Healing our Inner War

Whenever I see violence in the outer world it reminds me as humans we still have much work to do on the inner wars that confront us.  This outer manifestation is a symptom for the discord that rumbles in the mind and soul.

Yesterday’s violence in the Seattle May Day protest was felt throughout this fair city.   It’s a reminder of the continuing unease felt downtown.

It made me feel quite sad and despondent because the phenomena isn’t just in my town, it’s really everywhere in the world, bubbling underneath, simmering…and when opportunities are right, that violence shows it’s harsh face.

Tomorrow’s distant Reiki group provides and opportunity to work on our own inner conflicts and discords, from difficulties in relationships with others as well as our own anxieties and frustrations with our personal limitations and perceived flaws.

Cultivating inner peace truly ripples across time and space and effects others in our vicinity.  From there, hope is possible in creating a more peaceful world.  May Day is a celebration of spring, but perhaps the words also stand for ‘Mayday!’.  It’s time to respond to the call for help.  Work on healing the inner war so that outer violence can truly be transformed.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    May 02, 2012 @ 09:29:30

    Frustration with a lack of response to peaceful protest almost always leads to violence. I have seen this from the race riots of the 60’s, the Viet Nam conflict, and many other protests since.

    It is a good sign when there are protests, they signal the possible end of apathy. However, as Eileen points out, the violence that we harbor within and encourage in each other manifests as war and violence in society as a whole.

    For example, I was in Boston when the it was discovered that the U.S. had entered Laos as well as Viet Nam and Cambodia. There was a rally and w had all gathered about 30,000 demonstrators for the rally and the march through the streets to protest this further U.S. involvement in Indonesia.

    There was little or no “leadership” or direction at the rally. People got up and chanted or whatever and the march went forward. Every bank window in town was broken that day, cars were overturned, trolleys were disabled, fences around ROTC buildings were torn down.

    There is an answer. It can be found i the cryptic writings of the Tao Te Ching, or the explicit writings of Jeddu Krishnamurti.

    That answer is to acknowledge the violence within us. The unkindness, the submission to spiritual (religious) and political authority, the road rage, the scolding, the blaming. In order to understand violence in ourselves we must understand it. Non-violence does not lead to understanding, nor does “acceptance” or analysis. What leads to understanding is insight and recognition which comes form objective observance of our own behavior in relationship with others.

    We, you, are violent. If you say you have resolved it you are wrong. You would not experience war or violence in your own reality if that was so. We have NOT resolved it.

    Krishnamurti stated emphatically, and I agree, that violence is a fact, non-violence is a non-fact.

    Discover and see your own violence in the mirror of relationship, then make no movement to judge it, avoid it, or “resolve” it, nor cultivate an ideal of non-violence and maybe we will get somewhere.

  2. reikitrainingprogram
    May 02, 2012 @ 09:57:50

    I truly believe in acknowledgement as a key to what you say the result is: “What leads to understanding is insight and recognition which comes form objective observance of our own behavior in relationship with others.” Giving space for that acknowledgement can bring a greater awareness. Thank you so much for this wise post!

  3. Bruce Magnotti
    May 04, 2012 @ 11:06:35

    Not sure how it came to be anonymous. However, I would love to be part of a “peace council” if and when it is formed.

  4. reikitrainingprogram
    May 04, 2012 @ 11:26:55

    I kind of thought it might be you Bruce, by the intelligence behind the words! Ah yes, a peace council!! Let’s hold that intention. Thanks!

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