So many of us are tasked right now with facing any agreements we have made to oppression. Oppression is a big word. My personal definition of oppression is to:
It might sound contradictory, but I don’t believe it’s possible to oppress another unless we suppress ourselves. How can that be? The short answer is that when we suppress our true self — the divinity that resides within — we become blind to the divinity that resides within others.
This allows us to put ourselves first, to dominate, to control. People who are different become “the other” from whom we must protect ourselves. They might challenge us. Keep us from something. Take what we want.
It’s rooted in lack.
It’s rooted in separation.
It’s rooted deeply in fear.
Oppression, thus, must be picked apart within our own mind. Where do we fear? What do we fear? Why do we fear?
Perhaps we believe “me or them.” “If she has it, then I can’t.” “There’s not enough to go around.” “Better to be on top than on the bottom.” “We can’t all have what we need.”
To believe ourselves more worthy of “being on top” than another, we have to believe that we are better. “Better than them.” Only the ego believes this. It goes up and down, alternating between “better than” or “worse than.” There’s no in-between. The heart, on the other hand, knows only equality. It unites, rather than divides.
As long as we operate in ego-based thinking, there will be some form of oppression. The way out is through accessing the heart. It knows union with its source. This source — call it god, the divine, energy — is inherently within every person and thing. Seeing others with the eyes of the heart, rather than the eyes of the ego, makes oppression nonexistent.
That’s why we can’t fight oppression. We rise above it. We refuse to allow it in our own mind. When we see it, we remember the union that truly exists. The one we see oppressing is made of the same source as the one being oppressed. To forget this is to continue the cycle.
That doesn’t mean we don’t alter systems or our own internal programming. That must happen. It’s not a simple or easy task. Volumes upon volumes could be written about the history of oppression in this world. Yet as each of us releases our agreement to it, by refusing to submit ourselves to anything but the truth of our own heart, we all have the opportunity to rise together.
What are the ways in which we suppress ourselves? How do we stop submitting to others and reclaim our power? How do we rise above?
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© Jessica Falcon 2020.