Instead of Fighting Terror

Instead of Fighting TerrorDeliberate creators know we can’t fight terror – indeed, we can’t fight anything we don’t want.

All we can do is empower what we do want.

Because whatever we focus on grows.

Even with the best of intentions, we don’t foster peace, love or unity by joining prayer groups or healing circles to “end senseless violence.”

Whatever we might try to stop, we actually amplify.

  • Which is why it was lovely to hear the church bells ring in the background throughout tonight’s live news coverage from Boston.
  • And why it’s so powerful to hear stories of support and gratitude from those affected in yesterday’s bombing.
  • It’s why it’s worth realizing that by making peace with ‘what is’ we are better positioned to direct our attention toward what we prefer.

That doesn’t mean we give up the fight against terrorism … well, actually, it does. But it doesn’t mean we don’t care what happens to others or lack any compassion – it just means we know the power of our focus. And that the best thing we can do is find thoughts that feel better.

Or as my wise friend Jason Pucci said today, “The best thing to do is something that makes you happy.”

My better feeling thought is that evidence abounds of angelic presence yesterday: medical support was close at hand, there was safe detonation of a third bomb, and just a single digit tally of lives lost. Lots of things went right yesterday.

This “deliberate focus” stuff can’t just be lip service, fellow creators. We have to turn our attention to what we want – even when the pressure is on, even when everyone else is ranting about “senseless violence,” and even when it seems perfectly justified to hold an  unhelpful perspective.

We know how this works.

So the next time I hear someone rallying about fighting terrorism, I’ll do the LOA sensible thing and remember that all is well, things are getting better all the time, and there is plenty to appreciate right now.

Here’s to peace, love, well being, appreciation, support, unity, oneness, Boston and all other good things.

  • April 16, 2013
  • That’s worth remembering, Brian. Thanks for spotlighting that.
    It might be easier said than done, but it is worth practicing!!

  • Brian M says:

    Couldn’t agree more on shifting our focus onto what we want instead of the terror we see. What we focus on grows. So if we focus on terror, it expands and overtakes us. We focus on any good that we see in terror, then the good expands and removes the terror of the situation.

  • I know what you mean, Michelle. Like something’s wrong with you (or you’re not patriotic enough) if you’re not outraged, too.
    At least we know better than to care what others think! ha ha
    (Well, I’m still working on that one myself.)
    I love your reminder that we can care and send love without jumping into all the negativity of it. Thanks for that.

  • I love this so much. I have found that while I feel the same way, sometimes it’s hard to express it out of the safe law of attraction community because people seem to think you don’t care enough if your not outraged and fighting back. It reminds of when my husband gets upset when I don’t get upset over “bad” situations and I have to remind him that I’m deliberately choosing not to get upset so that things can get better. Reacting with fear or anger is just a habit, but I think we can care and have compassion without focusing on the negative.

  • Giggles are good, especially when they come from you, Brenda!

  • Jackie says:

    Hey Brenda,
    I cleaned it up some. hehe
    On a serious note, it’s been hard to stay in this space today after watching VP Biden completely lose it at Obama’s press conference.

  • Brenda says:

    While news reports would suggest I should feel otherwise, reading your amazing words here tonight have made me feel powerful and at peace, Jeannette. Yes, things ARE getting better all the time. Thank you SO much for this reminder!!!
    Jackie’s comment made me giggle. LOL I’d never heard it said ‘quite’ that way before – a slightly different spin on Mother Teresa’s saying…and a very effective way of driving home the same point.

  • Sara, I think what you said here is important to remember – that we don’t all want the same things.
    And whatever we DO want – we can focus on THAT. Regardless of what others are dialing in on. We each get to choose for ourselves.
    That’s what I’d love for us to do – each consciously choose. For ourselves. Rather than live by default and get swept up in someone else’s strong story.

  • Sara Garcia says:

    I love this, Jeannette!! Beautiful.
    The topic of feeling the relief of not wanting to control anyone else is UP for me recently.
    Not everyone everywhere wants peaceful and delicious living from where they are….but I do! So I’ll keep appreciating how it feels to experience that. Like my husband says every time someone asks him, “How are you?” his response is always, “Livin’ the dream!” 🙂
    I also love what Susan Hyatt said today, “They will not scare me out of living a delicious life.” 🙂

  • Thank you for reading and for commenting, Sandra and Sylvia! 🙂

  • sylviamaw says:

    Thank you Jeannette. I wish all people could read this and take it to heart.

  • Sandra says:

    Beautifully & thoughtfully written Jeannette, thank you!

  • That’s what I did, Janette, when I found myself dwelling on what seemed so wrong here. I thought of all the doctors who had easy days and easy patients, all the police who were bored to tears just writing tickets, all the kids and parents who came home safe without any drama in their day, etc.
    The focus is everything.

  • Janette says:

    What a beautiful and articulate way you have of expressing what I feel, and confirming what I believe (but occasionally doubt).
    This latest media hysteria is inspiring me to get even more pro-active in seeking out the innumerable ways in which humans do good for each other every single day, whether it’s small acts of kindness one-to-one, or global initiatives like the Iran-loves-Israel Facebook campaign.
    It IS getting better. Each time the old ways rear their heads, it seems more and more of us are inspired to actively flow love and compassion – and to say so.
    Because, after all – we get what we focus on. Yes.

  • “Heavy” sums up well what I was feeling around it, too, Steve.
    Jackie, well said. That reminds me of Lisa’s post on the subject:

  • Jackie says:

    I’ve heard many times that fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity. As long as you’re fighting, there is no peace. When people feel loved, supported, and valued, they don’t blow things up.

  • Steve Borek says:

    Beautifully said Jeannette.
    I really like the second to last paragraph. Things are getting better all the time.
    I had this feeling today and I experienced a number of good things.
    Yesterday was still a heavy day. Senseless acts. When will it end? I guess the end is on it’s way.

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