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You Are Responsible for the War

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:08 am
by yougarksooo
You Are Responsible For The War, Letter to Myself

Who is responsible for the war? Every war? The South caused it. France caused it. England caused it. This leader caused it. That leader caused it. The U.S. caused it. Russia caused it. Iraq caused it. Television caused it. Drugs caused it. Bush caused it. Oil caused it. Religion caused it. The lack of religion caused it. The terrorists caused it.

Do you see what you do? You fail to take responsibility for the reality. You blame the other. It’s much easier, safer, cleaner. By doing that, you don’t have to bother looking at what is going on in your own mind and heart. You don’t have to be accountable. You don't have to bloody your hands with the truth. You don’t have to change. Why should you? According to you, it is someone else’s fault. Always. This is the story and you are sticking to it.

Truth is, you are responsible for the war---for every war, holocaust, inquisition, murder, battery, domestic dispute, rape, child abuse, every mean or insulting or insensitive word spoken from one person to another, and every distancing glance and cold shoulder. You caused it. Not any country, not any leader, not any label like “terrorist” or “defendant” or “criminal,” not any group, not them, not him, not her, not someone else. You! This "you" is much bigger than you think. In fact, it is the opposite of what you think. It is reality. When you think, you mostly think of yourself. As Rumi said, "when I say you, I mean a hundred universes." None of this is personal. This is just the truth that you have been running from.

Don't run away from this with your thoughts and disagreements anymore. Stick with this for a moment.
Let's do something together for once. Let's look at reality together.

It has been said that no man is an island onto himself. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Nothing is truly separate. There is only This. One life, happening now. Walk outside. If your mind is still, you see that everything is connected. All is One. There are no separate things, trees, houses, people, religions, or countries. Nature is not just the tree in your front yard or the nest a bird built in it. Humans are nature. Your house is the nest. The highway is nature. You are nature. Life just is . . . You did not need to walk outside to see this. Go back inside. Into yourself. See that you are the One.

Your house is not simply made of the same wood that once existed in some tree in Northern California. It is made of the very material that existed at the beginning of the universe, the beginning of the One, if there was a beginning. The matter which makes up your right arm is the same stuff in Mount Everest, the Moon, your neighbor's bathtub, your left arm, the Great Wall of China, Paris Hilton's big toe, and countless celestial bodies floating out in space too far for man to ever observe. The awareness in you that is awake, alert, present, and reading this right now is the same awareness in every other being on earth and everywhere else in space. The mind can't see this. Only you can. The awareness.

Your mind is not aware. You think and act as if you are completely separate from everything which you perceive to be “outside” of yourself.

Only thought separates. Only minds divide, argue, go to war, rape, beat a spouse, and speak insensitively. Thought separates the One into a million divisions. Christian v. Muslim v. Buddhist v. Atheist v. Believer v. Nonbeliever v. American v. Russian v. Iranian v. Us v. Them v. Criminal v. Prosecutor v. Black v. White v. Government v. Citizen v. Animal v. Neighbor v. Enemy v. Friend v. Texan v. Hoosier v. Teacher v. Student v. Me v. You—the list is endless. You only truly see this when your mind is still.

Every act of violence that takes place in this moment began as thought. Movement. A sense of separation. It began as a result of an error--a misperception--that everything is not One, that you are here and the rest of the universe is out there. The mind got involved. It decided it needed to separate itself from all the others. It had its reasons. Fear, insecurity.

You labeled, judged, interpreted, and conceptualized until you killed and separated everything. You said to yourself:

“I am Joe.”

Then, other thoughts were added. If you exposed them fully to the light of your awareness, they might sound like this:

“I, Joe, am separate from Bill. Bill disagrees with me, but I’m right, therefore Bill is wrong. This disagreement strengthens who I think I am. I know. Bill does not know. This feels personal."

“My wife will not act the way I want her to act. I point this out to her to show her I am right, and she is wrong. More separation. Me. v. Her. I am fearful without this separation. I don't know who I am. I'm afraid of pure love, without boundaries, without these thoughts."

“I am separate from nature. Nature is out there. I am here. Different. Separate. This is an animal. That is a tree. Those things are nature. Over there is a highway. A highway is not nature, it is 'manmade.' I am here. Man. Separate."

“I believe that God is 'this' and life means 'that.' Those people over there do not believe the same as I do. They believe that God is something other than 'this' and that life means something other than 'that.' Still others believe there is no God and no meaning. I am right. They are wrong. All of them, different, separate. I will join others who believe as I do, and we can become a group who believes that God is ‘this’ and life means 'that.' We will grow in numbers, in strength. Us. v. Them."

“Look at the TV, a country was just bombed! Who bombed that country? I must find this out so that I can decide which side is right in this bloody mess. There has to be a right side. Everything is right v. wrong. Separate. I will join with those who are right, and we will show the others that they are wrong. Perhaps the country that did the bombing is right. If so, I will join that side. They seem more powerful. I can enhance my sense of self through that which is more powerful. Maybe more bombs will be needed—after all, the people we are bombing are not us. They are wrong. Separate. So it’s ok to kill them.”

“After all, who or what would I be if I didn’t pick a side in all these matters . . . if I didn’t separate myself?”

Welcome to your unconscious mind. It lives in a state of constantly needing to be right, to argue, blame, and disagree. In doing this, it separates itself from the other. It loves this. It hates peace. This spiritual violence “inside” you fuels the war and violence “outside” you. But even this is a misperception. There is no inside v. outside. Just One. Thoughts of separation lead to words which lead to mental positions (more separation) which lead to disagreements (even more separation) which lead to war (the ultimate act of separation), which leads back to thoughts of being right---separate. There is no beginning and no end to this madness. Just an inseparable One, manifesting in various forms along a hellish chain of spiritual violence. You are grasping at the chain for your identity.

Every thought of separation is like a rock that is thrown across the water; its ripples continue outward endlessly, causing more and more reaction, spiritual violence, and war. This negativity carries emotional and mental energy which invites mental and emotional reactivity from others. Your pain feeds his pain and vice versa. Our pain feeds their pain and vice versa.

When the other hears that you oppose him in thought, he reacts. He builds up his false sense of self because he needs to be right. He thinks he needs to argue, blame, and disagree–separate himself from you in his mind. This would be a wonderfully dramatic and entertaining play, except that so much suffering results from it. The characters don’t see that they are characters. They don’t realize that it’s a play. An endless and unnecessary human drama. Thus, the collective suffering of humanity continues on, ceaselessly repeating the same old scenes. You cause his reaction with your thoughts. He causes yours. You destroy the life in each other. When you join others in your great act of separation, you drop bombs. The ripples are so powerful that they destroy life on a grand scale. The "Us" bombs, kills, injures, and imprisons the "Them." The "Us" loves this. This strengthens the illusory "Us." The "Us" hates peace. It knows that peace will disband it. So it continues to tell its story, which is that the victims were simply “wrong.” Separate. Not One. This is the same story that is in your mind.

Do you see that you are killing yourself? You are responsible for the war. As Tolle says, "as within, so without. The victim and perpetrator are One.

And so you ask: “But who or what would I be if I didn’t pick a side in all these matters . . . if I didn’t separate myself?”

The answer is peace! But you wouldn’t BE peaceful. You would be peace. Peace is your natural state. It is who you are before, during, after, and beyond all wars. More precisely, you would realize that there is no “you” and there is no “me.” Sure, there are seemingly different personalities, preferences, ideas, philosophies, bodies, minds. The error occurs when you mistake the mask for who you really are. You believe your drama is necessary and real. To sin means to "miss the mark." In truth, there is only One. One life. God has been pointing to the One in many different forms, religions. But you've been looking the other way. Blaming and arguing with the other---the other form, person, nation, religion.

Next time you have a thought that you are separate from the other, or an inclination to be right, to argue and disagree, ask yourself: Am I willing to take responsibility for the war? The whole war in all its manifestations, within and without? Ask yourself if you still want to live in the dream of separateness. If not, watch that thought and any emotion that accompanies it. Take your attention deeply into this. Become present. Stop waiting for someone to teach you how to be peaceful or to stop the war. Stop looking for peace. It is not out there. You can’t find it, nor can you lose it. "Peace can only come from within." It is in you. It is you.

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:37 am
by Ives
Thank you so much for this post.
I find myself increasingly aware of when I create separation.
When I make the other wrong.
Or simply when I create “the other”.
It is such a relief to see it.

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:12 pm
by yougarksooo
Ives, thanks.

When I wrote that, I immediately began wanting to write about how none of it matters. There is the sense that, "so what?" So there are forms, people, who believe they are separate and from that, they suffer? None of it matters. Everything is as it is, right? I don't say that in an apathetic way. Apathy (and I haven't looked the word up lately) carries with it the "I" thought---the separation. "I don't care." That is more separation. "Me" don't care. I'm not talking about apathy.

No, I mean the whole. How could I ever truly know what the One is concerned with, or wants or anything. It just is. Why is the waking up happening here, in this mind/body? I can't know. Not totally. Scott kept wanting to wake up. But that was part of the dream. I can't know what consciousness wants, with my own thoughts. Hence, the teaching "accept what is." I don't know if the One wants anything. I think this is what is meant by presence is the sense of everything you know collapsing into a state of not knowing.

There is no individual me. The whole idea that there is, is the dream of separation. So, what I know about whether others should be enlightened or what you know, collapses into the state of not knowing. This just means that the Oneness begins to see through us, to use the body/mind as an instrument. The collapsing is the One crushing the individual identity. One. Thus, what is left is pure consciousness. Does it have an agenda to end all suffering? This I can't know. This is the not knowing. But there is this deep, deep love happening inside. The sense that everything is my body. So its reaching out because it knows that everything "out there" is also "it." Perhaps that is why all of us are here on this forum. To do the reaching out, not just so that the "me" gets something from this forum. That is petty. There is a larger thing happening, seemingly.

The phrase that first came to mind after a recent oneness experience was "Christianity is my shoe." That is not a derogatory statement at all. I just mean that the Christian, as well as every other mind-identified form suffers from an error which my shoe does not suffer from. My shoe does not believe its separate. Thus, it does not suffer. A Christian, if not self-realized, may believe that it is separate, that Christianity is separate, that its belief system is somehow divorced from the whole, from my shoe. So even the Christian suffers, despite his prayers, if he sees himself as separate from my shoe, from the whole. Hence, the phrase "dreamland spirituality" which Adya uses.

In one of Adya's teachings, he explains that dreamland spirituality is when you keep going to a church, a program, or to a teaching....feeling as though you are really making progress...getting something from it....becoming something better...a better version of "me." But true awakening is BANG, you wake up out of that dream. This is my experience, especially recently and I know there are others on here going through that or who see that.

Thus, "Christianity is my shoe" was my way of putting to words the sense that all is one. This also de-personalizes the event of full awakening. It isn't personal. Only my ego believed I was going to gain something from spirituality. The real kicker is that the ego was totally crushed by waking up from that very dream.

Once the awakening happens, I see that the need to wake up was, strangely, part of the dream of me, Scott. Because the One, coming through the form, devours the Scott. It's too vast. Now, the One may be totally interested in whether the individual form wakes up in you and in me. But that I can't know. That is the mystery.

So why did I write the piece above? I don't know. Why do any of us write on here or anywhere. It's a pointer, like every writing.

The only reason I'm sharing this is because, through the oneness realization in 'me' there was a corresponding seeing that everything is in its right place. Everything just is, including the unconscious. So why do any of us point to the separation in others? Is there an agenda there? If so, whose agenda? The little "me?" Or this which is coming through? You see?...I can't know. :) Thus, watch, accept, live in a state of not knowing. Excellent pointers given by the teachers.

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:10 pm
by Hiren Shah
What has been said about the ego and the unconscious mind and the war is right but in day to day life, sometimes one has to take a stand though one need not argue aggresively. One can be polite and firm while being rooted in the being.

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:11 pm
by yougarksooo
One can be polite and firm while being rooted in the being.
Yes of course. The teachings sometimes get misinterpreted don't they? People get the sense that "I won't ever be able to take action again." This is not the reality. Action comes from a different place interally, that is all. That's my experience.

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:26 pm
by eseward
yougarksooo wrote:Action comes from a different place interally
Exactly. :)

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:27 pm
by yougarksooo
Yes, if I could spell internally right.


Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:43 pm
by OnlyNow
Hi yougarksooo

your post reminded me of a piece from 'the prophet' regarding 'crime and punishment'
............Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world.

But I say even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each of you,

so the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.

And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree,

So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all

Like a procession you walk together towards your god-self.

You are the way and the wayfarers.

And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone.

Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone.

And this also, though the word lie heavy on your hearts:

The murdered is not unaccountable for his own murder,

And the robbed is not blameless in being robbed.

The righteous is not innocent for the deeds of the wicked,

And the white-handed is not clean in the doings of the felon.

yea, the guilty is oftentimes the victim of the injured,

And still more often the condemned is the burden bearer for the guiltless and unblamed.

You cannot seperate the just from the unjust and the good from the wicked;

For they stand together before the face of the sun even as the black thread and the white are woven together.

And when the black thread breaks, the weaver shall look into the whole cloth, and he shall examine the loom also..........................

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:04 pm
by eseward
OnlyNow, thanks for that quote. Excellent IMO.

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:31 pm
by yougarksooo
Onlynow, thanks. Your post reminds me of what I already see. Nothing is separate.