In our currently highly politicized world (and include ISIS as a political entity rather than primarily a religious entity), we so often create conflict instead of peace due to one primary cause. The primary cause of lacking peace is an “us vs. them” mentality.
If you are seeking peace, I would encourage you to look inside yourself to observe how many times your thoughts come from an “us vs. them” mindset, and to notice how often you think you are seeing this mindset in others. This mindset of “us vs. them” is rampant, not only in our politics, but in our culture in general. All of us feel tempted to think this way a lot of the time.
Largely, this antagonistic mentality is driven by fear. Sometimes, it is driven by ignorance. In this case, the main form of ignorance involved is the lack of awareness that we are all one, for the consciousness of “us vs. them” is the opposite of the universal consciousness of oneness, which is the true nature of consciousness in the Universe.
If we think of God as a loving energy-consciousness which permeates the Universe, then the Universe is primarily composed of loving energy-consciousness. So, then, both the Source of the Universe as well as the very existence of the Universe is made up of one larger, unconditionally loving, interconnected and therefore Universal Consciousness.
The Divine, therefore, does not have an “us vs. them” mindset. Even the Christian scriptures (which often seem full of the antagonistic mindset) declare that Christ came to save the world, not to condemn (gospel of John). Those among us have too often misunderstood the Christian faith as an invitation to judgment, when Christ himself commanded us not to judge. Judgment can only arise with the belief in separation, and “us vs. them” consciousness.
Indeed, the belief in separation is the origin of the “us vs. them” mindset. The consciousness of separation is what then leads to judgment and fear. Judgment and fear give rise to the antagonistic thinking that goes along with the consciousness of separation, that is, the “us vs. them” mindset.
If we can step out of judgment, fear, and “us vs. them” thinking, we can find peace. More importantly, when we step out of judgment, fear, and “us vs. them” thinking and into the Universal Consciousness in which we realize that we are One, then we can create peace.
This quest for peace by stepping out of the “us vs. them” approach is a wonderful life-long quest, and when we find this peace of knowing Oneness, we find unconditional love. When we know this Universal Consciousness of Oneness, Peace, and Love, we have indeed found our inner Divine Self; when we know ourselves as One, we have found God.
Love and Light and Peace,
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