A Return To Nonviolence

We will return to nonviolence, not in the idea that a worldly state of nonviolence has ever existed, but that it is an idea in our minds that we can turn to and draw forth presently. The last 100 years saw mass casualty in war and genocide, but it also saw the inspired and far-reaching rise of nonviolence as a practice to change the world–from Gandhi and MLK, to the Philippines and the Arab Spring. The essence of nonviolence itself need not be understood by the majority of the population for its benefits to be received. There is, in fact, a well worn air of nonviolence that circulates most international arguments and discussions, as if it is the remedy of our collective spirit waiting to see if the poison has had its effects before it unleashes its treatment.

Non-violence is in the marches and the actions and the demonstrations, if and only if you understand that non-violence is what you aim to evoke. We do not march for peace for peace is always there, always available, we march for non-violence as the panacea to our violent thoughts, speech and deeds as a collective human race. We bare witness to these acts and in our forgiveness, we undo the damage. It’s retroactive, it always is, because the violence cannot go on unless we carry it forward.
The nature of nonviolence, even for activists who practice its physical techniques, has yet to see its glory day. Meaning, on the larger whole, nonviolence has been used by a few spiritual leaders as a spiritual tool of transmutation, and instead is championed by activists who understand its humanly and humanely practical application. However, the great, transcending, and ever-lasting benefits lie in the spiritual makeup of the what nonviolence as a change agent; what it really means and can truly do.
In order to grasp the realm in which nonviolence exists, we must consider what it asks. It requires us to understand that we live on a planet, together, in separate bodies. It requires us to understand that our bodies are but vehicles for something in us that expands beyond our limbs. Thus, nonviolent demonstrations used bodies as a physical reminder that we are more–that a spirit of us cannot be broken, though our bones may be. Therefore, it is not wrong for secularist to adopt nonviolence, but it is disadvantageous to have such a tool and only use the tiny portion, like only using a smart phone for texting. Spiritual understanding of nonviolence is a prerequisite to a spiritual (outside of time and space; religiously called miracles; scientifically called phenoma) experience of nonviolence.

A CALL TO NONVIOLENCE

Do no harm, to yourself or anyone else. This, in the end, is all we need to know. Begin with yourself. Turn your mind away from the thoughts that attack you. Be vigilant. Turn your mind away from the noise that judges others. This is nonviolence.

Nonviolence is an active process–it is not passive–it is the ability to undo harm. It has the power to reconcile. It is more than not being violent, it transcends the linear path of violent and not violent. It is the third way. It is the transformational way. It is the courageous way. It knows most intimately that neutrality is nothing more than the dashed lines on the road–an imaginary border–and that one day one must choose a lane: destruction or creation; judgment or curiosity; fear or love; pain or peace.

Be propelled by a relentless search for the truth. Be relentless in revealing the truth. Be disruptive and shocking. Be bold and kind. Be compassionate and non-judgmental. Be so reckless with your demonstrations of compassion and service that even those that oppose your cause cannot deny the spirit of humankind that bursts forth through you. Aim to do this, and so prove the divinity of man, as the heavens wait for us to remember that we are not primal things but creative, curious, compassionate God-beings.

 

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