There is much sadness in my heart and around the world today. ‘When will this craziness end?’ echoes throughout the social media. But of whom do we really ask this question, and what will the answer be?
What if we are the answer?
How can a person, or a group of people, think it’s okay to aim and shoot at a passenger plane full of innocent people who have not a thing to do with whatever their cause is, HOW?!
What did they say to each other, and themselves individually, as they collectively agreed to kill? Does it even matter what it was? My answer is NO. What does matter is the fact that they represent the part of us which knows no Love. Instead, their hearts are filled with the absence of Love. That is the reason that plane was downed and all those people lost their lives and their families and friends lost them.
There are many opinions, anger and outrage, calls to end and heal this pain we all keep having to endure, over and over again, as ‘those terrorists’ keep inflicting it upon us.
Coincidentally, the day this happened, I was reading an excellent book by Gary Zukav “The Seat of the Soul” and resonated very deeply with his words. Here are some highlights from pages 69 – 72:
“What we call evil is the absence of Light, or love. In all cases. …A personality with limitations of consciousness will find what we call evil more attractive than will one with a more expended awareness. …How we understand evil, therefore, is very significant. Evil needs to be understood for what it is: the dynamic of the absence of Light. It is not something that one should prepare to battle, to run from or to outlaw. …The remedy for an absence is presence. Evil is an absence and, therefore, cannot be healed with an absence. By hating evil, or one who is engaged in evil, you contribute to the absence of Light and not to its presence. …Can an absence be defeated? An evil person can be arrested, but can evil be arrested? …A compassionate heart is more effective against evil than an army. A compassionate heart can engage evil directly – it can bring Light where there was no Light.”
I firmly believe that the ONLY way to end the violence in this world is to show true compassion to those how perpetrate it. We have been asking, pleading, imprisoning, waging wars against IT for far too long and, as far as I can tell, not much has changed – actually a lot has changed but not in the desired way. There is only more violence, happening more frequently, and the perpetrators are getting younger attacking the young and defenceless. What we are doing in not working! We need a change!
Consider this: What if this is yet another opportunity for us to contemplate this change? What if this is another chance to look within for a different answer, for another way? Not another way to handle the perpetrator but for us to handle our grief, pain, judgement, and condemnation. When we point a finger at another we take away Love and we dim or even extinguish our Light. We add to the lack of light and, in that moment, we, too, become perpetrators. What if this is an opportunity to Love; to express authentic love, to love that which we deem unlovable? An opportunity to bring Light where there is absence of Light.
We, who know Love, need not give it only to some and not others. We, who know Love, need to fill the spaces and hearts which are devoid of it, regardless of where or who they belong to. This, I believe, is the ONLY WAY to eradicate the evil and restore that which we ALL long for – Peace of Earth. Though, first, we must find it in our hearts and be willing to give it away…to anyone and everyone…
I now challenge you to consider if you could find it in Your Heart to send Love to where, instead, you want to condemn. I know it might seem hard, but I also know it’s quite simple to do – just open your heart fully, to everything. True Love and Compassion is just that…
*** My sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those who were on flight MH17. You are Loved and prayed for by millions around the globe, including me. May you find comfort in knowing that, and please know that no life is ever lost in vain. ***
You can tell me how you did with my challenge in the comments below… either way, I love you... and change is coming...
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In early Spring of 2011, as I sat with my journal at a family cabin, I felt the seed of my creative writing come through from beneath the surface. As I picked up my pen to begin my first journal entry, I felt a feeling of profound peace and indescribable comfort. All was well. I felt I was Home - finally!