The Mandate Before Us

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The Mandate Before Us

May all my life
be a mindful meditation.
May every action
be a prayer.
May I open
to divine
inspiration fully…
and be awake!
-Kris King

When I wrote this piece ten years ago, I received the most feedback I had ever gotten on anything I wrote. It ranged from strongly positive—the best article to date, most courageous—to strongly negative—how arrogant and self-righteous I was to make such statements. As I am rereading it now, I realize I think we were at the same point then as we are now, and that is the learning. This mandate is right in front of us all the time, because we have been trained so well to be dependent on authority figures for guidance and approval. I am interested to know what you think. Here we go.

It is imperative that we mature—now. We’ve been waiting to be saved long enough.

Waiting through time to be saved from something ambiguous that we have called our sins, our enemies, loneliness, the government, disease, aging, drugs, poverty, the media, depression, the forces of nature, etc. Waiting to be saved from something ambiguous by something ambiguous, such as God, the white knight, the perfect candidate, the perfect partner, the perfect career, the ultimate purchase, the perfect pill, vacation, or whatever. Waiting hasn’t worked, and it will never work.

How much pain and suffering must you experience before you ask yourself, “Is there a better way?” How many nights and days of isolation, pain, and dissatisfaction can you stand? You see, our waiting to be saved is at the heart of the enduring, the waiting, the longing. Have you ever waited for a committed partner to change so you could be happy, all the while feeling resentment and anger, and blaming them for your feelings?

There is a mandate before us, now. To grow up, step into our own shoes, accept what we are and what we are capable of and be it. It is time.

I believe that we have spent the last century caught inside of two questions that have led us down a path of self-pity and disempowerment. These two questions are “Who am I ?” and “Why me?” Sigmund Freud gave birth to a huge industry that has helped people understand what could possibly be the answers to these questions. The reason I say, “could possibly” is, how can we possibly know in truth why things were the way they were in the past when we don’t even know when it is happening in the present? We calm ourselves in the vast sea of ambiguity by making things up, creating stories that seem to make sense of why things are the way they are. The only reason for the ambiguity is that we have been asking the wrong questions.

The questions that we must ask ourselves now are “What am I?” and “What do I want my life to stand for?” instead of waiting to be saved by some outside forces. With these questions, we will save ourselves and be what we were meant to be, and in truth have always been.

Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Until we choose higher consciousness and accountability, we will continue the patterns we have repeated for centuries.

Is what we have created in the past and the present, what you want to create in your future? If your answer is yes, read no further, and I wish you well.

If your answer is a clear no, come along. There’s consciousness to raise, and it is yours and it is


1. Take a few moments to look back over your life asking yourself this question, “What have I been waiting for?”

2. What has been the impact on you of waiting for someone else to change so you could be happy?

3. What are your answers when you ask, “What am I, and what do I want my life to stand for?

4. What’s one thing you will do right now to set that in motion?

With love and gratitude,
Kris King

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