“You fight others all the time for your survival as a separate body-mind, a particular name and form. To live you must destroy. From the moment you were conceived you started a war with your environment – a merciless war of mutual extermination, until death sets you free.”
When the illumined sages describe life as an illusion, most of us might become a bit perplexed. However, one way to understand their point is to recognize that our time immersed in the physical plane can be compared to a virtual reality experience, with souls incarnating here in the same way people booked trips in the popular film series “West World”. Indeed, given the current and historical record of the human animal’s collective behavior, we could easily regard Earth as a harsh war planet, with a large percentage of souls arriving here to test themselves in situations of conflict, and it is conflict on one level or another that the majority inevitably find. It can be considered a bracing process of discovery for the soul in that sense — dealing with primitive qualities such as craving, envy, hatred, and selfishness in general, and very often, outright violence in particular.
Those who manage to create a life of loving kindness, integrity, and compassionate service “graduate”, in the sense that they have come to recognize directly that love is all that really matters, regardless of who, what, or where one happens to be. That realization is the “diamond in the rough”, so to speak. If they then choose to return here, it will typically be on a mission of service to their fellow souls who have yet to recognize and manifest their essential loving nature in the midst of the challenging conditions they have created for themselves.
There are many other classrooms, or higher frequencies of vibration, beyond this dense one. Many souls will not even bother to seek a birth here and go through this hard school, but if they choose to do so, it can be very useful, because it is such a daunting challenge, and some souls thrive on challenges. Apparently, one soul finds the Earth experience to be of value, and other souls hear that and decide they too would like to take the plunge. Soon enough, there is a waiting line at the portal, and then we find ourselves squirming about in an infant’s body, forgetting why we thought this was going to be a good idea.
One fact is certain: being a war planet, we can expect that there will be a lot of killing. The human species currently dominating this planet specializes in killing everything they encounter, not the least of which is each other. Those who incarnate on a war planet are going to encounter war in one form or another, or even in many different forms. Still, souls are drawn here because harsh physical/emotional environments like this planet also offer comparable opportunities for gaining certain degrees of self-knowledge that are not really available on more utopian-type planets.
Some say that things are going to change for the better on this stage, and maybe that change will indeed come someday. We can certainly all work devotedly towards that end. In the meantime, this is still a war planet, so we can expect a lot of killing.
If we go into a jungle, we might find animals chasing and eating each other. We don’t judge them, for they are animals after all. Killing is their main source of nourishment. Only the “higher” primates have developed behavioral characteristics which exceed any mere survival instinct and constitute actual strategic warfare.
In terms of survival, humans do not need to kill to eat. The vast majority could get by perfectly fine on a vegetarian diet, but they kill other animals anyway because they like to eat them, regardless of whether or not the animals offended them.
When it comes to slaughtering each other, humans conceptualize many rationales to justify their blood lust, such as territorial politics, religion, economics, and philosophy. All of that is on the surface, however, because by nature they are still an immature and particularly dangerous predatory species, prone to resolving any conflict by resorting to violence.
When not involved in actual killing, people relax by vicariously watching others being killed in movies and on television. According to one recent study, the average child in America will watch 8,000 murders on TV before finishing elementary school. By age eighteen, the average American has seen 200,000 acts of violence on TV, including 40,000 murders.
Indeed, a big part of early socialization is accustoming the child to warfare. For young males, war toys are often provided, enabling the child to imitate the killing viewed in the media. Of course, there are those who argue that there is no evidence that violent media actually increase levels of violence, but in any case the preponderance of such fare is an undeniable reflection of the degree to which we are saturated in violence as a steady diet of mental imagery. There is a direct correlation between what we feed our subconscious and how we form our reality constructs, and that correlation manifests in the world we have created.
It doesn’t stop there of course. Recent statistics show that there are more firearms than people in America – a country which came into being based on a concerted campaign of genocide of millions of native Americans, and whose growth was fueled by the enslavement of millions of captured and subjugated fellow humans.
Upon entering the educational system, competition (which is a form of warfare) takes primacy, and sets the course for the rest of one’s life, which invariably involves competing for resources. It is called “business”, and extends into every facet of one’s existence.
As part of the societal programing, one is taught who to fear as the designated “bad guy”, and so the enemy can take the form of a competing romantic suitor, a competing sports team, a competing business, a competing ideology, or a competing nation.
The corporate media blare out an unending stream of fear regarding the latest designated enemy, and public opinion dutifully follows with implanted ideas of hatred and desire to violently punish and subdue the appointed villain. Indeed, for the international criminal syndicates, the corporate cartels, war is a reliable business model. If people understood this one point, it would be a lot harder to recruit willing cannon fodder, and so the corporate propaganda arm of these puppet masters insures that there is plenty of distraction to keep the masses preoccupied, misdirected, and fragmented.
Even human religions, which were ostensibly established to promote moral behavior, peace, and tolerance, frame the spiritual life as a battle perpetually being waged both inwardly and in the celestial realms between God and Satan, or devils (asuras) representing our “bad” thoughts and angels (devas) our “good” ones.
Few stop to realize that all such concepts are mere fantasies of interpretation, whose only reality is that which our conditioned minds have been taught to grant them. Just as when a thief sees a saint and only notices what he might steal from them, so too do humans conditioned to warfare tend to see life through the narrow lens of conflict, typically based on programed prejudices relating to gender, race, age, ideological affiliation, or nationality (to name some of the most common roots of bias).
In any case, war is the established and accepted agenda – the preferred business model — and consequently more time, energy, and resources are devoted to it than anything else. In America, for example, at least 60% of its national budget goes to the military, and yet there are many who are claiming that is not enough.
On any given “news day”, one can find a flood of “fear porn”, detailing the growing threat from this or that competing nation or ideology, and hence requiring even greater sacrifices from the taxpayers to fund the already bloated military-industrial complex. On the micro, or individual level, most humans are also engaged in a relentless internal war, driven by alternating craving and aversion. This manifests as a prevailing sense of dissatisfaction with one’s thoughts, one’s body, and one’s life.
The alarming epidemic of psychological disorders and subsequent avalanche of pharmaceutical products intended to ameliorate them attest to the fact that this internal conflict exacts a ferocious toll, even to the point of rocketing self-murder statistics.
Indeed, as the wise among us have always counseled: If we wish to change the world, we must first change ourselves, because the war always has its roots within our own hearts and minds.
As immortal light being souls temporarily inhabiting these human animals, we have the chance to use our soul energy to guide them early on to behave properly, develop the desire to seek peaceful solutions to conflict, and most of all, to grow in empathy and compassion. However, some of us just sit back and let the animal run wild, to see what will result.
What has resulted is the world we see today, roiling in aggression, conflict, and blood lust on so many levels. Some say humans are on the verge of self-extinction, just as they have presided over the extinction of more than half of all animal life on the planet in the last 50 years. The mass self-destruction (prompted by greed, hatred, and ignorance) of entire civilizations has happened on other planets, and it could happen on this one too.
Right now, it appears that it could go either way. The group consciousness will decide. If we want to understand how that works, we have but to consider that our current reality has been determined by the group consciousness of the past, and so if we wish to know what will pertain in the future, we need look no further than what the group consciousness is projecting and energizing today.
For example, is the collective consciousness moving towards a mass recognition of our essential oneness, or is it dividing more and more into separate and antagonistic camps that can find no common ground? It’s been said that energy flows where attention goes, and so where is our attention going today, as both individuals and as a species? Is it still fixated in grooves of selfishness, control, and dominance, or can it rise to a new level of united awareness, wisdom, and love? The fate of humanity is about to be determined by such choices being made right now.
War Movie In Reverse
Holes close to smooth skin
when the shrapnel flashes out.
The shores of burns recede,
and flames leap with their hot metal
back into the bomb that rises,
whole and air-borne again,
with its gathered blast.
Leading the plane perfectly,
the bomb arcs back slowly
through the open gates
and disappears into the waiting belly.
The bombardier lifts
his peering eye from the sight.
Swallowing its wake,
the plane returns to base
with its countermand mission.
The pilot, irresolute now, faces
his commandant, who marches,
brisk and backward
to the general’s lair.
The general takes back the orders.
But into what deep and good and hidden
recess of the will
go his thoughts of not bombing?”
~ Mark Johnston