Monday, January 23, 2017

Thank you to the Women's March in Los Angeles

Dear Community:

I want to first start with thanking the coordinators and chairs of the Women's March in LA for organizing such a fantastic program that lasted an entire day. Over 750,000 Angelenos walked the streets of downtown in a peaceful demonstration of solidarity and over a million in our country, and in total 2.3 million people including 32 countries around the world, in favor of preserving and promoting our natural human rights as men and women at this time. It was a wonderful experience to be amongst the crowds, and a wonderful opportunity to teach our daughter about the importance of civic engagement and not taking for granted the rights and freedoms granted to us as US citizens. I don't know what party she'll be affiliated with in the future or what her choices may be, but I respect her own individual choices as little human being who will grow up one day to change the world in her own way, and I'm doing my part in teaching her the values that I have learned on my own and the values of kindness towards each other, common decency, integrity, and treating everyone the way you'd like to be treated. To us, Saturday was about an exercise in expressing our own voice and our own thoughts as human beings.

On my back I have a tattoo that reads "Truth" in Chinese mandarin that I imprinted on my body in my early 20's. It's something I've always felt was my anthem and what I seek in all aspects of my life and work. I help people in my hypnotherapy and motivational speaking practice to seek the truth and get to the bottom of any problem, individually or organizationally in a group dynamic. By seeking the truth and getting down to the core value, lesson, essence, or understanding about anything, even though it might be painful, is the truth that will liberate you, provide healing, and provide forward motion and movement. One must always heal the core issue first. This is what I believe is also happening in our state of affairs right now. And that's why civic engagement is so important. You have the power and responsibility over your own life and choices. From someone that uses positive words to create powerful change in people for a living but doing it for good and to help heal and transform their lives, do not be easily hypnotized into believing someone who uses negative words for division and destruction and believing in any person in power, especially our president, without seeking the truth yourself. It's important to do research, read everything, make your own decisions, and see all sides of every situation before you lend your devotion to someone or some cause or some thing.

Words are very powerful. Words have life and breadth in them. Positive words can take root in you and plant seeds of greatness, compassion, and healing, and negative words can create insecurity, anxiety, pain, or the downfall of someone or some thing or even large groups of people as we have seen in history from Napoleon to Hitler. And as Gloria Steinem said, "We all know from Berlin that walls don't work." With regards to physical walls, people will find ways to go around them, under them, through them, over them for the pursuit of liberty, justice, and freedom, which every human being on this planet should have. It is the indominatable strength of the human spirit that keeps us moving and growing and no one person can bring it down unless you let him or her. So my feeling is that we should all help each other; and I am all about helping all people live up to their potential, and that lends into how I feel about our country and its greatness and capacity to heal and help mankind.

To me, Saturday was really about our human rights, and to treat everyone we see with love, respect, and kindness. To live up to your full potential and capacity as a human being is to stand up on the side of right and to not let hateful rhetoric bleed into your mind, heart, and soul. We all know spewing negative rhetoric is wrong; it's never been OK and alienating people is never OK. I worry that people think it's OK to do it now. Women and minorities have always had it harder in living in this society. I'm so glad that Saturday we saw so many of our fellow brothers in humanity walk with us, and brothers and sisters who were not people of color walk with us. Because this struggle has been real and present in our lives as Asian Americans for a very long time all the way back to when the Chinese came to America to build the railroads so that people could communicate, travel, and have prosperity across lands and communities, to the Chinese exclusion act, the wrongful internment of Japanese Americans following World War II, and the lack of representation in different sectors of society, especially the media where roles and opportunities are scarce, and so on and so forth. I want every person, woman and girl, to know that they are as valuable and beautiful and important as any person, any male counterpart and any other person of color. I still believe in our beautiful country, and the people who inhabit it. I do believe we can make positive change happen, and create a beautiful world that's safe, just, kind, and a light in the world, and make a better future for our children. <3 span=""> But it first starts with us. We have to be the change we wish to see in the world. No one else will do it for us. We have to do together. <3 span="">
To close I want to share a song by Andra Day, called Rise Up, and a poem by Ehrmann that I hope will uplift you and ignite your hearts as we go about this week and head into the Lunar New Year, The Year of the Rooster: “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans...You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”
God love you, God bless you, and continue to be prayerful. <3 span=""> God bless America.
PS- if you want to stay connected to the Women's movement, text 406-49 for updates.
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Panney Wei, C.Ht.