I have come to a startling conclusion after much thought today. We as a country are at war with ourselves. Many have bought into our misguided stories that we tell ourselves. Often those stories are negative, shaped by our dysfunctional pasts and they inflict scarring injuries upon us. Each one of us has a story that hitches a ride with us throughout our lifetime. Many times they disrupt our intentions, sending us careening off onto a detour of dysfunction yet again. We are at war with our fellow-man too often. We lack offering our respect and acceptance, caring and compassion. Respect should mean allowing everyone to be who they choose to be, do what they want to do( legally and morally)) and think what we choose to think. This is being kicked aside these days in favor of trying to prove to everyone else that we and our beliefs and ideas are right and their’s is wrong.
For many, our own stories are jaded in parts, perhaps shameful in others and wonderful as well, so to have to take on the weight of our country’s sick stories as well, has become overwhelming to many at times. It is heavy to our hearts and souls, anchoring us to this faltering reality rather than allowing us to fly free. Our stories create wars within ourselves causing great unrest. Our Government is at war with itself, different factions of it fighting against one another rather than working together like the evolved souls that we are if we would only realize it. Our politicians are at war with each other, classes and races are still at war with one another, our morals are at war with each other, our ideas are at war and even some hearts are at war. This country as a whole is indeed at war with itself. We know we must change but that seems too daunting for some, and so they hold on to what was rather than taking a peek at what can be.
Can we not see this as a whole? Are we so fractured and splintered that we are losing our abilities to communicate with each other for fear of becoming vulnerable? Our country’s divisions are deep, multifaceted and complex and they are being fueled by divisive rhetoric flaming loudly on radio and television daily. For sure there is a war raging in this country but how are we going to stop it and find peace? By finding peace within ourselves first. Peace can only be present when we are in agreement within, we are balanced and doing what we want to be doing, that we believe in ourselves and we care about ourselves. This requires truth upon which to build a strong foundation for ourselves, so it is imperative we embrace truth and abandon falsehood and denial.
I believe it is time to burn the story books we have lived from for so long now. It is time to write a new story for ourselves and for our country. If we remain hostage to the old sad story centered around oppression, war and discontent, we will not grow and expand into who or what we are meant to become next. We are better than this or at least we should be! We have allowed our country to be governed by our heads and not our hearts which has shaped a warring way of life for us. We are being governed by egos who are also at war. The time is right for us to move beyond this limited way of being right now, but we must be willing to embrace the truth about who we are as a country and who we are as individuals. This calls for courage. Do we have it?
Blessings to all,