Ombudsman Writings - August 2020

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By Rev. Randy Fillmore

"Surrender - NOT!"

I remember hearing and singing songs like, "I Release and I Let Go", and in reciting James Dillet Freeman's Prayer for Protection the last line, "...and all is well", and believing that if we would just pray more, affirm more, hold the "high watch" more, that the world's consciousness needle would move towards more enlightenment.

Doesn't that almost border on the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results?

In the divisiveness we find in our country today, some might be sitting in prayer and meditation affirming Truth we are all divine beings living this existence with the expectation to live from that truth and not from ego.

There are others who are watching as events unfold and form judgments, opinions based on a sense consciousness and hold such beliefs. Some would even voice their opinions or judgments to family, friends, or social forums in a way to explain or justify their ego-based beliefs.

Then there are others that observe what's happening, intellectually acknowledge the events and situation and continue on.This latter action (or inaction) might be considered or construed as surrender or even consent. Nothing could be further from the Truth.

The adage, "when in Rome, do as the Romans do" has some validity. Rome, in this instance is our human or ego state, where our senses play a significant part in what we see, hear, feel, and ultimately believe. As long as we are operating in and from that consciousness, we cannot shift ourselves or shift others.

I have to admit, I was naive regarding John Lewis; his history, his struggle, his ability to be such a change agent in his lifetime, and the incredible courage, tenacity, forgiveness, and love he felt and demonstrated. I am glad that as his life on this plane was coming to a close, I was able to learn, admire, appreciate, and bless the energy he embodied while with us.I was particularly struck by one of his mantras; "If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it."

What I felt was so appropriate was he laid the responsibility directly on each one of us, AND he didn't tell or direct what needed to be done. When things are "not right, or just, or fair", it is generally because our human-ness gets in the way of our divinity. He was not demanding we protest, call anyone out, riot, or any other action. WE have the responsibility AND the moral obligation to do something about it.

Many might pray, others march or protest. In ADL, we are taught to consider what is the highest degree of love in any and all situations. That's from our spiritual being. While on this plane, we too have a human side which contains the light and love, as well as dark ego. Even with both light and dark, we do have a basic understanding of our moral obligations. We do understand and comprehend what is right or wrong - as long as we derive that answer through discernment.

I would offer, while we have an obligation to do something, our something may not be what we would like to see, or the outcome we want or desire. That is not our decision, for if we are upset or angry about not getting the outcome we desire, then our actions are based solely on and through ego.

Our obligation and responsibility is to do SOMETHING about it. Forward and heart-centered action. If that's not enough, then continue to move forward using heart-centered divine love.

I invite you to contemplate demonstrating the same passion, energy, and love to those in your awareness and your interaction of the world. The human race needs many more socially and spiritually aware entities with the consciousness and purpose as John Lewis demonstrated.

Stealing a line from the Chevy Chase comedy movie, "Caddyshack", "...Be the ball....", I would submit, "...be John Lewis..."

Blessings along your path
Rev Randy Fillmore
ADL Ombudsman
Chapel 1709

2 comments

Thank you, Randy!

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One of the best articles you have written. Great insight.

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