Reflections:   April 2008.    2nd Qtr 2008

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Joyous Equinox Relatives,

As a continuation of the previous quarter's reflections, I have been meditating upon the nature of conflict - particularly the current escalation of strife and warfare in the world. The teachings from my elders and mentors on the Medicine Path have always been to consult the Source - to distill the essence and penetrate deeply into the heart of matters. In terms of its nature, energetically, conflict is the clash of two or more dissimilar energies or opposing forces, frequencies not vibrating in concert, alignment or harmony with one another. What is its genesis? From where does it arise? Naturally, it is a multifaceted issue. Certainly a factor in the contemporary world is our disposable society - there is a tendency to abandon/discard people with whom we do not agree or with whom we have issues.

In tribal cultures, if there was protracted strife between individuals or families, the elders would intervene, encouraging and advising the parties to resolve the dispute (often performing the specific peacemaking ceremonies, if necessary) for it adversely affects the harmony of the entire community. Since excommunication/ostracism from the band was tantamount to death - not only as result of certain harsh, unforgiving environments but also on account of a strong identity and relationship with the tribe, there was an incentive to achieve resolution.

Today, in the colonial world, with the disintegration of families and communities, an emphasis upon strong individualism, an avoidance of conflict and ignorance of peacemaking rituals, disposable relationships mean misunderstandings, unresolved issues and unhealed wounds ripple outward, carrying over and bleeding into partnerships, families, Nations and the entire world - hence the magnification of violence, pain and suffering experienced around the globe.

As a species, for the sake and benefit of seven generations, it behooves us to strive for reconciliation and peace for to live in avoidance and denial leads to the inevitable repetition of the very same wounds, issues and disagreements in other contexts and circumstances.

In order for there to be true, lasting peace, lip service is not enough. One must be willing to embrace conflict where and when it arises - first within ourselves and then in relation to others. To be a peacemaker requires courage, perseverance, patience and skillful means - to stand resolutely in the fray without retreat.

In this season of emergence, prayers for the growth and blossoming of Peace,

Phillip

Last updated Mar29, 2008