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In 2006 the war raged between Israel and Hezbollah in the Middle East; in May 2007 confrontation erupted once again. This conflict appears to be based on religious differences; or more bluntly, religious intolerance and hatred between certain individual followers of Islam and Judaism. The hatred and conflict in the region has been practically been ongoing since the creation in 1948 of the state of Israel. There appears no end in sight to the current fighting in southern Lebanon. Even in the same region of the world, Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq are teetering on the brink of full-scale civil war over religious differences, as well as other matters.
Historically there have been many conflicts and atrocities seemingly committed over religious and philosophical differences. Christianity has had its share of conflicts. The crusades were a series of military campaigns designed to recapture Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the Muslims. Since the 16th century there has been much conflict and tension between Catholics and Protestants; the conflict in Northern Ireland for example.
There was the appalling Holocaust committed by the Nazi’s of Germany, where an estimated 6 millions Jews were killed. Like cattle to the slaughter-all because of hatred.
We could list many more accounts of conflict and atrocities that has transpired throughout history and in more graphic detail. There hardly is a place on Earth that has escaped religious or philosophical conflict over the ages. In the last 100 years there has been millions, upon millions, upon millions of people killed due to conflict. Not to mention the devastation to wildlife and the ecological damage to mother Earth.
Why do People Follow a Religion or Philosophical Belief?
Many people follow a religion because it’s part of their family or tribal heritage and culture. For others, religion provides a feeling of security, because the divine power is believed to be watching over them and religion promises salvation and life after death. For other people, religion yields a sense of individual fulfillment and provides meaning to life.
For many people, religion and beliefs are ceremonies, practices, and worship involving a supreme God(s) or Deity. Almost all people who follow some form of religion or belief believe that a supreme being(s) created the world and influences their current lives.
Is Religion or Philosophy to Blame?
After reading the above some would believe so, however I respectfully say to the reader, no they are not. Religious and Philosophical Beliefs are not the cause of the acts of conflict and atrocities on Earth. The actions of human beings are the cause and effect. More often than not, it is the heads of governments and organizations that place the masses of ordinary people in the revolving chaos of conflict. People utilize and manipulate there religious viewpoint on others as a medium to obtain their personal, political, and ideological goals. This action is done by the human being.
I have never seen a copy of the Koran or the Bible mystically posses a gun and fire; have you ever seen that happen?
A religion or philosophical belief is not a tangible item. It cannot possibly command a plane, tank, or political office, but human beings can. Human beings give the orders.
Therefore, how can we logically state that Religious and Philosophical Beliefs are to blame? Logically, it is practically impossible for an intangible object to commit an act.
What causes the Conflict?
Fear of the unknown is the major contributor. Fear can be a very powerful emotion that can be negatively manipulated by those who seek to control and gain power. Look what Hitler did to the people of Germany in the 1930’s. Sometimes human beings destroy that what they fear and don’t understand.
People also oppress people, deny them knowledge, and or a certain lifestyle. Oppressed people quite simply do not know any different. Also, some people simply do not desire growth of knowledge and choose to remain in their current state. The problem of the unknown is that people are unaware of something else, either by their own free choice or not.
History has shown us that people, cultures, nations attacked each other because of their desire to dominate and acquire more resources. However, in modern times the threat of global domination by a single nation has diminished; but the quest for power over others by the individual remains, hence the dictators of the world.
How do we Resolve the Religious and Cultural Conflict?
The 20th century gave birth to the information age. The Internet now is the key to increasing people’s awareness and knowledge of not only the Earth, but of the Universe itself. The fear of the unknown can be understood more and reduced by learning the nature of the Universe. We reside in a dimension of trillions upon trillions of stars! Some may have planetary bodies that contain life and some may not.
Information and knowledge are the pathways to increased awareness and understanding. People can became aware of other Earth races, cultures, and philosophies, both historically and present. This will lead many people to a higher level of awareness and understanding by removing the fear of the unknown.
Any person or organization who threatens another into submitting their free will to a religious faith that they do not truly desire is false. Those governments and organizations that deny the people of Earth access to public knowledge are also false. As history has shown us when you threaten a person or a nation to submit to your religious and philosophical beliefs violent conflict erupts; and it always will.
Everyone human being should have the right to choose their own religious and philosophical belief, and should be left in peace to pursue such, providing they harm no other.
One cant help hoping that one day people will realise the irony of the fact that they all believe to follow ,embody and truly know the word of God . That we will all stop hanging onto the blurred truths of passed ages. Tainted with each year by mans selfish nature and agenda .Religion and Philosophy have become a means of control,and constantly conquer and divide,the puppet masters all being human hands.
Hanging onto the past only causes more pain ,As long as we focus on our differences we will always be divided . Continuing with the same actions will always heed the same results !
Unprogramme your mind , open your eyes !
Truth, Guidance and meaning are within you and all about you …right here and right now
I have no doubt there is a higher purpose or a god .
You have to ask yourself. Am I following Gods true will or am I Brainwashed and following Mortal Mens Doctrines and understandings ? keeping you eternally sucked in with fear and pride and a desperate need for meaning .No man has Gods words or meaning !!! Especially not for another man . If he wanted to talk to you he would not send you a vague message through a corrupt broken telephone over thousands of years .
Even those special people who found there own personal paths to enlightenment , merely tried to spread their love for God through their individual perception.They tried to help open our minds to his glory … filled with the magnificents of his being and that which they felt .They were not trying to start a system of control and regulations that never differ for any soul !
They tried to inspire us, and all discoved the exact same core message about love,unity and brotherhood.
I doubt that their intentions ..or Gods ultimate plan had anything to do with the endless lists of rules and regulations and doctrines that we are forced within our religious comminities to accept “Eat this ,act this way , wear this , do this at this time , reject this , accept this, this is wrong ,this is right ,you are right ,they are wrong …bla ba bla bla “
As long as you follow mans version of God or truth we will go round in vague guilt filled circles for eons
Liberate yourself ,break your chains , free your minds.
Stop looking for the truth and answers in others
With a clean slate and a open mind . whisper” Im listening”
I Just wish you would all let go of your programmed Truths, Your beliefs enslave you. You only believe what you do because of your upbringing and your environment. Just let go of dying truths and doctrines, the doctrines of the quiet past will never suffice in the stormy present. Open you mind and soul and follow the only truth and destiny that matters, yourself and your inner path.
We look back and laugh at some of the beliefs regarding witchcraft in the Middle Ages. We look back at the witch trials and the powerful superstitions that have ruled our path and we think we have evolved beyond that. As a society our General consciousness and awareness gradually grows. Naturally there have always been from great Prophets to great scientist who have been ahead of there curve. Many of them have tried hard to lead the people, the masses, from publishing papers, to sacred texts and doctrines. I have no doubt that many of these have been divinely guided. Perhaps the higher light as well as the person in question sincerely created what they do to help evolve the thought processes. In most cases I believe that the powerful doctrines and religions played there part. Written sometimes by those whose awareness’s were so expanded that they could see greater ways and laws to guide there people. I believe that without a doubt many of these great prophets and scribes were directly guided by higher sources of light and love.
Why is that we believe the past to contain greater truths than now? Why is it that we believe god only guided and spoke to us thousands of years ago and then left us in confusion to dissect his words? Why do people never become suspicious that every single person believes that they are in the correct religion and truth, despite thousands of others existing around them? Why is everyone else wrong? Why when you except one religion, doctrine or truth to you reject all others? Why is god not sending us truth guidance , even prophets right now ?
Every single thing regarding society as well as nature constantly evolves each day with innate beauty. Medicine and its growth understanding grows each day, throwing large shadows over the beliefs of the past, Technology doubles every three years. Everything grows, everything evolves, everything breathes and moves and endless sea of possibility, gods amazing plan in action constantly turning around stones in the riverbed of mans free will and choice.
Like the martial arts student clinging to his instructors words learning techniques and ideas form thousands and of years ago in the belief of its superiority, we have become separated from spiritual growth. Why does he believe that the moves and strikes form thousands of years ago cannot be improved upon despite been proven wrong in the every day sporting world every day.
Why do you believe the past to be superior and filled with more wisdom truth and God guidance? Why are your minds backwards, why do you perpetuate the greatest lie of all time?
Why is it that you are so blind that you will only believe in greater love and guidance if it comes from centuries of old? Where the message has become so tainted and twisted by time and human hands and feeble minds .As the selfishness and fear of human nature has gradually twisted the doctrine that originally healed and freed there people to a point were today it is the very superstitious mambo jumbo that enslaves us. It divides all races and all souls, it causes most of our wars, It fills souls daily with guilt about not been able to follow their version of gods “sacred word” and judgment! It keeps souls clinging so tightly to the bottom of the riverbed as their ancestors did, so afraid to let go and allow the current to uplift them and sweep them up around the bend to new lands and pastures. And even as the currents strength speeds up and strengthens we hold tighter still. Let go and become part of gods amazing plan in action that never froze thousands of years ago. This is the greatest lie of our Millennium, the greatest evil of modern times is the very belief you hang onto to avoid the darkness.
Hundreds of years from now as we look back on our history we will laugh at our Ancient beliefs. Believing that in our magnificent journey with the greatest being imaginable that we only live for seventy years and then were judged to sit in one place and state of mind eternally! (one of my favorite superstitions)
We will smile at believing we were gods only conscious creatures and plan despite not only our planet , or solar system but Galaxy been 0.000000000000000000000000
We will laugh that we ever allowed anyone else to tell us what God says!!!!
We will laugh that we believed he dropped sacred words and texts in valleys and mountains once off, thousands of years ago and then left us in a spiritual dessert for thousands of years to return one day. And that they would never be updated or improved upon
Hundreds of years from now as we look back on our history we will laugh at our Ancient beliefs, rules and superstitions. Love and freedom of expression will be the only truth that will exist.
Connected and expressing god will be as unique to each soul as every painter’s passionate expression of what he sees and feels will be. We will dance upon god’s canvas as we paint our ultimate destinies. God will smile as he moves through us , not as a distant being that once spoke to us and watches separate and from afar , but as the sea of pure energy and light that we are made up of , Although all separate , all of one .The closer we get to his heart and the more we explore our own beautiful unique map he provides us , the more , that instead of been further divided , the more we will all integrate into a one minded higher purpose
And as we become a unique puzzle piece we are no longer separate but become part of the picture. Each time you close your eyes and talk to him or ask him a question. He will open his heart to you happy to have you home in his bosom once more, the lies of his divisions and judgments and apparent rules merely a shadow of our dark past.
One day we will laugh that we thought that the answers were anywhere but within, and that there was any more sacred time but now
And that you doubted that he went anywhere at all !
Just some thoughts
A complex schism
We all secretly hold this image inside us of who truly think we are .Most of our deepest beliefs we hold so dear, relating to our identity have been moulded at a very tender age. Romantically created at a time when the attractive ideals of goodness and chivalry still seep through our impressionable minds like cosmic smoke.
We all hold this golden image of what we believe our true soul’s identity and substance to be .We hold it so close that we see it as our true reality blueprint. We will seldom be able to share this blueprint with another individual. Eventually this personal truth will become an unseen stubborn held reality that will be a hidden force and energy. It will affect our entire lives regardless of our actions, tainting our awareness for a lifetime, allowing us to never accept and own our true nature in action.
As we continue through our lives and as our perceptions gradually get tainted and moulded, we begin to slowly develop new defence mechanism with the sole purpose of the preservation in the belief of our inner core.
Our souls gradually adapt to each situation with uncanny survival abilities. We develop incredible idiosyncrasies and reactive personality traits. These perceptual changes can sometimes get so complex, that from a societal stance they become conceived as dark.
There is a line we believe we will never cross, yet with each year that passes we unconsciously move the boundary, the taboo threshold. The actions and words we thought we would never embody. Yet this line, this moral evolution is a continual cycle of spiritual compromise. With each experience you develop your personality, your reactive cycles and your external nature. What you present the world changes each day without you being cognitively aware of the fact that you are losing touch with the inner core you began with, and ironically still identify as your true self (contemplate the evolution of Lex Luther)
No matter how far your words and actions stray and become tainted from your source, no matter how many times the light from the centre of your soul is coloured, refracted or redirected before it reaches the hologram of your external reality ,or the outside observers eyes . No matter what you are currently thinking or doing .Everybody continues to believe they are that original core, the core which to their belief system is acceptable.
Most people manage to justify themselves and switch off certain areas of awareness to help validate this ultimate falsity.
Never do they stop and look in the mirror and ask themselves, who am i opposed to who i think i am?
Instead when we have wronged another, or perhaps have people disappointed or upset with us, perhaps pointing out something about us they don’t like .We often find ourselves shocked at that person perspective or point of view . We find ourselves saying defensive things like “That is not who i am “or “you don’t know me at all! “
Do they have the wrong idea about you? Do they not know you at all? Perhaps it is you that does not know thyself? At least they are seeing what actions and words you are putting out there, and although tainted by their own experiences and perceptions, at least they are aware of your actions!
Why is it that you believe that you can lock the secret identity of your soul inside a safe? Why is it that you believe that your inner core is immune to the going on of your external reality? Why can we not see that thought, emotion and action define us? The greatest illusion in mans psychological history is the schism between who we think we are, and who we are.
Your true substance is the sum of all your experiences and choices. Your true nature your soul, infused and affected, it is evolving with each breath you take. Every single thought, choice and action feed and change elements of your soul. In nature the elements that are nourished and fed become strongest and survive, so in your soul, the parts of you that are starved gradually die out and become your fairytale.
Sometimes the people around you become the only mirrors that reflect the refractions of the tainted light escaping your soul back to you psychical eye and conscious mind .As scary as it seems, often the perspective people have of you (even the ones that despise you) are very often closest to third dimension reality .Closer to what truly is, closer than the fairytale that you silently whisper into your own ear at night.. Sleep my precious…
The person you believe yourself to be within, and the one you truly are without, gradually separate until this subtle lie becomes your own personal delusion!
Until you find the reflective strength and self love to stop the bus one day and climb out , walking around the outside of it ,observing from all angles for the first time .Until you can wean yourself from your daily addictive self talk, free yourself from the fairytale you tell yourself at night with your own forked tongue to feel safe . Until this time self awareness and personal truth cannot be found.
Until you can look at yourself with a multi angled view from all aspects. Until you’re aware of what others see, sense and feel in you. Until you’re aware of what you see sense and feel in others and can get them to correlate, before you can close this schism, merge these realities ,before this awareness cannot be found and personal truth will elude you.
Most of us are just carts that are been destroyed by two horses running in different directions completely unaware of one another. We need to accept what we truly are, who you truly are, with no lies fear or self protective illusions, else you cannot take a step forward.
Do you truly believe that Hitler thought he was evil? Can you not see that he held in his core so close to his heart who he truly thought he was. Some people just allow there schism to get so vast, some of us have pulled the safety wool so far over our own eyes that we cannot even see the road we are driving down. Many of our most complex characters in history have all pushed their level of compromise and justification of their core to such extreme levels of self delusion that it has echoed through time like ripples of insanity.
Can you not see that Robert Mugabe does not sit in front of the mirror thinking “you’re evil. “He feels justified whispering his fairytale talons of dark smoke into his own ear as he recklessly changes gears and blindly turns down the next road, smiling as he creates the next ripple. “You don’t understand me” he might think to himself as he drives over corpses.
You must be careful now, watch your thoughts and judgements. How are you any different? Do we not operate under the same misconceptions? Do you not have a forked tongue whispering into the ear of your own soul, and then blaming dark external forces when you crash? Perhaps these extreme cases exist to teach and show us the dangerous levels that our own personal identity lie can reach. Perhaps the reflections and awareness capabilities that these characters have given society has been priceless.
If you can quieten your internal talk, your lies, if you can wrestle your mighty ego down to expose the blueprint that has been hidden in the deepest recesses of your mind, to the consuming sunshine of true light. Then for the first time you will see what is, what truly is. What truly is and nothing else, nothing more and nothing less.
When this happens chances are you are really going to battle with what you see, you might even discover you were not even on the same highway you originally thought yourself to be on .Once you are far more aware of your true nature incredible growth can take place as you step out of the shadows of denial into the light of acceptance .You might suddenly realise that you have been carrying huge amounts of guilt around with you, feeling like you have constantly been letting yourself down. You might realise that your whole life has merely been a process of belief reinforcement and validation, constantly surrounding yourself by things to support you false identity. You might realise that your whole life was merely a process to reach acceptance of what is, what is beyond mans judgement.
Realising perhaps why you are always attracted to the people that you are, always feeding your false river . An example would be a belief systems that you are so afraid to let go of. You slowly begin to realise that most of your beliefs are there as safety nets.
Sadly most belief systems are tinged with fear constantly encouraging you to step back into the shadows of fairytale with the masses, living lives of guilt and judgement .We never stray far from our original concepts out of fear of reprisal and eternal punishment.
If you truly begin to understand your true essence, if you can empty yourself of all false beliefs, with no fear , no excuses or what ifs . Just true unconditional love of oneself a beautiful thing happens, Cathartic relief.
This catharsis might be extremely difficult in its own sense , but it will be a step towards true self awareness , no matter what you find in the shadows lingering deep .
Sit down for a second and contemplate this, 99 % of all mental and emotional pain comes from resistance, the stronger you resist the more it hurts. A lack of acceptance leads to pain. Did this person really hurt you? Or is it you lack of acceptance for what has happene. Are you a troubled soul or do you lack resistance to what is? Fear itself is a pain caused by lack of acceptance, a resistance to a moment or event, present past or future, a resistance to your chosen reality. Often when you accept whom and what you are, the acceptance and lack of resistance release so much pain that you find yourself healed of the affliction you were denying in the first place. Yet years of avoiding and trying to change that entity had never worked, acceptance is healing.
Mostly i hope that you can just truly look into the mirror some nights and ask yourself, “with my thoughts and actions of today… who does that make me? How does this coincide with who i think i am as a whole? “Do visualisation exercises were you look at yourself through strangers eyes; listen to yourself through another’s ears. What do you notice most about you? What do you hear most often in your words? There is a powerful gift and awareness to be had in realising how little you see of what simply IS .
Merge you truths, Draw your horses back together, do spot checks on the bus inside and out, choose the roads you ride down more cautiously .And if this essay was a little confusing, I ask you at least this .Wake up tom morning and for the first time in your life, get out of your past and your head. Switch your bullshit filter off for one day , and try and see what is , nothing more nothing less , only what is
Or close this essay now and ignore it ,chances are “you’re a good person”, and none of this applies
The last time the average person exercised free will was during the final inception of this life and its circumstances … e.g. choosing your parents. From the moment you arrive you begin to produce logical almost mathematical choices and deductions which are completely affected by the sensory and environmental data which u process daily. You believe that you make difficult spontaneous choices, you are merely reacting to a earth programmed personality that it gets its essence from your experiences and upbringing (e.g. your parents view on love life and politics) (or the way your first friend treated u) Our beliefs (live a lie) traps and enslave us .You are not even remotely the person you think u are.
Those are not your causes or ideals that you feel so strongly for., those are not your beliefs they are merely the perspective you have chosen to experience. in your life time Your are a(higher or god) self produced experimental element of countless possibilities exploring one facet of your soul for a underlying reason of higher growth .All of this is driven by your own higher fully integrated self and purpose :),which is beyond the average persons spectrum.
You have no more free will than a cell in your liver does, it will react to its situation guided by its main being who is fully aware and integrated, perhaps you’re only clear free will, single consciousness choice is to not be willing to experience this life at all. We have no idea about the forces that move within in us .Were they originate from nor there purpose.You are merely reacting to the internal forces that move within your soul, exactly the same as falling in love. So who is pulling the strings ?, you are ,but not what you think you are You are not the single limited consciousness looking in the mirror. You are the being that can secretly sense that the truth is so beautiful so magnificent that we currently have no idea. So next time you kiss your new found love, ask yourself, did I really choose this person? Or are there strange beautiful forces at work 🙂 beyond your control. Sit and meditate on the feelings and emotions that flow unhindered within you and you will realize that you are merely a node of a massive being expressing certain facets.
To truly exercise free will you would have to expand your consciousness beyond staring at one playing card in your hand to seeing the whole deck on the table. (and even getting the rules of the game . Or another way of explaining it would be not only seeing the one facet of your diamond but been able to integrate and experience the whole jewel and the understanding that comes with it .Almost like the little liver cell realizing one day what it truly is ..How small it is in the greater scheme, yet how magnificent it is and most importantly how it relates to the rest of its true being or higher self (or function).The less it identifies with its singular purpose and the more it starts seeing itself as the being and not a separate ego filled part of the being(cell) the more whole it will feel.
Until then we are willing disintegrated pieces of our own higher selves on a beautiful path to wholeness .To make things less painful we have to learn to trust the pure genius of our higher selves .Trust Faith and love are your only solace. To believe your whole and in control is an illusion that will drive u insane .Enjoy the ride ,do you best and secretly wonder “mmmmmmm” I wonder what I am up to up there , sneaky beautiful creature lol