Your life is your message.
Regardless of how one’s thoughts, ideas and perspectives were formed, each individual is responsible for his or her actions. This is necessary for personal growth and a peaceful resolution of issues that are harmful to one’s self and humanity.
Notwithstanding this belief, can we consider the idea that there is no such thing as “good” or “bad” people — just people who function at their level of awareness?
When we focus on “bad” people, society tends to fight in opposition. Fighting against something has negative connotations. It is a warring stance that leads to defensive actions, taking sides and separation. At that point, both groups harden their positions with little appetite for reconciliation. When we understand the Principle of Oneness, we realize that this separation is only in the mind of mankind. It is not our reality of existence. Fighting is about winning and not about gaining the consensus necessary for conflict resolution.
By understanding that everyone makes choices that are not always appropriate, the possibility of positive change is enhanced. How many poor choices have I made in my lifetime? To my credit, I have tried to use these experiences to expand my awareness and make better choices in the future. It is an ongoing process.
As children, we were told “you are good” or “you are bad” or “you did a bad thing,” etc. Although these terse comments may be appropriate at times, a steady diet can have unintended consequences. For children or adults, it can make it difficult to find one’s moral center. If one judges one’s self (and others) as good or bad, it leaves out our natural tendency to do the best we can.
Abraham Maslow, a well-known humanistic psychologist, believed that people are born inherently good, with an inner drive toward fulfilling their potential. He concluded that people become bad, abnormal or destructive only when the environment blocks or frustrates their inner nature. If we are going to resolve the issues that set us apart, we must be clear on the underlying dynamics before co-created solutions can be widely embraced.
Examine one’s self. At my core, who am I? One must clearly identify one’s true self for maximum benefit to mankind.
1. Deprogram ourselves from false concepts of self. Creating a true understanding with others is not possible if one is not connected to his real identity.
2. Develop a recognition of one’s cognitive disconnect from what one believes and what one states with his words and actions.
3. Regard a deeply-held sense of love as a necessary component of human development and unity. Unconditional love can be the motivation to co-create solutions leading to a peaceful environment.
4. Recognize that peace starts within each of us. Prospects of peace are greatly diminished without peace within self, family and community.
5. Identify the large areas of human belief that most can agree on.
6. Foster good communication skills that are inclusive and respectful.
7. Co-mingle your knowledge, imagination and internal guidance to build a consensus.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge." — Albert Einstein
In summary, although the ideas suggested here can be difficult to attain and require diligence, is it not easier than living in a warring environment? Consciously connecting to your true core will assist you with a deeper appreciation of yourself and others. If you have resonated with the oneness nature of your being, then it is clear that everyone has the same nature, and a responsibility to create peace that is in alignment with our true selves.
Each of us represents a piece of the puzzle necessary for a complete picture. As a communication tactic, search for areas of agreement as the basis to create consensus. Remember, your life is your message. Imagine what a peaceful world would look like. It is up to you!
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. Send 600 to 700 word articles to Sally McKirgan firstname.lastname@example.org.