What makes war?
What makes a great thinker, teacher, and sage? What are these founders of religions and other traditions like deep inside?
What is it like inside their minds? What sort of states of mind do they spend time cultivating? Have you ever wondered?
What are the most enlightened states you have experienced? What states of mind are useful to you? What states of mind seem to do the most damage? What if you could control your states so that you were able to gain more stability and confidence when it’s important and could easily learn when that is most useful?
Well, if we are to be truly in touch with our higher consciousness or true selflessness, we might as well make it all vastness and all radiance! It is sort of boundless luminosity that supports peace and overcomes conflict. What if that’s our true identity. After all the ideas of self fade?
Then how can we cause this awareness in the parts of the world where one party wants to dominate or eliminate another party? Clearly we can’t just bomb them out of existence. They are too numerous and we have only so much wealth. Eventually they will demand their pound of flesh. Power… How many tribes in the world believe that they are the chosen ones, the blessed ones? All
How can it be that so many different tribes have the same belief? They can’t all be right. It’s human nature to think of one’s tribe as an important part of survival. Once we have only one planet and not a variety of locations, this model develops problems and that’s where we are now. Rural people need a lot of children, but there’s nothing for them to do when they get older, so they go to cities where they make money participating in some environmentally questionable company.
The governments don’t realize this yet, but many of the people do. We can stop war, but we must realize that it’s human nature to want comforts and it can distort the perceptions of self. One can begin to think so highly of the “self, family, and tribe” that they become insensitive to the needs and desires of the other. In fact the very idea of other is only one point of view. “Other people, families, and tribes” is only one way of looking at it, a perception. Perceptions are subject to change. As long as this mentality is allowed to be the dominant mentality, humans will have their pettiness, jealousies, and wars. Thinking of the self as a concrete thing produces stress. If we look at all living beings as part of the consciousness experience, then we begin to come close to an understanding of what we can do. The quality of our collective experience is important.
Traditions and families may have handed down the suffering and the dissatisfaction with life. It doesn’t really matter where it came from. It’s universal. This dissatisfaction and suffering is useful in its place.
Until now as humans have developed, we have learned much about thinking and meditating. The two are coexistent. Through the many fields of psychology, we now have the technology to change the way we think. By this, I mean that researchers have developed useful tools to shift people from one thought pattern to the next and ingrain it.
Too many live as though they never knew what was in front of them, never touched the forgiveness, never looked through the thinking and into the thinker, and ever thought to know what lies behind the self, in the nothingness of time.
Imagine now. The world is addicted to the self, one-half of reality. It’s taken over the minds of the people. They live in the emptiness and yet they see only what is around them and what is inside their thoughts. They don’t even realize that they are the mind these thoughts are passing through.
Then, there are those who have only the self. These are dangerous. They have no empathy and wouldn’t admit it if they did. They may display any kind of sentiment, but they quickly forget compassion when they think they have something to gain.
This is a great deal of conflict.
The antidote is flowing in the expansiveness of the universe and our willingness to acknowledge it. Boundless luminosity is about this luminosity and the vastness of experience.
We are all this. We are the expanse of beginningless time, and we are the self-centered, we are the victim and the crime as if the world were of one mind and that mind is conflicted.
How would we calm our individual mind and get ourselves on a better course? This we must now apply to the whole world. Are we considerate of others? Are we angry with ourselves? Or are we wise about our use of resource in our environment? Are we self-centered in any action? Is the world similarly self-centered?
If we as a group, a larger and larger group, find our centeredness and radiate it with the intention of it taking over, it just might begin to grow, from you to wherever it can get to. Being in touch with this state and focusing on the beauty of the world is one of the best things you can do. While the selves become insecure and afraid, it’s time for you to join the revolution, the inner/outer revolution.
This basic awareness relieves suffering throughout the individual and their family, or tribe. It is the seed of peace.
Acts of compassion can lead to peace.
I suggest we teach all world leaders to flow with boundless luminosity and help them forgive and understand.