Look within and ask: Is war necessary?

Many beginning metaphysical students become excited when they learn that they can create and mold their lives by their thoughts and feelings. A new sense of having control over their lives motivates them to create and learn more. 
After several consciously intended uses of the "Law of Attraction" and their subsequent celebrations of this new found ability, something comes along that wasn’t intended. In fact, this experience is very unpleasant. They come running back to their teacher and say “This stuff doesn’t work.” With a grin I gently remind them of their previously created shiny new car but don’t insist they take it back to the dealer. “Maybe this stuff does work!” 
For those of us who have been up and down the “Spiritual Block,” so to speak, we know that the Law of Attraction works, and it works absolutely, whether our point of attraction was conscious or unconscious. Realizing the Law of Attraction does work absolutely, without exception, can be a big pill to swallow. 
When those manifestations and experiences come along some may not be pleasant or we may not be proud of. Rather than cursing or condemning them, it behooves us to look at this as an opportunity to look into that mirror of experience and seize the lesson that it offers. What it offers is to see what it is within us, that through our thoughts, actions, words, feelings and expectations we are attracting this experience. Once we “own” this we can move on to greater understandings. Then and only then will our experience change. 
It is not a new understanding that we tend to be products of our environment. If we grow up in a family that argues all the time we are likely to experience the same thing in our own family — that is, unless we make a conscious choice to experience and ultimately expect something different. It is our expectation that is such a powerful force in perpetuating a set of conditions, something we experience over and over again. 
Therefore, I ask you — what you expect?
• Prosperity or lack? 
• Love or anger? 
• Respect or dis-respect?
• Ease of life events or difficulty making things work out? 
• Peace or war? 
When we focus on peace or, to a greater degree, when we expect peace, that is what we will personally experience. The greater the focus, the greater expectation of peace, this will ultimately allow us to walk through the greatest of turmoil and be untouched by it. If we are part of a community that expects peace, that community will experience peace as a collective. 
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if we focus on war, if we expect war, especially as a community, war is exactly what we will experience. Granted, if we are currently experiencing turmoil or war, it is a big shift in consciousness to expect peace. It takes a large paradigm shift from expecting war to expecting peace as a community. (A community can be a small group, a town, a religious tradition, a race, a gender, a country, or the entire world.) 
If a collective of people truly desire peace, there are steps they can take to release their focus on war and focus on peace. These steps may include: 
• Stop celebrating past war victories and atrocities, including erecting statues to war heroes and remembrances of injustices and, instead, emphasis peace initiatives. 
• Focus on teaching our children to develop inner peace rather than teaching hatred and the use of weapons. Peace begins with one person at a time. Parents must set the example. 
• Release the past. No matter what happened to you or your tribe in the past, focus on how your community will thrive when there is peace. Releasing the past means forgiveness — without forgiveness of self and others there is no peace. 
• Release judgment: It may be a fact that your tribe is different from other tribes, but yours is not better or worse and there is no better or worse. They are just different and that difference is simply a choice. 
Peace will be achieved when the spiritual wisdom is realized: that we all have a choice. We have experienced war and its atrocities only because we, at some level, have attracted it to us in order to learn the lessons we need to learn. War is the greatest and most violent contrast. Yes, indeed, peace begins with us and it has to be internalized and ultimately expected. 
What do you expect in your life? 
Jim Hatton is author (under the name James Apollonius Alan) of “A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life,” available on Amazon or at SpiritualMaster.co (no "m" at the end). Send 600- to 700-word articles to Sally McKirgan at innerpeaceforyou@live.com.

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