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Racism is a social disease- an emotional social disease.



Per a great question from a student via email this week, I am taking this opportunity to partially review and explore deeper this current subject of racism that we addressed partly during the last class on the biology of consciousness. This is also a good opportunity for me to introduce the next class on the differentiation of the mind, which will be on healing the emotional body.

Racism is a social disease. It is a disease we share in society. It is also a spiritual disease because it affects the spiritual axis of our mind at the individual level from inside the depth of our Water elemental force of the past to the Fire and the light of our future.  We share this spirit with ancestors who were personally traumatized as victims, or personally deeply affected as perpetrators. The more hurt, the more affected, the stronger the spirit we get from them. This gave us a strong instinctual background of racism that has been passed down to us for generations. This is weighting like a ton of bricks on our emotional shoulders.

Racism is an emotional social disease. Being emotional it is not rational therefore it cannot be addressed only as a problem to solve. Racism creates problems that need to be addressed individually, such as reforming the police and changing the cultural system that keeps racism in place. But it is a collective emotional issue that came to the point of collective social crisis. 

Following the basic law of holistic medicine, a crisis is symptomatic, and like any disease, it needs to be treated with respect. A disease obliges the host to go through the transformations and personal growth that healing requires. We need to change our attitude of fighting diseases, and instead, we need to reinforce the body of the host and enhance its vital force to make the disease disappear on its own. Therefore, we don’t fight an emotional disease, we outgrow it.

As for the individual level who have to outgrow their emotional issues at the personal level, a social emotional disease has to be outgrown at the collective level, meaning that we have to address it at the collective unconscious level to be able to outgrow it at the personal level. The formula for emotional healing, as we will explore in the next class, is quite simple, however, very difficult for two main reasons:

1 – To outgrow an emotional issue we have to bring it out of the unconscious into consciousness.  It has to be recognized as such. It has to be pulled out of hiding provided by excuses and denial. It has to be validated in all its ugliness. Racism is ugly, and we need to dislodge it from all the different hidden places where it has been put by our inherently racist culture.

2 – To heal at the collective level takes a critical mass of emotionally conscious individuals to establish an efficient collective healing process by transmission of consciousness from individual to individual. It is the processes that I like to call the contagion of healing.

Fortunately, this healing process is not new. It has been going on for generations through the arts. Music, dance, performing arts in general, visual arts, and literature.  And sport and games, and in more day to day cultural enjoyable aspects such as culinary arts, cosmetics, fashion and jewelry, art and crafts. This is how true humanity is developed and recognized worldwide. This is where social healing takes place by respecting diversity and sharing the very best we all have. 

We now need to bring this natural social healing to its next level of evolution where mutual respect of differences and mutual enjoyment of these differences can enrich an emergent culture not based on cultural domination, not on assimilation and homogenization, neither on multiple segregation, but on a display of joyful, thriving, colorful, and enthusiastic emulation of proud cultural exchange promoting diversity and creativity. Then our next level of evolution of natural organization as humanity can be reached to create a more peaceful, richer, and more sustainable life for our future generations.


Gilles Marin

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