“Where there is fear – there is power” Starhawk – The Spiral Dance
“Decide what is sacred to you, and put your best life energies at its service. Make that the focus of your studies, your work, the test for your pleasures and your relationships. Don’t ever let fear or craving for security turn you aside”. ~ Starhawk – The Spiral Dance
Most of us have been indoctrinated and socialized to forget and even deny our source: the fact that we are cells of a bigger organism “Gaia” who is also part of something bigger (what we call Universe), the fact that we are interdependent and interconnected to all the other forms of life and elements in ways that both empower and limit us…
This indoctrination seduces us with comfort and promises of “security”, denying the fact that life is uncertain and ever changing and that this in itself makes it more sacred. The delusion uses fear to keep us still like zombies, and its many mechanisms are put into place by our own people, many times unconsciously: through oppression, discrimination, judgment, abuse and exploitation, neglect and/or by creating dependence.
A culture of fear…
A culture of separation and violence through hierarchies and discrimination…
It reflects on our relationships, our choices, our possessions, our longings…
But as Starthawk says, where there is fear, there is power: because “Fear is often a little voice inside you head that wants you to avoid things that are uncomfortable – confrontation, speaking in public etc. That little voice can create monsters in your imaginations.” And “The real obstacle is understanding that fear is often you fighting yourself to avoid changing into your future self”
It is urgent if we want to have a chance through the many predicaments (climate change, resource depletion, pollution, social injustice, etc.) that we reconnect and rediscover who we are: we need to start remembering, waking up and finding the others.
And once we do that, we need to use Starhawk’s quote above to put all our energies at the service of what’s sacred.
As Amory Lovins said (quoted by Starhawk in “The Spiral Dance”: “How do we love all the children?”…not just our children, not just the ones who look like us or who have resources, not just the human children but the young of birds and salmon and redwood trees. Starhawk continues: “When we love all the children, when that love is truly sacred to us in the sense of being most important, then we have to take action in the world to enact that love.”
I wish I had read Starhawk’s book when I was in my teens or even early twenties. I wish I had lived in a place and time where taking risks and not being fearful was an option for a young woman with no close family or friends around.
I chose comfort and security for many years without knowing I was choosing a sort of slavery and further detachment from what has always been sacred to me.
Knowing that my case is not isolated, that most people in the world are in the same boat gives me strength and empowers me. The strength and power that hides behind every one of us suffering from fear.
Because where there is fear, there is power. We just need to remember what’s sacred.
“The most beautiful thing in the world is a heart that is changing.”
~ Anasazi Foundation, The Seven Paths: Changing One’s Way of Walking in the World