Saturday, August 25, 2012

No Terrorists!

What if there are no terrorists, except those we believe and perceive.
What if there are no enemies, except those we believe and perceive to be.
What if there are no poisons, except those we name and claim to be.
What if there are no bad cells, except those we diagnose and fight to kill.

Is it possible that what we have done is to create what we hate and fear?
Is it possible that we have made things evil in order to justify our beliefs?
Is it possible that we are choosing to see things as destructive to create ways to destroy?
Can it be that what we see and experience is a result of our errant thoughts?

What can we do with people whom we name terrorists?
How can we heal relationships that we allow to hurt us?
What are we to do with the ways we attack the environment and then fear its attack on us?
How can we stop hating people so they stop hating us?

I am willing to translate what seems to be hateful as Lacking in Love.
I am willing to respond to lack of Love with Love as I know it.
I am willing to forgive lack of love, fear and hate in me.
I am willing to see everyone as wanting to love and be loved in return.

What if anger is revealing feelings of hurt, fear and guilt.
What if attack is concealing feelings of being attacked and afraid. 
What if our environment is showing a reaction to lack of respect.
What if our bodies are demonstrating a need to be treated with care.
What if disease is our own inner conflict and lack of loving attention.
What if war and violence are fear and hurt with a need to defend.
What if people want to survive and thrive without fear of being made wrong.
What if men want to protect and provide without feeling blamed for not giving enough.
What if women want to nurture and be nurtured, but forget to nurture themselves.
What if nations want sovereignty and the right to protect and provide, nurture and nourish their own.

And yes, what about the aberrations, the “evil” ones, the “monsters” who kill and rape and plunder?
Are they not afraid and lacking in the basic needs of survival and security, safety and socialization?
Have they mistakenly learned values that taught “kill or be killed” and protect yourself with violence?
Are they not confused by a world that seems to wrong them, teaching them to wrong others.

What would it take to be a peacemaker?
What can we do to bring healing, revealing what needs to be healed?
How can we learn to respond with Love to all that comes our way?
Is there a way to say.” I value your right to live and let live.”?

Is it possible that by extending peace and seeking only the best for all, we can change the world?
Is it likely that one by one, we can extend a hand to those who fear and hate us and bring peace?
Is it reasonable to take one frightened child or one wounded soldier and love them where they are?
It is possible to embrace all that we name “bad” and retrieve the intrinsic “good” within?

There are those who say: “Love your enemies.”
There are some who say:” All healing begins within.”
There are teachings that say: “There is no spot where God is not.”
There are great ones who teach: ‘Extend peace to everyone.”

How about me and You?
Willing to learn to love wherever there is a call for Love,
Betty Lue

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;
No disease that enough love will not heal;
No door that enough love will not open;
No gulf that enough love will not bridge;
No wall that enough love will not throw down;
No sin that enough love will not redeem.

 It makes no difference 
  how deeply seated may be the trouble,
How hopeless the outlook,
How muddled the tangle,
How great the mistake. 
A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.

 If only you could love enough, you would be the happiest 
and most powerful being in the world.

Emmet Fox