The present war with Moslem terrorists has all the earmarks of guidance by sophisticated Russian psycho political warfare experts.
The battle against terrorism both foreign and domestic is a conflict between good and evil. People are cruel and warlike for two reasons. They either have selfish agendas, or they are helpless victims creating other helpless victims—programmed to compulsively do unto others as was done unto them. Either way, you are dealing with an evil that has taken up residence in the person. Overreacting with resentment and anger will only cause you to embrace the very thing you are trying to resist.
The enemy we are fighting is not a person, but one or more spirits. For this reason, we must be very mindful how we react to their assortment of outrageous injustices. It is true that we should oppose evil, which is to say, reject it. In order to reject it, we must be careful not to resent the person in whom the poison dwells. The reason is subtle, in that from one root springs forth endless branches of suffering. By resenting (becoming upset with) a being made in the image of God, you are unknowingly tricked into rejecting the Creator spirit within you—and this causes conflict and confusion.
Evil, operating through its human conduit, tempts you to hate the person. When you take the bait and hate the person, you become divorced from the ground of your own true being. This in turn opens you to penetration. It is impossible to reject evil by hating the person, because you end up embracing it.
By hating the person, you open yourself to the spirit’s evil agenda, both personal and political. This is because you are responding to its will when you resent, and so separating from the source of good within you by which means evil might have been overcome.
Evil acts through human agency, just as God does. Unlike God in his Divine goodness, evil must infect and so possess the created form in order to act through it by means of some kind of subversion and trickery. Mindless terror, violence, cruelty and deliberate injustice are effective tease offerings—such teases strongly tempt you to resent and puff up in judgment. When you do that, you fall away from that firm ground of original being—from which root might have sprung the all triumphant good.
Through successive traumas and seductions, the resident malevolent force operating within your oppressor, penetrates your defenseless soul, slowly but surely reprogramming it to do its will on earth as it is in hell. It makes a home in you.
Drugs, alcohol or whatever it is you use to calm your tormented nerves, mask the symptoms of a struggle for freedom you cannot win until you discover the truth that will set you free. And that truth is simply discovering the secret of patient response that is no response of any kind at all. Anger and fear are symptoms that you are not in your nonresentful, nonresponsive center—that you have descended to where you are reacting to the adversary spirit in such a way that it can penetrate and take up residence within you, and then act upon others through you.
So you see, the real enemy is never a person, but a spirit acting through the person—who has been overcome as a helpless change agent.
Some of your enemies are pathologically wicked, and take perverse pleasure in causing suffering—but others (such as yourself, most likely) are traumatically programmed, unable to control their behavior. Considering that you cannot tell them apart, you must treat them alike. Patient (i.e., nonresentful) endurance is the perfect defense and offense for every occasion. Even if your patience does not help free another person from the spirit acting through him or her, that spirit nevertheless cannot infect or hurt you.
There is no need to win this war against evil that dwells in the hearts of men and women—just don't lose by responding and thus being drawn into its game. By this I mean do not give way to resentment and anger, not losing your cool. Forbear to give way to rage because anger and fear-based doubt are two sides of the same coin. Never intimidate or be intimidated and you will confound the savage beast.
Never forget that you actually embolden bullies when you become resentful, angry, annoyed, aggravated, upset and irritated. Do not be surprised if bullies initially react to your calm patience with escalating fierceness—hoping to tempt you to resent and thus become their prey by simply acting worse than they did initially. Hold steady in the face of that escalation-reaction to your non-reaction—and they will feel as though they have hit a brick wall. And so instead of the bad in them penetrating you, the good in you will penetrate their evil and give them a severe case of psychic indigestion—and perchance help them. Bullies are empowered only when you lose your cool, but they feel threatened when as you refuse to play their game.
Lacking in grace, predatory power comes only through frightening their prey with fierce look and a display of roaring rage. But when such glaring hate backfires, it changes to fear—as it might with you—making them feel puzzled and often respectful. Either way you control the outcome.
The reason why Muslim terrorists hate Americans is because their upbringing of hate causes deep fear. An appeasing America emboldens the warlike savage. They are trying to overcome their terrible fears with degrading hatred, something you are familiar with in your personal struggles with cruelty. For what it is worth, faith-based courage is not always polite.
This war whereof I speak is required the final battle between good and evil. Americans who through faith are neither hate-driven nor fear-driven will win the day.
Overreaction or the new normal of under reaction (your fearful servitude and appeasement)—will surely be the downfall of the United States. True faith is essential to prevent another Dark Age.
If we are all wise and God-centered, there will be a different outcome. The terrorists must overcome their fear by hating us more hoping to terrify us into submission. But this tactic will be doomed to fail if it is met by our indomitable strength of character that never loses its cool.
But remember this well: this enemy has an evil agenda, so there must be neither negotiation nor any mercy of any kind. They cannot tolerate peace because the only way that know how to conquering their fear is by magnifying ours.
Therefore let us find grace and moral fortitude to end them long before they annihilate us. We must not wait for them to decimate our population. Such hesitation is a sure sign of weakness.
For if we overcome others with hatred, then we will have become what we hated—the king is dead long live the king.
God will deliver enemies to us, but not before we have attained the appropriate stature which will enable not our own judgment but God's to prevail.
Our enemies are now trying to frighten us with weapons of mass disruption. Warren Rudman, former Republican Sen. predicted what is happening today 50 years ago.
He reminded the public on Fox News that we had better do a better job of protecting our borders; otherwise we shall have havoc here in the USA. Drugs are now the least of our concerns. Open borders, and legal immigration has been a tactic of war by our elected political betrayers. Liberals set us up to fall for socialism, and were surprised when Moslem terrorists got into the act.
Politicians are continuously reassuring us that America need not worry about this war against terrorism, because, they say, we are strong in our values. On the contrary, if we were strong in values we would always have been vigilant—and our enemies would not have become so dangerously emboldened.
Obedience is the result of force. As far back as we can go in history, we discover that obedience to a new ruler has come about entirely through the exercise of greater force on the part of those new rulers than was exercised by the old one. A population overridden and conquered by war is obedient to its Conqueror because its conqueror has exerted more force.
Force comes in many forms. One of them is brutality. The most barbaric, unrestrained, brutal use of terror if carried far enough evokes obedience. Savage force, sufficiently long deployed against any individual or nation, will bring about affection for and submission to any principle or order. Force is the antithesis of humanizing action. It is so synonymous in the human mind with evil that it is only necessary to display an inhuman attitude to a demoralized populace, to be granted their loyalties.
Any political or religious organization that has the spirit to display inhumanity, savagery, brutality and an uncompromising lack of humanity will be obeyed. A skillful use of intimidation is the secret ingredient of power.
If you will have obedience you must have no compromise with people. If you would have obedience, you must make it clearly understood that you shall have no mercy. For a demoralized man is a characterless animal, he understands in the final analysis, only those things that a brute understands. Thus do our adversaries perceive us.
It is a dangerous folly to believe that one can turn negative angry energy into the “compassion of love” (something positive) instead of revenge. You see there are two absolutely opposing versions of loving one’s enemy. In the purest spiritual sense, love your enemy means to forbear to respond with resentment, hatred and rage and then do what you must. When you forbear to hate, you are in the purest sense unmasking, and thus rejecting, evil by revealing where your loyalties lie. You must see how threatening it is from the adversary’s point of view when they find you not lacking in faith. Whatever faith they think they have, comes from the victory of robbing you of yours.
Your love of good is tantamount to rejection of evil, therefore, and so not being in agreement, that rejection is felt as hatred. You have experienced this kind of thing in America. If you believe that homosexuality is a perversion then you are a homophobic.
Responding with hostility, and emotional overreaction—merely separates you from the internal ground from which good might spring and by which evil might be overcome. As the result, feelings of guilt awaken a perverse affection for the abuser, a form of submission and slavery that passes for love and loyalty. This phenomenon is called the Stockholm syndrome. Failing to truly love the enemy (which is to say stand firm and calm in the face of torment) always empowers the tormentor—even your body’s immune system can rise up against you.
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When sufficient inhumanity and brutality is displayed, the shock of trauma converts the loyalty of the victim to the terrorist. This is not the sort of “love your enemy” that Jesus had in mind, and it is not kind of “love your enemy” that shaped American history.
The consequences of not having tough love for your enemy will cause many to become extremists: extremely sick, extremely confused, extremely confusing, extremely rebellious, extremely conforming, extremely religious, extremely anti-religious, extremely good, extremely bad; what is your extreme?
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Roy Masters who in his 80s continues to broadcast the longest-running counseling show in talk radio history, his internationally syndicated daily radio program Advice Line, grew up in pre-WWII England. He started his journey toward understanding human nature when as a teen he saw a stage hypnotist at a vaudeville show in Brighton. The hypnotist easily put volunteer subjects in a spell and made them do outlandish things, like dancing with a broom and forgetting their own names.
Puzzled by the hypnotist's mysterious power, Roy distinctly remembers pondering the question: "Why can't hypnotism be used to make people act sensibly, rather than foolishly?" Inspired by the idea of harnessing this baffling force for good, he later pursued the art of hypnotism and established a successful hypnotherapy practice.
After several years of practice, Masters made his central and pivotal discovery about the root of people's emotional problems, addictions and complexes. He realized that people did not need hypnosis, because their core problem was that they are already hypnotized not by a clever stage performer, but by the stresses, pressures and seductions of daily life.
He used his knowledge to discover a way to help us become de-hypnotized, and discovered that the root of the power of negative suggestion lay in our wrong emotional response, that of resentment. Masters' remarkably effective exercise, a simple observation technique called Be Still and Know is at the core of his unmatched track record in helping people overcome even the most serious mental-emotional problems, and is the centerpiece of a successful program within the U.S. military community (Patriot Outreach) that is helping thousands of military personnel and their families cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).