One vitki’s response

As a vitki I normally stay far away from issues that are political in nature. But I feel I must make a response to last weekend’s events.

A woman was killed. Using her rights to demonstrate against what she believed to be wrong. No one deserves to die simply for standing up for what they believe in.

So I did what I always do when confronted with something I don’t fully understand. I did a rune casting using the question “What does this weekend’s events hold for the future of my country?”  Here’s what I got.

As a country we are experiencing sorrow and strife over these events. But the prospect of new beginnings will outweigh our feelings of being left defenseless. An emotional sense of stillness and concentration will lead us to intellectual success. A national loss of connection to the Divine powers must be addressed with innovation. Although we are currently off balance we will ultimately gain a view of harmony and teamwork.   All will work itself out.

What does this mean?  The first statement is obvious. We are experiencing sorrow and strife. This event is one more example of the extreme division this country faces. We have allowed ourselves to become polarized politically. Instead of unity many of us have chosen to take sides.

New beginnings after this disastrous event will conquer a sense of being defenseless. Many people on both sides of the issues raised by this action are left feeling defenseless. Some strike out from this place in anger, some with attempts to bring unity to our nation. Which side you belong to depends in a large extent to how much you feel heard. Those who are not feeling heard lash out the hardest.

After our emotions have calmed down we can intellectually have success. With emotions flaring red hot nothing of any merit can occur. Only after things have calmed down emotionally can we as a nation approach this issue intellectually. Then healing can begin.

As a nation we are experiencing a loss of connection with the Divine. This issue must be addressed with a sense of innovation. Only by thinking about the Divine in new ways as part of the national dialogue will divisions begin to heal. It’s time we stop considering ourselves as divine.

A feeling of teamwork and harmony will happen after a time of feeling off balance. This period of uncertainty is needed to gain a new world view. A larger sense of scale. Only by taking a look at the bigger picture will we be able to then break it down into smaller more manageable pieces. A new world order can then be born.

Where to begin?  I suggest being open and honest about your spirituality. With everyone. Friends. Family. Coworkers. Acquaintances. People on the bus. Anywhere a conversation turns to big picture ideas let it be known where you stand.  Don’t let an opportunity to share this important part of yourself slide by. Be proud in what you believe.

Lastly it’s time to admit that tribalism has failed. Only by a new view of inclusion can the healing begin. The time of us verses them has seen its last days of usefulness. Time to admit that technology has shrunken our huge world into a neighborhood. Today I have a mentor in the Ukraine and a student in Dubai. Small world indeed.

These events will shake us for some time I predict. It is only our approach to the aftermath that matters. I say inclusion is the key to a new world. Where we all can feel safe and secure. A country I can be proud of.

Author: vitkimusings

A fifty-something Vitki living in the suburbs of Chicago. Follower of the Nordic Path for the last fifteen years. Student of runes for the last 23 years and seidr for the last seven years. Always learning and growing!

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