I've never been too good at war. Maybe I got off to a bad start with my father being killed in one. But ever since, I've tried to think of ways to get out of those situations where you have to be aggressive.
Take my "fight" against cancer, for instance. Both times I was advised to think of Pac Man imagery and picture the treatments killing off the bad guy cells. I was more tempted to imagine the chemotherapy they were injecting as medicine that would allow the body to return to balance. And, I imagined the radiation as starlight, bringing celestial energy to the part of the body that was under attack.
I worry sometimes that in another life I was either Neville Chamberlain or a wimpier version, just wandering around with a hankie making weak tea and hoping the Nazis would give up and turn around, while Winston Churchill was preparing to take action. It's not that I don't get enraged at injustice; I just am looking still for a way to resist meeting violence with violence.
So, having made this confession, I'll cop to being distressed by French President Hollande's language about being at war with terrorism. Even though he has a point that the "enemy" has money, weapons, organization and idealism- - all the marks of a worthy foe, I worry that such thinking is welcoming us down the familiar road of thinking this time it will be different, and this time righteous violence will pay off.
To go back to cancer for a minute, I want to make it clear that I chose allopathic treatments that are designed to kill cells, and that I'm glad I did. I think they helped save my life. So it's probably true that we have to stand our ground and stop an enemy who is threatening us. It's appropriate to protect our boundaries and to fix injustices.
But there's a difference between fixing and healing. We can fix a situation by stopping or even reversing the symptoms without beginning to heal the causes. Which is why I went to shaman school and learned about the emotional and spiritual causes of dis-ease and how to intervene on that level. That too, helped save my life, and may be related to my healthy state ten years out from my last encounter with cancer.
Leaving the military response alone for the moment, what is the causal level on which we might intervene in the terrorism situation? Because if we keep on thinking more violence will help, then we will also keep on having our military return from combat soul-wounded, our ex-cons out on the street still unable to find their feet, and high school students stepping in front of trains when life gets as tough as it is nowadays.
There really does have to be another way if we're to survive the current multi-faceted crisis. And this, you heart-centered, spirited women, is why you're getting this particular rant. Remember what the Dalai Lama said about who will save the world? That's right--it's the western woman! And why? Because she is leading the heart-centered revolution.
Things may never get solved on the level of political polarization, the level where the symptoms began. The arena for solving them is the level where real healing happens anyway: the spiritual level. And our job? It's not war, ladies. It's enlightenment. It's about raising our vibration to a level where magic happens. Then we may see a day like the one when the Berlin Wall came down, a day when fists just naturally unclench and people remember that it really is all about love.