To me, the vaccine ‘debate’ looks an awful lot like a spiritual crisis. The intensity and passion on both sides have notes of a great, collective existential cry. What we have known is falling apart and we don’t know what is to come.
In this case, the world we are transitioning from is the one in which Science is irrefutable; where Corporations had our backs; where MDs owned the corner on medical knowledge. Science is reeling from the problems with peer-review, corporate funding, data manipulation. Corporations (and political structures) put profit over human dignity, health, and choice. The whole paradigm of the Western medical tradition is called into question by alternative medicines. These make serious breeches in our collective consciousness that create dissonance at our foundations. On a basic level, what is being called into question is, Whom do I trust? How do I trust?
In spiritual crisis, as in every moment, a person has two fundamental choices: To act from fear or to act from love. The immediate outcome isn’t predicated on this choice. The person in fear could just as easily maintain their status quo as end up in a ward. The person in love could equally move into bliss as have their life fall apart. But the seeds of love will, ultimately, grow love.
So, whichever belief system you currently ascribe to, be on the side of love.
Stella Osorojos Eisenstein, DAOM, IMT, is a writer and healthcare professional. Her book, Star Sister: How I Changed My Name, Grew Wings, and Learned to Trust Intuition was published in 2012 by North Atlantic Books.