Love. Love is all we need. Imagine. All the world needs now is love sweet love…
The songs have told us this for ages. Yet we are so divided. Even though so many of us, one could argue the majority of both sides of the divide, want peace. Let’s come together, as the song says. But how?
Heal the divide. Starting with us. We are blind when we align with one side, are we not? No one can see fully the whole from the perspective of the polarity of aligning with a side, either side. Get to the middle way. In the middle one can see both sides equally, balanced. The middle means no identity, like Buddha said. Or take the word of Jesus and love your enemy. Loving one’s enemy cannot occur when we defend our side, can it? We must move to the middle, all of us. One person at a time. I know for myself that when I let go of my polarized stance and move to the middle I can see more, understand more, and have more compassion… and I am more peaceful.
Doesn’t it seem that attachment to what we identify ourselves with creates problems? What if we let go of our identifiers and simply be human, part of the human family, humanity, that cluster of billions that came from dust and returns to dust? That’s as much as we know of the deep impenetrable mystery we call Life. We believe many things, but we cannot prove our beliefs. Doesn’t this cause us problems when we defend our identified beliefs? The middle embrace the deeper mystery. The whole of it All. We can even believe our beliefs and keep them, in the middle. We just won’t need to defend them because we can see the other perspectives too.
What if we just stop criticizing the other side and Listen? If we just Listen with compassion? We could see that the other side also wants peace, a good life, family, and prosperity. Together we are awesome. Together we can heal anything, overcome anything.
But how much are we contributing to the divide rather than moving out of the side-taking and finding love for All?
As long as we are taking sides, can we heal? Can we grow together? Can we create peace?
Can we see our limited compassion that we give only to Our side? What if we grow bigger and experience compassion that includes the other side? And if we love the other side? All of us?
One person at a time. We begin to change. We begin to be agents of change. We stop our condemning and we begin our healing: Together, because we transcend our side. Our side is only half, partial. To be whole we need to include the other side. Love is whole. The middle is where we can embrace both sides. Embracing All is peace. Love is United.