Sunday Sermon: Polarity, Separation and the Escalating Conflict in Society


Here’s today’s “sermon” by John.


Some observations on increasing polarity, separation, and the escalating conflict in our society.

We are all being pulled towards the extremes of our polarity, making it harder and harder to listen to, much less see other sides on the issues before us. 

These polarities are reflected in the desires we try to impose on our common reality, and the government and institutions by which our society operates. 

As our desires bump up against the desires of those of opposite polarity, we clash in conflict, playing out in the social, political and culture wars so breathlessly reported in the news.

It’s as if we can’t get enough of the fighting, eagerly seeking out each new day’s ration of hate served up to separate us even more, playing on our deepest emotions and beliefs about how things should be.

We’re quickly moving toward taking our conflicts from social media and airwaves to the streets as people can no longer control their impulses to express their frustration in anger and violence toward others and property.

It’s as if we’ve lost all capacity to restrain our worst attributes, and instead give them life by trying to impose our wills on everyone else to get our way. 

To outside observers, and to awakening souls caught in the middle of this societal breakdown, it seems like the whole world is going nuts. So what are we to do? 

Awakening to your inner reality brings responsibility to your outer world to bring your best attributes to every moment, something increasingly difficult when all around people are attacking us and what we hold dear. 

Walking your talk is always a challenge for religious and spirituality aware folks. Living in this world of conflict makes that even harder, stealing your peace and dragging you into battles you don’t want to fight but feel forced to.

As a result, many who are awakening are pulling away from social interaction, choosing greater separation to avoid the emotional and other repercussions of outer conflict, suffering both socially and financially as they struggle to find their peace amidst the chaos and conflict Increased separation makes it hard to travel the path of service to others, especially when it calls us to bring love and light to those who only want to keep fighting.

Separation also makes it hard to serve yourself when getting what you want requires offering your wares to those who don’t want to be served, and drags you into struggle and conflict when you try. 

Yet increased separation is the hallmark of these times of changes, challenging us all to find new ways to live together if we are to find our peace, much less have it in our outer world, or risk destruction if we fail. 

The problems of our world reflect conditions in us that we must first address it we are to move beyond the conflicts that threaten our peace, happiness and safety. If not, we risk creating more of the same, escalating until destruction of the lives we know.

The answer lies on the path of return to oneness. Loosen the hold of your desires. Try to avoid engaging in conflict with those who want something else. Forgive them their trespasses, and seek peace with every breath. 

You will not reach your your destination of oneness in this life, but you can move toward it. Or not, if your fears and desires become too much to bear. Draw upon the light for strength and wisdom. Love as best you can. Choose peace above all, for its the only way to get there.

God bless you indeed. May the love and light of the Infinite Creator guide you and bring you peace. Godspeed.

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