There is Another Way

GurujiMa  | 

You belong to Creation. You belong to that which created all that is. You belong to the One, and your heart belongs to the one Heart that is in every living being.

Welcome, beloved ones. I greet you with great joy to spend this time in sacred contemplation with you, and to be together in our hearts, joined in the oneness of all that is.

Your own awareness of that oneness is unique to yourself and evolves over time. It’s the kind of thing that can’t easily be compared with anybody else’s perception, since it exists below the verbal threshold. You can only know it in your own self, in your own consciousness and body.

What is the degree to which you feel united in love with other beings? What is the degree to which you still feel hurt, or rejected, or angry, or pushing away from others, or wanting to isolate?

What is the degree to which you feel united in love with other beings? What is the degree to which you still feel hurt, or rejected, or angry, or pushing away from others, or wanting to isolate?

There are so many variations in the learning curve we follow as we discover how to operate as a species within the consciousness of One, a consciousness that is more natural to us than the one we have lived with for ages. We’re each someplace in our own place with this development. And yet it is something that we can aspire to by rooting out all that separates, all that we are aware of that gets in the way of our feeling love, or that gets in the way of our feeling truly held by all that is.

I speak to you, today, with the desire to convey to you the understanding that you belong to this Earth. You belong to the Divine. You belong to the one Heart that holds all hearts within itself. This sense of belonging is a very central feeling that can color all of the rest of life. If you belong to the one Heart that holds all, then that Heart is holding you no matter what you’re going through. No matter what trials or tribulations you may be facing. And so, the pain of living in an isolated way, the pain of not knowing who you are, the pain of not knowing that you are connected in love and oneness with everyone else, this changes drastically when you experience being held in love throughout the day, not as a concept and not as a familiar sensation of emotion, but as something beyond that.

As you have heard me say many times before, longing is the engine of the universe. What you aspire to, you become. What you aspire to, receives a reciprocal response from the universe to help you become it. And so, those who desire to overcome all that separates have the help of the universe in doing so. This doesn’t mean that it’s always a pretty picture, because the history that we’ve lived through and the forces that operate within us can create painful degrees of separation and even the desire to be separate from others. And that has to change in its own way according to the inner timetable of a healing process that is not in your control, but in the hands of the Divine.

You belong to Creation. You belong to That Which created all there is. You belong to the One, and your heart belongs to the one Heart that is in every living being.

You belong to Creation. You belong to That Which created all there is. You belong to the One, and your heart belongs to the one Heart that is in every living being. That’s your status in life whether you feel it or not, and the important thing is to believe that it’s possible. The difference it makes in how you live life is like night and day.

We are so accustomed to feeling alone that with rare exceptions we don’t really know that something else is possible. We’ve heard of it. We talk about it. And we aspire to it. But we have to aspire to it even more strongly. And we have to bring our loneliness, our dissatisfaction, our deprivation, our disillusionment, and all the painful things that we’ve felt in life to our desire to become one with the One, one with the Divine. Because the history of our suffering can be great, and the legacy of disappointment can be great. Many haven’t felt met in the way they wanted to be met, and haven’t felt loved in the way that they wanted to be loved. And many haven’t felt loving in the way that they wanted to be loving. As a result, we haven’t felt the world to be the world we wish it to be. No, there have been many things that have created separation and disillusionment, and it’s our aspiration to live in a way that’s different from this that we believe is more true, that will change the world we live in.

Each of us, and the world as a whole, need to be longing for that unity, love, and harmony. And in the way of developing that longing, we are beginning to see during these recent months in which we have had to observe the restrictions of coronavirus, how we have had to assume a greater degree of responsibility for each other. In most recent weeks since we learned of and responded to the death of a young black man at the hands of police authority, we began to see how we have restricted our love in a way that excluded a whole group of people. The shock of witnessing the brutal death of George Floyd is changing our consciousness. ‘Black Lives Matter’ is no longer just words out there somewhere far away from us. We’ve heard the words before, but now they are awakening our consciousness to a greater sense of responsibility for one another, for all others, that we haven’t felt in the same way before.

The impetus to move forward with the creation of unity is growing, and it’s growing because our hearts are awakening. They need to awaken. We need to feel the deprivation that we have created for other people or that we have felt ourselves.

There is a way through the disillusionment and disappointment that we may have felt in the past, based on our having lost faith and trust in the power of love. Out of that loss of faith and trust, we have come to develop strategies of defending ourselves as individuals. We call them ‘ego-defenses.’ We have also developed strategies of defending ourselves as a nation and we call that ‘national self-interest’ or we hold it to be ‘peace through power.’ Ego-defenses and ‘peace through power’ are two levels of the same thing, based on the absence of trust in love and its effectiveness in creating unity and harmony.

We have become such staunch advocates of our own need to defend ourselves that we think it completely natural to employ might, strength, power, force in order to bend others to our will.

We have become such staunch advocates of our own need to defend ourselves that we think it completely natural to employ might, strength, power, force in order to bend others to our will. Often, we hold this to be in “their best interest.” As we do this, most of us don’t remember that there’s any other way, and that’s always the problem with disillusionment — that we’ve lost sight of the fact that there is another way. There is another way besides the way of defending ourselves either individually or collectively. Those beings, and they’ve been rare but they have been present, who have been advocates of nonviolent action and who have placed their lives on the line and sacrificed a great deal toward the end of initiating change, believed that something else was possible. And many followed where they led because their conviction and their belief was strong enough to connect with the heart within us that wanted violence to stop, and that wanted to believe that something else was possible. And so those idealists, those fervent ones who marched in nonviolent ways in India or in this country, who protested existing policies but in a place and from a place that embraced respect and love — they ignited the possibility for the rest of us for doing something different other than fighting with each other.

Does that possibility still exist for us? Ask yourself that, because disillusionment is a ‘default’ position in our consciousness. We go there because of our history, and we go there because of our fear that love is not enough, that it will not work, that other things that we’re used to: might, power, force, strength, military might, defensiveness, et cetera, that these are the ways to create peace and harmony. This is never the way. It can’t be the way because it isolates one part of the world from another part. It can only seem to be the way. It can only create a strategic superiority of one nation or one group of nations for a period of time. But ultimately, it can’t work on a global level because we’ve already separated ourselves from others. And to the extent that we’ve acted out of what we thought was someone else’s “best interest” and imposed that on them, well, that’s a whole other layer of why it can’t work. It can’t work because our presumptive moral superiority became invasive. It became an intervention in a place where we had no right to intervene. It became a gesture of our assumed right to tell others how to live and what to do that cannot logically or in any other way be the foundation for peace. It’s simply not possible.

I want you to understand that the level of our disillusionment with nonviolent means and with the power of love to change the world exists on both a global scale between nations and on an individual level between persons, raising for each of us the question of whether we are ready to put down our weapons and defenses, to become humble, collaborative, non-threatening, believing in the essential humanity of others, absorbing what we must absorb of difficulty in order to remain patient while this path is explored.

There is often a price to be paid for choosing ‘the other way,’ and that is that it doesn’t generally operate with the same speed as force. Force, especially great force, wipes away opposition, often in one fell swoop, or if not in one fell swoop then as quickly as possible. It doesn’t create peace, but it creates the manifestation of superior power which seems, to many, that it will lead to peace. It does not. It leads to the feeling of enforced superiority of one over another. Of course one has to sustain that superiority continually, if we are speaking globally, by having a military presence everywhere that peace through might is desired. Do you see the paradox in this? We’re enforcing peace through military might or the threat of military might. And the same thing operates on the individual level as well when we become antagonistic, defensive, and create barriers between ourselves and others based on the need for self-protection.

We can call the ‘other way’ many things. But essentially it is the ‘way of love,’ based on the truth that lives in every heart that we are One.

We have the capacity, today, of incorporating this way of looking at things into our current view, because the values of our soul are becoming more abundantly present within our consciousness. It is for this reason that the outcry of “Black Lives Matter” reached our ears. Not only because the incident that we responded to was so dramatic and shocking that it compelled a reaction, though that, too. We saw a video of something that horrified us in relation to the death of George Floyd. We saw a video. But even that video would not necessarily have awakened our consciousness if our own hearts had not been ready to say: “This cannot go on.” If we weren’t ready to look more deeply at the issue of how this whole group of people have historically been treated by the white majority. We were ready to be shocked. We were ready to say: “There is something wrong here.” We were ready to align with our fellow beings, our one Heart, and say: “I will stand with you. I will not abandon you. I will be with you in your pain.” That is because our own true heart had become more available to us and could respond to the needs of the moment.

We have to know that the macrocosm and the microcosm, the global initiative towards power and the internal initiative towards maintaining power for the separated self — they are two parts of the same thing.

Nevertheless, because we responded to the needs of that moment, it doesn’t mean that we respond to the needs of every moment. Our heart’s capacity to move to a place of unity is still variable, and so there’s work to be done. There is important, significant work to be done, to see where we are able to respond as if the life of another is one with our own life, a perception that has been growing in this situation, activated by Black Lives Matter. Look inside your own heart to understand this, because your defensiveness in other areas may be pushing away the same thing that you’re drawing towards yourself in one particular area. In other areas you may be pushing it away.

We have to know that the macrocosm and the microcosm, the global initiative towards power and the internal initiative towards maintaining power for the separated self — they are two parts of the same thing.

In order to move in a different direction, we have to establish a different priority. We have to affirm that there is another way, and we have to believe it enough to begin to act from that way. This is a very large task, and it is coming before us, now, because the cries of those who are in pain are coming to our ears more strongly — the cries of those who have been oppressed; the cries of those who are separated and alone; the cries of those who feel neglected, and of those who we still neglect — all of these cries we are hearing more strongly now. And these cries are not only from human beings. They’re from the creatures of the Earth who we have neglected and treated indifferently. And they’re from the Earth itself who we have neglected, and violated, and pillaged, and not given our heart’s concern to. We have to see where we’re not willing to act in accordance with the beliefs we profess. We profess the belief, at least many of us do, that we want to live in a world of love and peace, but we are not willing to act in ways that foster that world of love and peace. You see the contradiction? You need to see it in your own life. The macrocosm and the microcosm are two parts of the same thing. We cannot justify power over others and claim to be advocates of love at the same time. It doesn’t work.

So, where do we go? We have to have the courage to dismantle the illusion that one can create peace through the strategy of taking power, or on the individual level, by becoming more defensive and more oppositional towards somebody else or toward a group of somebody else’s who we don’t like. We have to believe that there is another way, and we have to have the aspiration to want that way enough so that we are no longer willing to tell ourselves the same stories about what’s necessary. If we tell ourselves the same stories that ‘might makes right’ and that the strategy of power and of taking over the moral values of another culture will benefit them, well, we don’t have a chance to create a world of peace, because we’re operating out of an illusion.

There has never been a time before when so much help has been available to support a change in the underlying awakening that is needed. From time immemorial, human beings have wanted something other than incessant war, incessant domination, and incessant violation of human rights. From time immemorial, human beings have wanted this but have not known that there was a way to create it because they could not access that way within themselves. Fear was too great. The absence of courage was too present. And the way was not visible enough because it was not yet time. In considering these things, it’s important not to accuse history of having failed us. History was the history of what human beings were capable of at the time. However, today we have the moral incentive and the moral capacity through the awakening of our own heart and soul and through the awakening of our aspiration, to change things by bringing our actions into accordance with our wishes. If we simply wish it to happen ‘out there’ by somebody else’s doing it, by somebody else’s giving up power on the global level or on the personal level while we remain defended, in control, and separate, it isn’t going to happen. Each of us is the world that needs to awaken.

And so, I ask you to believe in your own heart, and in your own strength and courage so that you can find within yourself these roots of defensiveness and of fear that love is not enough, and that there is no other way for this country or for nations in general besides fighting wars with each other. I ask you to look closely at what you believe about the power of love and about what is possible for human beings. In that belief lies everything, lies all capacity to change the world by changing our hearts. In that belief lies the source of actions that you will take, not necessarily on the public stage, though perhaps there, too, but in your life, in the sphere of your life. It is time to let go of a way that does not work to create peace, harmony, or love, but creates the illusion that it will work.

There are beings crying out all over this planet who are living in abysmal conditions, who feel unsafe, who feel threatened, who feel pinned down by some force that is greater than themselves that they don’t know how to overcome. We can feel compassion, and I’m sure you do, for those countries and those peoples that are living in these conditions. And now I ask you to take that compassion and bring it into your own life, because everywhere that you are not believing that love is the way and feeling, instead, that being defensive is the way, and feeling superior is the way, and being ‘right’ is the way, and everywhere you are holding the attitudes that collaboration will not work, and people can’t be trusted, and those over there are those that you can never like — any of those things that you may be carrying are fostering the conditions that you’re saying that you would like to change.

May all blessings come to those who can return to the belief that there is another way besides the way of power, superiority, violence, and domination.

May all blessings come to each of us who desires to return to the way of love through the inner work of separating from all that wishes to remain separate, alone, in control, mistrustful, and isolated.

We pray together for this world, for the beloved Earth, for the creatures of the Earth, and for all beings, that we may learn to live together in love and harmony, and that we may, when the way is shown to us, have the vision and courage to follow it.

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