Love is a power… not a force. In fact, love is the greatest power there is. Although we can’t touch it, everyone knows when it is present, and mourns when it is thought to be missing.
Love is greater than any force, and it is available to all. Love can change the worst of situations into the best. That includes war, whether it is waged with our neighbors, other nations, or within our own body.
We don’t have to agree with what another is doing in order to show our love and respect. However, under such circumstances, we tend to withhold love when we feel it is not being shown to us in the way we want it delivered. “If you don’t love me, then I’m not going to love you,” is the logic. That’s not really love though; it’s attempted manipulation.
Yet, the joke is on the manipulator, because if we don’t love others, then we won’t be loving our self. What we withhold from giving unconditionally to others, we summarily withhold from ourselves. Love is the one thing we can afford to give unconditionally, because it is limitless and ever available to flow for the choosing. Yet, we tend to be miserly of this precious energy.
Love is indeed precious, but not because it is scarce. It’s precious because, given its power and profound beneficence to the giver, it is so rarely shared.
We are the first beneficiary of our love. In other words, when I choose to love you, I will benefit from having made the choice, before you do. If you choose not to reciprocate, I will still benefit by the choice to remain loving. I will continue receiving the energy, inspiration, and self-healing qualities that come from being “in” love and having love emanate from within me. I will yet be enabled to love others, as I love myself. Doing so brings balance within ourselves, which then turns magical, serendipitous moments into the rule, rather than exceptions in our life.
By choosing to stay in a loving posture, and being a “channel” for love, we will be “recognized” by others who are doing the same thing. The recognition will be on another level than what we see.
The option for those who choose not to be loving, is to be fearful. We couch fear in other words, such as “cautious,” “safe,” “skeptical,” “wary,” “practical,” etc. They all represent varying degrees of fear, or love with limits and conditions.
Yet, love remains the greatest power, and perhaps our greatest fear.
Love is so powerful we’re afraid we might actually get what we want if we embrace and embody it. If that happened, what would we do with the pitiful stories that we’ve been so proud of telling others? How hollow would our excuses for being unloving sound when we collectively know that loving action would have helped a bad situation? What would we do with the anger that no longer “fits” us?
Love and peace go hand-in-hand. Many are skeptical, but by expressing and practicing love, we can end — and WIN — the “War on Terror,” and bring peace to Iraq and the Middle East. How? It starts by becoming loving, and gaining peace within ourselves. Becoming loving means treating the Iraqis the way we want to be treated, not the way that we fear they may treat us.
This same approach applies to Iran, where president Bush is so fearful of their perceived ability to develop nuclear weapons, there is great talk of an invasion of yet another sovereign nation and destablizing it, thus giving them ample reason to continue their weapons development.
We needed to love (former) president Bush, who did the best that he could, given his upbringing. His upbringing taught him to respect force, and use it. He didn’t understand the power of power over force, or the very real power of love. (For more on this relationship, please consider reading Power vs. Force, by David R. Hawkins, Ph.D.) If he did, he would have ended military action in Iraq. This didn’t mean that troops wouldn’t have been able to protect themselves, but the PRESIDENT could let the world know that our troops would no longer represent an aggressive, lethal threat. Our nuclear carriers would exemplify the intention by retreating from the area.
President Obama could embody the inflowing of LOVE by announcing to the world that he as head of a sovereign nation, RESOLVES to seek non-destructive ways to truly end our conflicts and create no new harm. He has that power, for we, the People, have given it to him. He could announce to the world that the United States will NO LONGER present a deadly force to the nation and people of Iraq or Afghanistan, and will WITHDRAW said deadly force.
Who here feels secure enough in themselves not to need to oppress the free will another nation and people in order to feel “safe?”
This doesn’t mean that we put our heads in the sand, or curl our tails between our legs and become uninvolved in the peace process. It doesn’t mean that we withdraw our involvement from the area. It means that we’d celebrate the conception of peace as the new child of our time, and eagerly await and facilitate its birth, nourished by and with, love.
Replacing the military presence, the president could announce that the United States will make an INTELLECTUAL FORCE available to the nation of Iraq — if its PEOPLE so desire — to help it get on its feet and rebuild. If the people of Iraq choose not to have a KNOWLEDGE CORPS of Americans available to assist them in infrastructure planning and building, then so be it. We would respect their decision.
He has that power, as President of the United States, and as a loving human being.
The president can leave channels of communication open at all times, and wait for the Iraqi and Afghan people to ASK for constructive assistance, as opposed to our current strategy of unilaterally IMPOSING destructive “assistance”.
With all due respect to our military, the United States has a far greater, and abundant asset that can change the course of history: as a nation of people with the great capacity to be compassionate and LOVING.
The freedom of expression and tolerance that we have practiced for so many generations — not perfectly or fully, but more profoundly than any other nation, given our diversity — has allowed us to create a level of abundance and standard of living beyond compare, especially for a nation of our size.
There are nations with higher per capita income than America. But none have such a diversity of people, backgrounds, cultures, religions, and beliefs. America remains the benchmark, not only for freedom, but for its social ethos. No other nation has experienced as much freedom… even the freedom to disagree, as we have. We have prospered because of it. That is the power of love in action.
Who has the courage to love? It takes no courage to be fearful, and there is no real leadership being demonstrated when the “top guy” and his cronies are being directed by fear. There’s enough fear in the minions already. Our leader should demonstrate the courage to renounce destruction, and the will to transcend destructive, disruptive ways. This is the only way that our conscience is truly cleared.
Instead of trying to force the people of another country to give up the pursuit of something that we have, why don’t we remove the fear of impending doom that they are living under? This does not mean that we don’t continue developing methods and technologies that can neutralize nuclear material, or protect us from the effects of radiation. But we can certainly stop using depleted uranium materials in our weapons. We can stop “seeding” the atmosphere with more toxins, perhaps to the chagrin of the heads of pharmaceutical companies because their cancer drug sales will go down.
Love is the greatest power, and can heal the greatest wounds; the invisible ones of the heart. It begins at home… right where you and I sit, right now. The love we open ourselves up to and share, will travel to the ends of the universe, as well as next door, through our heartfelt willingness, and intent.
Give it a go.