Attaching faith to hatred is a contradiction…. We don’t need faith to grow an emotional connection to hatred. Hatred is understandable on human terms alone. We need faith to reorganize the passion that hatred wants to capture. We need faith to uplift and release from the mask of outward appearances the hidden glory that animates it, expressing our commitment to serving the One Force Who is Kindness and Love. By using faith to separate out the soulful powers of determination and will from hatred, we come to meet our eternal identity, the part of us that is made in the image of the One Force Who is Kindness and Love. It is our choice to have faith in Him. That is the key. Attaching faith to hatred that needs no faith to grow is illogical.
The basic cycle of our day is to secure our needs as people, by earning a living, by having social networks, and by marrying. From the time we are born until we are grown, we learn social skills, we become educated, and we develop our personal habits to stay healthy. What is the measure of our success? Is it a great job, a wonderful spouse, respect and honor from our peers? And what is the driving force behind it?
Uniformly it is accepted that will and determination are key in making efforts that lead to success. Both will and determination speak to the passion of a person, to their creativity, their energy, and their ingenuity. How we apply these talents and traits is our choice.
On a horizontal plane, even when we apply these talents and traits with determination and will, there are no guarantees of success! Two people applying the same traits could have very different outcomes. Ultimately, it becomes clear to a thinking reasoning person that effort is ours but success is given to us. When we notice this important reality, we can begin to discover who we are under the mask of our day to day image, an image that we build from when we are very young and that becomes our persona. Yet it is a mask. Within our outward appearance and intellect, within our egos and personalities, lies a life force that exists in two worlds and is seeking expression in time and space.
Knowing this can change the direction we look when we are faced with a challenging matter.
If we are only our outward appearing beings, and as we can all see from our mortality, our end is to return to dust, then while we are alive, we seek to take as much as we can to make the most of life, whatever values that means to a person. And, if someone gets in the way, our natural self-defense mechanisms become triggered and our will and determination now cling to a negative charge, and our will and determination take on hateful expressions. Why? We believe we are defending who we are and that the other person is a threat and without destroying them we will be sucked into the vortex of darkness and lose what we have accomplished. Thus, determination and will when attaching to hate give us tunnel vision to destroy, to scorch the earth to wipe out whomever threatens our existence. When determination and will attach to hate, there is a sense of purpose that is defensible in our eyes.
Self-defense that is NOT attached to hate means that with determination and will a people protect themselves from enemies sworn to destroy their way of life. Outwardly, these two examples of killing for perceived self-preservation look indistinguishable.
When will and determination are attached to hate, that is very understandable to the logical mind. Since we are two years old we scream when someone takes from us and we try to take it back, hitting them, grabbing, kicking, whatever will work in order to secure the goal. There is no one alive who has not been through the developmental stages – we all understand hatred. We all understand survival and competition.
So if we can understand hatred, how can we ascribe our goals in hating to something of faith? Faith inherently means trusting in something above us that we strive to understand and strive to emulate. If we strive in hatred and in being fierce for our survival, where does faith fit in? What is revealed is that hatred masks a glory which people can rescue with faith to reveal instead the glory itself, without the hate, without the violence.
All the determination and will that attaches to hate can instead rescue the passion from the mask called hate and with free willed choices to act for peace and with love, align ourselves with the absolute truth. Instead of looking into the vortex that challenges us to think we have to be fierce, we can look upward to the heavens and the calm waters of kindness and bring our determination and will to serve the One Force, a Being of kindness and love. Because the place of the world is the mind of One Force, a Being of Kindness and Love, our efforts to uplift to something above us expand our ability to reflect that love and kindness into the world as we become a stronger system for bringing love and kindness into the world.
Inwardly, our true being is one of love and kindness. When we look into the vortex of what swirls every day, we don’t see love and kindness. Instead we see power, hatred, killing, dealings, politics and every manner of survival. Yet that does not require any faith at all. It is built on knowledge that is available to the conscious mind.
To find out who we really are, we have to make an effort to release what is held captive in our subconscious mind by the grip of human nature. Powering our subconscious and unconscious mind is a life force that comes from One Force, a Being of Kindness and Love. It is covered over by human nature, in our subconscious and unconscious. For this reason we can become very confused and think that by attaching determination and will to the messages of the subconscious and unconscious, e.g. the natural reactions of hatred when threatened, that we are doing something permitted by the One Force.
The One Force gives us free will and the ability to be confused by covering over our life force with a human nature. This is where faith takes place, faith that by emulating the One Force we can create order and release within us from the mask of the subconscious a part of our true identity that can bring us to serve the One Force and bring His Love and Kindness into the world.
Feeling outrage does not make us right. Feeling victimized does not give us entitlement to do anything that is outside the bounds of what the One Force, a Being of Kindness and Love, tells us is ethical. Our ego is not absolute truth. Our life force can rescue from the subconscious a tremendous passion that adds to our ability to truly bring kindness into the world, a kindness that values every person, is grateful to the One Force for the opportunity to demonstrate our understanding of His Oneness and our connection to it.
We can build relationship with the One Force Who is Kind and Loving every time we use faith to rise above our natural urges. When we look upward instead of into the vortex while considering our survival, we open the relationship that He desires to have with us.
When we understand that determination and will for ethics based on absolute truth of love and kindness takes faith, we can begin to rescue from what masks the One Forces glory in the natural world so that the revealed love and kindness can once again be visible in actions and speech.