A few days ago, I received an email from a lovely Seeker I have come to know and respect.
She asked, “Do you worry about ISIS and its propagation in the world?”
I responded to her with a “No.”
And then I felt that this was a topic worthy of discussion.
I will speak candidly.
And I will speak The Truth.
In those within whom there is True Sincerity, my words will find a home.
Man himself is more dangerous and more tumultuous than any terror organization in the world.
The things I am about to share are neither figurative nor symbolic. They are quite literal and practical.
If ISIS targeted our homes and destroyed them ten times over, it would not fractionally compare to the inner turmoil that we have experienced in our lives.
Who needs to worry about “ISIS” when within our minds lives all the “terror” we can possibly handle?
Anger. Greed. Envy. Jealousy. Disappointment. Pain. Remorse. Guilt. Hope. Fear. Failure. Sadness. Frustration. Anxiety. Hatred. Confusion.
ISIS kills a man once. But the things listed above kill a man a thousand times over.
Is this not worse than ISIS?
Man could eradicate every ISIS in the world, but he would still be left with all of the above.
And if a man became Free of all of the above, then even if ISIS targeted him, he would die having lived in Peace and Freedom.
You may not believe this, but until a short time ago I did not know what ISIS was. And in many ways I still don’t.
I haven’t watched television in over two years.
I do not read the news.
I have no interest in what politicians are doing.
The weather is the weather.
The stock market is the stock market.
To me, such things are all distractions. And what does the mind love more than a tasty distraction?
Man simply looks for a place to belong so that he has something to fight for and fight against.
And the reason that he does so is because he is hell-bent on avoiding his life.
He will do anything and everything to avoid looking within himself.
He is willing to look at the death and destruction in the world.
But he is not willing to look at the cataclysm that is his Everyday Existence.
The world is the world.
It has nothing whatsoever to do with you.
How you feel on a daily basis has everything to do with you.
And I will state categorically that, at least for myself, bombardment by rifle shells is simply no match for bombardment by involuntary thoughts!
It matters not how we die.
It matters only how feel as we live.
I will not tell you to turn off your televisions.
I will not tell you to drop politics once and for all.
I will not tell you to stop reading or watching the news.
For such actions must arise from within oneself. Otherwise, they will not be genuine.
There is so much inside of a man that remains to be explored.
There is so much that remains to be witnessed.
There is so much magic to be found with regard to the True Capabilities within us.
And there is so little time.
Devoting our lives to finding Perfection in the way that we live . . .
. . . is far more inspirational than worrying about how we will die.