War Peace and Love
War Peace and Love
Pondering the ways of peace and war, of love and hate, my mind finds both light and darkness and a journey beyond them: a transcendence of suffering and despair.
It has come to my mind increasingly something I had heard many years ago that supposedly was said at a peace summit. Someone said, “If we go to arms many will die.” Then someone else said, ” What will be the cost if we unarmed speak for peace?” Another replied, “Some will die.”
My thought is that we must seek the causes of war, the wounds of poverty, and hate, and heal with love and forgiveness. Then the thought comes to me that such forgiveness frees the one forgiving. Then as if whispers of love from unseen angels, their breath warm against my ear, I hear the litany that always moves my soul:
“You must feel what happened to you, before you can know what you lost or gained.
You must feel what you lost or gained, before you can grieve and rejoice from your heart.
When you have grieved you can forgive yourself and everyone from your heart, and when you have rejoiced you will be lifted as a child of love to the song of your destiny repenting of all hate and walking free.”
There is no revenge as sweet as forgiveness, no punishment as correcting as healing. Those who know this can bring sight to those whose hearts have gone blind.
I cannot say that with my words I lift these folks up. This is no more possible than lifting the angels of the human mind. Yet, when you see the light that guides you it is only right to point others to it, and this my heart rejoices to do.
My words here are also born of not only these but from what my friend David Sotelo wisely called “the template”, the explanation of which brings tears to my eyes with the beauty and humanity it embraces. The template says that when we communicate from our honest heart to a love from creative, objective and empathetic voices, we embrace Art, Truth, and Goodness, and conquer our darkness.
Find the love and the beauty that is you, and you will find the same deep in the heart of everyone.
David “Mitch” Sotelo