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The Madness of War

It is essential to constantly remind ourselves, that war, apart from a very few exceptions, is a symptom of madness. Yet war is a disease which is largely taken for granted; considered ‘normal’ and unless it involves a large swathe of humanity, ignored. How did we allow ourselves to be trapped by such insanity?

In 2017, wars are as prevalent as ever. They are being manifest in the Middle East, in Africa, in South America, and in a lesser form, in almost all countries of the World. They are the result of a failure to recognize that killing another is actually killing one’s self. A failure to grasp that humanity is a collective made up of millions of individuals, all of whom share a common ancestry and, on a subconscious plain, a common aspiration and destiny.

There is no victory in war. War is an admission of defeat. When humans resort to mass killing of each other we see an expression of failure, never success. Not so long ago war was glorified and, for the victor, held up as an expression of supreme national pride. In fact, such an attitude was predominant in the species for thousands of years.

However two World Wars put an end to the hubris. The levels of destruction were so great and so many millions died brutal and ugly deaths, that a kind of ‘war weariness’ set-in amongst the survivors, and a new sense of the futility of it all became integrated into societies which had undergone the experience. The world looked like it might have learned its lesson; people had pounded each other, and the natural environment, into a sickening pulp, and there was no glorious aftermath. Just a sense of what ‘peace’ could actually mean. (more…)

Healing the Psychic Split which Causes War

A World at war is the manifest outward projection of widespread inner human conflict.

A World where nations see other nations as ‘enemies’ reflects the external projection of unresolved internal fears.

A World where light and dark are conceived as irreconcilable opposites reflects an inner world torn asunder by rampant conflict.

It is inescapable: so long as we are at odds with ourselves, we are agents of external conflict. There cannot be ‘peace on Earth’ until there is peace of mind amongst Earthlings. That is an irrefutable truth which we do well to remind ourselves of.

As we grow into something approaching spiritual maturity, we start discovering and experiencing such truths at an accelerating rate. What’s happening here is that we are making contact with sublime knowledge, and finding out that it has been with us all along, but that we weren’t ready, or courageous enough, to integrate it on the emotional and psychic level of our daily lives.

But now we are – and this opens up a quite extraordinary vista of potential. Suddenly the world seems a different place. Our internal battleground of seemingly endless conflicts dissipates away into the background, and into the foreground comes a sense of our almost infinite capacity for integrating and unifying all seemingly disparate energies. (more…)