by: Dr. Sheri Rosenthal
How many of us pray for peace, become involved in organizations that promote peace and, through our spiritual practices, advocate peace? Many of us certainly do yet, despite our efforts, we seem to move from one war to another, from one act of terrorism to another. As we become more technologically advanced, so do our methods of war. We appear to be more intelligent as a species than a thousand years ago, so why are we still fighting, why are we still at war?
Yes, we can blame conflicting concepts regarding religion and property as two of the top reasons for war. But truly, as aware and awake people on our spiritual path, it behooves us to take responsibility for the real reason for war in our reality. War only occurs in humans and, although animals may defend their families or feeding grounds, they do not engage in war to defend ideas. Only humans do this.
The reason for war among humans is that we are projecting the personal reality from our minds out into our conjoined reality. We create this reality with the word, as the word is the power we have from the infinite to create in this life. If we have conflict in our minds between the concepts, ideas and beliefs in our heads, that is what we are going to project. Those conflicting beliefs and agreements, which are at war in our minds, are formed using the word because words form the basis of any agreement or belief.
When we cannot make a choice due to our conflicting thoughts, even about something simple in our life, this is war. When we are having an argument in our head with someone we love, this is war. When we are listening to our mind making assumptions about someone or something and we feel ourselves getting upset at our own thoughts, this is war.
This war inside our mind is ongoing. Only by cleaning our minds of everything that is not truth can our minds become calm. When this occurs, and we no longer get upset about anything in life, we are no longer at war. Then we will project our inner peace out into the dream of the planet, which will shift the balance of the dream from war to one of calm.
What I am saying is that as long as humans create war within their minds and are at the mercy of their conflicting concepts and beliefs there will never be peace on earth.
No amount of committees or organizations can change the human mind and its fear-based egocentric projections. Only each one of us, by taking responsibility for our thoughts and beliefs, can change this reality. That means each of us must make a choice to stop blaming the ills of the world on others, stop focusing our attention on everyone else’s problems, and, instead, work on changing what is inside of us.
I know what I am suggesting is challenging – but what else do we have to do while we are alive except learn to be happy and at peace? Let’s start right now and make the commitment to change ourselves and, in turn, the world.
About The Author
Dr. Sheri Rosenthal is a master Toltec teacher and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Toltec Wisdom. Having trained with don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, she currently takes students on spiritual journeys, works with personal apprentices and enjoys being extremely happy. You can reach her at email@example.com or at http://www.sherirosenthal.com.