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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Nova Scotia 2012: Knowing Peace Brings Enlightenment To Our World

The wind rattled the windows all night,
crying and shrieking as loud as a new born child.
The local fishermen know 
if you get lost at sea and scream for support,
the wind will drown out the sound of your own voice,
and the sea will silence the call of wild pleas for help.

People in these parts pray for inner strength
to accept the cycles of life
as natural forces of Nature.
Each year the ocean takes lives,
the life of a winter fisherman sailor
is a testament of being at war on the ocean,
while cultivating a sea of peace within.

The last winter storm of the year,
a howling blanket of snow covered the night.
The house hurricane groaned
from the stress of atomic transmutation,
and creaked as it's shape warped.
By morning the weather transformed into veils of rain, 
followed by sleet morphing into ice, then snow.

The elements are harsh only when they need to be.
Forgiveness is easy when you know and understand
that violence as change, ends the dead of Winter,
and rebirths a new awakening, enlightens insights in Spring.

I grew up playing the Creator's game of lacrosse.
We were the only family in the community who played,
so my father would practice with us in private.
On some weekends we would drive to Owen Sound
on the Pottawatomi River at Georgian Bay,
to witness the tribes come together
and play Thunder Bay's lacrosse players,
in an honouring of the sport,
the Creator's game made to teach us life's ethics.

At a gathering, a relative once told me -
"If you shoot a gun into a violent wind -
your bullets will be blown back at you,
and the sound of the blast
will quicken an avalanche
of irreversable change."
The act of creating violence,
engaging in violence
hastens the fall of snow,
and scares away game and birds -
lifts all living things from being sheltered
by the tree of life's branches.

Violence in the heart
creates a new set of unnatural laws,
which host and promote revenge.

By whispering into my ear,
my ancestor cautioned me -
"You never know what is hibernating
in the wilds of any heart;
Be careful to not wake
that which hunts down life,
with the goal of ending life -
fear of fear seeks revenge,
fear grows resentment,
fear creates retaliation."
Ghosts never die,
they change form and remember -
Ghosts remember what was in the heart of the killer
when the hunted was stricken unaware at death.

Storms rock the steady routine of life, 
to calm an individual's nerves, 
by unveiling the unseen,
always lying ready and waiting, 
to be churned up from the deeply unconscious.
It is by the hands of one's own nature, 
that an individual is stoned into deadly sleep,
rocketed in the cradle of uncivilized dormancy.

A friend once shared with me the writing of Ohiyesa.
The story of an elder Chief of some unforgotten tribe,
who advised the men before going on a hunting trip -
"Let neither cold, hunger, nor pain,
nor fear of them,
neither the bristling teeth of danger,
nor the very jaws of death itself,
prevent you from doing a good deed."

The purest and simplest concept of courage,
possesses a world of difference,
between an individual's truth in ethical honour -
and the truth of a society which invests in fear,
to protect it's Self from the fear of fear.

When groups of people honour fear,
by taking up arms with the intent to kill due to it,
they are not protecting themselves from harm from it,
but are actually acting out that they are scared to death of it -
Fear and all that comes from facing fear,
is awarded by facing life with the courage of a peaceful warrior,
or denigrated through aggressively confronting life
with the vengeful spirit of anger ignited by fear.

Eventually a society which chooses fear, ends up afraid of it's Self,
and protecting it's Self-citizens from danger of it's own making.

Over the decades I have spoken with child soldiers -
children who were raised with violence,
schooled in guns, educated in warcraft -
taught that it was their duty to protect
and serve the insanely sane
from the insanity of the insane.
These children often spend time trying to unwind,
and unravel the dead from their nervous system -
find clues to solve the mystery of how the violence all began.

What happened to turn schools into warzones,
and children into armed-to-the-teeth soldiers?

When did guns become toys, and games become war zones?
When did toys become guns, and war zones become games?

How can adults believe that violent games make great babysitters,
because they distract the child from getting into trouble?

Of the child soldiers I have met,
many often wonder why weapons are even created?
Why guns are given by elders to youth?
Why children are taught adult beliefs,
which support the necessity of violence meeting violence,
and that sometimes killing is justifiable might that is all right.

One ex-child soldier I spoke with
shared his feelings - that if only his school
had spent an equal amount of time teaching peace,
then no children would have graduated as adults,
who choose war as a career, or a way to resolve conflict.
This child asked me if there was such a thing as a school,
that teaches conflict resolution through choosing peace.

These babes with no toys in gun land,
are asked to play with the gift of life. 
The adults who teach the children how to use guns,
teach that weapons of mass destruction are fun.
They teach that it is entertaining
to be face to face with your own power,
to render another life to tremble with fear,
and to denigrate others to feel powerless against you.
One person's fun is another person's torture.

Most the children I have met
who are asked to live with guns,
taught how to use guns,
and to learn how to take away the lives of others -
most of the children expressed
that they would like to erase the existence of fear off the planet,
as easy as chalk is removed from a blackboard -
with one stroke children usually choose peace over war.

The child soldiers say that making sense
of an adult's fear full view of our planet,
is not a fun game, nor a sustainable long term aspiration.
Children would rather invest in creating hope of peace,
than engage in sustaining the certainty of war.

Arming themselves to protect peace, 
by daily being prepared to go to war,
makes absolutely no sense to a child's heart,
nor is it the job of the youth to protect their parents
from grief, harm and hurt,
when life assaults their feelings.

Whose responsibility is it to grow up,
emotionally mature during life's harsh cycles?
Causes and effects, creation and transformation -
the adult and the child both benefit
from an abundance of infinite human kindness
and the richesses in generosity of spirit.

Every one of us deepens our personal experience of life
by witnessing death, then praying for peace -
and asking for compassion to be gifted to our Self,
to find the inner strength and inner courage,
to forgive and be free of grief-building walls-within us.

Children when queried
about the natural cycles of life and death,
often surprise the complicated minds
possessed by their sophisticated elders.
The unnatural mental landscape
of an adult mind
is to over think and analyse.
A habit cultivated over time to control,
some times praised as precision preparation,
or excellent planning and execution skills,
to ward off any potential possible traumatic disaster.

There is an imbalance caused by living in praise of control,
and waging wars through intelligence that seeks to eliminate any danger.
Lack of balance is created when energy is depleted from the heart.
The heart rules the head to lead a life in balance,
to create the emotion that resolves and heals the whole cause of war -
the heart secures the creation of peace within,
the heart communicates when it feels full of peace within,
thereby the heart restores the lack that fear exclusively brings,
and revitalizes health within the whole inclusive body circuit.

Society, as a body of life reflects the health of our world.
Society benefits most from compassionate evolution -
during times of ethical stress, courageous strain and moral decay,
empathy brings wellness of peace into the whole of all society.

What no longer works,
eternally historically has never worked,
is the unnatural act of gifting guns to children.
Arming schools with thoughts to wage a war on fear -
is fear teaching fear, which feeds the unnatural law
of revenge, resentment and retaliation.
The unnatural act of gifting guns to children and teachers,
builds a society in fear, teaching fear, learning to be fear full.

When did peace become the dream less dreamt of,
and war become the vision of a safe way forward -
which truthfully evolves our children's imagination?

Peace known brings enlightenment to our world -
it is an unnatural act to gift guns to our children,
and teach the might of war wins over the wisdom of peace.
Knowing peace brings enlightenment to our world

~~ Other People's Fingerprints ~~
Sometime after 1939 Margaret Atwood said or wrote;
"War is what happens when language fails."

Sometime after 1922 Kurt Vonnegut spoke and wrote;
"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard.
 Do not let pain make you hate.
 Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.
 Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
 you still believe it to be a beautiful place."

 In Star Wars, Yoda said;
“Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.
Remember, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force.
But beware.
Anger, fear, aggression.
The dark side are they. 
Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny."