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How Many Layers Does This Onion Have?

October 2, 2012

At the beginning of the second Iraq War in 2003, we put out a lawn sign that read, “Peace not War.” No sooner was it in the ground than a man in a pick-up truck driving through the village shouted, “You can’t have peace without war.” The bifurcation of his logic stunned me. Yet I knew he was speaking for a multitude.

If I had a chance, what could I say to change his mind? Nothing…at least not directly about the war. It would have been better to dialogue about the price of gas or how we need the rain. Something quotidian. Chances are that though we couldn’t agree on how peace is best achieved…by having an innocuous dialogue about an unrelated topic, we’d have more sympathy for the other’s point of view on peace no matter how divergent. Because one thing is fairly certain, ultimately the man in the pick-up and I both desire peace. In that, we are of One Mind.

That may be the best we can do while still having a foot in 3-D:  maintaining a polite détente. Or as Ken Wilber, author of what he calls an “integral theory of consciousness” says, “I have one major rule: Everybody is right. More specifically, everybody — including me — has some important pieces of truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace.” (1)

What is the truth of the man in the pick-up truck? Could he be right? What about humanitarian intervention?  No help was sent to stop the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, resulting in the mass murder of 800,000 people. Bill Clinton cites the U.S. lack of decisiveness in responding as the “biggest regret” of his presidency. (2)

In her article, “Carpe Diem — Seize the Astrological Moment” posted on sister site yesterday, Dr. Suzan Caroll/Suzanne Lie states, “In fact, 30 wars are ongoing at this time. When will ‘we the people of Earth’ learn to live in peace? Likely, the answer is — NEVER.” Flinch!

After all, it is called duality. In 3-D, the moment we say we want “peace”…we also create its opposite. Referring to the Law of Attraction, Drunvalo Melchizedek cautions about using our brain to create because it is bicameral. He says that there are roughly 6 1/2 billion people on earth, most of whom indeed want peace.

Even though we might all 6 1/2 billion sit in a prayer circle and pray for peace, we will never get it, he says.  Instead, we’ll get half peace and half war…as long as we are trying to create from our brain. The real secret to the Law of Attraction, according to him, is creating from the upper heart — the second of two heart chakras — located 7.2 cm above our physical heart.  This upper heart is the seat of the emotional body and connected to the right brain. This is where unconditional love resides. (3) I like to think of creating from the upper heart as the Will of God.

In her TED Talk, “How It Feels to Have a Stroke,” Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor brings a real brain onstage. And the chasm between right and left hemisphere is breathtaking. (4) East and West. Progressive and conservative. No wonder a man can say with forked tongue, “You can’t have peace without war.”  Or similarly as I heard someone say once, “I am willing to give up some civil liberties for freedom.”

All of this becomes moot when we ascend out of 3-D duality and into the fifth dimension, 5-D, around the end of the Mayan calendar in December, 2012. But for the sake of argument, how would one go about living in peace on earth sooner rather than later?

In her groundbreaking work using original technology developed herself — which she calls No Label No Lies — Cathy Eck states,“Fighting war is just another war. That doesn’t mean we can’t change the world and realize the end of war that we seek.” To accomplish this, she insists:

“We must continue to let go of our own beliefs. We have to look for remnants of false concepts and paradigms within us that preclude the end of war. We have  to look for the beliefs we hold in mind that deny our powerful, unconditionally loving, and joyous Selves; and release those beliefs. We have to look for the places we suffer or struggle and eliminate the causal beliefs in our minds. We must remember that if we are seeing war in the world, we still have some left inside of us.” [italics mine] (5)

This is similar to what Jesus says in A Course in Miracles as channeled and edited by Helen Schucman. Under the heading, “The Obstacles to Peace,” He says:

“The first obstacle that peace must flow across is your desire to get rid of it. for it cannot extend unless you keep it. You are the center from which it radiates  outward, to call the others in. […] Peace could no more depart from you than from God.” (6)

Achieving world peace? Just keep peeling back the onion of entrenched judgement, fear, obligation, duty, punishment, reward, and shame. Beliefs co-opted from parents, teachers, society. I couldn’t broach the subject of peace with the man in the pick-up truck, but I don’t have to. I just need to continue letting go of false beliefs, such as I’m right and he’s wrong.


(1) Retrieved October 1, 2012 from

(2) Retrieved October 1, 2012 from

(3) “2012 The Prophecies from The Heart 7-8.” (September 20, 2009). [Video File]. Retrieved from

(4) “How It Feels to Have a Stroke.” (March 13, 2008). [Video File] Retrieved from

(5) Eck, Cathy, Ph.D. “Is the End of War Possible?” Retrieved October 1, 2012 from

(6) A Course in Miracles.


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