THERE IS ANOTHER WAY
The way of love is based on an understanding that is deeply embedded in the wisdom of each soul, (namely), that it is fear and desperation that create aggression, and it is the perceived threat of helplessness or of being controlled by another that determines and invites the movement toward the use of force.
There is always another way other than the way of fear. There is always another way than the way of violence. There is always another way than the use of force to achieve one's ends.
This way cannot be found as long as one is pursuing the course of violence. This way cannot be found as long as one is believing that the way of might, the way of strength, is the only way of convincing an 'opponent' to align with one's own purposes or goals.
The way to be found is the way of love, of compassion, and of respect for the rights and needs of all, including the rights and needs of one's 'adversary.' As long as the 'adversary' is looked at as less than human, as less than entitled to respect, then the way of love can never be found.
For the way of love is based on an understanding that is deeply embedded in the wisdom of each soul, that it is fear and desperation that create aggression, and it is the perceived threat of helplessness or of being controlled by another that determines and invites the movement toward the use of force.
Fear is the inner opponent that marshals its forces within the conscious self, and asks that one reduce or eradicate this fear by counter-measures that will overthrow what seems to be the agent or cause of it. Fear is what leads to all aggression, all violence, all actions that perpetrate atrocities of inhumanity upon others.
To recognize the root cause of fear is to know that one's opponent or adversary, however misguided in their actions, is also human. Fear, propelled by separation from the Source of life and love, guides those to wrong action - action that is against life or disrespectful of human life - even while it claims to be justifying such action. All human beings who are separated to one degree or another from the Source of life, no matter what their religion, and no matter what they believe about their devotion to that Source, are vulnerable to fear. Fear can only be eradicated from consciousness when the heart of love which is the heart of God can be felt as one's own heart, and when no other motive or understanding except the desire to be joined with that heart prevails.
Therefore, in seeking remedies for situations of injustice, threat, violence, anger, conflict, aggression, or any and all seemingly intractable situations that pit one human being against another, or one group against another, or one nation against another, it is of utmost importance to replace the heart of fear with the heart of love and to bring this peace offering to one's 'enemy,' even though such offering may be one-sided, and even though it may be responded to with doubt and derision.
For if the heart of love does not gain adherents, if it simply exists as a concept without roots in human embodiment, then it cannot serve to offer an alternative to fear. It can only exist on the level of an ideal that does not seem possible to put into practice. Instead, one must have the courage to align with the heart of love, and, in that alignment, to be willing to hold fast to the belief that there is a middle path between what appear to be opposite points of view concerning any situation of conflict. This middle path, formed and shaped by the way of love and the heart of love, can be found when one clings steadfastly to the common humanity of all, and the belief that within that common humanity, God's heart can be found.
May all who seek the way of love to manifest on Earth become that way. May the courage that is needed to release all weapons of the past that have been used to defend one's position or outlook be present for both individuals and nations, so that the way of love and trust in that way can become a viable alternative to the use of force that is presently viewed as the only way to meet the challenge of misguided power upon the Earth.
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