when love guides power

We seek a peace that is not submissive or passive. It is not the peace of surrender but the peace of empowerment. Not the peace of maintaining the status quo but the peace of fully conscious growth and evolvement. This peace we seek is not a weakness or a powerlessness. Quite the contrary it requires rigor and discipline and perseverance and focused intention. This peace is not for the faint of heart.

It is for the full of heart! We seek a peace that expresses our power through love. Our military might is tremendous and fearsome. Our inclination, especially men's, to compete and dominate is formidable. But these impulses are chaotic and clumsy without the guidance of love. While they may succeed in bringing us to a temporary state of rest, it is a disquieting, suppressed, inhibited state. However, steeped in love our competitive and dominant impulses transform into creative forces that instill purpose and connection in their feats of strength and power.

The means by which power expresses itself through love is quite different from its expression when love is absent. Power guided by love causes us to come together in our common humanity and to assert our presence. The presence of a higher level of thinking will always, eventually, find its way into the hearts and minds of those stuck in a lower level. Power expressed through love only has to show up to send lessor powers scurrying home to rethink their lives.

Power expressed on its own terms, without the guidance of love, is egotistical and arrogant. It is consumed with protecting itself at all costs including at the cost of a longer term better outcome. Power expressed on its own terms is capable of efficient, massive, deadly destruction, but leaves chaos in the wake of its incompetence and lack of understanding. The misadventures in Vietnam and Iraq are obvious examples of this.

History shows us that even the most violent conflicts, when based upon some foundation of love, precipitate great change and healing. The civil war in the United States and world war two come to mind. The civil war was a horror, but it was motivated by the wisdom of maintaining a union of states and by the moral imperative to abolish the horrible injustice of slavery. Few question the moral imperative during world war two to rid Europe of a oppressive, racist, destructive regime.

The violent conflicts play to our fixation on drama, with all its adrenaline and explosions. But nonviolent conflict is even more beautiful and transformative, and sets an even more revered example of the potency of power guided by love. The movements of Gandhi and Dr. King come to mind. These movements cause those who are fixated on adrenaline and explosions to roll their eyes. But it is undeniable that Gandhi and millions of Indians sent the British Empire scurrying home to rethink its wrongful policies of colonialism. And Dr. King set in motion a transformation that continues to this day as we sort out how to truly recognize each other as equally human regardless of how society categorizes us.

Violent conflict for the sake of domination or control lacks the underpinning of love and purpose. These efforts are doomed to failure. But we can also witness this failure at work in our conflicts with each other. If we relate to another with whom we are in conflict through our basic desire to be "right" or to dominate, then we miss the opportunity to connect and to grow ourselves and the other. In that respect, it is the people with whom we disagree or with whom we are in conflict that are most important to conscious growth and evolvement.

Those of us who love ourselves deeply know that we can build a world that works for everybody. But we can never attain that world through actions of hatred, retribution, disparagement, and the like. To attain a loving world we must love the world, including our most unlovable adversaries, as deeply as we do ourselves. We must bring our transformative power to bear through that love. That is a formidable challenge, one worthy of the focus of our power guided by love.

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Love Rocks!

Love Rocks, Jason! You hit the issue right in the Heart! without it we will step on toes forever! Love your work!

The HE(ART) of Peace

Jason White wrote:
We seek a peace that is not submissive or passive. It is not the peace of surrender but the peace of empowerment.To attain a loving world we must love the world, including our most unlovable adversaries, as deeply as we do ourselves. We must bring our transformative power to bear through that love. That is a formidable challenge, one worthy of the focus of our power guided by love.

Blind*Ambition

After years of battle, loss and lies, the inevitable is sounding from the halls of power, corruption, greed and denial. Now facing the stalemate of defeat the Generals and Politicians will echo the Hymn of The Martyr, which from the beginning, was the only sustainable solution.

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Hymn of the Martyr

If you oppress me, my words will gather strength,

If you imprison me, my words will grow in power,

If you embattle me, my words will turn destruction against you,

If you kill me, my words will haunt your grandchildren's, grandchildren,

* * *
If you embrace me, my words will fade into yours, as yours fade into mine, my lips will speak of you, as yours speak of me,

Together we build tolerance, understanding, compassion, trust and truth,

Divided we foster only fear and kill only trust, divided we know only the death of the other,

Together we understand and know our lives, and embrace the Hymn of Peace for our grandchildren's, grandchildren.

©Bruce Larson*Moore

and so We*Continue, greater in the knowing of what we could possibility be . . .
The Last*War

Peace is The*Way Forward

There is no certainty in the words of a leader, a prophet, nor even those of God, the certainty of all rests in their actions.

One who lacks the strength to stand with peace, needs only the courage to stand behind those who do not.

Strength, Unity and Peaceful Change
The HE(ART) of Peace

BL*M

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