A few nights ago I was given a message in a dream:
“With No Enemies,
We Are at Peace.”
I’ve had a few days to live with this. I’m not sure who or what said it. I only remember it being vocalized and pronounced very clearly while dreaming.
Over these last few days it’s becoming more and more powerful. Not only does it speak to the obvious problems of national conflicts, but more-so it is a very personal mantra.
What are the things we choose to confront and label as “enemy”? Life for many of us can be a series of obstacles and challenges. What I’m finding with this phrase is that it is calling me to question what things I address as “enemy” – and that being a realization of the things that push me into a heightened reactive state or force my emotional state from one of awareness or peace to anything else. These “enemies” then turn into literally anything that moves me out of a peaceful state – like an internal or external reaction to news, politics, society changes, relationships, conversations, work related challenges – anything.
I’m not necessarily saying that this phrase is pushing me toward a Star Trekian Vulcan kind of detachment – But it is insisting that I look at outside Motivators that can control my sense of internal Peace. Nor am I saying that the phrase advises me to eliminate “enemies” or things that challenge my resolve or well being. It merely states that my Peace should not be dependent upon externalities, that seeing challenges as bad or good or things that wobble my emotional state as “enemies” is illusory- that this is merely a challenge of Perception, and that Peace is never controlled externally.
Now of course you’re probably thinking this is a no brainer. I’ve heard this before as well, and have even worked quite extensively with this idea in the past. But the phrase seems more concerned with showing me that challenges and obstacles are not necessarily Real unless attached to some kind of emotional response. So it’s more about definitions that actual events – though certainly events are also in the mix. “Enemies” may be defined then only by our reaction or perception – Only after our response has been altered do things become “Enemies”.
That’s where I’m at right now with this – I’m sure I’ll have some more insights with this powerful and deeply resonating phrase as I live with it.