In the early days of the Trump presidency I found myself beginning to get caught up in the “we have to resist” frenzy. Living in a rather remote area and travel being difficult for us right now kept us from rushing off to participate in marches, rallies and other forms of “protest.” So I participated in spirit. I prayed, meditated and “held the high watch” for those who were out there as well as for our country as a whole. But I have been uncomfortable with some of large public protests and the way they have been conducted. I have watched with concern as protestors have been called thugs and accused of everything from inciting violence, to looting, to unprovoked attacks to being rude at town hall meetings.
I have been silent on the tragedy in Charlottesville because I just didn’t know what to say. I also rarely comment on current events immediately. I wait for guidance and if it comes then I say something. Finally guidance came and I am now able to offer these words of hope and encouragement.
So how do we resist evil?
Choose our actions carefully and wisely. Getting into a face to face showdown with heavily armed White Nationalists may not be the best thing to do. Scripture tells us to “abstain from all appearance of evil.” 2Thessalonians 5:22 Most people have likely seen the President’s description of the events in Charlottesville. That a group of “leftist thugs” attacked a group of “fine, upstanding citizens” who were peacefully protesting (with a permit to do so) the removal of a statue and the renaming of a park. We do not get involved with anything that can degrade into or even be exaggerated or twisted into being improper, violent or evil. I am not sure that physical on site protests have accomplished what people are trying to do and in many cases have been used as examples of the “evil intent” of the protestors.
Determine that the world will not change you, that you will not follow the anger and violence of the world but that you will follow Spirit, walk in the light and lead by example. We can resist by refusing to hate. We can resist by living in peace. We can resist by loving.
Create and repeat affirmations. I am love. I am peace. I am creating a world that works for all. When working with affirmations it is important to put them in positive words, not negative. I will not, I am not, are not as powerful as I am statements.
Live in the light and walk the path set before you. People will notice. Your example may make people think about their actions. Your example may even change the world.
This is how we do it folks, by living the life of love, peace and light and refusing to be changed by the world around us.
“To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life – bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace.” — Peace Pilgrim
Mildred Lisette Norman Ryder also known as “Peace Pilgrim” was a pilgrim for peace. After a 15 year spiritual transformation she spend 28 years walking 25,000 miles. She did this with no money and no organization behind her, “fearlessly calling for international as well as personal disarmament.”
Her message was of “overcoming evil with good, hatred with love and falsehood with truth.” This would be accomplished through stages of maturity. First we must find inner peace; “then peace among individuals, the community, the nation and the world” is possible. She also believed in the power of the mind and that we create our world with our thoughts. Does any of this sound familiar?
Are you ready to be a peace pilgrim? You don’t have to actually go out and walk 25,000 miles. Walking through life with your own inner peace is the way we start. We can all become peace pilgrims.
“When there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person.
When there is beauty in the person, there is harmony in the house.
When there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation.
When there is there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.”
The world is in turmoil. Change is coming and fear is in the air. There are those who are arming themselves and urging others to do likewise. They believe this is the only way to bring the world back to where they believe it should be and used to be. But is this really the way to bring about change? Is going backward really the right thing or do we need to move forward?
One thing I know is that violence only brings about more violence. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi knew this. To bring about peace we must be peace. To create more love in the world we must be love.
Now is the time for those who understand these principles to not only stand up and practice them, but also teach others. The noise and seeming power of the angry throng can be deafening and frightening, but we must not let it overcome us. We give away our power when we cower in fear or believe that the majority will win in spite of anything we might do. Are they really the majority or are the simply louder and angrier than the others?
Change is a comin’. But what kind of change? Will fear, anger and violence win, ultimately destroying our planet? Or will people of faith, peace and courage stand up and show the world that there is another way? It’s up to us. Let is start in us. Let it start in me.