Updated: May 21
If you are the person that says, “I don’t see color,” I hope you will reconsider that notion because we are all colorful, and our color and diversity is something that should be celebrated.
Now, if you say either of those phrases as a way of stepping out of conversations about racism because it feels like a topic that has nothing to do with how you feel about people, then I invite you into a deeper discussion within.
As energy healers, mothers, lovers, community members, entrepreneurs—As Leaders—we can not afford to simply be quiet on topics that create suffering for others. Even if you feel good about your perspectives, there are decades upon decades of layered racism in the United States and other countries, and it’s worth considering how growing up in such an environment may have shaped your beliefs and actions.
It takes energy to talk about hard topics, but just as you create physical stamina by doing exercise, you can create emotional stamina by gently revisiting uncomfortable topics multiple times. And, my friend, it is a necessary thing.
Being uncomfortable, or even “wrong” in a conversation is not a bad thing. It’s not the end of the world. You may feel like you want to die of mortification, but that’s very different from actual death. Being uncomfortable means that there is some space within you where values are being questioned, which means that there is space for growth in some new direction or other.
If we are really about “World Peace,” we have to recognize that doesn’t happen in a world where people are still being oppressed, trafficked, and systematically enslaved under new names, and don’t talk about it. Even if your personal world is quite comfortable, others are suffering, and this is a fight that affects everyone, including you.
I’ve heard some white people express shame or self-hatred because of what this year’s current discussions on race are bringing up. If this is you, please don’t turn away from anger or discomfort. Please engage more deeply to heal those pieces, because you, as a white person, are also a critical part of movements for racial justice.
You have a spot at this table. Your voice is needed. Your questions are needed. Your heart and compassion for a world where every single person can have success without a price to pay, is needed. Don’t make the mistake of believing that conversations about color are for someone else. Don’t buffer from the tough conversation by putting extra righteousness behind other important social movements that you never talked about before, because those are somehow easier to justify and get passionate about. Do the work of noticing where you’ve considered racism a given, or necessary evil, in your psyche, and find that place again where you can be just as upset about the human suffering of black people as you would about any other human right abomination. If you are thinking, “It’s not that serious,” then there’s work to be done. it’s not okay. Educate.
As Audre Lorde says, “Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and time. I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives here. See whose face it wears. Then the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices.”
As leaders and lightworkers, Don’t be silent. A great change is upon us, and we need to come together as a community despite racial fears, if we want to create a future of peace and prosperity for all
DAILEY LITTLE is a healing practitioner, transformational life coach, ordained Priestess, and teacher who founded Healing Heart Reiki to help others navigate life with joy. She teaches classes in healing and mindset from a magical peaceful corner of the world in Northern California. For more info see: www.SantaRosaReiki.com