Grasshopper: Master, why do people attack each other?
Master: Because they fear that another will make them do something that they don’t want to do.
Grasshopper: And why would they fear that someone else would make them do something that they wouldn’t want to do?
Master: Because they live outside of themselves and don’t know their own power.
Grasshopper: And what power do they have, Master?
Master: The power to choose their actions and behaviors.
Grasshopper: If they don’t know their own power, then why do they attack another? Shouldn’t they be feeling some power within in order to attack?
Master: As with the day and night,there are two aspects of each day; the time where most things are seen and the time where some things are hidden.
Grasshopper: I don’t understand, Master.
Master: During the day the bright light reveals our reality and casts shadows where some things are hidden. During the night the darkness subdues reality and hides what is normally seen.
Grasshopper: And what does this have to do with power, Master?
Master: We experience a sense of power when we can clearly see the direction in which we are going because we know where we are headed; when we cannot clearly see we become unsure of our direction and react in fear to what is unknown.
Grasshopper: Then why do we react with fear?
Master: Because we do not know our own power; if we did, then we would clearly see our end result and know that whether our path was well lit or not, that we would arrive at our destination safely.
Grasshopper: How then, Master do we come to a sense of our own power?
Master: We choose to act as if what we seek is in fact, reality. We choose our own conclusion, accept it as real and allow it to happen.
Grasshopper: Then Master, we must believe what is not real in order to make it become real?
Master: Our beliefs are the starting point of what we do and what we don’t do. Our beliefs must be let go in order to completely trust in the result we seek. Faith in the worthiness of oneself, trust in the Infinite Spirit and allowance of Divine blessings are what creates reality.
Grasshopper: But Master, if we do not do this, is this why we attack another?
Master: We attack others because we choose to fear what they are saying or doing and that it will somehow affect our own survival. It is because we do not understand our own power to be able to create our reality; it is not what others do, it is what we do or do not.
Grasshopper: Yes, Master; so if we understand our own power, we need to act and behavein accordance with that power?
Master: Yes, Grasshopper; we need to do what we know and do not what we don’t know.
Grasshopper: And our understanding of our power makes this happen, Master?
Master: As anger is the power that unleashes hate, joy in the understanding of peace is the power that unleashes love.
Grasshopper: And what is anger, Master?
Master: Anger is the power that arises from the feeling of not being treated fairly and hating that this condition exists.
Grasshopper: Then, what is joy, Master?
Master: Joy is the power that arises from the feeling of peace and loving is the result of that feeling.
Grasshopper: So, if one attacks another, it is from their not being able to feel their own power and not being able to see clearly what they are seeking?
Grasshopper: And if one is joyous, it is because they have experienced peace and are able to see clearly what they are seeking?
Master: Yes. Anger is the result of seeing and feeling only darkness in the light and joy is the result of seeing and feeling only light in the darkness.
Grasshopper: Then Master, if we choose to see the good in others then we would not feel that we need to attack them?
Grasshopper: And if we see the evil in others then we would feel the need to attack them?
Master: Only if we give our power away to them because of our fear is greater than our joy.
Grasshopper: Then understanding our power and retaining it is the reason we won’t attack another and fear is the reason we do?
Master: Fear is what keeps us from peace and anger is what keeps us from love. Fear not and understand that all that unfolds is for the purpose of the growth and expansion of all. When you attack another you are attacking yourself. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)