Did you know – since 1816, there hasn’t been a single year without War in the world.
This is serious and this is HUGE.
But how can this have anything to do with us?
Does it affect us because it is not on our doorstep?
Why do we care if it is out there in another part of the world?
Let us start with the definition of War from the Oxford English Dictionary
State of armed conflict between different countries or different groups within a country.
State of competition, conflict or hostility.
Sustained campaign against something undesirable.
If we bring it back to us, the individual living everyday – could it be possible that we do have an internal “state of competition, conflict or hostility”?
Could it be possible we have a “sustained campaign against something undesirable” going on inside us every day?
Could it be possible that we feel like there is a “state of armed conflict between different groups” going on internally for us?
Could it be possible that this internal state leaves us feeling anxious all the time?
Could this anxious alert state become an unsettled feeling in our body every single day?
Whilst these questions may seem to have no relevance to the seriousness of what is going on in our world today, is it possible that if we took a moment to stop and ask questions about the War inside us, we may just see the internal state of how we are truly living?
Should we be asking the following questions?
Where is the War inside us?
Why are we fighting?
Who are we fighting?
What are we fighting?
How are we fighting?
When are we going to stop the conflict inside us?
Most of us at some point in our life have some sort of internal battle going on and it could be minor or it could be big and affecting others.
- Is it possible we are fighting with our relationship to food?
- Is it possible we are in conflict with our family?
- Is it possible we are in a battle with our kids, neighbours or the systems out there?
Could it be possible we are at War with our true self?
Could it be possible that we are in a constant state of tension, which we have created because we choose not to listen to our body?
Could it be possible that the internal War in us never seems to take a break because there is always something else on the agenda?
Could it be possible that our inner conflict is the root cause of the external conflict we see in our world today?
Imagine living in a body, which has a constant tension and is in ‘fight, flight or freeze’ mode all the time.
Imagine what our internal organs have to deal with to cope with this type of demand daily?
Could it be possible that we do have a sustained campaign going on everyday inside us with different things?
For example, you want to give up smoking, alcohol or lose weight because you know it is making you ill and the frustration of not being able to deal with all of this is a constant daily battle + the frustration gives you headaches, so now you got another thing to battle with on your list.
Could it be possible that all our conflicts with other people are really about us not dealing with our own deep hurts?
We do have the Absolute Power and Authority to end the War inside us by simply making choices that end the conflict inside us.
The War ended inside me the day I started to take Responsibility for all of my choices and how I was living every day and making sure I stopped the harm to myself first and then to others.
What I now have is a constant state of steadiness that allows me to deal with any conflict that comes up and take the necessary action.
Example – if someone presses my buttons, I will go for a walk and in that movement track back what was it that really disturbed me or what the feeling was that got triggered. I get a reality check of what it is by being honest with myself and then I have a choice – deal with it and move on or hold the tension in my body as it sure is not going to go away until I sort it out.
Could it be possible that if we all did our bit by ending the War inside us, then it would on some level have an effect on our world? Could this be the answer to all Wars?
We all know basic physics say that the tiny micro does affect the big macro on some level so could this be the answer?
Could it be that simple?
(2010, March). The Correlates of War Project