My grandfather had a saying that referred to the exposing of hidden things. He believed it was healthy to turn over the rocks and see what was hidden or wiggling around under them. Only by exposing the dark underside of the rock to the light could we see what was really there and decide what to do about it. Whatever energies govern the world are now engaged in the biggest and most pervasive rock flipping in history. Day after day, more of the creepy crawlies in our society are being exposed to the light of day. Some of us are covering our heads with our pillows and others are grateful for the chance to clean out the dark places. Before we can do that, we have to truly see what is going on. Roy Moore and Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein are only a few of those who are guiding us on this journey. At some point in history they will be seen as the ones who exposed the underbelly and gave us a choice. I still don’t know which way we will go.

When the Republican National Committee decided to fund Moore, they claimed the low ground: the devil you know is better than any Democrat. That is an exposure of a true lack of core values that is at the heart of every current crisis. When Trump designated Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he showed that his lack of historical knowledge was huge, but he also showed that his core value was giving his biggest donor what he asked for at the risk of full-scale war instead of a peace agreement. People die when leaders are ignorant.

We are in sad times but we are also in a time where we cannot look away from the grubs, worms and rock dwellers. They are exposing themselves to us and daring us to return to our values as Americans. As the great poet Mary Oliver said so well in her poem “Shadows”:

Everyone knows the great energies
running amok cast
terrible shadows, that each of the
so-called senseless acts has it thread looping
back through the world and into a human heart.

Without the heart, we are lost. Without the core values of our soul, we are damned. Those who fearlessly show us their dark hearts, their dark deeds and their lack of heart are actually the ones who will tilt us back into the ways of love and light. The brave ones coming forward to say what happened to them, their families and their worlds are giving us the courage to look evil in the eye and call it evil. It’s not a time to sit back and “let someone else do it.” All of us who care for our world, other humans and the future of our descendants are being asked to choose. Do we choose the way of expedience or the way of the heart?

There is a choice here that is bigger than any I have seen in my seventy-five years on this beautiful earth. No one can hide from the Truth because they are showing it to us in a way we can’t ignore. We have no choice but to choose who we will be. It has never been so clear. As we approach the birthday of the one who told us to be all about the heart, goodness, love of neighbor and Truth, we can’t look away. I plead with all of us to look in the heart—not in the pocketbook or our prejudices—and decide. It is getting late.

In the beginning everything was in relationship, and in the end everything will be in relationship again. In the meantime, we live in hope.  Jean Lanier, “The Second Coming”

Therèse Tappouni is the author of six published books—four of which have received major awards—and creator of two meditation/visualization CDs. Her latest book is The Gifts of Grief: Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss. Therèse is the founder of the company Whole Heart, dedicated to helping people live a balanced, loving and creative life. She teaches workshops for women in mid-life, grief workshops, women’s history classes, resilience workshops and one-on-one coaching created from her certification as a HeartMath® Trainer. She has also trained in many other modalities, including Somatic Intuitive Training™ and Time Dimension Therapy™