A funny thing happened on my way to Ascension. My inner and outer worlds collided and I was left to pick up the pieces.
I was immersed in conflict during my career. After all, that’s what lawyers do. Fight, often over money,
Legalized combat. That’s what it was.
It was a natural for me, or so I thought. I’d been in the martial arts since college, and while fighting there was usually in play, it taught all the skills needed for fighting in the courts, too.
You know, things like attacking openings, and warding off attacks, both offensively and defensively. The principles were the same; only the methods and tools of warfare differed.
One of the things my martial training taught me was about the use and flow of energy. Or more specifically, momentum.
I’d studied systems that engaged such flows in different ways. Sometimes it was to meet force with force. In others, it was to allow the attack to expend itself, and then redirect it for control or to create an opening. Eventually the objective became to engage and disrupt the attack before it could fully unfold, when the attacker was most vulnerable.
These same energies are present in the disputes that arise in our normal course of affairs. Egos clash. They get wrapped up in their side of the battle, mount attacks, defend and otherwise do their best to win.
Egos, being what they are, draw upon all the tools at their disposal to do that. Conscious thought gives way to instinct and reaction. Cool dispositions give way to emotional involvement, often clouding perspectives and impairing functionality. Strength and ability to persevere are tested as each side does its best to wear the other down.
My thing was about empowering people to take responsibility for their own affairs — not only how they waged their combat, but also how they restored the peace afterwards.
Sometimes that peace could only be achieved through trial, when a supposedly-impartial judge and jury would take matters into their hands and decide the outcome for those involved.
Many, though, didn’t like the cost, risk or uncertainty associated with such often-arbitrary determinations. Instead, when the toll and risk grew too high to accept, they tried to settle their disputes.
Settlement — a form of tie that Woody Hayes described like kissing your sister — rarely satisfied anyone. Even then, they wouldn’t go there until the energies of conflict were dissipated.
What are the energies of conflict I refer to? Thought and emotion. Until preoccupation with victory gave way to a more conscious approach, the parties were forced to keep on fighting, regardless of cost.
But a wonderful thing (for peace’s sake, at least; maybe not their bottom lines) became possible once people tired of the fight and were unwilling to continue to the point of assured mutual destruction.
The parties became receptive to settling. Not because they wanted to find a way to get along, or to put the matter behind them. But because the cost was just too high, and the probable rewards too small to justify the risk, effort and expense.
It is this dissipation of energy that must occur if we are to find peace in our time, especially in the outer affairs of our world. Because no one wants to give in or appear weak. Instead, they gear up for battle, girding their willingness to fight to the death to get their way, or keep the other side from winning.
We have to realize that the victory we’re fighting for is less important than dissipating the thoughts and emotions within us that keep us fighting. They stand in the way of our peace, leaving us no apparent way out other than trudging forward in hope we can somehow defeat our adversaries and force them into submission to our view of how things should be.
Now, step back and look at these egoic battles from a spiritual perspective. Do you think your soul cares if you win or lose? Sure, it will let you play the game. But to your soul, it is a game. And the objective has nothing to do with its outcome.
Rather, the benefit in spiritual terms is the expansion of consciousness and acceptance of responsibility for how our affairs will play out — not necessarily in a way that benefits only us, but rather to find a solution that serves all.
Maybe it’s not a solution that anyone wants. But if it restores the peace and lays a foundation so that we can go about our lives, it allows us to value love and peace more than war and destruction — both valuable attributes for a soul that’s trying to consciously evolve on its return to Oneness.
So as you’re reading the news or engaging on social media, perhaps you’ll stop to look at the energies involved on all sides and decide whether the way they’re being used is going to serve anyone’s advancement, much less increase the peace and love in their lives.
If not, maybe you’ll look for ways to dissipate the energies of conflict so you can start creating something that better serves not only your life and world, but also the needs of your soul.
Your eyes are beginning to open. It’s showing you there’s a lot more going on than you’ve previously taken into consideration. It’s up to you now to decide what to do with it.
The choice is yours. The destination is Oneness. This life can help take you there.
God bless you indeed.