Inner Peace column: Worldwide Conflict and Resolution, Part II: Who Are You?

As I mentioned last week in Part I, it is difficult to deal with any issue if the dynamics of the situation are not understood. Individually and collectively we are complex humans. We have different thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences. This complexity of thought processes makes it difficult to clearly understand each other. 

Too often we blame others for conflicted conversations that tend to separate us. Each of us has the obligation to be clear about one’s core, one’s essence. Often I will ask someone, “Who are you?” For the most part, the response deals with what a person does. How you choose to spend your time does not define who you are. 

Only you can strip away the false conclusions about yourself. Identifying your core essence is your task. The direction you take is enhanced by listening to your internal guidance while exploring the work of others. There are many ways to reach your True Self; no one particular path is best. It is a good time to check in with your motivations when you are conflicted with other points of view. There are times when you will discover the true source of your disagreement is not what you thought it was. 

Plato (about 400 B.C.) believed that humans are endowed with innate ideas regarding what a perfect world would be like. He also concluded that awareness of these ideas required meditation and rational thought. We know that the human mind is not a body part. It is an energy that we all share, similar to the air we breathe. 

The unexamined life is not worth living. 

– Socrates

The Reality of Oneness 

Quantum physics states that everything is energy; that energy connects to energy. Therefore, everything is one — the concept of oneness. Everything is in a state of motion; nothing is static. 

A daily practice or ritual of looking at how everything is connected can shift your focus in that direction. The separation of anything is a false conclusion. Science tells us that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed. 

Modern physics, as applied to human behavior, also states that every set of circumstances is driven by its potential. If we can relax our minds, we can hear the potential of peace calling to us. At that point, our intellect and internal guidance will provide us with the necessary steps towards peace. 

The Art of Communication 

There are two important aspects of a connecting conversation — listening and speaking. A connective conversation cannot happen if one or both parties do not focus on the message being delivered. It is often the case that, while being spoken to, we are thinking about what our next words will be. This is a major problem to rectify.

Humans have a need to be heard and understood. When one is not totally focused on the expressions of others, this lack of attention will be sensed and frustration may develop. There is something magical that happens when one intently listens to another with interest and respect; you will probably receive the same consideration in return. At that point, a connective conversation can begin. 

We are social beings. Our diversity and interaction are necessary for human well-being. We need each other. You are my mirror into myself and I extend you the same courtesy through our interactions. Our wide range of skills and talents provide goods, services and entertainment that is not possible individually. 

Next week, Part III: Your Life Is Your Message. Charles “Al” Huth, M.Ed., is the author of "Living an Extraordinary Life — The Magic of Oneness and Living Harmoniously with Yourself and Others." He lives in the Rogue Valley and is an inspirational speaker and magician. His website is http://JoyAl.org.

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