The Family

by Jack Barnard

"Adversity introduces us to ourselves."
George Bush, 9/14/01

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The Movie

This is a bad dramatic movie with too many themes.

1) The Islamic Terrorists are out to get us.

2) Bin Laden wants the US to bomb Afghanistan, to line up the Islamic countries against the rest of the world.

3) This is payback for America's manipulation in the world, especially the Mideast.

4) This is a master conspiracy of the "shadow government." (Or the Military/Industrial complex, or the Illuminati, or the Tri-Lateral Commission, whatever.) Bin Laden is just a puppet. The "shadow government" is the puppeteer, and they need war and further surrender of our freedoms to stay in control. (The "War Against America" certainly plays into the hands of the conspiracy buffs. This is exactly the scenario they've been predicting. Wag the Dog, and while you're at it, teach him to lay down and play dead.)

5) This is about patriotism, Americans standing up to be counted, closing the gate behind us. (Of course, the limitation of this scenario is that America is the nation of all nations. We are fundamentally Jewish, Christian, Moslem, Afghanistan, Armenian, Hungarian, Irish, English, French, German, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Argentinean, Mexican. To pick out any particular ethnic group and go to war with it is like being at war with your foot.)

"Be the change you want to be in the world." -Gandhi

Us versus Them

We're barely scratching the surface of cinematic possibility but what these scenarios have in common is an "Us" versus "Them" consciousness. I think the operable point is that it doesn't matter who the "Them" is -- more than likely we'll never know for sure -- it matters who the "Us" is. As I see it, "Us" includes "Them" -- no matter who they are -- but they don't need to know it. Those of us who do know it just need to raise the bar of consciousness high enough and hold out our arms wide enough to include all the players.

Yes there is a fundamental rift between the ultra-modern Western World's cocktail of freedom, materialism, and willfulness and the seemingly extreme, rigid principles of fundamental Islam.
If we were a family -- and we are -- we would find a way to heal this rift.

i remember now
once we were a family
we didn't always get along
we didn't believe the same things
but we were a family
and we found a way to work it out
i remember now

Opportunity of a Lifetime

Regardless of what we say we do for a living, a helluva lot of us have been preparing for this event. We've been practicing the principles, reading the books, singing the songs, recognizing the unity in all things, mouthing the Majestic words: "We Are One." We've been waiting for this moment. Yes it's horrendous, it's tragic, it's an affront to everything decent.

And it's also an amazing, cosmic, transcendental, transformational opening--a hole in our collective consciousness that can be filled with more fear, revenge, hated and separation--or forgiveness, compassion and profound understanding.
In the game of good and evil, how else could a breakthrough like this take shape? This is the way that human beings create quantum shifts. This is the way we "remember." We are a family, and the family finds a way to work things out.

If We are One, there is no Us!

some of our brothers and sisters traveled far away
and by the time we saw each other again
we didn't seem to have that much in common
but we knew we were family
so our differences just made our coming together
all that more interesting
when we sat in the circle and talked
and really listened to each other
the differences didn't mean that much

The Timing

For those of us who have been practicing, practicing is over, this is our time. Beyond the rhetoric, beyond the theory, step up and be the principles. I say there are two questions to ask ourselves:

1) As an individual, what do "I" truly believe works? Then,

2) What kind of influence do "we" have?

We've been preparing for War. Well, War has been declared. But if we have anything to say about it, this will not (only) be a War fought on distant battlefields by nineteen year-olds. This is the War within all of us. This is about healing the fear, the judgment, the terrorist in all of us.

It's time to get clear about what we really believe works, beyond the rhetoric. This is a shamanic event. This is the opportunity of our lifetime to bring together any separation that still lurks within.
In the heart, there are no enemies, and an intention aligned around that awareness will take care of that.

we found out that what we had in common
far outweighed the rest

Critical Mass

If you know the code, step up, spread the word. This is the time, this is the work. Hold the image of miraculous conception within yourself. Those are the seeds, sprinkle them with the water of love. Then express it to the people in your network. And encourage them to express it to their networks. Create a critical mass.

What possible scenario could blossom out of this catastrophe? Hold fast to that scenario. The details, the way we get there, aren't important, the outcome is. We are a family trying to come back together.

we all loved to tell stories
we loved to laugh
we were proud of our children

We will be challenged, we are challenged right now to hold true to what we believe. Don't let fear, despair, doubt cloud your thoughts. Hold tight to the image of unity, peace, forgiveness.

we were in awe of nature
we were amazed at the majesty of a tree
or the beauty of a flower
we loved sunsets and full moons and shooting stars

If you know any Muslims, Syrians, Afghans, Iranians, Iraqis, reach out! Give them some solace. They've done nothing wrong. They are "Us." They're part of the family. Hate crimes are on the rise, they have to be afraid right now, it must be harrowing.

we wanted to be free to live our lives
the way we chose to
we didn't like to be judged

Form Councils

Join with like-minded people, light-bearers who can see this for what it is: the Grand Opportunity to put into action the high-minded principles that we've been thinking about, talking about, chanting about, praying about.

we believed in some sort of higher power
although each of us called it by a different name

most of all, we wanted to love and be loved

The power of "Them" is so strong, no matter who we think "They" are, we cannot fight them on their battleground. We would be annihilated. What we can do is wrap "Them" back into "Us" (which not only includes the terrorists, but Jerry Falwell, Rush Limbaugh and the war mongers) and accelerate our process. How does it work here? Does the alignment of like-minded souls really have power? How much power? Enough to pierce the veil of hate, revenge, retaliation, control, manipulation? Enough to create an outcome of peace, forgiveness and understanding? Yes you say? Then we're off and running.

i remember now
we were a family
so we found a way to act like one
i remember now


THE FAMILY

i remember now
once we were a family
we didn't always get along
we didn't believe the same things
but we were a family
and we found a way to work it out
i remember now

some of our brothers and sisters traveled far away
and by the time we saw each other again
we didn't seem to have that much in common
but we knew we were family
so our differences just made our coming together
all that more interesting
when we sat in the circle and talked
and really listened to each other
the differences didn't mean that much

we found out that what we had in common
far outweighed the rest

we all loved to tell stories
we loved to laugh
we were proud of our children
we were in awe of nature
we were amazed at the majesty of a tree
or the beauty of a flower
we loved sunsets and full moons and shooting stars

we wanted to be free to live our lives the way we chose to
we didn't like to be judged

we believed in some sort of higher power
although each of us called it by a different name

most of all, we wanted to love and be loved

i remember now
we were a family
so we found a way to act like one
i remember now.

© 2001 Jack Barnard
Reprinted with permission




Jack Barnard
oobidoobi13@msn.com


 

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