“As above, so below, as within, so without...” –Hermes Trismegistus
In light of the recent spreading of terror through senseless violence at the hands of fanatics around the world, including the mass killings in Paris on Friday, I am called to address how we might begin to heal the anger, hatred, and terror that gives rise to this violence so that all of us can feel safer and clearer than ever.
Although I was born a peaceful and happy baby, as I grew older I developed anger and resentment toward what I believed was unfair and wrong. These feelings arose initially in reaction to being physically disciplined by my parents, and they continued to be triggered from that point on by anything and everything that crossed me. I was constantly fighting at school, and as a young adult I continued this pattern with increasingly dire consequences. By age 21 I was fighting with knives, baseball bats, and even guns, leading to broken noses, hands, and ribs. I was caught in a downward spiral of violence that I felt powerless to escape from, and no one else seemed to know how to help either.
Yes this is a 125g stick of dynamite...
Then one day that year, I had a vision that saved my life. In this vision – which I understood to have come from a higher place even at the time – I saw myself being shot dead. I knew with utter certainty that I had just glimpsed my immediate future if I didn’t change my ways. I resolved to change then and there, and this choice put me on the path that has led me to where I am today. I later discovered that at the time of the vision, the council of Black Panthers in Bordeaux had already gathered to discuss killing me, and that they had been observing me in preparation for pulling the trigger. The vision hadn’t come a moment too soon.
Was I a bad person? Did I deserve to die? Was I confused? Quite possibly. Was my confusion wrong? Not necessarily. It is so compelling to react to violence with more violence! It is so compelling to act on our fear by trying to “eradicate” the perceived sources of violence and terror outside of ourselves. Over and over again, we succumb to the mistaken belief that the solution lies in eliminating the players in the drama, rather than actually bringing healing to the situation through the timeless spiritual principles of alignment, awareness and love.
As my story illustrates, there is a terrorist inside all of us, a part of us that believes the problem is “out there” and can be solved by something other than love. This inner terrorist leverages our deepest, darkest fears to make us to forget our true nature and the power that comes with it. Its aim in doing so is to force us into reaction rather than choice, thereby giving away our power. No healing can come from this dynamic, only an ever-escalating cycle of violence. That’s the bad news.
However, the good news is that we can move from reaction back into creation instantaneously, just by re-aligning with and re-membering our true selves. You are always free to do this, and the best part is that it gets easier with practice. If you look, you’ll notice that the word ‘creation’ has the same letters as the word ‘reaction,’ just in a different order. I believe that there are no coincidences, and to me this is a constant reminder that we always have a choice.
So as world leaders urgently discuss how to “eliminate the enemy” in the wake of the recent attacks, the question we must each ask ourselves is this: am I dealing with my inner terrorist? Because guess what? Not only does that part of you play a role in all the large and small ways that violence shows up in your life, it’s the same voice that tells you to play small and do whatever it takes to fit in. It’s the same voice that insists you will never be good enough to live the life of your dreams, and that the world is a dangerous place because there are “bad people” in it. Name your fear-based limiting belief, and you can be sure your inner terrorist is behind it.
At its core, your inner terrorist is the voice of fear. It is the voice of victimhood and limitation, and it will do anything to keep you from realizing the limitless love and power that is who you truly are. However, here is the most important point to remember: it cannot do this without your consent. We each hold the key that unlocks our own cage, and the moment you realize this, you are free to make a shift that will completely change your life both inside and out.
“As above, so below, as within, so without.” –Hermes Trismegistus
I interpret this statement to mean that what you align with as Spirit will manifest here on Earth. The seeds that you plant and nourish in your heart will be made manifest in your life, and the choice of which seeds to plant is always yours.
Now you may be thinking that this is all very well, but how does it relate to the immediate, practical task of staying safe in dangerous times? That’s the title of this article after all, so when are we going to get to the good stuff? Well, I’m living proof that all the things I’ve just spoken of are not just spiritual platitudes – they are universal laws that really work!
What do I mean by this? I mean that this process of aligning with Source and listening to higher truth as revealed by my intuition is what kept me safe during my seven-year journey around the world without money. I knew which garbage cans were safe to eat from. I knew which cars to take rides from when I was hitchhiking, and which not to. I knew on what street corner or under which bush to sleep, and I lived safely like this for seven years in countries all over the world. These are principles that simply work, because the fact is that there is nothing in the Universe more powerful than you when you are in alignment with your True Self. Often the challenge is learning to listen to the voice of intuition, because most of us are not taught this growing up. Like everything else it is just a question of practice, and of choosing to trust those messages when they come, even when they’re not ‘logical’.
I have dozens of inspiring personal stories offering proof that our inner alignment creates our outer reality. I also know that who we are being individually determines our collective reality, and that healing our own inner terrorist is therefore one of the best ways to ensure safety for all. Today, I’d like to share with you what I consider to be my very best story. It came at the end of my 7-year hero’s journey and sealed my deal with Source and my commitment to Love. I walked through the valley of the shadow of death fearing no evil, and emerged ready for my next adventure, which is still ongoing! Here it is in video:
If you watch the video, you’ll understand what’s behind my knowing that everyone has the right and the capacity to align with Love as a Higher Power, and be absolutely protected by it even in the face of a killer committed to hurting you.
Here is another short and fun video:
I hope you enjoy the videos, and I’d love to hear your thoughts about terrorism and what you believe is the opportunity here, for you personally and for humanity at large!
Remember that rather than giving your power over to any force outside of yourself, you can ask yourself what it is that you are committed to creating in this life. This is the greatest gift you can give not only to yourself, but to the world.