What can I do to bring about absolute peace in the world?

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I ask myself this question everyday… what will it take to bring about absolute peace in the world? I don’t have a fix-all solution for the world but I have come upon a realization so profound that it has dramatically changed my view of life and purpose in this world.

As a matter of fact there isn’t anything more important in my life than to investigate the human condition so that I along with everyone else might know absolute peace.

What is absolute peace?

I haven’t the slightest idea what absolute peace is… actually I do have ideas about it but that is all they are, ideas! This world that we live in has never known peace, so any notion or idea that I come up with for peace is just a concept for we have never know true world peace. For centuries we have fought amongst one another shedding blood in the name of ones religion, country, faith, etc.

It is clear that we all have ideas of what peace should look like. If you’re a Christian you will say follow the word of the Bible and you will know peace. If you are Jewish you will say follow the word of the Old Testament and you will know peace. If you are Muslim you will say follow the words of Allah and the Quran and you will surely know peace.

There are thousands and thousands of other books and religions that have ideas about what we must all do to bring about peace in this world and all of them are willing to die to prove it.

Top 5 Religions in The World

    Christian 2 Billion
    Islam 1.2 Billion
    Hinduism 785 Million
    Buddhism 360 Million
    Judaism 17 Million

What can I do to bring about absolute peace in the world?

If you ask yourself the same question and truly understand the question completely you will see the answer is in understanding the question itself.

When I ask myself this question immediately a problem arises and for me to solve any problem I first look at what has been done that has not worked to fix the problem. Once you see what has not worked in the past you can then eliminate it and move forward, make progress.

Without casting judgment or a skewed opinion I can clearly see that looking at our history completely as a human race, all organized religions and systems of government have failed to bring about peace. I’m not stating an opinion but looking at the actual facts of our past.

I’m also not singling out any one religion and as a matter of fact I’m including all the so called non-religions too, Atheist, etc.

To see things as they actually are is not easy for most people because for most of us including myself… we’ve been conditioned to believe one thing or another from our parents, schools, etc. As a matter of fact most people will never truly be able to examine this question completely because their conditioning is so deep they can’t even understand the question and as I said above, the answer to this question is in understanding the question itself. What can I do to bring about absolute peace in the world?

If you and I can quiet our minds if only for a moment to step outside of what we know and see things truly how they are that is in itself a miracle.

Another interesting question to put to oneself is: Why do I have to know everything?

It seems as though we are brought up with this idea that we have to know what happens to us when we die, we have to know the meaning of life, we have to know EVERYTHING. This is a fundamental flaw in the way we are all brought up.

We don’t have to know everything, there is an infinite freedom in realizing this. You know that saying “some things are better left unknown”… well it’s true. Instead of interpreting different books, scrolls and ancient text from the past how about living right now? Instead of spending countless years of ones life KNOWING what you know how about waking up each day ready to find out?

For a person to wake each day KNOWING the word of god or the purpose of all humanity is really saying something about that person. For a person to wake up each day and know for a fact without a doubt that life started in this one particular way and this is what you must do in order to secure eternal salvation is in itself doing a disservice to your beliefs.

What audacity a person would have to have to believe they have “truth”, and what a shame it is to never wake up from that state of mind.

A state of mind that reads from the same book and says the same prayers over and over again surely isn’t the mind that will bring about peace in this world rather this is a mind that has been frozen and is no longer dynamic and progressive.

The mind that is to bring about peace in this world has no ties to books, churches, nations, temples or congregations. The mind that will bring about peace in this world will come from the human being that realizes this completely and this human being will go to sleep each night knowing that when he or she wakes the next day everything he or she knew the day before has nothing to do with that new day.

So again I ask myself. What can I do to bring about absolute peace in the world?

I can realize that in this world, in this existence in order to change the world I must change myself. In order to bring about absolute peace in the world I cannot live my life by the interpretations of other men, I must find out for myself what it is to know peace and in the process I must not only read and explore this intellectually but I must live this in my daily life.

Living and manifesting peace in the world has nothing to do with going to church or reading a book, it has everything to do with loving everyone UNCONDITIONALLY and speaking the truth always.

Loving everyone unconditionally is not the same as what all the religions of the world teach today. What the religions of the world teach you today is to TOLERATE one another not love one another. A Christian might say he loves a Jew but this is far from the “truth”. The fact that you subscribe to one religion or another implies that the other religion is wrong and damned… this is not love but fear.

Fear has no place in the enlightenment of humanity or day to day life. Fear breads hate, war, aggression, murder and insecurity in the world. Christians fear Muslims and Jews fear Atheist and Catholics fear Hindus and the list goes on and on.

See this all for what it is… it’s what you’ve been told, that’s all… nothing more. What you’ve been told is what they’ve been told and what they’ve been told is what someone told them and it goes on and on. It’s time to break this cycle… break free from the KNOWN.

Being a good Christian or Catholic is nothing more than an idea and ideas have nothing to do with peace.

Join the revolution and step into the UNKNOWN. Forget everything you know each day when you wake up and find out what life is all about each day as a new.

What would Jesus do? I’ll tell you what he did… BUT DON’T BELIEVE ME!!!

Go find out for yourself read the Bible but don’t take it as the word of god. When you’re finished reading the Bible pick up the Quran or the Buddhist 7 Noble Truths and continue seeking the truth but for the sake of all humanity don’t ever say you KNOW the truth.

The truth, the answers to all the universe and the purpose of all humanity cannot be quantified in any book, sermon or gospel for the truth for lack of a better word is ineffable.

If you want to live in a world of peace then drop the church, don’t call yourself a Buddhist or Atheist instead of talking the talk… walk the walk. In walking the walk you understand that to connect to the absolute truth that connection is through love. If you understand this then all your actions will be from a place of love and in acting from love you are expressing the truth.

So in summary: To bring about peace in the world I have to change myself, if I can change myself I have done all I can to change the world. Living life day to day, each day a new with all my actions and words coming from a place of love not ideologies, religions or beliefs but from unconditional love… in that ACTION you are realizing peace and from that realization others will come into realization as well.

Don’t take my word for it, go find out for yourself. Examine what it is that you KNOW and examine how it is that you’ve come to know what you know, then forget it. Once you’ve done that then ask yourself what can I do to bring about absolute peace in the world?

Understand that question completely and you will have the answer.

Peace,

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Finding Something To NOT Complain About Through The Power of Observation

I’d like to share with you something I’ve been noticing in myself lately, I’ve become quite the complainer! For lack of a better word I’ve been… “practicing” observation consistently for the past several weeks and out of this observation I’ve become aware of many issues in my own life and society. I’d like to note that society and I are one but for the sake of this post we’ll address them as separate issues.

You see I’ve always been a “spiritual guy” (whatever that means), reading books, listening to cd’s and tapes, I even converted to Islam for over 2 years way back in high school! With that said it wasn’t until just recently that I had an awakening. Its as though someone ran into a room where I was sleeping yelling and screaming… the house is on fire get out of bed!

I’m up, I’m up already… and there’s no going back to sleep.

I must say that I have to attribute this most recent push out of the bed to J. Krishnamurti. I can’t give him all the credit as I’ve lead a pretty healthy spiritual lifestyle up to this point but Krishnamurti definitely said what I needed to hear at the perfect time. I’ve actually been giving it some thought and if I hadn’t been reading the teachers and philosophers like Ram Dass, Alan Watts and in and out of different churches my whole life I don’t think I would have been able to comprehend what Krishnamurti has said. Its almost as though these previous years have been to prep me for this chapter of my life.

So here I am now a completely different person then I was just a month ago. I have a whole new outlook on life or better yet, I now have some insight to my conditioning and societies conditions.

What is it that sustains this insight? To put it simply observation.

I’ve heard people say it before, be mindful, be aware, live consciously, etc, etc. The truth is if you observe yourself you will gain great insight into yourself and from that insight you can see the the truth in everything. I could go on here for a few more paragraphs just how powerful this action is but I’ll just say… if you can be observant you can change everything!

I’m not in awareness 24 hours a day, not yet… but I’m there more often than not now and its miraculous what you actually see when YOU’RE THERE to see it! Its even more amazing when YOU’RE ACTUALLY THERE in awareness before words come out of your mouth! Wouldn’t it be nice to actually say what you mean with clarity?

So with my new found awareness I can see clearly just how urgent a situation the entire planet is in. We are literally going to destroy ourselves and the planet sooner than later but 99% of the worlds population is going on as if everything is just going to work itself out. In daily life now I can see the insecurities and vanity in people like never before, I can see these things because I have lived this way myself but no more! I can also see that our systems of government around the world and divisive houses of religion provide ZERO security but rather breed conflict and fear.

I can see all this clearly now as a fact not some kind of philosophical idea, it is simply the truth. Now that I can see this all happening right before my very eyes, in my neighborhood, in my city, in my state, etc., its somewhat unsettling to say the least when others around you are still asleep and some are comatose. The consciousness of the world is caught in a tacit agreement to look the other way, not say a word and pretend its not going on. So long as we have the right to vote our government will fix the problem.

This is very frustrating for a newly awakened person but as I’m observing frustration doesn’t have anything to do with the problems of the world and neither does complaining about them.

Over the past several weeks I’ve been doing a lot of just that… complaining! You know what’s the good news however… out of my observation I’m aware of it and now I nip it in the bud mid sentence at first and now when the thought to complain comes I just let it pass on by.

Surely there are problems in the world, HUGE problems and I’m thankful that I now have this clarity to see all this but to let my emotions take over so that I stand on my moral soapbox to pontificate on how things ought to be is a waste of energy and unproductive.

I don’t have the answers to world peace yet but I’m already seeing that simply being observant in ones own life can literally change your world so I’m guessing if everyone could do this, maybe the world can change.

It has to start with YOU just like it has started with me. For the sake of the world, for you kids, for your unborn great, great grand children look into this will you? Look into yourself and maybe you’ll find something to NOT complain about too.

Peace and Love,



The United States of America The Stupidest Country in The Entire World

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The United States of America is in fact the stupidest country in the world and this country is populated with the stupidest people on the entire planet. To hear a statement like that you might initially get offended and defensive, after all it isn’t easy to listen to someone call you stupid. But I ask you to listen and look closer to what I am saying.

The American people along with everyone else in the world hiding behind their countries flags are in fact stupid. When I say stupid I’m not referring to the regular since of the word stupid. What we are talking about here is the STUPEFIED mind. The mind of the entire consciousness of man throughout the United States, United Nations and all the rest of the world.

The minds of all mankind must be stupefied how else can we explain what is going on in the world? We have our separate countries and we are all of us very proud of our particular heritage and backgrounds. We are so proud of where we happened to have been born and raised that we justify killing one another and then we call it being a patriot.

Let us look at what it means to be stupefied shall we?

stu⋅pe⋅fy

  1. to put into a state of little or no sensibility; be numb the faculties of; put into a stupor.
  2. to stun, as with a narcotic, a shock, or a strong emotion.
  3. to overwhelm with amazement; astound; astonish.

I’d say that just about sums up the state of the world wouldn’t you? We have been put into a state of little or no sensibility, we are in fact numb and in a stupor. We as a collective do not question authority we take what is given to us and we are happy. We watch the evening news and witness the atrocities around the globe, our brothers and sisters everywhere suffering so much pain, starvation and disease and all we can muster is a sigh and shake our heads in disbelief. We may shake our heads in disbelief but we know its going on, its happening we don’t have to believe in anything it is a fact and we, all of us are letting it happen.

Just the same, we also watch the news and we are spoon fed remedies and solutions to fix the problems around the world. We are told that if we elect this person to office then everything is going to be alright. We are told if we take these pills and go to this church, read this book we’re going to be okay but we know everything is not okay.

Lets look at the facts.

  • The US has 5% of the world’s population and 30% of the waste.
  • The United States alone is actively fighting 3 wars.
  • Dead American soldiers since war began (3/19/03), 4244.
  • Hundreds of thousands if not over a million people are homeless every night in America.

quoteThis kinds of statistics, facts don’t just happen over night we gradually let this happen and the most horrific thing about it is we continue to let it go on. What is it that has numbed us in such a way that we all continue to let this happen?

Do we all, each one of us think we can’t do anything about it? Do we all, each one of us think we have nothing to do with it?

Perhaps that is the problem, perhaps we’ve told ourselves for so long that its beyond us as individuals, we couldn’t possibly do anything. It would be much easier to let the people in Washington D.C. handle this, they know what’s right for us.

Really?

I think not. I think if we truly search our feelings we all know that each of us is to blame, we all have to take responsibility for the way things are in the world. Let us stop what we are doing and examine how we’ve gotten to where we are.

Throughout history we’ve repeated the same patterns over and over again. From the beginning of time since before we have record of it we as human beings have been separating ourselves, dividing ourselves into tribes and nations. Why do we feel compelled to do this when it obviously breeds war and conflict?

Isn’t it obvious that if we have a world where there are separate nations there will never be peace? Isn’t it obvious that if there is a United States of America and a France, Russia, Australia, etc… this separation eventually will bring pain, war, strife, hunger, greed. Its not complicated if you look at it, its been proven for years that the mentality of US and THEM will undoubtedly eventually bring war.

No matter how good our intentions are, no matter who we put in office as president, no matter how many nuclear bombs we posses there will never be peace if we separate ourselves from one another… this is a fact.

I think that fundamentally what we all need to wake up to is the fact that you and I are the same, quite literally. You and I are no different from one another, are we? Aside from the color of skin or where I grew up, my conditioning may be different but fundamentally we are all the same. This is what we need to remember, we are all one and we are all of us connected.

We’ve been so conditioned from the day we were born to be individuals, that we are different from one another and in some way special. No doubt do we all posses something very special about ourselves but in that we’ve gotten lost, we’ve become consumed in our vanity… all of us. Its easy to see why we are all so vain from the time we came into this existence we’ve been told this is your name, this is your country, this is your religion NONE OF US have been given a chance to be who we truly are, we’ve all been conditioned and we don’t even know it. One of the saddest things is we grown-ups continue the cycle bringing more INDIVIDUALS into the world and we the ignorant breed more ignorance.

The word ignorant doesn’t quite explain it.

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  1. lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.
  2. lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact.
  3. uninformed; unaware.

We aren’t exactly ignorant are we, that would imply that we are without the knowledge, without the facts. The facts are we have the facts, we have all the history and information we need to see that the way we are carrying on in the world has only one possible ending… war, pain, death and sorrow. We are not ignorant of anything but rather we are ignoring everything.

Knowing this we continue to pretend we are moving forward making civilized advancement, we continue on with the stupefied mind. We allow ourselves to continue to be told what to do and where to do it. We continue to pacify our minds with new cars, homes, clothes. We continue to seek out “relationships” with one another that are for the most part meaningless projections of what you think the other person wants to see.

We continue to get married to one another with these ideas of grandeur and images of one another and then we continue to get divorced from the deception and lies we so willingly walked right into… with the stupid mind. We have ideas of what marriage and love are about but we don’t know the first thing about it. We don’t want love, we want security, we want to be able to look at someone else and know everything is going to be alright. There in LIES the problem, everything is not going to be alright and all the pretending in the world won’t change that.

We can continue to pretend all we want but nothing will change. We can come home from work sit in front of the television talk about nothing important and laugh about silly things that happened during the day but that will not stop the inevitable. The inevitable being that we cannot avoid the fear and anxiety that we all of us share.

We are all scared, we are all of us worried and frightened about the state of the world and where humanity is going. We can no longer pretend that if we hide behind our flags things are going to be alright. We can no longer pretend that if we believe in this book or the other that when we die everything is going to be alright. We can no longer pretend that its their problem and not ours!

I know you feel it just like I do… this collective anxiety. Why are we pretending like its not there and more importantly why aren’t we doing anything about it? We live in a country that has for its entire history pushed its weight around the world, taken over countries, occupied countries, initiated wars, dropped bombs, launched missiles killing innocent men, women and children. How can we live like this?

In order to change the world we must all of us change ourselves! We must not continue to accept things they way they are. We all need to unplug, deprogram, speak up, do something but in order to do that we need to fundamentally change the way we live and treat one another.

We can no longer accept our conditioning, we can no longer accept what we’ve been told. Everything you know up to this point has been told to you by someone else, by some book, by some doctrine,  by a philosophy or whatever else. We all need to investigate and learn for ourselves what is truth and what is a proper way to go about living in this world.

I don’t have the answers but I know what hasn’t worked. I know that since the beginning of time up to now the year 2009 nothing any of us has been told, nothing any of us has done is working. I know that millions of people have killed each other and died over their religious beliefs. I know for a fact that any government up to this point has not been able to bring peace to the world or anything close. I know for a fact that up to this point no prophet, guru, method or set of rules has worked. In knowing these facts, in knowing that none of these things has worked its logical to me not to repeat these same ways of living… obviously!

I have to be a light unto myself and so do you. Lets not judge one another, lets not point fingers as to who is to blame let us all just come to the agreement that nothing up to this point has worked.

If we can all of us agree that nothing has worked up to this point, no system of governing, no religion, etc. If we can agree on this then perhaps we will all realize what not to do from now on.

I implore you all to set aside your prayers, your nations, your flags, your books, your beliefs, your ignoring and change. We’re not talking about the kind of change that has been plastered all over political billboards and magazines, we’re not talking about change and hope for tomorrow… we’re talking about change right now this very instance.

This problem of the world is very serious its an emergency only we’re treating it like its not. We act as if we really believe our newly elected president is going to make a bit of real change in the world.

We’re pretending like we don’t have a voice. We do have a voice and it has nothing to do with casting a vote, it has nothing to do with going to a presidential inauguration but it has EVERYTHING to do with you as an individual. It has to do with what you are going to do today not tomorrow.

Let us leave the stupid mind behind America, let us change each one of us from within and let us then change the world.

Peace and truth,

~ Echo