There's so much talk about the possibility of World War III these days. Where is your attention right now? Is it on the possibility of WWIII? Is it on the possibility of not being able to feed your family? Is it on hatred directed at Putin? Is it on fear for the people of Ukraine?
When our attention is placed on what we don't want, we actually (unknowingly) feed the very thing that is being resisted, instead of using the energy of the moment properly. If this is true (and it is), then each of us is a contributor to any war that would come to fruition in the world. Quite honestly, we have been at war with each other since time millennia, even though we aren't really at war with each other.
We are and continue to be at war with ourselves.
A war externally in the world cannot take place without first having a war internally. That may sound odd to many, but it is a spiritual fact.
How are we at war with ourselves?
When there is an unwanted moment - something that we "don't want", there is an immediate internal and perhaps external "no!" that takes place. The instantaneous part of us that reacts and says "no!" is the same part of us that will then state the reason for the disturbance and what to do about it. When "we" go along with "it" by placing our attention on and identifying with its suggestion, that is the war within ourselves. A lower level of ourselves that gives its own answers to what the disturbance means.
All disturbances serve a purpose, but that purpose isn't to allow a part of us to answer that disturbance from the content of ourselves (from our own mind). The whole purpose is to consciously suffer the disturbance that arises in us in any given moment so that a new revelation of the moment can be seen.
If we agree to do that on a person to person basis, we can be vessels through which a whole new world can emerge, but we must first do our part of suffering ourselves - which, by the way, is the part that most are unwilling to do. It's interesting really. We believe that giving ourselves the answers to the moment is the same as being freed from the pain of it. But, unfortunately, that is actually the strengthening of that pain. The pain consciously suffered is what transforms and heals.
We have a choice. We always have a choice.
There is no one to blame. There is no political party or leader that is doing anything. All of it is a movement of a collective lower level of consciousness that hasn't yet been brought into the light of awareness. All of it is done through individuals that continue to agree to the part of themselves that gives itself its own answers to what disturbs it in the moment.
That is the war. That is the only problem that exists. It is a curable problem. There can be a true Garden of Eden here on earth, but we all must do our part.
I love this quote by Vernon Howard: "God can only allow "His" nature in heaven. Only the kingdom of heaven on earth can inherit the kingdom of heaven."
Give that some consideration...
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