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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

TDOR is not a day about those who have died it is about those who are living!  The dead person has moved on and those who are left behind are the ones dealing with the pain and grief.  Separation is always painful but it does not have to be this way. Candle Light

Today I would like to shine a light on why it is important to remember events of the past and to honor those who have gone before.  The obvious answer and the one I have heard many times is, “learn from your past or you are doomed to repeat it”, but this falls short.  Perhaps it is these individuals are important as human beings and kindred family and while this is absolutely true the real gift here is injustice is brought to light.

Awareness is raised in the minds of all people and they see the destruction and injustice violence brings.  Transgender Day of Remembrance brings our community to the main stream consciousness in a cry for equal rights.  It is a statement of we are people too and deserve to be treated as well as any other person.  The fact which often gets lost is we are all human beings and a valuable part of the whole of life; however it is not us against them!  Let me emphasis this point.  It is never about US vs. THEM in any situation.  When this perspective is taken it becomes a losing proposition for both parties.  The Equal Rights movement is about equal rights for Everyone.  No one person is better than any other or more deserving or less deserving of common basic human needs such as personal security, love, self esteem, personal fulfillment, cultural security, and participation, plus a right to life, liberty, freedom of thought, expression and identity, and equal treatment before the law.  Let us focus on the things we all desire because this is about the living!

The Universal Law of Attraction states, “What you focus on grows”.  Or to say it another way, the energy of attention funnels this power where ever it is pointed.  If you are focusing on the things that are wrong or broken or painful then you get more of them. (such as crime, discrimination, etc. which explains why this fight continues) However if you are focusing on what is working, how systems are supporting you and what you like about a certain person, place, or thing then you get more of that!  What if you remembered one thing you like about every person you meet?  Even if overall you do not agree with this person’s cosmology.  Let me give you an example.  I like the fact that Rush Limbaugh is speaking his mind and doing the best he can with what he has to work with.  He is walking his talk and he deserves this right.  I forgive the many issues we do not agree on and am thankful for our common ground.

Please take advantage of this Day of Remembrance to focus on what you love about these people who have lost or taken their life.  Let go the hatred which got them killed.  Let’s not make this about blame or fault but instead focus on the laws which protect us and give thanks to those who love and work to expand protections for all people.  Share your dream of the world you wish to live in! (A world where restrooms are not segregated into male/female and every person is respected and allowed the right to pee in peace)  It is important to be heard, so listen to others and treat them with the respect we all deserve.

There are no victims only volunteers, thus I honor all the beautiful people who have volunteered to be symbols of change and to shine the light on a community’s needs.  Blessings to all who have passed before me and may God have mercy on those who took what was not theirs to take.

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

Unity in Gender Diversity

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Living the Golden Rule

What if you always lived by the Golden Rule?  How would this change your life?  As we know transition can be very challenging, so how much easier would it be if you followed the Golden Rule?  Just in case you do not know the Golden Rule allow me to enlighten you.  “Do onto others as you would have done onto you”.  Jesus Christ taught us this rule over 2000 years ago and yet I meet someone every day that either has never heard of it or simply does not follow it.  The Ten Commandments are wonderful and serve an important role, but the Golden Rule trumps even them in simplicity. 

This is a good measure or worth, How simple is it?  Ask yourself that the next time you are faced with a decision.  Simple always trumps complicated.  Why, because the ego mind likes things complicated, that way you stay confused and it makes control that much easier.  One of the reasons “the meek shall inherit the earth” by the way, the simple mind is closer to Divine Source and harder for the ego mind to control.  Think of it this way, the veil is thinner!  There are less veils to remove in order to reach Allah.

Just how does the Golden Rule benefit your life?  It is simple really, when you understand the other persons perspective you can be more compassionate and you can be more responsive to their needs, in the process your needs are met also.  Sometimes this seems like magic, but it is simply the law.  What you give you receive.  Let’s put this to the test.

A person takes your coat and you see him running down the street, what do you do? A) chase him and take it back, B) Pull your gun out and shoot him, or C) bless him on his journey and do not allow him to take your coat again?  I think it is fairly obvious that C is the answer we seek here, and if you look closely the person gave you a gift.  You will be more aware about handling your things and more awareness is the path to enlightenment. 

One more example of the Golden Rule, your best friend is telling things about you that are not true, so what do you do?  Put yourself in her shoes, and feel the situation.  How would you like to be treated?  I for one would like to be spoken to respectively and with care.  I would want my friend to point these untruths out to me so that I may correct my error.  I would want you to assume the best, a mistake.  When we assume the best and then investigate without judgment our friendship is preserved and even strengthened.  The important thing in relationships is to listen, be non-judgmental, and be forgiving.  Once you understand where the other person is coming from the situation will dissolve.  Let me leave you today with this Christian Prayer for Peace which I think sums up the best guide for living I have come across yet. 

“Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be known as the Children of God. But I say to you that hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
To those who strike you on the cheek offer the other also, and from those who take away your cloak, do not withhold your coat as well.
Give to everyone who begs from you, and of those who take away your goods, do not ask them again. And as you wish that others would to do you, do so to them.”

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

Unity in Gender Diversity

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