08 April 2012

Turning Political War Into A Fun Game

This year we've seen President Obama constantly trying to place blame on Republicans, we've seen Republicans constantly attacking one another, we've seen followers of Ron Paul fighting verbal battles with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents ... and we've seen many people turning away from interest in politics because politics is seeming too much like war.

But does politics really have to be war? It is certainly possible to imagine a person being politically aware, even politically involved, and still staying totally at peace inside. But to maintain that peace, what thought would a person watching politics need to hold constantly in mind? How about:

"In place of frustration or anger, I quickly substitute love."

An enlightened person knows there is never any reason to worry and never any reason to fear. These themes have been introduced in the lessons of this course and were actually major lessons taught by Ayn Rand in her novel Atlas Shrugged.

But if there is never any reason to worry or fear, then there is never any reason for frustration or anger ... because just as night falls out of dusk, frustration and anger can only be the fallout of worry or fear.

Lessons of this course help to eliminate or reduce worry and fear, thus reducing the possibility of creating feelings of frustration or anger, but how does one quickly get rid of anger or frustration if one happens to take the fall?

The answer of course is to rise back into one's spiritual nature, which does not know feelings of frustration or anger. But how easy is it to return to peace when one is in the middle of anger? How easy is it to turn to joy when feeling frustrated?

The easiest way to return to one's spiritual nature when one is feeling anger or frustration is to love. Nothing casts out anger and frustration faster than love.

No matter how frustrated or angry one becomes, there is some place or something or somebody one can love. When one turns attention to that which one loves, it takes very little time for the love to burn up and dissipate anger and frustration.

Try this:

For an entire month, vow to practice utmost diligence in substituting love whenever you notice yourself becoming frustrated or angry. To make this substitution, merely think of whatever or whoever you really love and say over and over again:

"I love you (specific name of person, place, or thing). I really, really love you."

Don't merely say this once or twice with minimum feeling. On the contrary, say it many, many times in an attempt to bring forth the deepest feeling of love. When love is felt strongly enough, frustration and anger disappear.

Each day as you awaken, ask yourself what situations might plausibly occur during the day which could engender frustration or anger in you. While visualizing each situation and imagining yourself substituting love in the way mentioned above, say aloud to yourself:

"I quickly substitute love for frustration or anger in this situation. I love you (specific name of person, place, or thing). I really, really love you."

Using these simple mental exercises you are now able to watch politics, even be involved in politics, without being at war. Now you are a winner. But not the winner of a war. The winner of a fun game. You can say to your friends, "I don't fight political wars. I have fun playing freedomball!"

The device which more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.

Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

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