War and World Peace? What do you think?
How will we find world peace in the “real world”?
As far as human history has been recorded, has there ever really been world peace? And yet, the hope for it has never ended. It seems to me that it’s stronger now than ever in my lifetime! I’m curiously wondering if the more we hope for peace…the more violent and divided the world seems to get.
It seems like EVERYONE wants world peace on their OWN terms.
And we’re at war with others who want world peace on terms that don’t align with OUR own personal values and ideals.
It seems war is inescapable. Not only military, but we are exposed to political, religious, personal, business wars and wars between neighbors and families on a daily basis.
We think people who don’t hold our values and ideals are deluded, misinformed, unevolved or malintentioned. They are the problem. We are part of the solution. They are convinced of the mirror image of our story.
So we fight like hell. Or we run and hide…or simply check out. Or often, some combination of strategies…and so it goes.
As I watch the news, or check on facebook, or listen to conversations around me…it seems everyday I see the glorification of this or that person’s or party’s ideal contrasted with the demonization or demoralization of anyone or anything that challenges it.
Corruption and atrocities are ignored, excused or soon-forgotten as long as the perpetrators hold our particular idealistic leanings…and the corruption and atrocities of our enemies are blamed and used to justify our position.
I’ve been observing this and thinking about it for several years now. Only once in a while disclosing my point of view when sincerely asked because the last thing I want to do is engage in the divisiveness.
But these are my thoughts….
I’m convinced from my own experience of conflict…that until we can identify and confront the corruption and war within our own selves, we will never end the corruption or find peace in the world.
If we continue to identify ourselves as victims, rescuers or freedom fighters, we will always identify others as greedy, corrupt or oppressive.
We will fight with everything we’ve got, but we will never really win. We may win a war temporarily, but we will never find peace. We will only continue to feed energy into the closed loop system of war, corruption and violence.
We will remain blind to our own corruption, violence and greed. But our enemies will not. In fact, often that is all they see in us so they will justify every means to defeat us…
Surely if we disengage completely at this point, they will simply wipe us out.
But what If we were to engage the enemy from within. Because let’s face it, if we can’t win this war on the inside, we will never win it on the outside. And if it’s causing a problem on the outside, you can bet there’s something unhealthy about it on the inside.
What if we faced our egos as fiercely as our foes? Can we look inside and find the same qualities we are fighting against?
Can we engage diligently with fierce compassion…rooting out our own personal corruption, greed and ignorance and the injustice we inflict on ourselves and others?
Can we see how we do the same things that irritate us in our enemies?
How do I demonize others who disagree with me and attempt to exploit their ignorance or strip away their dignity?
How do I create, contribute to or share inflammatory one-sided propaganda that either manufactures or manipulates the facts, omits important information, or has not been fact-checked…just because it reinforces my point of view or justifies my actions?
How do I deceive myself with similar propaganda to shore up support my own ego?
Really look hard…
What if we cross-examined ourselves thoroughly and found all the enemies within? All the things we are fighting against, they’re all inside on some level. That, you can be sure of!
Then, instead of destroying them, (Because the truth is, we can’t. No matter how hard we try, they are a part of us all as human beings.) what if we sit them down and begin Peace Talks.
One at a time, have a lengthy, sincere and open-hearted conversation with each one. Deception, greed, corruption, hunger, poverty, violence, injustice, oppression, wealth, ignorance…whatever…give them each an in-depth interview.
One by one…Ask what they want, why they exist, what is their purpose. Ask about their relationship with the self. Inquire what is difficult for them, what they need. How have they showed up in ways that were not healthy…and how could they show up in ways that could be beneficial and healthy for the self and for others? What is their purpose?
What could they offer if they were not at war with the self? If they were allowed to mature and manifest their true nature? What is their true highest potential? Invite them to manifest that? What do they offer? What do they bring to the table of Peace?
One by one, the war within can dissolve into peace within the self…then one by one, we begin to find our own path of peace in the world…and one by one, we contribute to awaking peace in those around us in our own powerful, functional, integrated way.
The most powerful way I know to begin these Peace Talks is with the Big Mind Process developed by Genpo Roshi. http://www.bigmind.org/ It is possible to explore these topics mentally by reading a blog, book or article, but change remains much slower (if it happens at all) when only the mind is involved.
When you experience the embodiment that is possible with a skilled facilitator, change and maturity occur more rapidly that you can imagine. If you’ve tried it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, I promise it will blow your mind!
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