Recently, I’ve had disagreements with people who are angry because people in the US (in general) aren’t ready to hear the words they want them to hear; however, no matter how frustrating we might find our lives as we wait for people to awaken, we must trust in Source to manage this shift from a vantage point we cannot yet understand. Isn’t it time for those of us who are aware to come together energetically and quietly support the efforts of others? Not by forcing change, mind you, but by continually speaking our personal truth in an informational way, so people feel free to make up their own minds. Isn’t it time to recognize no one is perfect, no one has the entire picture, but instead of creating division, couldn’t we be putting our heads together, so we can enlarge that picture — greatly?
I can tell you all that after years of doing this blog, I’m deeply tired, and without the help and support of everyone who visits here I’m sure I couldn’t continue. People have different interests, and so they share quality materials about what interests them, and for this I am grateful, as I am sure everyone who reads here is, as well. Readers share my posts with others, and even the energy my readers put out into the consciousness field means so much! My thanks to everyone!
Since I decided to tighten my belt and not advertise on my blog because of my poor health in order to be have time to focus my efforts here — and not on bookkeeping, etc., I haven’t been subjected to the same apparent financial problems that many are now having. Still, I am being harassed at every turn, and for some time I’ve noticed that they are also cutting the number of hits I receive every day to the point where it is a joke. While at one time my site had an estimated $150K value and was tops as a social site on Google, or so I was shown when a friend checked it out, what they have done to me makes my site difficult if not impossible to even find on Google. All I can do is continue on and ask that if you find my site valuable please share my posts and site information widely. Hopefully, we will soon pass through this difficult time 🙂
Thanks and hugs,
There Is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In: Leonard Cohen on Democracy and Its Redemptions
A generous reminder that we must aim for “a revelation in the heart rather than a confrontation or a call-to-arms or a defense.”
Trained as a poet and ordained as a Buddhist monk, Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934–November 7, 2016) is our patron saint of sorrow and redemption. He wrote songs partway between philosophy and prayer — songs radiating the kind of prayerfulness which Simone Weil celebrated as “the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
One of his most beloved lyric lines, from the song “Anthem” — a song that took Cohen a decade to write — remains what is perhaps the most meaningful message for our troubled and troubling times: “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” It springs from a central concern of Cohen’s life and work, one which he revisited in various guises across various songs — including in “Suzanne,” where he writes “look among the garbage and the flowers / there are heroes in the seaweed,” and in the iconic “Hallelujah”: “There’s a blaze of light / In every word / It doesn’t matter which you heard / The holy or the broken Hallelujah”.
Nowhere is this interplay of darkness and light more nuanced, nor more prescient, than in Cohen’s song “Democracy.”
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Western world was ablaze with the euphoria of a blind faith that democracy was coming to the East. I was there — that’s not what happened. Cohen, too, saw things differently. Ever the enchanter of nuance, he foresaw the complexity and darkness that this reach for light would unravel, and he captured it in this iconic and astonishingly timely song. It begins. . .