The writer, an Australian spiritual guru, prays that love pierces the hearts of racists so that they end hatred and begin a journey of higher realisation

I watch the horrific images on TV about what is going on in America with the death of George Floyd and what that has sparked. And I saw again how some members of our indigenous community here in Australia are treated.

As a spiritual person and lightworker, I ask myself what can I do to effect positive change?

I can try and  look deep into my subconscious and see where I am racist. We don’t know what’s in our subconscious, but if we are impacted by something, we know there is a connection within us to that thing. We create with our subconscious mind and we have all created this situation. And that part in me needs healing.

It can be disturbing to think we have racism with us, but we are conditioned by our culture, the media, history and our ancestors and most of that conditioning is programmed into us by the time we are seven years old.

I can attempt to put myself in the shoes of someone with black skin. Visualise: what would my life be like if the tables were turned. If black people were the dominant culture and I was white―imagining the feeling of being put second in application for prime positions in institutions, schools and colleges. Imagining in this Covid crisis being told, as a white person in a black world, that black people get treated first in hospitals, and they get prime access to diminished supplies. That there is a constant bias against me. Feeling marginalised. Fearing what will happen if my teenage son walks down the street, will he be arrested? Will he be beaten? Or worse?

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I can support the protestors, sending love and energy to them, praying for their safety and holding them in my heart. I can support the people who are protesting the injustice. Lawful protest is a tool of democracy that I believe needs to be respected and used when the time is right, and this is certainly a right time.

I can send love and support to the police officers who are as disturbed as I am by the racist violence that has led to this situation. Those police officers need our love and support to stand up to their peers and be agents of change.

I can send love to the perpetrators. Love can awaken people from delusion, hatred and violence. Love is a catalyst for change, love is intelligent and love is divine. Love can pierce even the hardest heart and even the most poisoned mind. With that truth in mind, I pray that love pierce their hearts and evolves the minds of racists to begin a journey of higher realisation and respect.

I can send love into the institutions and organisations of justice, from police, courts, prisons, to lawmakers and ask that love pierce the hearts and minds of those who have racist disposition, particularly racism against black people and people of colour.

Discrimination can affect all type of people but right now the # BlackLivesMatter movement needs our support.

I pray you are safe; through these terrible events may our world evolve to a place of greater respect, harmony, dignity, equality and safety for all.

Shakti Durga is a leading international teacher of spiritual transformation. Her teachings inspire, elevate and offer practical, humorous and deeply insightful ways to navigate the human experience. She uses ancient wisdom tools to solve modern problems and help enlighten consciousness. She is the founder of Shanti Mission (Peace Mission), with its head office in Australia.