Pro-peace or anti-war?

 

These days we seem to have many situations which incite protestors and many challenges to surmount. I am not sure if they are more abundant or whether it is simply that protestors now have so many more ways more ways to be visible thanks to social media platforms and the internet. 
I recall one workshop I took with of my mentors almost two decades ago where he asked us to list all our protests and dissolve them. My initial reaction was - “What? I care about these issues passionately and you are asking me to let them go?!” Before I could start protesting about that, he went on to explain what he meant. Now, years later and a hopefully a lot wiser from my experiences I can sense the difference in the energies of being for or being against something. Do you fight against what you don’t want or do you spend your energy promoting what you want to see happen? It may seem like we are splitting hairs and yet energetically I sense a big difference. I think it was Einstein who said there was no such thing as cold. Of course we feel can feel cold ( therefore it surely exists? ) The explanation is that cold is a description of temperature. And cold is an absence of heat. Heat is created when atoms and molecules vibrate. The more they vibrate and collide, the higher the temperature.  When you add water to a glass of ice cubes, the water molecules collide with the ice particles and kinetic energy is transferred and the water gets colder and the ice gets warmer until a kinetic equilibrium is reached and the energy transfer stops. The total amount of energy transferred is called heat. We could go into a lot more detail as to what happens next only it isn’t necessary to revisit a school lesson! The reason I am bringing this up is to relate it to positive and negative energies. People may refer to those and light and dark energies, love and hate. Now you are beginning to see where I am headed. Hate is an absence of love. We sure see hate-filled attitudes and behaviours. (Or are those in fact love-emptied?) When we relate them to the ‘temperature’ analogy, we see that hate in itself does not exist, it is like cold, an absence of something, in this case an absence of love. 
So what is the point of this article and what does it have to do with being pro-peace or anti-war? Or pro or anti anything?  When we are fighting against something, in my mind, we are giving it energy. We are the water, what we are fighting against is the ice cube. Well you can say, that’s great, the ice cube melts!  Ah, that would be great if that’s how it works and the water stayed the same temperature . When we fight against something, like the water in the glass, our hearts become cooler and cooler. When angry and protesting, it feeds the negative energy exactly what it wants: more anger, more protests!! It thrives on this energy!! And it gets bigger!  It is not like water in a glass with ice cubes, It is like adding more ice to the glass instead of water. 
Now back to my mentor and dissolving protests and back to one of my favourite questions I ask myself when faced with an undesirable situation: “what energy is required to support change?” 
When we look at a challenge from that viewpoint, we give energy to what we desire instead of losing energy to what we don’t want. It may seem like we are spitting hairs - next time you are upset about something, whatever it is, it is  important to acknowledge how you feel and then, may I suggest, instead of feeding anger and frustration, ask yourself what is needed to support positive change. Check out and see if that puts you in the pro, energy enhancing situation instead of in the anti, energy depleting one. And don’t we all want to be full of vitality rather than feeling tired and depleted? It is important to stay passionate and stand up for what we believe in, instead of losing energy fighting against what we don’t. That is why when people send me messages full of angry rants and negative indignation about the world at large I do not reply. I care deeply! I’ll spend my energy on what I want to promote. And in those occasions when I find myself sliding down the slope of being anti-something

When we look at a challenge from that viewpoint, we give energy to what we desire instead of losing energy to what we don’t want. While it may seem like there is no difference, next time you are upset about something, whatever it is, it is  important to acknowledge how you feel and then, may I suggest, instead of feeding anger and frustration, ask yourself what is needed to support positive change. Check out and see if that puts you in the pro, energy enhancing vibrational frequency instead of in the anti, energy depleting one. And don’t we all want to be full of vitality rather than feeling tired and depleted? It is important to stay passionate and energized and stand up for what we believe in instead of losing energy fighting against what we don’t. That is why when people send me messages full of angry rants and negative indignation about the world at large I do not reply. I care deeply! I’ll spend my energy on what I want to promote. And for those occasions when I might find myself about to slide down the slope of being anti-something I have already set the intention to be aware of that and stop in my tracks to reframe the moment and give peace a chance.

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