Can politics literally make you sick? If so, what’s the cure? Turn off the TV? Nix the social media? Perhaps there is a way to be an informed, engaged, thinking citizen and still maintain your health and composure. According to my colleague, Eric Nelson, writing for the February 6, 2017 edition of Communities Digital News, it’s more than temporary escape or shutting down the media that brings release. He shares a personal experience of the healing of “politics pain” through prayer. Here’s Eric:
Mention the word “despotism” to most people and it will likely conjure up stark images of political, military, or religious suppression and aggression, both past and present. And yet, as important as it is to confront such evil whenever and wherever it appears, the repression that appears in our own thinking remains an even more insidious enemy.
“Legally to abolish unpaid servitude in the United States was hard; but the abolition of mental slavery is a more difficult task,” writes Christian reformer Mary Baker Eddy. “The despotic tendencies, inherent in mortal mind and always germinating in new forms of tyranny, must be rooted out through the action of the divine Mind.”
There is not a person on this planet who has not felt, to a greater or lesser extent, the effects of mental slavery – that fear-based outlook on life that keeps us from living in accord with our better, more inspired, instincts. And yet, it would appear that we are far more inclined to resist some outward injustice – as valid as that may be – than we are that deceitful inner voice, forever insisting that whatever is standing in the way of our progress is somehow insurmountable….