What is the best SPIRITUAL response to LGBT teen suicides?
We're shocked and sad and angry every time the news breaks about another tragedy. We share the news on Facebook. We hold candlelight memorials. We speak out against bullying. We donate to The Trevor Project.
Now, let's also focus our SPIRITUAL POWER on ending this suffering.
What does this mean?
We live in a creative universe. What we think about creates our individual experience, but those of us who believe in prayer also believe that what we pray about effects the world.
DO NOT PRAY ABOUT LGBT TEEN SUICIDE.
Prayer and similar practices are creative - you get more of what you put energy toward. "Whatsoever you ask in my Name, that will I do." (John 14:13)
So when you do your spiritual work around this issue, do not pray from your grief, your anger, your compassion. Do not pray about the tragedy. Do not pray for this epidemic to stop. These would be negative prayers.
Instead, use positive prayer.
Pray for peace and healing and protection and Light and angels and Love to surround and lift up LGBT youth.
See it in your mind while you practice.
Imagine every LGBT teen laughing, living in joy, receiving love and support from all directions.
If you can't wipe the memory of these tragedies from your spiritual practice: close your eyes; consciously witness the lost child's experience of bullying or loneliness - like a movie; and then, do it again, but make different choices. That is, imagine what the scenerio would have been if everything had gone right - if they'd found the strength, known what to say, who to tell, where to turn, how to get through it. Focus on this new sequence, and send it out into the universe as the new story of How Things Go.
And then, BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.
As I have written about before, there are actual concrete things we can do to bring the number of LGBT teen deaths by suicide down to ZERO.
But we have to do it together.
And we have to do it NOW.
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