I had a mole removed from my neck in December last year and found out just before xmas that it was a melanoma... I had to wait weeks before I could get another appointment at the hospital, but I knew that the doctors would want to remove an even larger area of skin from my neck to make sure there were no other cancer cells in close proximity to the original mole.
I didn't want them to do this... Mainly just for purely cosmetic reasons - I didn't want an even bigger scar on my neck! And also because I just don't believe that I have cancer so what's the point?
So I had my second appointment last week and they informed me that my melanoma was about the best melanoma you can have.... very thin, so the likelihood that cancer has spread anywhere else in my body is very slim. However, even with that good prognosis, I hesitantly let them remove more skin from my neck as per the standard procedure.
So I now have a big scar... I'd say it's just over 2 inches long on the side of my neck.
And what I want to share with you about this is the appreciation I feel for having done so much work on loving and accepting myself over the years, because I think its really paying off now... I just can't help but love this new little member of the community of me. I now have a new scar, a new quirk, a new story to tell, a new little piece of wisdom. And it got me thinking about the world at large... what if we could accept other people, with all their differences, just as lovingly as I accepted my scar into my little community of parts that makes up me?
I recently went to an inspirational talk from a guy called Jamie Janover... it was all about the Unified Field Theory of Nassim Haramein. Very interesting stuff... but among all the extremely profound scientific breakthroughs into the understanding of our reality, Jamie talked about his vision for the Earth, and I really resonated with what he said...
He likened it to a festival, (you know festivals where everyone gets along so well like a beautiful little community for the short time that it is running, and interesting people express themselves, and there is dancing and joy and all are accepted for their uniqueness...) he said, what if on Earth there was a Christianity tent where everyone could savour the beauty of that, and a Buddhism tent where you could go to get a fix of that, and a Muslim tent where you could experience the feeling of that etc... What if we could see Earth like this and celebrate all the diversity on our planet without seeing it as a threat to our own paradigm?
He calls it Festival Earth. I really like that :)
Maybe if we all loved ourselves more we wouldn't have the inclination toward judging and rejecting other ways of living and other expressions of being?
What do you think?
Susan Harrington-Baker is an International Inspirational Leader, Teacher and Intuitive from Christchurch, New Zealand.