Today's blog is inspired by Abraham Hicks' June 25th, 2005 workshop in Portland Oregon. You can order it off their website. I had the lovely opportunity to spend time with this lecture last week bobbing comfortably in a great rocking chair at Heather Cumming's Hotel Rei Davi in Abadania, Brazil.
If you don't know Abraham Hicks, you can find tons of free material YouTube...but please read this first, we're just getting started...
We Are Not at War
"We are not at war" Abraham tells the audience. Don't say that, they recommend. You are not at war. The United States might be, but let's be clear about language and really thinking when we speak because words create, words promote, words perpetuate...so let's think about it.
Right, I am not at war. This is not to say that I am not a voting citizen of a country that is and I may choose to voice my opinion. However, when speaking to friends and family, I need to be clear. I am not at war and I am unwilling to take on the identity of being at war.
Now hear Abraham out because this is a politically incorrect and potent approach to conflict resolution.
Why Does War Come About?
Abraham says this is because so many people do not know that they create their own reality.
Wow. I just have to take a moment after writing that sentence. It's a really big thought.
They claim the more people understand that they are creating their own experience, the more they will give up war.
This might be true, but I'm not sure I want to be the one to tell them. Can you imagine telling a screaming man with a machine gun that he's creating his own reality? Seems like timing is important here. Maybe mentioning it softly before the machine gun is in hand. Because at that moment he's already about to create (or end) my reality.
Whose Side is The Universe On?
Any student of history or classical literature has come across many examples of poetic and not so poetic cries as they head out to battle that God is assuredly on their side. Yes, starting with the Bible.
1 Chronicles 5:20
And they were helped against them, and the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hand; for they cried out to God in the battle, and He was entreated for them, because they trusted in Him.
But we know that "God" cannot be on everyone's side. Or can she?
According to Abraham, what they call "Source Energy" is not on anyone's side, rather it is trying to help all inner beings achieve what they are seeking. In my opinion, their use of the term "Source Energy" resonates a touch the idea of Adam Smith's invisible hand. They discuss the universal forces not working like communist central planning, but rather those of the free economy. It's kind of a libertarian model of divine understanding. (Suits me perfectly)
Mais, bon on continue..as the French say...let's continue.
Ignore the Murderer
Ok, don't ignore the murderer, but don't give too much attention to the murderer or they say "you keep yourself on the island with them." Rather, turn your attention to a new vision not one filled with violence. Relax, chill out, turn off the news, live your own life.
They say, the answer isn't peace it's connection to my own life. I mind my own business and do not have to get you to do anything differently.
They think this model will work out in the end...Or, I suppose, it would lead to peace before someone shoot or kills us. That's the hope. Seems like a good model, if we can achieve it in time. And of course, we have a better chance if we all believe we can.
Yeah, John Lennon, you're not the only one.
It's Not a Broken World
Despite what the news media and many many many information sources tell us, "it is not a broken world" Abraham says. And it's not our job to fix it anyway. They say, if you do, you get only the opposite. You push against war, you get more war. The "War Against..." model isn't working. War against violence, war against drugs...I think we know this now. I just wanted to add it here one more time, in case this blog was the tipping point. You know, the point at which everyone takes as totally obvious and true that launching a war against something doesn't bring about the kind of peace we want. Or at least not without too many causalities.
Choose for Yourself
Yes, you choose for you, I choose for me. That's the good part about the foundation of the USA and capitalism. If you want to eat jelly donuts, get headaches and clog your arteries, go forth! Enjoy. I'll have a salad and we'll probably never meet except at the DMV.
I like the choose for yourself model with a few caveats. My mentor at GMU really pushed me to think about "choice." People rarely can imagine the choices beyond those they see people making around them. They do not see limitless possibilities. For example, it's difficult for a gang member to see their gang membership as a "choice." Once you are in, the world is so self-reinforcing, escape hatches are not visible.
Creative folks like Isaac Asimov have enough imagination to think themselves into a better reality, but "what do the simple folk do?" Well, in Camelot, they whistle, or so they say. A whistle might pause a downward spiral, but lacks the creative momentum to move us into another reality.
So, to me, it's not just about choosing for yourself, it's about launching your imagination...(see earlier post on the Garden of your Mind)
The Abraham Hicks quotes and summaries were taken from Abraham Hicks Publications; Law of Attraction in Action. Episode Two. Abraham Workshop Highlights. Portland OR June 25, 2005.
Now get out of here and go create some delicious future for yourself with that underused imagination of yours.