Issue No. 85
An Invitation to Love
By Patricia Pearce
As I sit down to write this article, the war in Ukraine is in its fourth week. As we witness the horror and brutality being unleashed in that country, many of us are asking ourselves: How can we contribute to the healing that is so obviously needed in our world right now? What does it mean to offer a miracle in this historic moment?
It is helpful to remember that what we are witnessing is nothing new. It is but one more graphic display of the mind’s original error of separateness that has been playing out for millennia. Once the mind embraced the fallacious idea of separateness, it became inevitable that it would attempt to divide reality into good and bad, us and them, enemies and heroes, perpetrators and victims, conquerors and conquered.
But this attempt to divide reality, no matter how violently enacted, is and always will be futile. Reality cannot be divided. Love cannot be destroyed; and it is this understanding that enables us to hold all that we are witnessing with equanimity and compassion.
Going to the Headwaters
I had a dream a few weeks ago while I was on retreat that has continued to linger with me, especially in light of what we are witnessing in Ukraine. In the dream I am walking along an old, cobblestoned city street. Walking in the opposite direction was a large group of people who were participating in some sort of action or demonstration, I think having to do with the climate crisis.
As I walked I realized that what I wanted to do was not to focus on the manifestations of the climate crisis, but to go to its headwaters, to the point where it originates in consciousness. There, I know, is where healing and transformation will happen.
The same could be said for the crisis of war, or any of the global crises we are facing. They are all expressions and outgrowths of an erroneous idea that found its way into our consciousness; and the only true resolution of these crises will occur when the underlying error has been abandoned. As the well-known Vedic saying states: “War begins in the minds of men.”
Going to the headwaters is something each of us can do. When we notice that place within our own mind that is harboring the patterns that we see playing out in this war—thoughts of division, of sides, of enemies, of attack—and dissolve those thought patterns in love, we make a lasting contribution to a world of peace.
We are the original victims of our own mental warfare, and so this stance of love begins within ourselves. We inflict tremendous suffering on ourselves when we judge ourselves and engage in self-loathing. This inner violence towards ourselves is the same violence that ripples out into hostilities in the world.
Since the pandemic first began over two years ago, I have been intrigued by the fact that Covid, were it a word, would literally mean “to see together” (co- together; vid- to see). For me, that sums up this remarkable moment in our collective dream. We are “seeing together” things that in the past we couldn’t see, or simply refused to see.
Now that technology that has connected us globally, we are seeing together the virulence of racism, the dire consequences of our alienation from the Earth, the vast inequalities of wealth. We are seeing together how eagerly we divide ourselves into camps of us-versus-them, and how enthusiastically the mind embraces falsehoods that reinforce its narrative of division. And now, with this war in Ukraine, we are seeing together the shocking insanity of war.
This is a time of great reckoning for us as a human species. Seeing the mind’s insanity so clearly manifested in so many distinct yet inter-related forms, many of us are experiencing a deepening commitment to awaken from this illusory dream of the ego. That awakening dawns fully within us when we not only see the insanity that our minds have been harboring, but also realize that we are not and never have been judged because of it.
An Outbreak of Love
So what does it mean to offer a miracle in the case of this war?
It is the same as in any scenario: to allow our own perception to be corrected so that we are able to see and stand in the divine essence of all the players in this conflict. As A Course of Love states: . . . social causes, environmental causes, political causes. The cause of all these issues is fear. The cause and effect of love is all that will replace these causes of fear with the means and end that will transform them along with you. You are means and end. It is within your power to be saviors of the world. It is from within that your power will save the world. (D:Day 10.37)
It is to recognize that no matter how extreme or violent humankind’s expressions of separateness may be, they can never achieve the impossible. They can never make illusion real. They can never destroy our divine nature. They can never sever us from love.
As A Course in Miracles says, everything is either an expression of love or a cry for love. What we are seeing playing out right now in Ukraine is a tremendous cry for love. What if we then allow this outbreak of aggression to be the impetus for an equally stunning outbreak of compassion? What if we see this war as a calling for each of us to express love in new and creative ways—not only toward those who are experiencing the direct effects of this conflict, but with every one we meet? And what if we begin that outbreak of love with ourselves—accepting, finally, the eternal and inviolable beauty of our own divine nature?
The only replacement that can occur that will accomplish what you seek is the replacement of illusion with the truth, the replacement of fear with love, the replacement of your separated self with your real Self, the Self that rests in unity. (ACOL C:9.24)
This war, if we let it, can be a catalyst for our hearts to open as never before. This can be the moment when we commit ourselves fully and unequivocally to choose only love no matter what illusions the egoic mind is enacting. And because all is interconnected, each and every expression of love diminishes the energy of fear on this planet and hastens our collective awakening to the truth of who we are.
Patricia Pearce is a writer, speaker, and board member of the Center for Contemporary Mysticism. She is the author of two books, Beyond Jesus: My Spiritual Odyssey and No One in I Land: A Parable of Awakening, She also hosts the free daily online WeAwakening Meditation Community. Find out more at www.patriciapearce.com.
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A Call to Create a New Reality
By Christina Strutt
“Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it’s not real?” said Albus Dumbledore in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
In my experience life is real, all right! I’d have to be pretty oblivious to claim otherwise. And at the same time it’s kind of not real. I agree with Dumbledore. It’s a quantum both/and kind of thing. It all depends on who is looking and responding. My self as a lonely separate human, often terrified, struggling to survive, and competing for my fair share? Or my Self joining with all—including and especially that lonely, terrified self—part of the whole as a divine human being, knowing I am never alone, and choosing as often as I can remember to be/give/receive the love, joy, safety, and abundance I seek? For there’s no place “outside” of Oneness! No “where” to leave “out” anyone or anything! It’s all within me, and I get to choose my response.
I wrote the above words three years ago and today they still renew my moment-to-moment devotion to joining in union and relationship with all that is unfolding in Ukraine, with the devastating floods in Australia, and more importantly joining with all that is arising within me as I follow these tragic events and more. As within, so without: owning my response-ability for resolving all conflict within me. Enfolding with compassion the nameless fear, the swirling anxiety, unloving thoughts, words, deeds, as well as the myriad body aches and joint pains that seem to be calling for my attention.
How thoroughly insane is the idea that to defend from fear is to attack! For here is fear begot and fed with blood, to make it grow and swell and rage. And thus is fear protected, not escaped. Today we learn a lesson which can save you more delay and needless misery than you can possibly imagine. It is this: You make what you defend against, and by your own defense against it is it real and inescapable. Lay down your arms, and only then do you perceive it false. A Course in Miracles, W-pI170.2
In other words, loving it all—out there, in here—same thing! Dissolving all separation everywhere, not just when I feel like it or where it’s convenient. There is no room for playing helpless. There is no one out there whose job it is to fix things. There is no other out there to blame. There is no turning back. It’s time to claim our creator selves.
For every joining, every union that you enter into, your real world is increased and what is left to terrify you decreased. This is the only loss that union generates, and it is a loss of what was merely illusion. A Course of Love, C:5.28
There will never be a better time than now to walk in the world as it is, simply doing what feels loving, one step at a time, one moment at a time, trusting our heart prompts, blessing all indiscriminately, loving all unconditionally. And remembering to ask for assistance from the myriad unseen who stand at our side awaiting our invitation!
Now you are called to create reality—a new reality. This is where you begin again. Begin again with the Self you now know yourself to be. A Course of Love, D:Day36.5-6
The only response is Love. The only time is Now. And We are the Ones.
About herself, Christina says: Living in four countries leaves me endlessly curious about people and how we live as the Love, Light, and Oneness that we are. Weaving the invisible spaces in-between, I know that relationship is everything! With gratitude for ACIM, ACOL, and A Journey into the Unknown – guiding me in Christ Awareness, Christ Consciousness, and Christ Manifestation. Christina Indraranee Strutt, CoCreating Clarity, http://cocreatingclarity.com