Make Love not War
What is happening in our world? In a time when we’re (supposedly) becoming more intelligent, and we have vast amounts of knowledge at our fingertips, we cannot seem to live together. Every day we hear more of…. Nuclear Bombs. Fear. Threats. Terror. Death. Pain. Power-mongering Politicians.
We support religious ideologies - founded on a judgmental fearful God. We support political ideologies - based on SEPARATION - US and THEM. We buy into the POWER AND CONTROL games we see in the world – and in our own lives too. We see hearts that are closed, including our own. We see minds that are judgemental, aggressive and hardened, including our own.
And so, the endless cycle of “ US AND THEM” continues.
MY HEART SCREAMS “WHY?”
My heart doesn’t get it, and here’s why. Because WAR doesn’t come from the heart.
AGGRESSION doesn’t come from the heart.
JUDGEMENT doesn’t come from the heart.
It all comes from a fear-based mind-set, a mind-set that believes its own story, a mind-set that is afraid, deeply afraid. Yes, even those people with guns are afraid. Those people with bombs are afraid, and their fear cause s them to continuously react to what they’re “afraid” of.
One of the most compelling aspects of any ideology is that there’s a battle going on, between good and evil - and that if you want to be part of it, and are a true believer, you must be on one side or the other. You must be with us, and if you’re not, you’re against us. If you’re with us then we will eradicate everything that is against us.
It’s a strange thing when you recognise that both sides believe that they are fighting a just fight – that they are removing what they see as wrong with the world. And, as long as both sides identify with these righteous beliefs, they will continue the struggle and prolong the war – but, it will never die UNTIL we all recognise a few home truths – on both sides.
This so-called war, BETWEEN COUNTRIES, IDEOLOGIES, YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBOUR, cannot be won by FIGHTING, WHETHER THAT'S MORE GUNS, MORE BOMBS, MORE COURT CASES – because it is a non-physical war. It is a war of the mind. And both sides believe their own script.
So, what do we do?
First off, we need to recognise that
SOCIETY ( EXTERNAL WORLD) IS SIMPLY A MIRROR OF WHAT’S GOING ON INSIDE US (INTERNAL WORLD).
We are treating our problems in the same way that we treat cancer inside our bodies – by a surgical strike, by invasion, by blasting it out somehow. Force against force. BUT THE OLD PARADIGM JUST DOESN’T WORK, AND IT’S TIME WE ALL REALISED THAT. We need a fresh approach.
When I googled “What causes cancer?” I found that cancer begins with a mutation. A mutation happens when a cell no longer understands its instructions - and starts to grow out of control. What does our traditional medicine do with cancer? If it’s localised and we know where to strike, we bombard it with radiation and chemotherapy, or we surgically remove the tumour. Traditional medicine tends to remove the symptom if possible – but if the cancer has spread into different parts of the body, that kind of targeted surgery and chemo doesn’t work.
Our response to acts of terror has been the same for a long time too. We surgically strike. Hard and fast. We invade the territory, we cut out the offending part. And that doesn’t work either. A year later, the mutation is back, and the fear-based ideologies rise up again - just like a cancer that couldn’t be treated by the usual responses.
So, whether you’re a Surgeon or a General, traditional methods don’t work when the symptom is not a physical area, either a tumour in the body, or a terrorist state. The cancer in our world is beyond physical borders now.
THE REAL ENEMY IS DEEPER AND MORE INSIDIOUS THAN WE THINK, AND IT’S CALLED FEAR. IT’S A PRODUCT OF THE MIND, AND ITS NOT REAL IN THE ULTIMATE SENSE.
IF YOU TAKE ALL THE HUMANS OUT OF THE WORLD, WHERE IS THE FEAR?
WE CREATE IT – ME, YOU, US - HUMAN BEINGS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE INTELLIGENT.
WE MANUFACTURE IT, EVERY DAY. ALL OF US DO. THE MEDIA TOO.
Most of our structures are built on FEAR. Politics is, in the main, built on economics, which is built on FEAR - of not having enough, of needing more, of competing, of dog-eat-dog mentality. Armies, Navies, Drones, the whole military industrial complex – also built on FEAR, plus an unhealthy dose of greed and power. Many religions are built on FEAR, whether it’s fear of God, fear of retribution, fear of being judged.
AND ALL THIS FEAR IS IN YOUR MIND.
IN THE SAME WAY THAT THE MUTATED CELL DOESN'T UNDERSTAND ITS INSTRUCTIONS, WE TOO HAVE LOST OURS. WHERE ARE THEY?
You'll find them, not in your head, but in your heart.
WILL YOUR HEART KILL? NO.
WILL YOUR HEART BOMB? NO.
IF YOU STOP YOUR MIND FROM THINKING - FOR EVEN FIVE SECONDS - WHERE IS THE FEAR?
FEAR is the cause of the TERROR in the world, and it’s time that we understood that.
FEAR is the cause of the PAIN in the world, and it’s time that we understood that.
FEAR is the cause of the SUFFERING in the world, and it’s time that we understood that.
It’s time we owned up to the fact that FEAR runs most of us – because we’re stuck in the world of ego, which thrives on separation, division, struggle and fear.
So, unless you’re incredibly enlightened, you are, at least in part, run by FEAR.
If you are a big “ego personality”, you will deny this. Politicians will deny it. Christians, Jews, Atheists, Musilm, Hindu – you’ll all deny it. Jihadists will deny it. No one wants to admit to being afraid. But, the truth is, we are – and its only because we’re listening to our minds, not our hearts.
We all believe the story we run in our heads, the crispt that we’ve never bothered to challenge. We believe that, if only everyone was like us, then the world would be ok – and we’d be ok too. But that’s an illusion. We cannot cleanse what we see as a corrupt, or wrong, or “sinful” in the world, until we look at ourselves first. .We are attacking the symptom - not the cause. We are afraid of what the “other” represents. The “other” could be anything that’s “not you” – gay, privileged, successful, militant, opinionated, lazy, stupid, rich, - anything at all that your mind rejects. Rejecting something “out there” is the beginning of war.
We believe the fear-based stories that our minds feed us. What are we really afraid of? I’ll tell you. We’re afraid of the deeper intelligence of LOVE. Our minds are afraid that, if we listen to our hearts, our minds will lose control, which is a crazy idea, because we’re not in control at all. It’s an illusion of the mind.
Yes, some do, and some understand that we can create a world based on humanitarian principles, based on respect, equality and love, and some of us are working towards that. But - and it’s a big BUT – some parts of us still believe in the old paradigms of power and control. And, more importantly, our societal, religious and political structures haven’t caught up yet – and they are a mirror of what’s inside us. Just like the cancer cell, we too have become disconnected from the instructions on how to live and thrive.
ON A METAPHYSICAL LEVEL, WE’RE BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE CREATE WHAT WE DEFEND AGAINST. We’ve got to stop the defensive mentality, the belief inside all of us that someone or something is against us. No one is against you when you’re aligned with Spirit, Consciousness, Love, God - call it whatever you life. No one can be against you. Why?
Because you’re not your thoughts, your defensive fear-based thoughts. You’re not your beliefs. That’s your ego. It’s not you. Not the real you. The real you loves to love. The real you loves to connect. The real you loves to be supported. The real you loves to create, not destroy. You know this. You have felt it. The real you loves the freedom that truth brings, the expansion that connectedness brings, the deep ease that support brings. The small fear-based ego version of you does not love truth, or freedom, or change, or openness, or trust, or any of the deeper spiritual qualities.
So, today, all I’m asking is that you recognise where FEAR is at work, in yourself, in others, in institutions, in religions, in economics, in social norms - and to step away from it, into the deeper YOU - - the You that came here for a reason.
The reason you came?
Profoundly challenging? Yes, absolutely.
You’re here to EVOLVE, beyond your fear-based thinking. Beyond your anxieties. Beyond the small you, the powerless you that says nothing will change – and then projects all the blame onto someone else. ( That’s how clever the ego is!). Beyond the comparison-based you. Beyond your hardened opinions and beliefs.
All I’m asking is that we allow ourselves to evolve into a more heart-centered reality, where the mind is used, but only in service – to the heart. All I’m asking is that we listen to the whispers of our souls. All I’m asking is that we surrender to the best in us – and to look at the worst in us with compassion and acceptance. Don’t fight that either – because then you’re right back in the “ego loop!”
Beyond that, I don’t know any answers.
But …. I do know this.
LOVE will guide you to say what needs to be said, to be where you need to be, to do what needs to be done.
LOVE will never react to fear.
LOVE is what's real.
Fear is the Illusion.
WAKE THE F**K UP!