As some MOTO readers know I work in a refugee agency. Specifically, an agency that assists people who have been tortured or suffered extreme trauma. Hence MOTO joining this network ready for the 26 June UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
Actually I have been on holidays for the last two weeks and found I have missed work. Of course, being idle and lazy (though not as lazy as the Dude) I have not missed the work as such. What I have missed is the daily blessing of seeing the best and the worst of humanity; the incredible, amazing and inspiring survivors of torture and the stark reality of torture, murder, abuse and degradation.
It reminds me, forces itself into my awareness and through my comfortable, western-affluent shell of a life of these simple truths:
- Bad things, horrendous things, unspeakable things happen to good people.
- We are all capable of being the torturer as well as the victim. It is within us.
I think all of us, particularly esoteric and spiritual folk need to hold this awareness daily. I am blessed to be forced to do this through my work. Cos it is not an easy thing. Without cleaving to the knowledge of pain and suffering as well as the ecstasy of the world (the intimations of which are all too easily brought on by magical practice), we can lose our authentic compassion. This is why the depth spiritual traditions have meditations and practices to awaken us to suffering as well as bliss, to our demonic as well as angelic natures. Both are needed, as both exist in the real world of laughter, pleasure, pain and cruelty.
This is clearly stated (as well as SO much else) in esoteric Christian terms through the Mystery of Faith:
Christ has died – the suffering of the world
Christ is risen – the spiritual ecstasy and bliss of the world
Christ will come again – the conscious birth of suffering and redemptive ecstasy within us; the Second Coming operates through us.
So…if you are a blogger, consider joining this network at Bloggers Unite. If not, head on over to the IRCT and see what is happening in your neck of the woods to support. Or there’s the Facebook group.