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Remove Our Craving for Controversy

We live in a world where controversy sells. But most of us work in a business that aims to solve problems. And yet, many of us relax with entertainment designed around conflict. We watch sports, and we watch so-called reality television, and we watch news channels that hype every social and political conflict. We are being conditioned to crave controversy. Many social media apps are built on a model to increase clicks by prompting us to become voyeurs of interpersonal relationship strife.

Peace and harmony should sell, but like Pavlov’s dogs, we are being trained to seek out more and more controversy. At the core of our being, we are at peace and find happiness. Jesus’ sermon on the mount teaches ways to escape interpersonal conflict. Those who have mastered the art of escaping conflict find life refreshing. For example, when at sea and caught up in a hurricane, the only place to find peace one must dive deep.

Likewise, we must dive deep because the world is full of people agitating our thoughts for their popularity ratings. We must shut off the input and still our thoughts. We must breathe slowly and deliberately to steady our physical systems. If controversy is what they are selling, we must stop being consumers. Breaking the cycle will be like a drug addict going through withdrawals. But once we are free, life becomes refreshing. Our essential nature is peace and happiness, but if our awareness remains in the whirlwind, we will lose sight of what is true.

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The Beauty In Others

I was not always able to see the beauty in people that were not of my spiritual tribe. I did not physically assault them; I judged them to be broken, and I felt pity for them in my heart. I held to a set of beliefs that evaluated people’s behaviors. I believed that humankind had fallen and that everyone was separated from God, having no light or beauty on the inside.

Now I live differently, and I see beauty in all people. What changed is that I had an awakening from those old beliefs. I changed because love opened my understanding at a heart level and created a new way of relating to people. I now experience life on a deeper level, the fear has gone, and I enjoy being with the new people I meet. I see beauty where once all I saw was a world of others that needed fixing.

So how did this happen on the inside of me? I give credit to silence. I was a typical person with a wife and two kids, working to keep up with bills and the family schedule. At first, it was the silence of early mornings and late nights that started drawing me in. Then I started taking long walks in the woods, getting up early at the beach, escaping to places of quiet. Most important was separating myself from the groupthink of my religious community. Do not get me wrong. My religious community was a safety buffer in an indifferent world, racially divided and full of greed and jealously. And with my tendencies for sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, Sunday morning was a two-hour sanctuary grounding me, keeping my family safe from the world’s insanity.

The silence allowed me to recognize how loved I am by God/Universe. My old spiritual community organizes around religious hierarchy, and my interpretation was the higher ranked you were, the more God loved you.

In that silence, I finally discovered I had it all wrong. My new awareness of the love emanating from Divine source has made all the difference. And now I see the beauty radiating within every person and myself. The idea that our connection is dependent on our social status in life is an illusion. What dawned for me is that beauty resides in all 7.5 billion of my sisters and brothers. Every person has within them the same love and light. Seeing this is my greatest joy.

The beauty I experience today in the world is overwhelming. Even those who have differing political views, world views, moral views, or ethical views have this same divine beauty. Seeing other humans living, moving, and being is magical. The cultural diversity among humanity is genuinely remarkable. Human expression is beautiful and does not require fixing. I am glad I got here and can see the beauty with my eyes and heart.

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World Beauty

There are two common sayings used today. One is “selective hearing,” and at least one contestant in every beauty pageant always answers “world peace” during the question segment of the contest. What I and many others are discovering about life, from both a spiritual and scientific perspective, is that our conscience has a significant effect on the reality we experience.

Sayings like selective hearing and world peace are statements of what we do and desire. With that, I want to introduce a new saying. World Beauty. Ironically when we gather with our local spiritual communities and churches, we most often misuse our conscience by selectively limiting and acknowledging God’s virtue in operation. For many, the main reason we attend a Sunday morning spiritual gathering is that we see the beauty in the person standing on the stage. What we miss is the beauty inside everyone else. By beauty, I am talking about the virtue and God-like qualities that all humans possess.

We desire a beautiful world of peace, but we fail to see and acknowledge the beauty in every ordinary person. That is because we participate in selective seeing which finds and complements the divinity only in our cultural leaders. With 7.5 billion of us, we need to see and speak forth the good that resides in every person and not just our role models and group leaders. Being aware of the goodness in another person is one of the most empowering things we can do to bring about a beautiful world. In quantum physics, there is a theoretical experiment called Schrodinger’s cat and there is also the dual slit experiment with its many variations. In both cases, the conscious observer is the determining factor for the outcome of these experiments.

World beauty is a real possibility for human experience. What is required is for us to see it. We need judgment that finds beauty, love, and peace in the fabric of our reality. To experience world beauty, we must see it in more than just our leaders, role models, and celebrities. We need to see it in every one of our fellow human beings. We need a practice of selective seeing that will produce the desire of our hearts, which is world beauty.

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