It has happened again. Yet, another suicide attack and this time in Saudi Arabia as Ramadan draws to a close. After weeks of bloodshed during the Muslim holy month, the carnage of lives and terror over the past week alone has been overwhelming to say the least. More than 200 souls left their body by a truck bomb in a crowded Baghdad market, 44 at an airport in Istanbul, Turkey, and 23 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. How are you feeling? Especially if you're not Muslim, or living in the middle of the world? Do you comprehend that any attack on any of God's children is an attack on ourselves?
Moving towards restorative justice isn't so easy when the inner workings of consciousness is complex. The growing interest in restorative justice is an approach to actually heal the soul but few leaders know the power of the inner world of healing. At its heart is the notion that any damage to a human relationship or attack on anyone, must be attended from a spiritual as well as practical approach.
What we must take into consideration is, who is the real terrorist? It's not Islamic fundamentalist, it's the fear in souls. We are called to confront the foundation of our fears and our lack of trust with every thought we have. Fear appears in our lives as a deep anxiety and is the frustrated companion of even deeper hidden and forgotten wounds. Fear is subtle but apparent when we see suicide bombers, abusive relations, aggressive behaviors, and painful misuse of money. So for beginners, are you ready to name your fears? Don't bury your fears and pretend the terrorist does not exist. When we cover up our fears by masking them behind a religion, a race, a country or even a cause, the terrorist force of fear increases.
Steps to help transform the terrorist of Fear;
1. Don't ignore being vulnerable 2. Be open to finding a new way of listening to others3. Be open to sharing what you are feeling4. Look for those who will be honest with you and still accept you5. Look at your fear and say, " Can we be friends?"
It is important that you accept that the terrorist of fear is operating subconsciously inside you. Fear thrives and feeds on its own negativity. If our fears are left unattended, it becomes a cyclical powerful form thus making the terrorist thrive in territories where it can breathe and build itself without being discovered. The best way to fight this terrorist is to not hide your fears. Simply put, do not mask what you are afraid of!
If you are feeling any form of pain--you live in terror. Get it out! That pain is coming from a deep feeling of inadequacy and worthlessness which is fed from being separated from the real self. You can be a King, President, or an impoverished child, fear does not discriminate. It feeds off of pain and hopelessness. When we decide to heal the pain of fear, do not expect it to be a quick fix. Awareness of this fear is only the beginning. Get in touch with recognizing signs of pain and address them immediately. Follow the steps above if you must.
To summarize, keep an eye out for ways to always value the feelings of another child of God over a religious belief, the color of your skin, your nationality, or language. Find ways to celebrate that has nothing to do with who is the chosen or better one. Recognize the common ground with each other instead of thinking what material gain can I get from this. When we experience the Light of God, the terrorist called Fear is so scared of that Light, that it will exit your system. Ask yourselves, how deep is your faith? Your faith will gain strength based on your waves of healing, acceptance, love, and your power to forgive not just others but yourself.