Instead of Fighting Terror
Deliberate 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.