I’ve recently started working part-time in the IT department at a private school. As I’ve been meeting and greeting new colleagues, the Wisdom Wheel has served as a great underlying support system.
It’s also helped me stay calm as I encounter the many problems to solve within their technology infrastructure. Complex systems are inherently unstable. No sooner have I fixed one problem, then two more tasks are added. It’s been a slow Process, but I am slowly getting to understand the school’s spider’s web of the computers. I try to embody Eternal Present as I listen with Compassion to my colleagues’ tales of technological woe. I’m happy to help. Someone even called me a saint. So, so far so good! I am neither saint nor sinner, but an amalgam of both, as we all are.
I try to stay above the fray of the school politics. Someone pointed out that I’m the only person unaffected by the school bell. Hah! The tools of the Wisdom Wheel aid me in my walking the red road. I aim to be a warrior for collaboration and Creativity not for Power or control. The people at the school don’t know about the Wisdom Wheel, but they are in the midst of an individual who is positively influenced by it.
It’s been a tough week in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando. How can we begin to change the behavior of those who believe that violence is the answer?
Some say change is the most difficult challenge for people. Could the Wisdom Wheel help change the way many angry young men feel? They seem alienated and alone. Rather than projecting their anger on others in the form of violence, better to go inward. On the Wisdom Wheel, this “go within” place is something like the “dark night of the soul”, like Jesus’s Gethsemane. It’s associated with the body, and also, feminine energy. It’s no coincidence that is also where the Law of Compassion resides, right alongside the Law of Power. As we all know too well, Power without Compassion can be dangerous.
I hope one day that we can invite those who are disenfranchised, angry, and without direction to sit circle with us and be heard. What if we handed them the talking stick and quietly listened to their stories? I believe, fervently, with all my heart, that when we become the Sacred Listener, we join the Sacred Oneness that makes a difference and helps people (and us!) change.
Violence only adds fuel to the fire of mayhem and fear. Let’s look inward to transform our anger into a productive force for positive change. Let’s summon our Compassion. Let us listen to one another. Let’s use our “arms” to hold, to Love instead of kill or maim.