*You Are Your Enemies … and Your Heroes* … Ultimately, as both Stanislav Grof, in his holotropic breathwork, and Roger Woolger, in his past-lives therapy, have discovered, we have had many lives and been both king and pauper, thief and priest, rapist and abuse victim, sinner and do-gooder, Hitler and Martin Luther King, Jr. Each of us is Martin Luther King, Jr., inside, that is why we are so inspired and attracted to him. Yet each of us is also a Hitler. That is why we need to forgive, even love, everything and everyone. For we are them and we have done and are doing all that … too.
And that is the hardest lesson of all: That we are both the worst as well as the best of that which we see in others.
We should never intentionally harm another. For a part of us is always like them. Certainly, we must protect the innocents, yet there are many ways to do that short of violence. We can be clever, we can hone our skills in being loving while also properly asserting ourselves, speaking truth to power, protecting the helpless from harm, and standing between the innocent and evil. Mahatma Gandhi showed how this works and how effective it can be.
The thing to keep in mind is that we project onto the world what we are not connected with inside and thereby we draw it to us. We bring it to us in an indirect effort to reconnect with it on the inside.
So whatever another presents us with is either an instigation for a new course in our miraculous journey back to Divinity. Or it is a review, and further spiritual practice in, a course we needed and completed in this life. Practice makes perfect, you know.
The topic of the what we can do in the current state of the world, with all its threats and challenges, and how we can grow personally in response to them, including activism, is central to several other recent works of mine. They are
- *Apocalypse NO: Apocalypse or Earth Rebirth and the Emerging Perinatal Unconscious* (2013),
- *Prodigal Human: The Descents of Man* (2016),
- *Planetmates: The Great Reveal* (2014),
- *Wounded Deer and Centaurs: The Necessary Hero and the Prenatal Matrix of Human Events* (2015),
- *Culture War, Class War: Occupy Generations and the Rise and Fall of “Obvious Truths* (2013),
- *Apocalypse Emergency: Love’s Wake-Up Call* (2013),
- *Funny God: The Tao of Funny God and the Mind’s True Liberation* (2015)
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