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Like many people, I have been deeply troubled by the recent spate of violent incidents around the world and the rise of extremist elements in politics. A few mornings ago, I woke up with a clear inner knowing. I realized that these forces all use the energy of fear and hate as fuel. They possess the instinct of the dark that is not bothered by negative attention at all, but in fact thrives on it. If we direct our own disgust and contempt toward them, they use that energy to grow.
The best way to respond, I realized, is to avoid the temptation to react. Stay calm, stay positive. Choose to have faith that basic human decency will prevail. Keep your practice strong, if you have one. Find the funny side of things. The dark must be confronted courageously, but it is counterproductive to allow ourselves to be drawn into a fight on its own terms.
It is also an especially good time to do work on our own shadow material, which can be activated by the chaotic forces. And, most importantly, to channel our energy into positive action that advances the good.