GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION - A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE
(On April 17th, the U.S. Senate voted to reject gun-control legislation that would have regulated the use of hand-guns and restricted the sale and use of assault weapons.)
The U.S. Senate yesterday rejected gun control legislation that would have mandated background checks for the possession of firearms and would have regulated and limited the purchase and use of assault weapons. Do not think that this present vote and the situation it represents regarding the gun-control debate is just about guns. It is that, but it is also an expression of an energetic picture in which motives having to do with the maintenance of fear and the perceived need for self-protection are operating strongly within collective consciousness, often below the level of individual awareness. These motives and their strengthening at this time are not happening by chance, nor is the vote to not pass gun-control legislation happening by chance.
We must learn to think in terms of energies affecting all situations in which a national debate is taking place. Such energies can promote harmony, love, and unity, or can promote separation, conflict, and a sense of each self apart from others. The scene today in America is embattled, and it is embattled on many levels of discourse. Behind the specific content of the polarization are forces at work that desire to maintain disunity, and also that desire to maintain the status quo even at the expense of creating greater peace and harmony within the body politic.
It may be difficult, still, for many to think in terms of energies creating motivations, both personally and collectively, but America must move in this direction if it is to take responsibility for its own choices – if it is to take responsibility for its own alignment with the purposes of God and light. In order to do this, there must be a recognition of choice, and there must be a recognition of what one’s own consciousness contains, especially with respect to fear and the need for self-protection. Such attitudes, where present, are being reinforced today by forces that would prevent change. Yet, they can only be reinforced successfully in individuals who are not yet able to see how one individual consciousness affects the whole. Out of this insularity comes the belief that what ‘I’ think does not matter – a belief that one small person cannot influence the national debate on gun-control. This is not true.
All individual consciousness-es affect each other. All create a spiritual milieu in which fear can grow and self-interest and self-protection can expand, or a milieu in which each one recognizes all others as brothers and sisters and seeks the common good. There is no such thing as an individual consciousness that does not have an effect on the rest or is isolated from the rest.
In the presence of this lack of awareness, those energies that seek to perpetuate individual isolation gain a greater foothold. This is evident in the Senate’s rejection of the proposed gun-control legislation. Those who voted “no” were not operating from their own personal point of view alone. They were also operating out of a sense of the views of others that influenced their vote, and out of an energetic context which, while invisible, sought to perpetuate the current struggle over gun control. Within this struggle lies a motivation which leads toward self-protection and away from turning protection over to God. It leads toward the willingness to take another life and away from the perception of the sanctity of human life. It leads toward the justification for violence and away from the motives of peace and reconciliation. These are energetic movements, not the conscious intent of each one who voted “no” on the bill who may have ‘the public good’ in mind. They are movements that affect decision-making without the conscious awareness of the individual being involved.
All Americans need to understand the basic needs of this time, for these needs are great and call upon each individual to respond:
- the need to recognize that one’s own thoughts and feelings influence the whole and have a wider effect on others than one might directly perceive
- the need to recognize negative energies that create, expand, or perpetuate disharmony and conflict between oneself and others, often fostering a polarization in points of view
- the need to strive in everyday life to see oneself as offering love to others rather than judgment or indifference. This is essentially a need to see oneself as ‘in relationship’ with everyone.
These are the needs of this time, and America is being called to awaken and to respond to these needs, for the movement toward love and unity is happening, now, even in the presence of opposition, and its force for good is moving forward progressively upon the land.