I know a lot of people. Some of them believe they have ‘god in their pocket’ and he’ll do whatever they want him to do. Others, believe in a ‘pantheon’ of gods, spirits and elements and seek to manipulate them with ritual and words. Still others, enter into the mystery (be it to encounter one God, many gods, spirits and elementals, and are more circumspect at what is going on). And, it this group – Christian, Celtic, Druid, other faiths – that intrigues and fascinates me the most, because it seems to be the more, honest, real, authentic and power-ful approach. For them, this life is an amazing process of journey and discovery.
Such a group, infact, have great power.
One of my favourite tv programs was Star Trek. And, who couldn’t but love and be irritated in equal measure than by Deanna Troi’s mother, played so well by Majel Barrett-Rodenberry (and yes, she was the wife of Gene Rodenbury, the program’s creator). Majel played the part of Lwaxana Troi, annoyingly well.
If anyone forgot her status, as stories unfolded, she would quickly remind them that she was Lwaxana Troi, Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed’. She loved those grandiose titles and clung to them as if it was in them that power resided!
‘Great acts are made up of small deeds’. Lao Tzu
I am so confused by ‘fake news’. It’s now rumoured that the Russian government might have been at work to skew the Brexit result, or is that, itself, deliberate fake news? For those of a mature age, ‘fake news’ in old language is ‘telling lies’ and is frowned upon. I don’t know if the Russians have been up to no good, but I hear the UK government are taking it seriously. I think, in my humble opinion, that our Parliament ought to put its own house in order, first. I have lost count of the number of lies being told by Members of Parliament.
And, here is where power comes in. Our power. What of the power you and I have? We have a lot of power….especially if we don’t vote for, nor support in any way any politician who lies, and maybe email them when our local MP or any major MPs tells ‘whoppers! That’s real power – the power to (more) hold out politicians to account.
I am concerned about plastic and microbeads polluting the ocean. Some governments want a voluntary ban by companies, some are bringing in legislation within a few months or years. I have a better solution. That we, as consumers, stop buying any sea-polluting or bee-killing product as from this week. Trust me, industry will get the message a week later, and nature will start healing…because of your power!
‘If people don’t think they have the power to solve their problems, they won’t even think about how to solve them.’ Saul Alinksy
The holding our MPs (more) to account and nature-loving buying-power are just two examples. You’ll think of more, I’m sure. But, those are at least two of my new years resolutions to make 2017 even better!
We don’t need hugely long titles like Lwaxana Troi to wield power, we don’t need be in high Office. All we need is to exercise our democratic and buying-power rights, to exercise our power locally, and, additionally, to exercise our innate spiritual power, however you see it. So, please be encouraged to exercise your power, and if you want to ‘envelope’ it in wonderful Celtic Christian prayer and/or Druidic ritual – which I love and appreciate so much because it keeps me centred – even better. What about you?
Ora et labora: prayer and action.