We’re All In This Togetherby Pam Bickell on Feb. 28, 2012, under We're All In Life Together
There is a verse in the Bible that says, “The sins of the father are visited on his children,” which I understood as, “The children pay for their father’s sins.” The first time I heard this, I thought, ‘That’s not fair! The father should pay for his own sins.’
I began to think about possible explanations for this idea, such as it’s the DNA that is passed from parent to child, as in tendencies and potential. Then I thought of children who are raised in violent homes who go on to raise their children in violent homes. In wars, soldiers fight for their side and, in retaliation, their towns are bombed and their children die. Ditto for the soldiers fighting on the other side. Then there are, at least in the movies, personal crimes committed against a spouse or child as payback for something a parent did.
But we’re all so interconnected, it’s not just my father’s sins or your father’s sins affecting me and you; it’s all of us in one big pot, together. We are each responsible for our thoughts and actions because what you do affects me and everyone else, and what I do affects you and everyone else. When we think negative thoughts and opinions, their energy gathers with other negative thoughts; the more there are, the more powerful and inviting the mass of energy becomes. It doesn’t take much, some anger or outrage, maybe a few drinks or drug use, and we tap the dark energy field. BAM! Our negative thoughts become negative actions, like the kid in Ohio yesterday who shot five other teens in the school cafeteria–which feeds the darkness even more.
Likewise, when we send loving, healing thoughts out to the world, theygather with other loving thoughts; and like the sun rising over the horizon, their very nature dispels the darkness. The old saying, ‘It takes only one candle to light a dark room,’ has never been more true—but there is a pretty big mass of fear-darkness hovering over our planet. We need to light more candles. Forgive someone for something today. Check on your elderly neighbor. Call your mother or father. Drop off some groceries at the food bank or volunteer at the homeless shelter. Think ‘kindness.’ For people like me who can’t or don’t get out much, we can pray, with all our hearts.