I have been on a bit of a writing sabbatical over the past couple of months as I have been working through some issues which were keeping me from moving forward. I would have kept silent were it not for the unspeakable horrors, I’ve seen over the past few weeks in the media from the attacks on Israel. I have been to Israel many times in the past 10 years and visited for the first time when I was in the U.S. Navy in 1988.
Over the past few weeks, I have been coming to terms between what is happening and how it relates to Peace. I realized the same thing many who have experienced injustice at the hands of others have realized.
Without justice, there is no peace.
There are those on the planet who believe that being “for peace” means that these are people who can be dominated and controlled. This is not the case.
Being a peaceful person does not mean you would ever let anyone violate your boundaries and certainly not your safety or that of your children. If it happens, there must be justice.
I am reminded of a story from Hu Dalconzo’s “Self-Mastery: A Journey Home to Your Self.”
“Nothing happens until you take action. A farmer can’t harvest his crops with prayer alone. After he is done praying, he must get off his knees and go into the fields.”
Peace will not come to Israel without action and not without justice for the atrocities committed against the innocents. All of us must pray for peace, but we must also be determined to take the necessary actions to achieve justice.
My heart is with my friends in Israel and yet also with anyone caught in the middle of this war.
I pray daily for peace and yet, I am also committed to supporting the actions to bring about justice to the evil which not only carried out these acts of terrorism, but which envisioned them in the first place.
I fully understand that many people may read this and say that I am not a man of peace and they are entitled to their opinion. But they also likely have never faced the kind of evil which was perpetuated on Israel early this month.
I served for almost 9 years in the United States Navy. My family had a long history of military service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force. I joined voluntarily because I believed in the mission to protect and save lives that our military services provide.
I served my time honorably and while my perceptions of peace and how our military has been used or not used has shifted over the course of my life, my commitment to peace has never been stronger.
We must all pray for peace and yet be committed to the actions required to bring this about.
That being said, we have the choice to either get swept up in anger or calmly focus on what must be done. The energies of anger and vengeance will not heal the world. In the face of evil, the actions required to achieve freedom and peace are different than when facing mundane challenges.
Those of us on the outside of this can help by continuing to heal the pain and angers inside of ourselves, for the more light we bring into this world, it helps heal all of us for we are all connected.
We can help by praying for peace and sending prayers of strength, justice and resolve to those who must take the actions to heal and secure their country. We must even pray for those who would commit such atrocities since their souls have been lost and no amount of anger and darkness sent their way will help them find the path to light again.
Rest assured, karma is real and it is the same as the law of sowing and reaping. As they have sown, so shall they reap.
This is a dark time for many, but the more light we become and the more light we send to others, the faster the reflection of all of this light can be seen.
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Jeff Scholl is a Certified Spiritual Life Coach through Holistic Learning Centers and a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
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