Spiritual Approach To BP Oil Spill (If You’re Furious) Part 2
Are you furious at BP? Then you may not like what you are about to read.
We must stop separating ourselves from those who work for BP or seeing BP as an enemy.
We are all one. Whatever happens, no matter what any of us has done or not done – switched to solar, switched to smaller cars, turned off the electricity OR driven gas guzzlers, left all our lights on 24/7, considered environmentalists to be misinformed, etc. – we must put our ideas about each others’ shortcomings aside and, instead of focusing on them, pull together in Spirit to fix this.
Yet why do I suggest that all animosity toward BP be put aside? Why should you let go of your fury? Isn’t that letting BP off the hook?
Actually, it’s letting you off the hook. You do not need to remain in anger to prove that you care about the environment or that you are of the opinion that BP must be held accountable. Neither do you need to remain angry to be in favor of having our needs for energy met through means other than drilling for oil in the Gulf.
Yet, even as I ask you to consider releasing your anger toward those who feel are disrespectful of the earth, I ask you not to blame yourself for your anger either. We do not have all the answers when we come into this life, or what would be the point of the life experience?
We each learn what we want – and how to balance that with what works for the greater good – as we go through life.
THE LESSON IS LOVE
We are all learning. Hopefully we have learned a profound lesson – all of us – about making better choices.
Remember that BP couldn’t sell oil if we didn’t buy it, and BP wouldn’t drill if we, as a population, had made different choices and not wanted cheap non-renewable energy. Yet guilt and blame are pointless.
God sees no blame. God just asks: will you forgive and will you love?
WHEN WILL THE LEAK BE STOPPED?
It’s possible that the leak will not be stopped until people get off blame and start praying for BP as well as for the fish and the people who live on the Gulf.
Think about it. What if , in our spiritual evolution, this is a critical moment of decision, a time when we have to decide whether we – as a people – are going to choose alignment with God’s love, or choose blame, separation and chaos?
I think we are at a crossroads. We may be forced to our knees to learn humility. We may get to the point where we have nothing to lose in but our pride and anger.
START PRAYING FOR BP
The spiritual solution is clear. Since we are all one in God, to pray for BP is to pray for ourselves, for the sea life, for Leverything and everyone because, in Spirit, there is no separation.
So see if you can gently move yourself into sending love to everyone and the entire situation. If you have trouble praying for BP, don’t blame yourself. The worst possible thing would be to kick yourself around or feel you are “less spiritual” because you’re having trouble praying for BP.
Start with love for you because, when we point the finger, we are always looking in the mirror, whether we realize it or not. We all feel subconscious guilt over this, I’m sure, because we are all consumers of oil. It may be subconscious, but it’s there. That’s how we’re made.
So even if you, consciously, do not think you have anything to do with it, seek forgiveness first for yourself, for being part of a world community that has not been kind to the environment. Forgive yourself if you feel that you should have done more, could have done more. Well, we all could have, should have, didn’t. We have to let that go.
Once you have forgiven yourself, you can begin to forgive BP.
If you are reading this, you have a good, good heart. You care. What’s done is done. We must go forward with a new vision, and blame cannot be part of it because blame keeps us stuck in the past, in the problem.
Surrender your ideas about the spill to God. Do this by getting silent. Sit in silence for half an hour, an hour, an afternoon – whatever you can. Doze in a hammock. Let yourself just let go and be. Then ask Him to fill your mind with the loving ideas that He would have you contribute. You are powerful. You have no idea how powerful you are. Fund that power with love.
PRAYER IF YOU ARE FURIOUS WITH BP
If you are really angry with BP, yet you truly want to turn this situation around, then this is the prayer for you:
(Say it to BP, but don’t think of a faceless, corporate entity. Instead imagine real people, real employees, real lives, real hearts just as upset as you are about this.)
Say to them and to God:
Please forgive me.
I love you.
That’s it. Yet make no mistake, this is an affirmative prayer that can work miracles.
So go someplace and be by yourself. Go sit under a tree. Say it over and over again.
You may be mad as hell, feeling resentful and spiteful and furious that I would ask you to say this, and that’s okay. Feel those feelings. Stomp around.
Then say the prayer. Sit and say it until you feel something has shifted in you.
Then say it every day until the oil spill is capped.
If you are reluctant to do this, maybe if you read the comments in my last post from a BP employee, your heart may soften and you may find yourself more willing to join in this most important task of forgiveness.
And if you are angry at anyone else for anything – if you see yourself as a victim at all – instead of focusing on what was done to you, direct that prayer to that person when you say it.
You will create a miracle of healing with it for yourself and everyone around you.
It’s up to you. As Yoda said (yes, I am quoting Yoda – how ridiculous is that?) “Do or not do. There is no try.”
God bless you.