Protecting Yourself from Adminstrative Oppression

Can We Spiritually Protect Ourselves from The Powers That Be?


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Dealing with adminstrative control and oppression
as spiritually conscious beings

Copyright, Neva J. Howell

Question on Healing:
How do you protect yourself from administrative suppression – systems that attempt to oppress and overtake you?

Healing Facilitation Response:
I wasted a lot of time in resentment and indignant outrage at the injustice of many systems in our country before I realized that the vibration I was sending out was actually strengthening the systems in place. Only a weak and fearful being rails against injustice; the strong know they can do something about it.

I have been reading “Peace is Every Step” by Thich Nhat Hanh and I am recalling a section in that little book that talks about the peace movement. He talks about how good those in the peace movement are at writing protest letters and then speaks of the need to write love letters. I’ve noticed this myself. Although a good, indignant and fear-mongering protest letter stirs the part of me that feels injustice should be illuminated, it really does nothing to change it.

Then, Thich Nhat Hanh asks what, for me, is a vital question:

“Can the peace movement talk in loving speech, showing the way for peace?”

He believes, as do I, that we can only create peace by “being peace”.

As with your other question on psychic vampires, the way I most effectively deal with adminstrative oppression is to turn the attention on myself and ask myself what I can do to bring more peace and healing where I am.

Another exercise I find very helpful is to consider that oppressive force as just another aspect of myself, an aspect I have the opportunity to explore and help to heal. I believe we are all related, a belief encompassed by the Lakota prayer “Mitakuye Oyasin“.

As part of that practice of seeing the world as aspects of me, particularly the parts of the world I consider injust, is also a part of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings. He calls it “interbeing” and asks the we see the garbage in the flower and the flower in the garbage.

That means, the garbage is no less beautiful than the flower because out of that compost, the flower will be fed and bloom.

Not easy concepts to embrace for some. They were not easy for me. Yet embracing them has brought meaning to my life that did not exist when I felt I was separate from what I defined as wrong or hurtful to me. I’m not separate but part of the whole. Even your question to me is a question I’m asking a part of myself. It’s me talking to me.

I’d suggest buying “Peace is Every Step” and reading it.

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