“If you want to end war in the world, end war within yourself.”
I’ve heard this statement thrown around quite a bit in spiritual communities, but I wonder how many people actually know what it means.
The idea here is that everything we experience externally in the world around us, is merely a reflection of what we’re experiencing internally. For example if I’m full of love and peace, everything around me should be loving and peaceful.
This implies that if there’s something I dislike about the world, the only thing I need to do in order to change it is do more internal processing, such as shadow work (Carl Jungs method of working with the subconscious mind), or any form of conscious meditation.
What many people fail to realize though, is that ending war “within yourself”, is more of a transcendental truth, which isn’t meant to alter reality in a practical sense.
This is how it works – if I’m upset about corruption in government, you could say this is merely a projection of my own self, which means there is an aspect of my own psyche which needs healing from corruption.
After doing enough internal processing, the truth that many people are afraid to realize is that this is not going to magically change the corruption in government.
What it actually does, is change the way I PERCEIVE corruption in government.
When I find the subconscious root of “corruption” within my own mind, the point of shadow work is to bring CONSCIOUSNESS to the un-conscious.
I simply become aware of what I didn’t know previously.
This does not mean it will disappear, but simply that I become AWARE of why it’s there in the first place, which now allows me to hold space for it through compassionate understanding.
When I see the positive intention for its existence in the first place, this allows me to see it from a new perspective of understanding, which means I’ll no longer have a desire to get rid of it.
Finding peace in the world by finding peace within yourself is a concept that most people are simply not ready for. The reason for this is because it’s actually a 5th dimensional experience, which is the understanding that all which transpires is completely meaningful.
What most people label as “good” or “bad”, “right” and “wrong”, from a 3rd dimensional perspective, is understood to be just a part of your human experience from 5d perspective. Nothing you experience is “wrong”. There isn’t a “good” part of God’s creation, and a “bad” part of God’s creation. Everything in existence is God’s creation. Some parts of it may seem undesirable from human perspective, but when you see it from a much higher perspective you understand that everything in existence has meaning, and there isn’t a part of God’s creation that we need to get rid of.
Whether you call it “God”, The Universe, Collective Consciousness, or anything else, the point is that from this higher perspective, everything you experience is a meaningful experience.
The universe didn’t make a mistake when it allowed “evil” to exist. Certain experiences only seem undesirable while we’re human, but coming to a higher state of consciousness allows you to see a much broader perspective.
Finding peace within the world by finding peace within yourself is “true”, but only from a 5th dimensional perspective.
What this literally means is that when you gain this understanding, corruption in government isn’t going to magically vanish, but you simply won’t be bothered by it anymore. You’ll be able to see both sides of the coin, so to speak, and then you’ll realize that this peace you’re searching for isn’t so much about the absence of “evil”, but rather coming to a place of UNDERSTANDING it, and learning to hold presence for everything you experience, because everything you experience is a manifestation of divine consciousness.
No part of your reality is “wrong”. It only seems to be, because we’re human.
What this means is that this entire concept of ending war in the world by ending it within yourself, isn’t truly meant to be experienced in our 3d reality. It isn’t a practical way to live, and is only meant to be embodied in 5d.
As a human being, if you want to end atrocities in the world, you’re literally going to have to stand up and do something about it. No amount of wishful thinking or change of perspective is going to alter the physical reality of what’s happening.
Be real. There’s a time to light sage and meditate, but there’s also a time for practical action.
As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”