Isn’t it time for another ’60s-like Peace and Love movement? I’m reminded of the popular song from 1970: Edwin Starr’s “War,” that helped galvanize a nation reeling from the Vietnam War:
“War, what is it good for–absolutely nothing!”
The grass roots movement from those days seemed to stem from the daily “body count” and graphic pictures of maimed bodies, not only of our nations’ young but also the innocent children of those we fought against, the “collateral victims” that gave faces to an “enemy” we knew little about and understood even less.
A generation later, once again embroiled in a war that harkens to what is most brutal and degrading and that serves only to awaken primordial blood-lust, this time the TV Networks and dispensers of national news mysteriously omit the daily body count and graphic depictions of wars’ insanity. “Out of view, out of mind.” Like frogs slowly being boiled alive, we have forgotten that the heat is on, that in defaulting to violence as “last measure” we relegate Love to powerlessness, to “no measure.” We light the match that is used to boil the water that we sit in.
It is time (and time long overdue) to change the direction of hatred and anger, to allow Love’s frequency and power to change the course of humanity’s incessant river of blood. Love is not a weak response! It can stop anger in its tracks and can even shoot down missiles of hatred from the skies! We just haven’t given it a place in our global hearts.
A wise man once said, “To give God second place is to give Him/Her no place at all…” I believe this to be true regarding Love. That nations must resort to war even as a last measure may seem at times logical and even moral, but it also shows a national consciousness that has not connected truly with Love, with its own heartbeat. It shows a nation unwilling to explore beyond its own fears and loathing, to apprehend a resource far beyond the powers of bombs and missiles.
Love is not a weak sentiment, nor does it mean an absence of anger or hatred in human consciousness. It is, rather, a transmutation of those qualities by the shear act of observing their energies within the body and mind without creating mental stories and pictures that add fuel and fire to their power. Allowing no place to “catch fire” within, the conflagration of anger and hatred ceases to burn.
This post is not a call to rally “against” the war, or to fight “against” perceived atrocities and injustices within and outside our borders, but to rather embrace the “Silent Observer,” to melt into the “One Song” that flows through and sustains all beings and creatures and is known by the name of Love.
Love is the “Great Filtering” presence within that—like the proverbial alchemist— changes the iron of dark thoughts into the gold of Loves’ wide embrace.
What would a ’60s-like Love and Peace Movement look like today? I believe that more and more individuals and groups are coming together to help one another through the use of sound and frequencies to ground the energies of anger and hatred, to transmute those energies that can then be used for powerful creative and healing work.
By learning to listen to Love’s vibration within, they transmute and attune first their own heart’s ability to receive, and then by connecting with groups throughout the world, the power of their unified Love rises like the tide to inundate and transform hearts now consumed by fires of war.
Isn’t it time? To try Love on for size?