CrossCurrents: The CIIS Blog "How the $%*# Can I Use All This Education?"
Staying Afloat in a Hailstorm of Crap
This is the first of a series of posts by a CIIS East-West Psychology master's student who is trying to figure out how to apply what she has learned in the classroom outside of the CIIS bubble. This will be space of shared musings, interviews with the CIIS community, and more.
The recent events from these last few weeks have been intense, to say the least.
Earthquakes and hurricanes have ripped the earth up, a massive shooting has left us clutching our hearts, and most of the state of California is now on fire, to mention a few, and I probably shouldn't even get started on a certain politician who has definitely not been helpful in easing our anxieties.
While I don't want to downplay these events, or disrespect the people who have lost their lives and/or homes because of them, I want to offer a perspective that I hope can be helpful for staying grounded amidst so much chaos, and for feeling inspired to take action rather than remaining frozen in our fear or pain.
Part of me is hesitant to bring faith into the picture, but I think it's safe to say that the average CIIS student believes we can change the world - that's why most of us are here, right? We have enough faith in transformative change to invest quite a bit of money in a non-traditional degree, at a pretty radical institution. We have enough faith in ourselves to take that risk, to place that bet on ourselves. So I'd say most of us at CIIS are not only agents of change, we're agents of faith.
I know that many of us here find ourselves wondering how we can take the information we learn here outside of our little CIIS bubble and share it with the world. But regardless of how your faith impacts others, the very act of standing in your faith can help keep this teetering social ship afloat, and I'd say that's pretty revolutionary in and of itself.
So what I'm trying to say is, keep your faith strong and go on with your bad self ;)
Sending big virtual hugs to all of you beautiful beings. Suerte!
Genesis Anguiano is a writer and activist who is passionate about personal and spiritual growth that is grounded in community dialogue and engagement. She is an MA candidate in East-West Psychology and a Writing Fellow.