I chose to become a Peace Weaver because of all the suffering, violence, and intolerance that I was witnessing in the world. My heart breaks over the hatred, anger, abuse, and self-loathing that seem to fill our world and dominate our media and culture. The more contrast that I experience, the greater call I feel to live in peace.
I don’t think I am alone in my desire to do something to change my experience within this world. I believe that what all of us are looking for is a feeling of safety, love, and understanding. Even those that we label as “evil-doers” are just trying to get their needs met. We are all crying out for greater connection in a world where we are more aware of global life through information connectivity yet more disconnected with ourselves and our communities.
In this global culture that we are creating, many of us turn to religion to feel connected. We plug into the cultural traditions that go with faith and it soothes us. We become part of something – part of a community of like-minded individuals who come together to partake in activities that comfort us. There is a familiarity to the rituals that we perform in religious ceremony. We also feel closer to Spirit this way. It is a natural human tendency to search for meaning and to seek out a connection with a higher power.
In my search for this higher power I have not yet found a tradition that fits all my needs. I love the mystical underpinnings of all faith and actively study the ancient teachings of Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Sufism, and Shamanism. I also love the way that some older teachings are telling a new story that incorporates the mystical, metaphysical characteristics. We see this happening in the New Thought movement in Christianity and with all the New Age spiritualists that are sharing their beliefs.
The issue with all of these faiths is that they seem to become politicized. What begins as a spiritual teaching about love and unity quickly turns into the “right” way to know Spirit. A prophet or spiritual leader connects directly to the divine and shares a message of inspiration and hope. Soon that connection becomes the one and only connection. The prophet’s words the only truth. The God spoken of becomes the one true God.
The traditions that we build around these beliefs are the things that comfort us and yet they also become the walls that begin to separate us – this culture against that culture; my God against your God; these beliefs against those beliefs. What starts with love dissolves into fear and misunderstanding. It’s kind of like marriage – it starts in a church and ends in the courtroom. When the essence of love is no longer there, we fall back on laws and politics to guide us.
This separation and righteousness then leads us to committing atrocious acts of hatred in the name of our spiritual beliefs. We see it happening with terrorism in the modern world, but this is nothing new. We have a front row seat to themes that have played out throughout all of history. What we are witnessing now is no better or worse than the intolerance and judgement we have seen throughout the ages in nearly every culture and period of history.
Isn’t it time to create something different?
The essence of all spiritual tradition is based on good values – values that we all agree on from culture to culture. We can all agree that compassion, love, understanding, and forgiveness are cornerstones on which we want to live and raise our families. We want to live in communities where we feel safe and valued. We want to have meaning and purpose in our lives. We want to be happy. On this we can all agree.
So how do we strip away the righteousness, judgement, blame, and fear that keeps us separate and working against one another? How can we look at the violence and suffering in the world and come together to solve it through love and non-violence? How can we live in this world without feeding off the fear and misunderstanding that is so prevalent?
I don’t really know how to answer these questions, but I do believe that we have the power to create something different. I believe that if enough of us come together from all walks of life united in a single desire for peace, then we can create a reality that we want to live in. I believe that we have the creative power to change our own experience and, as a result, change the world.
I don’t know how long it will take for us to do this, but I know that if enough people believe that we can, then we will. We get so caught up in ourselves and our lives that we forget that this lifetime is just a blip in the continuum of time and eternity. Our lives are just an instant within all-that-is. In this instant, we get to make a choice. Will this be the instant that we choose something new? Will this be the life that is the cause of a new future paradigm?
How we choose to act now will determine what this world looks like for our children and their children. It will determine the world that we return to when we reincarnate. Don’t just think about what you want the world to look like before you die. Think about seven generations from now. Think about 2,000 years from now. Imagine the impact you can have on the lives that will look back at our choices to study the ancient ways.
My hope is that we can start a movement. I hope that we can learn to consciously and repetitively choose compassion over judgement; peace over violence; love over fear; and joy over suffering. I hope that we can feel better about ourselves, build a direct connection with the divine, and co-create a kinder world.
The path of the Peace Weaver can be grounded in any belief system in any culture. There is a call for peace in this world and the way to fulfill that desire is through unity consciousness and divine love. I sincerely hope that you find your own path to weaving the reality that you would like to experience.