Healing Racism, Hatred and Violence

Written by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.


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Title: Healing Racism, Hatred and Violence Author: Margaret Paul, Ph.D. E-mail: mailto:margaret@innerbonding.com Copyright: © 2003 by Margaret Paul Web Address: http://www.innerbonding.com Word Count: 588 Category: Emotional Healing, Spiritual Growth

HEALING RACISM, HATRED AND VIOLENCE By Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Those of us who have been on a path of healingrepparttar 132554 wounded aspects of ourselves know that one ofrepparttar 132555 characteristics we often suffer from when we are in a wounded, fearful ego state is that we feel either superior or inferior to others. Becauserepparttar 132556 wounded part of us is based onrepparttar 132557 core shame beliefs that we are inadequate, flawed, defective, unimportant, and so on, we may feel deeply one-down to others. In order to compensate for these difficult feelings and protect against feeling them, we may deny their existence and move intorepparttar 132558 opposite position: I am better than others.

This position can take many forms: o I am better than others because I have more money. o I am better than others because I am thinner, sexier, prettier or more handsome. o I am better than others because I have a better car. o I am better than women because I am a man, or I am better than men because I am a woman. o I am better than homosexuals because I am heterosexual.

Racism comes intorepparttar 132559 picture whenrepparttar 132560 false beliefs about being one-up extend to race and religion: o I am better than Blacks, Asians and Latinos because I am White, or, as is rapidly becomingrepparttar 132561 case, I am better than Whites because I am Black, Asian, or Latino. o I am better than Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims because I am Christian, or I am better than Christians because I am a Jew, Buddhist, and so on.

All of these false beliefs ofrepparttar 132562 wounded aspect of ourselves stem from fear and a deep desire to have control over not feelingrepparttar 132563 fear. Hate andrepparttar 132564 resulting violence are always protections against feelingrepparttar 132565 fear of believing, in a deep, unconscious place withinrepparttar 132566 wounded self, that we are unworthy.

Power and Politics

Written by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.


The following article is offered for free use in your ezine, print publication or on your web site, so long asrepparttar author resource box atrepparttar 132551 end is included. Notification of publication would be appreciated.

Title: Power and Politics Author: Margaret Paul, Ph.D. E-mail: margaret@innerbonding.com Copyright: © 2003 by Margaret Paul Web Address: http://www.innerbonding.com Word Count: 660 Category: Emotional Healing

POWER AND POLITICS By Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Many ofrepparttar 132552 leaders in our society are guided by unhealthy intentions. Instead of seeking to serverepparttar 132553 people and heal our nationís ills, their actions and decisions are primarily motivated by their desire for power. Many ofrepparttar 132554 people running our country are run by their addictions to approval, sex, power and control. Unfortunately, few truly healthy individuals want to submit themselves torepparttar 132555 necessary abuses inherent to our political races -repparttar 132556 verbal abuse both given and received,repparttar 132557 huge amounts of money spent,repparttar 132558 integrity sacrificed throughrepparttar 132559 concessions, lies and manipulations offered in order to win. Our system of electing our officials is so corrupt that there is little possibility of attracting a person with a strong, personally responsible, loving inner adult self. This is not to say that none of our elected representatives are honest and caring. Some are certainly motivated by positive intentions but, unfortunately, they constitute a minority.

There is no training required in personal responsibility to run for office. Our leaders are not required to heal their dysfunctional aspects in order to become honest and trustworthy people. The prerequisites for political positions mostly include having enough money, enough powerful people behindrepparttar 132560 scenes, being male, and being white.

Our political arena is designed to attract wounded people who need approval and power in order to feel worthy and validated. Obviously, such a person, with little or no internally derived sense of self-worth and integrity, is very susceptible to corruption. Asrepparttar 132561 adage says: "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Power corrupts when a person is motivated by his or her desire for power over others, and few people have accomplished enough inner healing to transcendrepparttar 132562 desire for control over others.

A healthy person in office who is more concerned with servingrepparttar 132563 people than with getting re-elected could accomplish a great deal. Such a person was depicted inrepparttar 132564 movie Dave. In this filmrepparttar 132565 actual president is in a coma andrepparttar 132566 White House officials, seeking to concealrepparttar 132567 truth fromrepparttar 132568 public so they can maintain control, put a look-alike intorepparttar 132569 presidentís seat. Dave, however, is a man of heart, and rather than allowing himself to be controlled he sets about making necessary changes - cutting money where it is not needed and allocating it into more crucial avenues, like child care andrepparttar 132570 creation of jobs. He even takes responsibility forrepparttar 132571 corruption ofrepparttar 132572 actual president and gracefully "dies" asrepparttar 132573 actual president is dying sorepparttar 132574 vice-president, a man of great integrity who was maligned byrepparttar 132575 power structure, could take over in his rightful place. The movie is, of course, a fantasy. Sadly, we would never elect a man of such integrity - a straightforward, honest, caring, and financially middle-class man like Dave. Our election process does not allow for this.

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