Darkness would have us believe it’s engaged in an all-out war with the light. Is it true? Is there actually a war going on between darkness and light? Darkness (our own fear) would have us believe it will prevail, that it’s stronger then the light. It uses our love against us and others by shutting us down, enabling us to cause harm to and/or turn us away from the ones we love.
I believe in the premise: “As above, so below.” Our perceptions, what we believe to be the reality of the external world (macro/above) are all projected outward from our internal beliefs (micro). It follows then, if we are at war, or in opposition with ourselves and condemning others, then “Yes” there is a war going on between the light and the dark. If I’m not mistaken, for thousands of years, there has always been war on Earth.
I might almost be tricked into believing that war needs to exist on earth? Really?
It’s good for the economy? Really?
I don’t think so – that’s total rubbish.
Don’t pray for peace on earth with war in your heart . . .
Pray for peace within yourself first.
What we perceive with our senses is filtered by our beliefs. Our beliefs control all of our reality, including, as an example, what we see with our eyes – making it impossible for us to see what is truly there. If I don’t believe it exists then it’s impossible for me to see it. Beliefs also play with our ears and memory: “You said you would take care of this!!!” “No I didn’t – YOU did!!” War is actually quite common in daily life.
Siblings remember their childhood differently – regardless of growing up under the same roof! Wars are started within family units because people stand by their perceptions of “what really happened.” To the death! People go to war, literally killing family members out of their lives. Alternatively, we may decide to leave a family member behind for self-preservation and peace of mind if they want to continue the war. Always a hard decision.
It’s all because our internal world is projected onto the external world – filtered by our beliefs. Every person’s experience is different. Oh yeah – but mine is right! En garde!
So what can we do about all the war on planet earth?
Again: As above, so below. We must deal with our own internal war. It’s the only way to have peace on Earth. We must stop fighting with ourselves and each other, and end the war between the dark and the light within.
And . . . How do we do this? Face our fear, and accept both the light and the dark within us, equally without judgment, without opinion, without anything but pure witnessing, just like Jesus did.
Jesus healed by witnessing. He saw the truth: we are light and light exists within every human being – beggars, lepers, thieves, the pious, the poor, criminals, disciples – including Judas. He witnessed – without judgment, without believing people need to change or be different: “He should …” or “She shouldn’t …” He only saw the truth and the light within, and people were healed from this very powerful witnessing. Jesus was not afraid of the dark because he knew without a doubt he was light – even when faced with a horrible death.
We can heal ourselves this way too.
“Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.”
~Yoda from The Phantom Menace
A Short Story
I had a deep vein of anger and hatred that ran through me which I denied for a very long time. When I was 14 years old my rage took over, and for a few minutes I believed with every cell in my body that I was going to kill my father by beating him to death. I confronted him with my fists clenched, jaws tight and a very powerful feeling of invincibility running through my body. I said, “I’m going to beat you up.” “No you’re not.” he responded very calmly. I repeated “I’m going to beat you up.” He said again: “No you’re not.”
I didn’t beat my father to death that day but I blocked out what happened immediately after I confronted him. Many years later I asked him about it and he said he knew I could have killed him, but instead, he said, “You walked away.” On one hand, that was the smart thing to do. On the other hand, though, I walked away from the encounter believing I could kill someone when pushed to my limit. This belief kept me in fear that I might not be able to control my own anger and hatred when confronted. I decided I would rather die than hurt someone.
It was the last time I stood for anything with that much passion. I did indeed die. I hid from my anger, hatred and passion because I was afraid of it. This had the unfortunate effect of taking out my light too. Darkness won. I was under it’s thumb.
My life remained, for the most part, small, passionless, and opinion-less. I was in denial of my anger and hatred and continued to fear it’s power, praying I could keep it buried. Life was miserable and depressing. How many times could I go before God, handing him my lifeless body for healing and compassion because I didn’t have it for myself?
But hey, I was safe, right? Umm, no. . .
The main problem being I was convinced I was of the darkness by fearing it could take over me. The fear itself, though, IS the darkness! It’s the fear that kept me small and afraid of the dark. I have feelings of anger and hatred but this is not who I am. I need to be a witness for myself – allowing all my feelings, knowing full well I am light. I’ve got my life back.
Do you fear your dark? Have an honest look inside with clear eyes, no judgments, no stories. Witness your fear, anger, hatred, apathy, depression, etc.