Yesterday’s first discussion on THE NONVIOLENT LIFE by John Dear brought about some strong realizations:
We are not separate individuals with MY will and YOUR will; rather we are all IN the Will of God. The energy of all proceeds from ONE SOURCE so we can’t separate from one another. I’m seeing so partially, narrowly to think of myself apart from everyone else and to think of only the gifts and limits of this or that individual self. I am ONE with and this oneness means I share in ALL the strengths and gifts and limitations of the other person. The seeds, the weavings are in and through all of us at the same time. Your strengths are my strengths because we are ONE. Your sorrows and incompleteness are mine too. We are ONE and are meant to share so intimately and completely with each other so that we all become whole and free and full of life and love. With this acceptance of this truth we are strong beyond imagining and we can accomplish almost anything. To fully realize this truth is to be totally nonviolent and loving. We are called to accept this truth.