Is our capacity for compassion and kindness enough to resist the ‘dark psychic force’ threatening us?
I don’t expect Marianne Williamson to be the Democratic candidate for president in 2020, but I’m convinced that she is right about a “dark psychic force” taking over America. Her solution is love. Is that enough?
Rabbi Rami: Love is enough because the love she is talking about is the result of a deep transformation of consciousness. The “dark psychic force” threatening us is the madness of zero-sum politics rooted in scarcity thinking that shuts down our capacity for compassion and kindness and promotes the idea that your success requires another’s failure. The only resistance to this force is spiritual transformation: awakening to the interdependence of all life and the non-zero, win-win, abundance thinking that Marianne calls love.
I’m tormented by endless desires. How do I turn desire off?
You can’t. Desire is to the mind is what foam is to beer. Don’t resist your desires or yield to them or even observe them from some detached perspective; just leave them alone. Instead, find some- thing that needs doing and do it— clean your house, do the laundry, go to work or school, take a walk, rea …
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. In the print version of our magazine, he has an advice column, “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler,” addressing reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more. His latest book is Surrendered—The Sacred Art. Rabbi Rami hosts our podcast, “Essential Conversations.”