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Memorial Day and Interdependence

May 31, 2021

Here in the United States, today is Memorial Day, a holiday when we honor those who have died while performing their military duties in service of the United States Armed Forces. It’s Customary for all federal offices, banks, and many businesses to close so that those who have lost loved ones can visit their burial places or just have a day to honor and reflect on the sacrifices so many have made in the name of freedom.

All around the world, men and women serve in their respective military forces. Many are serving right now and it’s likely, there will be more serving in the future, as well.

Sometimes this service is personal choice and other times, it’s mandatory.

Most of us want to think that those in military service sincerely believe they are there for the good of their country and the people of their nation.

From broader vantage point, we know that historically the actions of armed forces are not always judged “right” in the eyes of the world. Even so, those that serve sometimes give their very lives for what they consider, or hope, is “right.”

As we take time today to honor and appreciate the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for the many, I also wanted to consider where we go from here. What do we as a species need to do in order to create a world where we all have fundamental value, have our basic needs met, our individual sovereignty maintained, and equal opportunities to claim and express our genius and create prosperity?

Every one of us were born into this world dependent. As parents, adults, and usually as a society we encourage an attitude of independence. We expect it. We nurture it. We encourage it and yet at some point we also expect children to think of others as well as themselves.

We teach them to share what was once only theirs. We foster an attitude of caring for others. We encourage them to be more and more altruistic as they integrate into the world.

As we think over the past year and a half we are reminded that many people do share what they have and many people do care about the struggles and challenges of others.

But there is another step in our human evolution that is beckoning us to take a giant leap forward. Only when we truly know in our heart and mind that “I Am That, I Am,” when we know without a doubt that there is no separation, that we are all One; each and every one is the eyes, ears, voice, and hands of the Infinite I AM; then the nature of our true interdependence takes hold.

Now is the time in our individual maturity and evolution that we revise our beliefs about independence. It’s no longer enjoyable or sustainable for us to be solely self- motivated, in service only to the needs and desires of our lower self/personality/ego.

Instead, we can choose to recognize the Divinity in all others, and in doing so, we fully recognize the Divinity in ourselves. When we “do” for another we are “doing” for the Divine in All Life.

This creates a ripple effect wherein the individual consciousness increases to the point that they are able to see Heaven on Earth and understand the unique part we All play in the Divine Unfolding of human evolution as we Interdepend, interconnect, interrelate and unify our efforts for the sake of all Life – human, animal, vegetable, and mineral.

1 Peter 4:10
As good stewards of the manifold grace of God, each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve one another.

Here is an insightful description of interdependence quoted from Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, a Kabbalist Rabbi also known as Baal HaSulam (1885-1954).

“Do not be surprised if I mix together the well-being of a particular collective with the well-being of the whole world, because indeed, we have already come to such a degree that the whole world is considered one collective and one society…Therefore, the possibility of making good, happy, and peaceful conducts in one country is inconceivable when it is not so in all the countries in the world, and vice versa.

“In our time, the countries are all linked in the satisfaction of their needs of life, as individuals were in their families in earlier times. Therefore, we can no longer speak or deal with just conducts that guarantee the well-being of one country or one nation, but only with the well-being of the whole world because the benefit or harm of each and every person in the world depends and is measured by the benefit of all the people in the world.”

Rabbi Yehunda Ashlag, Kabbalist Rabbi, a.k.a. Baal HaSulam (1885-1954)

What we do to another we also do to ourselves. When we hate another we lose the part of us that is open-minded and forgiving. When we abuse another we break the part of us that is compassionate and understanding. When we kill another we kill the part of ourselves that makes us kind and loving.

When we can see past our differences and meet each other exactly where we are without hostility, hatred, resentment, or judgement and see, with the eyes of love and compassion, the common ground we all share, the common needs, hopes, dreams, and potential in each and every one of us, then there will come a day where no man or woman need sacrifice their life in the name of freedom, for we will all be truly free.

Truly we are all in this together. All for one and one for all.

Kathy Best is an Intuitive Living Expert, Certified Nutritional Specialist, Life Coach, Podcaster, Solopreneur, and a platinum distributor for CrowdPoint Technologies. She left a 16 year career in accounting to pursue her passion in nutrition, wellness, and spiritual development. With over 17 years of research, study, and experience, Kathy works with empaths who know there must be more to life than what they’ve been experiencing and are ready to open their minds and hearts to new ways of doing life and of being happy, healthy, and successful. She combines her experience and knowledge in nutritional therapy, spiritual development, energy work, and intuitive & angelic guidance into individualized programs that help her clients reclaim their body, mind, spirit balance, develop their innate gifts, and tap into their unique genius so they can redefine themselves and recreate their lives into the happy, vibrant, fulfilling masterpieces they were meant to be.

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