include Native Americans or blacks or browns or yellow Americans. That what we call our anthem is “very white.”  I saw that our anthem is mostly about the glory of war, a particular war and our budget certainly verifies that we could spend more on our people. There was a lot more to the dream and  I awoke feeling excited to move on it.

I wasn’t prepared,  upon sharing it, for the intense push back or the lack of interest in bringing up something that has already been glorified, our flag and anthem but not people or our beautiful land. I heard that enough is going on, why bring up the anthem?  That the past is very important and we should leave it alone just like we shouldn’t tear down confederate statues. The past is important and we shouldn’t forget it. But is the past remembered as it was or whitewashed? The flag, the anthem and war machines are all created by humans. Is that more important than LIFE?

Moving forward often feels huge and  overwhelming. Is there a place to start? What needs to change in order to move forward? In our country our Constitution is a gem, it offers us rights and freedoms not available in many other countries. But many of those rights are being questioned for different religions, colors of skin. Our anthem does not speak to all of our citizens. How can we expect unity or positive change when the song we are supposed to cross our heart and sing with total dedication continuously imprints the glory of war and dying and leaves out the glory of life?

In my mind what is glorified does not deserve this glory. What do you think and feel? please feel free to comment. I need to know what more people think in order to move forward on this. Thank you.

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