I’ve been on my own journey, trying to understand what Archangel Michael has asked of us.
At times I’ve felt like Odysseus (Ulysses) lashed to the mast, that he might listen to the siren song (the song of his own desires) without going mad and throwing himself overboard.
The dissonance was high and I didn’t see how I could carry on. What was the way through?
One reader wrote in that she didn’t want to read a bland blog. Neither did I want to manage one.
The breakthrough came for me when I read two quotes. One was from Saul through John Smallman:
“If everyone on Earth who is in an environment of violence, hate, and oppression, refused to engage and instead moved away, then the violence would wind down quite rapidly as those willing to fight, or looking for a fight, would find themselves seriously short of opponents.” (1)
And the second was from Hilarion:
“It requires a dedication from those who stand for change, to desire to stand in peace while making a statement and it has become important for these people to not be in reaction to those elements who try to make the whole gathering look violent. It requires awareness and discernment on the part of the peaceful protesters. It requires huge self control of every member of the peaceful gathering.” (2)
What I took away from these two quotes was that we’re not being called upon to shy away from calling out violent, hate-filled, and oppressive behavior. What we’re being asked to do is to observe the divine qualities in doing so.
Chief among these is peace. “It requires a dedication from those who stand for change, to desire to stand in peace.” This is the key to the road that lies ahead. Peace itself can only come from universal love. This then is the challenge: To oppose oppression while remaining loving to all and being peaceful throughout.
Universal love and unbroken peace. Was this not what Gandhi taught? Was this not what all saints have taught? Once I saw this, the dissonance that I was in up till then subsided; my stress fell away; my resistance melted. I found myself at peace again.
Michael asked us, if we want to participate in accountability, let it be personal accountability, personal responsibility. And, yes, that’s the most enduring contribution we can make. That’s the contribution which promises no residue. It’s the trackless path.
So I’m now through my inner conflict and on the other side. I now know what’s being asked of me and the blog and all of us, really.
To oppose rape and murder and war, but to do it from a position of love and peace.
I listened to the siren song of my own desires, which was to fight, fight, fight. And that siren’s song has now faded away and I’m left in peace and love.
(1) Saul through John Smallman, December 17, 2014, at http://johnsmallman.wordpress.com.
(2) Hilarion, March 16, 2014, at http://www.therainbowscribe.com/hilarionsweeklymessage.htm