Sometimes I get a little caught
up in the positive spirit of change that I feel breaking
forth around the world. In my last message, I wrote
about these changes and the future World Beyond. Since
then, my optimism has been confronted with the images
of violence in the Middle East. You watch the news
and see all the bloodshed and hatred in the Middle
East, the Balkans, Africa, and in so many other places
throughout the world. Are humans really evolving to
a higher state of consciousness?? If so, then why
are people still fighting over tombs and sacred rocks?
When will we overcome our medieval mind-set?
I have a message to the leaders
of the militant groups, the over-zealous Israeli policemen,
the terrorists: Renounce Violence! Your violent acts
will only attract more violence. More violence to
yourselves and the people you claim to be fighting
for. To the Israeli and Palestinian so-called religious
and political leaders: teach peace!
What kind of religious leader
would incite violence in the hearts of his followers?
If you are guilty of inciting others to violent actions,
you will be held accountable for their actions. You
abuse the name of God, you abuse the name of Allah,
when you advocate or condone violence in their name.
To achieve a higher state
of world consciousness, we must learn to forgive the
unfortunate incidents in the past. Let it go. Nothing
can be gained from focusing your hate-dominated thoughts
and emotions on the negative past. By doing so you're
doomed to perpetuate the cycle of violence. From your
thoughts, more violent acts are created. The negative
energy generated from your thoughts and feelings spawn
more negative emotions in the world around you.
I understand how much it must
hurt to watch either your young policemen, soldiers
or students killed before they reach their prime.
It may be your brother, your father, your son. I understand
the almost primal desire for revenge. The burning
anger that blinds rational thought and leads to animal-like
responses - like beating a dead body beyond recognition.
I've experienced those same emotions, and it frightened
me. I was no longer in control of my actions.
Think! Don't give into the
anger. Not only are you creating more violence in
this world now, but you're condemning yourself to
more violence in future incarnations. Are you a rock-throwing
student? Great, next go-around you'll be one of the
Israeli cops shooting at the rock-throwing student.
Are you an Albanian burning the house of a Serb family
living in Kosovo? Wonderful, in your next incarnation
you'll be a Serb, and be chased from your home by
a vengeful Croatian.
We all need to make the conscious
effort to stop the violence now…or it will continue
to spiral on, out of control. Look back through history…those
uprisings or revolutions that were brought about violently,
even to fight for "social good" only resulted in failed
systems and even more violence. Look at the horrible
consequences of the October Revolution in Russia.
Tens of millions killed, and the people still suffer
more than 80 years later.
If you really want to change
the world, do not fight, love! Only by loving those
around us, unselfishly, will we truly make a difference.
I realize that the people who need to understand these
words are too busy killing each other to read them.
This message still applies to the "civilized" people
who are reading it. Maybe our actions aren't as violent,
but are we spreading hate and dissension in our neck
of the woods? Do we treat people poorly because their
skin color is different? Do we ignore our neighbors
because they don't worship at the same church we do?
Do we make fun of homosexuals or lesbians or straight
We need to change our pattern
of thought, our pattern of speech, and our actions
to reduce and finally eliminate our prejudice and
ignorance. We need to teach our children to do the
same. How? By words, but mostly through our actions.
You've heard that actions speak louder than words,
in most cases, our actions speak so loudly, our children
and others around us can't even hear our words.
Wherever we live, first we
first need to change our own hearts. Then we need
to be an example of love to those around us. Only
through our collective individual efforts, will the
evolution of humanity take place.