Tonight is Dedicated to…

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This piece was originally written about a group World Peace Meditation that was dedicated to our soul family around the globe.  It went something like this:

Tonight’s World Peace Meditation is Dedicated to…

To all those who seek the deepest peace and the greatest love in life,

To those who simply seek to know what is truth and what is illusion,

To those who know they are not being true to themselves and are moved to live with greater authenticity and integrity,

To those who are aware that this world is on the edge of a dramatic and profound shift and sense they have a significant role to play,

To those who know a Higher Power is now at work in the world and hear the subtle call of that Power to be present and available,

To those who simply wish to know exactly who they are and why on earth they are here.

It is also for all the souls and all the aspects of nature that are suffering, as well as for the souls who suffer because of witnessing the suffering.  For when one sees people, including children, suffering tremendous pain at the hands of others, our sense of injustice is triggered, often accompanied by what many would call “righteous anger”, and perhaps even hatred for the oppressor.

In the process, these negative feelings create more suffering for ourselves and those around us.  This becomes a habit, an inner pattern that is repeated, not only when we witness global strife, but also when someone at home, or at work, or in our place of worship, or on the street does something we consider unjust, the same button is pushed, and the same pattern of outrage, fear, resistance, anger, or hatred emerges.

What is wrong with this picture? What is missing here? What have we forgotten? What have we failed to see or understand?

A deep understanding of the laws of action and reaction (karma) assures us that whatever we give, will eventually return to us, and whatever happens to us is the result of our actions finding their way back to us.

When this understanding is integrating into our awareness as we watch apparent injustices in the world, it defuses our outrage, lessening the pain.  It’s not that we sit passively and allow people to inflict suffering upon ourselves or others, but it helps us to see that the greatest or highest contribution that we can make, to both the victim and the persecutor, is to help them remember who they are and help them rise above the anger and fear towards each other.  In this way, we help them to liberate themselves from a kind of energy exchange that has been going on for centuries.  However, before we can do this for others, we must do it for ourselves.

Credit goes to Mike George for bringing much of this to my attention in one of his many books on Meditation and Consciousness.  Thank you Brother Mike for your clarity!

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