I am out on a limb, stepping back from my Rune of the Day series. I do not want this blog to change completely from my usual discussion of sustainability. In a larger scheme, I don’t see it as one or another topic, just blending of parallel disciplines. Taking the longer view often lends perspective to each consecutive moment. We can stand far enough back, while still participating in the now to retain an intimate relationship between the self-less soul that inhabits our flesh and the vehicle that we use to animate that soul and give rise to action.
When we peel away the ego and the defense mechanisms that armor it, we can begin to open up realms of possibility and informed action that are nothing shy of the action of Creator acting through us. The runes that I have picked in the first five days have been aggressively trying to unleash deep and powerful aspects of self that our culture rarely rewards, but that are desperately needed. When one finds themselves on the threshold of awareness, it is well to remember that the intuitive sense that we all have can be enhanced and calibrated with practice. Knowing the eternal and seeing the relationship between it and our true self can guide us through the thickest fog. Ironically, it is our ego which often changes the picture that we are able to get of our true self. Attachment to the duality of us as “special”, separate from the rest of the environment, and as distinct people, obscures the fact that we are all one, each translating creator in ways of our own choosing. Sometimes with considerable lack of understanding rooted in the lies that our own ego tells us.
The culture that most of us share looks down on folks who are peaceful loving people, classifies “us” as “hippies”, “beatniks”, “hobos”, or they label us as “lazy”. Being put in this category is purposely configured to instill a victim mentality amongst those who are different, those who think for themselves or those who follow a higher power. This victim-hood burdens those who accept it with duality and dissolution. We are one! My resonant quality with Creator may be completely invisible to some, but when I clearly represent Light and Love, few would deny the brilliance of my actions.
When I first heard of Peace Warriors, Shanti-sena, I had only a vague idea about what we are. Once you understand the concept, few would not accept the responsibility of being one, whatever you call it. The author of the book that I am using as inspiration for the Rune of the Day series, Ralph Blum, has found a way to reflect the eternal through his work and as a guide, using his tool, I am then able to offer handholds along the sheer cliffs of developing a more enlightened species. Each in our own way radiating the brilliance of becoming more truly tuned instruments for Creator.
You may forget that my focus on sustainability is in line, or in league with these aspects of our selves and the quest that each of us is on, but to be true, are we not far more efficient in our actions when the welfare of one another and the planet are considered in finding our way forward? In my world view, I would unequivocally say, “Yes!” Giving our true self the power to express itself is revolutionary. Shanti-sena usher in justice by being ever vigilant to aspects of our world that cause pain or harm one another or the group. One Peace Warrior, made it his sole purpose for nearly a week while he was at a festival to never let a pedophile and misogynist out of his sight. His shadowing and monitoring the individual who might perpetrate crime on his neighbors was prevented from offending and as the Peace Warrior spent time around this demented pervert (my ego is in operation here, note the judgmental tone), he was able to model exemplary behavior toward children and women. Without chastisement or judgement, the Shanti-sena just exhibited love for this person, as well as everyone they met. He was able to change reality for each and every person the two of them contacted along the way. We each need to honor our true self and do whatever it takes to reduce the injustice with which we all must deal.