At The Feet of Mars
Presence of Mars
1991, when George Bush the elder was President and just before
the beginning of the Gulf War, I was driving in the city of Bellevue
when I had a vision. Standing taller than the skyscrapers of the
downtown district was Mars, the Roman god of war. He looked every
inch a Roman soldier, and there was about him a powerful vitality
and energy. He was beautiful in a terrible way.
I stopped at a red light, he looked at me, bent down and said,
"Humanity is not done with me yet!" Then he vanished. A few days
later, the bombing of Baghdad began.
with another George Bush as President and a second Gulf War seemingly
about to begin, I have not had a similar vision. But it would
appear that the words of Mars are as valid now as they were a
dozen years ago. Humanity is still not done with him yet. Or is
recent weeks, friends have asked me in my role as a spiritual
seer what my inner perception of the world situation is. These
questions fall generally into two sets. The first concerns the
inner side of current events. What is happening on the inner,
spiritual side of things? Are we going to war? Are we not? What
spiritual or karmic forces are at work?
second set is more common and more urgent. What can we do? Standing
once more at the feet of Mars, what can we do to be done with
answers to the first set of questions is challenging. For me,
the answers depend in part on the level on which one looks and,
just as importantly, the way in which one does the looking. To
look with a heart and mind that is loving and compassionate is
to see one thing, while to look with attitudes of fear or with
an adversariality that expects to see enemies, either physical
or non-physical, is to see something else. If a person inhabits
a worldview of conflict between good and evil, light forces and
dark forces, he or she will carry that worldview with him or her
into his or her seership.
answer to the second set of questions is easy by comparison: in
our individual lives, we need to be everyday peacemakers.
Will There Be War?
we going to war? Anyone looking at the extensive military build
up and the pronouncements of the current Administration would
probably be a fool to say no. The President has all but said that
it no longer matters what Iraq does, we are going to war to remove
Saddam Hussein, not just disarm him.
I remain a fool. When I look at the situation, I see outwardly
what everyone else sees through the lens of the media, and inwardly,
I can certainly see a great build up of energies that are without
question Mars-like and Mars-filled. There is a terrible addiction
to war. Robert E. Lee famously said that it is a good thing war
is so horrific, otherwise we would love it too much. There is
paradoxically a vitality about destruction that is undeniable
and seductive. Conflict has a power and an aliveness to it. It
is like a perverse Cartesianism: I destroy, therefore I am.
admitting that these forces are there, the predominant presence
I attune to is one of peace. It is one of Mars held and transformed.
I tune in inwardly, what I see is no war, war being averted, war
being transformed. This is not surprising. One of the very first
lessons one learns in doing inner work is that thoughts and images
impel events. To think war is to take a giant step towards creating
and embodying war. It's like a metaphysical version of WYSIWYG
or wizzy-wig , a computer term familiar to all who use word processors:
What You See Is What You Get.
interest of the inner worlds is not in prediction but in preemption
and creativity. Spiritual forces working on behalf of humanity
seek to preempt the energies of war and create alternatives to
look inwardly and not see war is not really a prediction at all.
To be precise, the inner beings whom I think of as my colleagues
do not say, "There will be no war." How can they? Human free will
is involved, and conflict is ever so attractive a choice. What
they are saying is "The road to alternatives is still open. Keep
it so." From their perspective, no war is inevitable until the
first weapon is fired and the first souls find themselves lovingly
embraced and welcomed as part of their world instead of ours.
Even then, the course of the war and its duration are subject
to change. There are no inevitabilities, only possibilities and
the continuing power of grace to choose those most advantageous
for humanity as a whole.
Forces At Work
about the inner forces at work? Here, at one level, the situation
is complex to me. Many forces are at work pulling both towards
and away from war. America is now the most powerful nation on
earth, and as such it faces an initiation into a greater spiritual
maturity and responsibility. How will it use its power? There
is a planetary karma here that is being confronted, one that every
nation that becomes extraordinarily powerful and dominant in its
time must face and one that few, if any, have successfully passed.
The habit is towards the use of power to dominate and coerce,
even subtly, and to fall into pride and arrogance, all of which
represent a solidifying of a particular identity over and against
the identity of the world as a whole. A child might put it this
way: "My way or I don't play."
is a collective, national version of the threshold or initiation
we all face as individuals to see the world either as a stage
on which I will enact my will or as a co-creative ally with whom
I am interconnected and with whom I will foster a synergic will
of benefit to all of us. It is the threshold of the expansion
of self from being alone to being part of a larger wholeness,
an expansion in which self is not lost but is transformed by interconnection
and the increase of capacity that such interconnection can bring.
It is, quite simply, an initiation of love and compassion.
the test of America's identity and role in the world and the kind
of energies it will invoke to itself and share with others is
one force at work. I would add that successfully meeting this
test does not mean that America may not be called from its position
of strength to be a policeman in the world in situations where
evil must be confronted. But as street cops throughout our land
have been learning, the most effective way to deal with crime
is not to shoot first and ask questions later but to build community
bridges and understanding that can defuse problems before they
burst open in a spray of violence. To be a cop is an honorable
profession, but increasingly we are learning that to be a good
cop is to be a peacemaker first and an enforcer second.
There is a karma of the Islamic world as well at work here. This
is not a religious issue as much as a civilizational one. At one
time, the Islamic culture was the most highly developed and refined
in all of the western world. Then it was destroyed by invasion
and war and never fully recovered. But the memory of that civilization
lives on and desires rebirth. There are two forces here really
that I can see inwardly. One is the memory, a desire to recover
past glories, a desire that can be blinded by illusions of the
past and filled with anger and resentment at what has been lost.
This collective thought-form looks out at the world and sees the
West, and in particular America, occupying a position of civilizational
and cultural power that it once had and says, "That is where we
should be. That is really our role in history, and it was taken
from us. Let us take it back!" This is a thought-form within the
Arab worlds that can breed conflict. Related to it are the memories
of the Crusades and of the Moslem attempts to conquer Europe.
Centuries have passed since that time, but as we saw in the recent
"ethnic cleansings" of Kosovo and Croatia, these memories are
very much alive and carry a venomous potency. In some ways, this
ancient conflict has not yet been resolved or transmuted. Forgiveness,
which along with love and compassion is one of the most powerful
and necessary ingredients to peacemaking, has not yet fully taken
place. When President Bush, after 9/11, spoke of a "crusade" against
the terrorists, he tapped into that ancient memory and gave it
new currency. Osama ben Laden calls the West and America crusaders,
and plays upon what lies unforgiven and unforgotten in both the
Islamic and the Western psyche. Bush and other Western leaders
may deny that current actions represent in any way a crusade against
Islam, but the ancient memories and fears, angers and hatreds
are there and they are finding outlet in the current confrontations.
The spirit of the Crusades do still live on both sides, and it
would be silly and dangerous to deny it. It would be better to
bring this history fully into the open, admit it is there as an
obstructive memory between two civilizations and take positive
and deliberate steps to heal and transform it.
its looking to its past, the Arab world can confine its creative
energy for the future. Within the Arab world are powerful creative
forces waiting to be released for the good of humanity, but structures
of habit and oppression restrict them. At some point, these energies
will be liberated. Perhaps war is being invoked as a means of
doing so. Often if a living system cannot liberate itself from
its own stuckness, some other force comes from the outside to
do it. We see this in our own lives when we get into a rut and
then something happens to kick us out of it. That something is
not always pleasant!
same thing happens to civilizations as well. Historically, wars
have shattered civilizational patterns that were energetically
stuck, but at a huge price. It is the least efficient way to bring
about transformation, for it can create stuck energy of its own.
And in our time, when the destructive consequences of war upon
all humanity so far outweigh possible benefits, it is a spiritual
imperative to find other ways of dealing with energetic and creative
stuckness. We see this conflict as "Bush's War," but from an inner
perspective, forces can be observed drawing America into that
area and into a potential of conflict that have nothing to do
with Bush or oil or strategic alliances. There is a whirlpool
of energy here in which vengeance seeks more vengeance in a downward
spiral of destruction. America did not initiate this whirlpool
or the forces within it, but now we are acquiescing to them. I
observe a deep soul impulse behind our involvement in the Middle
East to help support the unbinding of what is bound, but that
impulse can be and often is corrupted into a desire to meddle
for other purposes. We are making ourselves a participant in the
violence when we could be helping to transform it.
past is not the only force at work. There is another spirit within
Islam and the fractured remains of the once great Arab and Persian
Islamic civilization which is not a memory, not a karmic energy.
This is a true spiritual force that knows it has contributions
still to make to the betterment and unfoldment of humanity. This
spiritual force seeks neither to dominate nor to be dominated
but rather a co-creative partnership with the spiritual forces
of West and East. Importantly, it recognizes that for all its
accomplishments, the West in its drive for material success has
set aside a vital spiritual dimension from its consideration.
America and the West are imperfect custodians of humanity's future
because of this. This is not a religious issue as much as one
of balance in the human spirit. Some elements in Islam may go
too far in seeking theocracy but elements in the West go too far
in promoting "secularcracy." In this context, the spirit within
Islam does resist the Americanization of the world where that
American influence does not convey the best and highest within
the spirit of America but its lowest material and commercial interests
to turn all humanity into simple consumers. Islam can be a lover
to the West, a partner to remind us to seek the richness and goodness
of spirit and not just the material attractiveness of goods.
Arab world is still a powerful civilizational force; how could
it not be when it is the home to millions of souls? It has gifts
to contribute. But much of its creative energy is stuck, partially
caught in the memories I have mentioned, partly in the patterns
of oppressive governments and habits of the past. Where energy
is stuck, toxicity can arise. There is a need for this stuckness
to be shattered, for that which is obstructed to be liberated
so the creative spirit within people can reemerge.
to me, are the four most powerful forces at work here within the
specific context of the relationship of Islam and the West. All
require our loving attention and inner work of prayer and reconciliation,
understanding and co-creativity. But in some ways, for all their
potency and for all their power to manifest in violent ways, these
elements are not the most important inner force at work here,
as far as I can see.
me, what is happening is a genuine historical moment of human
initiation, a time when collectively we are struggling to understand
and achieve a whole new level of human spiritual understanding
and capacity. This is Humanity's moment.
the surface, it appears to be a confrontation with the energy
of Mars within the human psyche, an attempt to say, "Yes, we as
humanity ARE done with you!" Over the past few days, millions
of people around the world have taken to the streets to take a
stand against war. Millions more prayed or meditated at home or
in places of sacredness and worship. A psychologist friend of
mine, a wise and wonderful woman, called these demonstrations
"a global expression that the thought-form of war can no longer
agree. But it is more than just that. For centuries seers and
spiritual prophets have foreseen a time when humanity would finally
come together as a species unified in spirit, if not in politics
and culture. This is a vision of the emergence of the planetary
humanity. Such a humanity is not one in which diversity is lost
or in which one nation, race, religion, or ethnicity imposes by
its strength and dominance unity upon the world. That would be
a false unity. A true planetary humanity is a spiritual unity,
a consciousness of being unified in our humanness and interconnections
and at the same time proud of our diverse cultural identities
and differences, differences that can only enhance our capacities
for insight and creativity.
a planetary humanity may be a long time coming, but it has to
begin somewhere. To my inner vision, that beginning is now. That
is what the idea of the New Age sought to convey before it was
captured and devalued by a tide of psychological and spiritual
narcissism. We are at the threshold of a new experience for humanity.
We are at the beginning of an expansion of human capacities based
on compassion, interconnectedness, synergy, and community.
this new condition cannot be imposed. It cannot come from a government,
from a religion, from a charismatic leader. It cannot be granted
by higher spiritual beings or by beneficent aliens from space.
It must arise from people. It must arise from each of us and all
of us, for it is rooted in our individual capacities for peacemaking,
for co-creativity, for forming and fostering connections and community.
It must arise as an expression of the will of humanity. It's first
stepand a vital one it ismay well be to say, "Let
us stop killing each other. Let us stop the wars that are in reality
one great civil war within humanity. Let us truly be done with
next step, and the truly important one, the one that will open
the door to the future, is to say, "Let us start understanding
and helping each other. Let us even start loving each other. Let
us take the vitality of Mars and use it to build and not destroy,
to enjoy each other and not hate, to honor our differences and
see the potential in them and not seek to abolish diversity and
render us all the same. Let us embrace and grow with each other
and not waste each other!"
love is what is stirring in the human unconscious and in the human
spirit. Its true power will come from being for something and
not against something. The peace marches are impressive, but protest,
we must understand, is potentially just Mars in another form.
It can be war with the violence transferred from the physical
to the emotional and mental dimensions. What is impressive is
the beginning of a genuine stirring on the parts of millions of
people, some in leadership positions but most just ordinary people
on the streets and in the homes of the world to take responsibility
for our world. In a way that has not quite found a clear and articulate
expression yet, people are realizing that if we want a world with
a humane and abundant futurea truly human futurethen
it is the responsibility of all of us. The collective spirit of
humanity must find its voice and speak it. And this speaking must
not be just against something, whether it's war, governments,
corporations, or any other thing we may dislike or fear. It must
be for something. We must give voice at least to the fact that
the future belongs to all of us, not just to leaders or corporations
or governments, not to any one religion or country or race but
to all of us. And once that great word is spoken, once that creative
voice is released, then we liberate and may empower leaders and
governments, corporations and religions to truly serve the future
and not obstruct it.
the uproar against the war on Iraq, I can hear and see this human
voice beginning to hear and recognize itself, not simply in protest
but in co-creativity. I can see the emergence of a felt sense
that this is humanity's moment, not the moment of America or Europe,
Christianity or Islam, the Arabs or the West.
even if war comes, this moment will not pass. We are tasting it.
We are sensing the possibilities and the responsibilities. The
moment is upon us, and we will respond, for it is critical. A
new Gulf War is not the only danger upon us or even the worst.
The nuclear confrontation building in Korea threatens a far worse
catastrophe for the world. And there are the very real planetary
problems of ecology and environment. These issues are human issues,
far to critical and important to be left only to leaders and governments,
corporations and religions alone. They confront all of us as human
persons, whatever our roles in life, and we are awakening to that
are awakening to Humanity's moment, Humanity's vision, Humanity's
power. We are awakening to a moment when Humanity as a whole will
demand accountability and responsibility from its religions, its
businesses and corporations, its governments. We are awakening
to a moment when the Spirit of Humanity as a wholeness will be
the voice that speaks not against but through the diverse voices
of its religions, its governments, its businesses, its races,
and its ethnicities. This is not a vision of a world government
or a world religion or of any one institution or group achieving
dominance. It is not even about human dominance over the world.
It is about Humanity living up to its creative potential as a
part of the wholeness and integrity of the world. That, to me,
is what is happening inwardly at this time. This is the greatest
inner force at work within us right now.
look at the peace marches on television and see millions of people
on the streets. It is awesome, and it is a message. But how many
of those millions are there for the future or for something beyond
maintaining the status quo? Perhaps all of them, perhaps only
a very few of them. How am I to know or judge? But I imagine there
are people marching because they have SUVs and don't want a war
that will raise gas prices; that there a people marching because
they are frightened of economic consequences of a war; that there
are people marching because they hate Bush or America or the military;
that there are people marching because they are filled with anger
and violence themselves and this is a way to express it; that
there are people marching because they are afraid; that there
are people marching because they have nothing better to do or
because they seek their identity in the presence of a mass movement.
In short, there are people marching for whom peace is only a slogan,
an excuse, but whose hearts belong as much to Mars as the "warmongers"
such marches are selective. Where are the millions marching in
the streets for a nuclear free Korean Peninsula? Where are the
millions marching in the street for a pollution free world, for
a world that respects its forests and rivers, its air and its
oceans? Where are the millions marching in the streets saying
"This is our world, the world of human beings and animals and
plants, a living world, and we will not surrender it to Mars or
to death, to hunger or to poverty, to diminishment or barrenness!"
Where are the millions marching in the street saying, "We, the
peoples of the world, are the creative majority. The future is
in our hands. Listen to us!"
do we need to march at all? It is powerful to do so, and it can
be an important form of communication, but is it the most powerful
thing we can do?
it comes to peace, we should not be misled by numbers or quantity.
Our genuine power in this matter is not to be part of a crowd
of millions but to be a peacemaker of one in the context of our
individual lives. Peace is not made on the streets but in each
contact I make with another person in the course of my everyday
life. Collective demonstrations can raise a great deal of energy
and hope, but energy is not the same as peace. Energy needs to
be grounded and given specific expression and that is something
we do as individuals.
is a thought. One person in the White House or in an Iraqi palace
saying the right words at the right time could shift the course
of events, causing one leader or another to make a different choice
leading to an unexpected and unforeseen transformation. That person
may have been inspired in turn by another saying the right thing
at the right time, and that person by yet another, on back through
a chain of individuals, each being a peacemaker of one.
Everyday Peacemaker of One
Army has a new slogan: Be an Army of One. It attests to the power
of an individual, trained and equipped to be an embodiment of
about the power of an individual embodying peace?
we are to have peace, it will be because we create it moment by
moment, encounter by encounter, person by person. We hear this
so often, but it is true. It is a clichÄ but it is true, nonetheless.
It is not all that is true about peace, but it is an affirmation
of our power. In the world of matter, we privilege quantity. Power,
we believe, lies with numbers. The majority rules. But in the
world of spirit, it is the opposite. Each person is the finger
of God touching creation. Each person is the point at which love
may touch the world, and each touch is the moment from which peace
and transformation may flow. The outer worlds sees us as separate
beings; the inner world knows us as interconnected beings, that
what touches one, touches all. An act of peace and forgiveness
between two people releases an energy that blesses all people
and enhances the possibility that more of us more often will choose
peace, will choose forgiveness, will choose love in our interactions.
We reclaim our world from Mars one situation, one person, one
engagement at a time.
we would be done with Mars as a species, we must be done with
him as persons. Being a peacemaker is not easy. Being peaceful
and giving peace to others can be a challenge. It is easy to be
against war, but what about the little conflicts that bedevil
our lives? What about the mini-wars between spouses or between
parents and children or between employees and employers? Where
is my peacefulness when a rude driver cuts me off or my employer
treats me in a way I find unfair? Where is my peace in the midst
of the hundreds of small irritations that can fill my day?
there ever any conflict too small for a peacemaker, or do we save
our attention only for the big battles, the wars, the conflicts
between nations and religions? It's nice to know that I am joined
by millions of people throughout the world in a quest for peace,
but by itself, that is meaningful only if in each moment when
I engage with another person peace is present and powerful in
my heart and in my actions.
I find that difficult to do, then I need to discover why and what
I can do about it, just as I expect my leaders to do at an international
level. Shall I expect heroic efforts of peacemaking from them
and not from myself? Peace is not made by proxy. I cannot expect
someone else to be a peacemaker on my behalf. Peace is made by
each of us being peacemakers in whatever little pocket of human
conflict we may find ourselves.
Can We Do?
important question that people ask me is what can we do to be
peacemakers (or co-creators or vision holders or generators of
a humane future)?
how we make peaceor anything elseis an individual
matter. Part of the power of our peacemaking is that it is our
peacemaking as individuals. It is an expression of the unique
style, intelligence, compassion, and spirit of each of us in response
to the specific situations we meet moment by moment. No technique
of peacemaking can meet every situation of "peace-lacking" or
"peace-needing." I may have a hammer, as the song says, but not
every situation presents me with a nail. So I must become peace,
and that is something only I can figure out through my own discipline
of self-knowledge, attunement, understanding, experience and wisdom.
though, are some suggestions.
can study peacemaking. I can, for example, take a course in non-violent
can broaden my understanding of people whose religions, races,
histories, cultures, and lands are different from my own.
can study and understand those elements in my own psyche that
can lead me to misunderstand another or miscommunicate my own
can understand those elements in myself that are attached to Mars
or see his power as needful.
can understand those elements in myself that need healing or forgiving,
or at least that need to be heard and acknowledged. The are the
hidden (or not so hidden) elements of pain and fear, anger and
despair that can lead me to wish harm or violence to another,
elements that would assuage feelings of powerlessness by seeking
power over another.
can practice meditation or some other spiritual discipline that
enables me to anchor myself in an inner peacefulness and in compassion
and love for another.
can refuse to use the imagery and language of enemies and adversaries.
can be alert to propaganda that lessons the humanity of all of
us by dehumanizing some other member of the human family.
can pray. I can develop an inner discipline and understanding
of how to radiate peace into the world.
can understand that the potential battlefield where war or peace
is chosen is within me and within my engagements with others.
I can heighten my awareness that each moment may present me with
a choice for peace or conflict and that I have the power to choose
peace. At the moment when conflict is about to break out between
me and my child, me and my spouse, me and my coworker or boss,
me and my neighbor, I have the power to pause and choose another
can refuse to see myself as a victim, that I must have conflict
with someone because "they started it."
can join with others who seek to be peacemakers of one so we can
share our examples, experiences, challenges and wisdom. There
is power in supporting and being supported by others sharing a
can study a martial art so I feel safe in myself and in control
of my aggressiveness or my fearfulness and not as defenseless
or vulnerable as I may have felt before.
can nurture and expand my imagination so it becomes supple and
powerful, so that if I feel "boxed in" by the potential of conflict,
I can think outside that box.
can read or view true stories of war and its consequences so I
can disabuse myself of any feelings that it is a glamorous or
heroic undertaking. I can detach myself from the addictive drama
of conflict. I do not have to be the hero in my own private imaginative
can look for opportunities in my own life and community to take
concrete actions to bring peace into troubled situations, courage
and hope where there is fear, compassion where it is needed, and
honor to the sacredness that we all share.
War Breaks Out
I am wrong in my perception and war breaks out, what then should
we do? Exactly the same. The coming of war is not the ending of
peace. The challenge to be an everyday peacemaker is the same
as before, though now complicated perhaps by heightened energies
of anger and hatred, fear and suffering. The main difference is
that now we must hold those who bear the brunt of the fighting
and the suffering on all sides in our compassion. To a peacemaker,
there are no adversaries. All war is civil war, and we all suffer
have found it helpful to think of peace as something more than
just tranquility or quiescence. It is certainly much, much more
than maintaining the status quo or not rocking the boat, creating
waves, ruffling the waters, or any of the other tired metaphors
we use to justify not doing anything.
spiritual paradox is that Peace is Mars wearing different clothes.
We lose something important when we assign to Mars an exclusive
right to the qualities of vitality and power, heroism and fearlessness.
Peace embodies these qualities as well.
is a tiger! It is fierce and protective. It walks with the grace
of a fearless compassion It knows itself and it owns its territory.
Its claws are sharp with an imagination that can tear through
the flesh of habit and custom. Its teeth can pierce the reflexes
of anger and despair. It devours fear.
is a raging river! It plunges over a cliff to become a waterfall
sparkling and roaring in the sunlight. It is power. Nothing can
stand before it. Its mist spreads moisture throughout the countryside.
Its flow drives a generator that sends energy throughout the land.
It is generative, nourishing, and irresistible.
is mystery! It is a horizon beckoning me into an unknown land.
It calls me to explore. It calls me to new places where I will
change, change into╔what? I don't yet know. That is the fearsomeness
of peace. It does not leave us as we were. It takes us like a
whirlwind to places we may not have imagined. It challenges us
with transformation. It demands me to engage with what is different
from me and in the process, I may become different, too. I dissolve
in peace. Who am I that will reemerge?
We stand with Mars because in truth he is less fearful, less challenging,
less awesome and powerful than Peace. With Mars we have the chance
if we are strong enough to conquer, to triumph, to stay unchanged.
There is the chance we can stay who we are.
There is no such chance with Peace. Peace transforms. Peace expands
us. Peace takes us to new and unknown places.
is for the fearful and the afraid.
is for the courageous and the daring.
we are done with fear, we are done with Mars.
me find in myself tiger-peace, river-peace, mystery-peace! May
the Mars in me become the presence and power of Peace in me.
is an exercise I find helpful to remind me of peacemaking. It
is whimsical. Perhaps you would like to have fun with it.
First, imagine that everything and everyone in the world is connected
by invisible threads of energy, so that whatever you touchwhether
it's a person, a book, a table, a cat, or a dirty dish you are
washing in the sinkputs you in touch as well with everything
and everyone else.
imagine that you are like the mythic King Midas, except that instead
of turning everything you touch to gold, you turn it to peacefulness
and wellbeing. To do this, draw to mind whatever images you may
have of what peace means to you and feel the quality of peace
in your mind and body. For that one moment, step into peace. Then
concentrate that felt sense of what peace means to you, out from
your heart, down your arms and into your hands. Feel the spirit
of peace in your hands and fingers, so that they glow and tingle
touch something. It could be anything. What it is doesn't matter
at the moment, for we are imagining that everything is connected
to everything else (which is what both scientists and mystics
tell us is the nature of reality anyway). When you do, feel the
radiance and power of peace in your hands flow into whatever you
are touching, and from it, out into the world. If this seems strange,
just play with it. It can't hurt, and who knows? Someone somewhere
in need of peace at that moment may feel your glow flowing unexpectedly
into him or her. Where this can have power, though, is when you
touch another person mindfully and with caring with the "Midas
Touch of Peace." People will feel it, and you will, too. It is
hard to engage in conflict when you are touching someone in a
spirit of peace.
you have a sense of this flow of peace, then try it with your
tongue so that you can only speak words that carry the energy
of peace. Instead of the gift of gab, give your tongue the gift
of peace. It's hard to speak words of violence and conflict when
you're feeling your tongue glowing with peace!
this exercise with your eyes. Let peace fill your eyes and then
flow to whatever and whomever you are looking upon. Instead of
x-ray vision like Superman, you have the Super Gaze of Peace.
It's hard to see another as an enemy when you are looking upon
them with peace.
peace into your feet and walk peace into the earth.
peace into your heart, and let your life be a heart that circulates
peace throughout your environment.
Remember that at the heart of peace are love and a caring for
the wellbeing of another. Practice putting love into your hands,
your eyes, your tongue, and your feet as well. This is a simple,
whimsical exercise, but it can be a tool of remembrance of being
a peacemaker. In a deeper way, though, from my inner perspective,
it is more than just imaginative play; it is an invocation and
expression of a genuine spiritual and peacemaking power that can
augment our everyday individual actions, as well as our collective
to you and to all of us as everyday Peacemakers, Peacemakers of
One, Peacemakers together.
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