In this time of turmoil and change, many people on Earth are
mobilizing for what each considers
to be another battle against darkness
and evil. Each side feels they are
in the right, and that it is up
to them to save the world.
Of course, this is nothing new. The great controversy between
the light and the dark has been
playing out for eons, and the curious
thing is that no matter what side
one chooses to align with, that
side is always in the light. Nearly
everyone who chooses to fight does
so because they truly believe it
is the right thing to do, and that
it is the only way to defeat the
perceived evil of the other side.
Today there is another battle cry echoing through the land. It
is a call to arms for spiritual
warriors around the world, mobilizing
for what is seen as the last great
battle for peace on Earth. The weapons
are different—instead of guns and
bombs we are asked to use love,
compassion, and prayer, and, if
necessary, peaceful demonstrations
and civil disobedience.
On the surface this looks like a huge advancement in human consciousness,
and it truly is. But for me it begs
the question, isn't it really just
another way of fighting the battle?
Isn't it still the "light" trying
to defeat the "dark"? Isn't it still
one group of people trying to wrest
control from another group so that
we can shape the world the way we
want it instead of the way they
want it? Do those of us who cherish
peace really have the right to impose
peace on the rest of the world?
From my own childhood experience I learned that an imposed peace
is just another form of tyranny,
and it is just as destructive. Conflict
and disagreement are a natural part
of life, and if it is pushed under
the surface in the name of keeping
the peace it will eventually explode
in frustration, anger, and violence.
Today we have scientifically validated the power of prayer, and
we have learned that by joining
together in prayer we can affect
the outcome of world events. But
is this constructive? Is it possible
that even the power of prayer can
be misused? Is it possible that
by praying for peace in a given
situation, we could actually throw
a blanket over a conflict that needs
to be resolved? Is it possible we
could just be delaying the inevitable
and setting the stage for a bigger
and more intense explosion? Is it
possible that even in praying for
peace, we are imposing our own will
When we wage war for peace, no matter how spiritually we phrase
it or how loving and compassionate
our intentions and our "weapons"
are, we are still at war. In our
attempt to create peace we are going
against everything that is not peace,
and when we do that we feed and
empower the other side. It is the
same old battle between the light
and the dark, and that battle can
never be won.
There is another way. In learning to harness the power of prayer
we have also learned that the world
we experience on the outside is
a reflection of our consciousness
on the inside. We have learned that
we are creators, and that the statement
"I Am," in any form, is the most
powerful force in the universe.
We have learned that peace on Earth
begins and ends within our own hearts.
If we really want peace on Earth, we must choose something very
different than we have ever chosen
before. We must choose unconditional
peace inside, no matter what appears
to be happening on the outside.
We must be peace, and that means
we must make peace in our hearts
even with war and with those who
choose war. We must fearlessly and
compassionately embrace peace and
war, and we must begin to see that
even the bombs are divine and perfect
expressions of Love and that nothing
needs to be fixed.
Right now people are "drawing lines in the sand" all over the
place, but the question for us is
simple: Are we going to take one
side over another, even the side
of peace, and thereby perpetuate
the conflict, or are we going to
step outside of the conflict and
embrace all sides? Are we going
to try to bend the world to fit
our idea of what it should look
like, or are we going to embrace
it just the way it is and thereby
allow it to reflect our own inner
That is the choice that can truly change the world, for it is
an amazing fact that when we embrace
all sides of a conflict with love
and compassion, and without judgment,
the conflict loses it's energy and
begins to resolve itself. And lest
you wonder what one person could
possibly accomplish by standing
in the background and "doing nothing,"
it is another amazing fact that
the simple presence of one person
who is truly at peace is more powerful
than a thousand people in fear.
When we stand in peace we become a bright and powerful beacon.
When others see that beacon they
feel our peace and love, and they
lower their weapons and begin to
discover their own inner peace.
Then they begin to shine more brightly
themselves, and soon peace and love
spreads far and wide and the world
becomes a happier place. Only this
time it is by choice, rather than
Today humanity is faced with a grand decision, a decision that
will decide the course of this planet
for thousands of years to come.
But that choice is not between peace
and war. It is, rather: Are we going
to continue to play the game of
duality? Are we going to continue
to see peace as different from war,
or as better or worse than war?
Are we going to continue to try
to decide what is best for others?
Or, are we willing to step back and take a broader view, and
to see that it is all a divine and
perfect expression of Love? Are
we willing to consider that each
and every person is always doing
exactly what he or she most needs
to do, and is expressing Divine
will in the most perfect way? Are
we willing to step outside of duality
and embrace all things, just exactly
the way they are?
Are we willing to be unconditional peace?
Copyright © 2002 by John McCurdy. John McCurdy
is a teacher, writer, and life coach,
focused on helping people to remember
who they are and to integrate the
energy of the New Earth and of their
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