A Universal Human Acceptance Movement

Posted on June 8, 2020

I feel like I’m living on an internal planet that I didn’t even know existed within my physical body and my consciousness. In the last few weeks, the pandemic led us into living situations, working situations, and life situations that we had never experienced before. The mainstream media terms, “unknown, unchartered, and unprecedented” were never heard, felt, and lived more as we buckled down to digest and brace a new “normal.” I felt like I was out of breath carrying the weight of the shifts that were happening personally and professionally with no routine, consistency, or normalcy – as we once knew it—in sight.

After closely listening to friends, observing family members, hearing my cohorts at a UCLA training that I’m enrolled in, having conversations with education leaders and parents/clients that I work with, and self-examining in long meditations, I was starting to embrace the ever-changing climate. We really were all in this together. The circumstances created by the pandemic were leading us into a global transformation, a shift of reevaluating, reinventing, and restarting our lives through the lessons we were are all learning from this very different way of life. As hard as it has been, in the halt that our lives came to, we all knew that there is no other way than for us to move from resistance to acceptance. We are sowing new seeds of deeper connection with our families, friends, and communities, making changes in our professions and work life, experiencing shifts in our attitudes, and, most of all, adopting a renewed value for life and how we want to spend our time. With more than 400,000 deaths globally, the pandemic has paved the way for a new awakening in each one of us.

Little did we realize that it was not THE awakening! Little did we know that this storm of change was only setting the stage for the tsunami of awakening that followed the death of Mr. George Floyd. Actually, George Floyd didn’t just die, he ascended. And with him, the entire world transcended—to a higher consciousness of humanity …forever. Who would have thought that the video clip of racial injustice that unfortunately has become all too familiar in the media would be the breaking point of our tolerance? Without our conscious awareness, the pandemic had also tilled the soil for new seeds of universal human acceptance to be planted. I use the term universal human acceptance because the words diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice can only become mainstream if we, as temporary occupants of the universe, have dared to tear down the walls of separation we have built for race and the color of our skin. Universal human acceptance is our calling to accept and respect our diversities, to highlight our equity – moving us from exclusion and seclusion to inclusion, disintegrating racial injustice, hopefully completely.

We have always innately known that even when the color of our skin is different, the color of our blood is the same—we are all connected in this way. We knew this but didn’t accept it. Once we accept something, we can start to chart the steps to live by it—paving a new road for coming generations to walk on. While the pandemic highlighted our oneness, this new movement is highlighting the acceptance of our differences. When we embrace and honor each other’s uniqueness while celebrating our oneness, our sameness, we erase our separateness.

Little did we realize that the pandemic that made us stop, gather our courage and strength, refuel our bodies and souls, and embrace an attitude of “we are all in this together” was a divine setting of the stage and storing of the collective energies that would fuel, fire up, and give birth to this civil movement of universal human acceptance!

Just as riding the pandemic required us to rewire, so will the racial justice movement. One has paved the way for the other. Both issues have taken us to a beginner’s mind—where we can continue to learn and grow. It is time for a new beginning with this Universal Human Acceptance Movement, and we all are a part of it. We are all writing history so we can make a change and a difference—so we can live life full on, so we can live a life where each breath pays homage to the human connection.

The pioneers and activists of the racial justice movement have spent their entire lives preparing for this moment, but our work as a global community has just begun. We need to follow their lead in educating ourselves further on the injustices that we could clearly see and those that most of us didn’t even know existed systemically and institutionally. We need to start having these discussions with our children even as we identify and work through our own implicit and explicit biases. Most of all, we have to acknowledge the expression of generations of pain that our black mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and children have carried. We have to let them know that those of us who didn’t carry the weight of racial injustice in our day-to-day lives are here to lift them up and to hold them up when they need someone to lean into when they need a shoulder to rest on. This is our work together. It is clear that once again, we are all in this together.

Yesterday, my niece, who is both African American and Indian, shared this in our family chat. It brought me to my knees. If you don’t know where to start, start with this. If you’re already doing some work, you will draw inspiration from this. If you are an activist and a leader for racial and social injustice, you will draw comfort from this: