Why celebrate independence gained through war?
There was an Independence day yesterday in Finland. 102 years ago Finland gained it’s independence from Russia. There have been wars after this and changes in boarders between the countries, yet Finland have kept it’s status as independent country.
I personally am not following main-stream media at all – almost any media to be totally honest as I want to choose consciously and purposefully myself with what kind of information I feed my mind with – so I’m not even aware of the true magnitude of “keeping mind stuck in the past beliefs and stories reminiscence” of what has been going on in there. It was enough for me that I opened my Facebook yesterday and even that was enough to momentarily get me to a point of total disbelief that this cannot be true, I cannot really live in a planet like this anymore! All of those “Happy Independence day!” and “So happy and grateful as there are many lives sacrificed in war so now we can live “free” in this Independent country.” The cherry on the top had to be that even horses were given a label of honour as “war-heroes”. Let me tell you: Those horses that were sacrificed because of human ignorance and detachment of their own heart and being are not war-heroes. They are just part of those precious lives sacrificied due to human ignorance and detachment from their heart’s wisdom. Same goes for all of those precious lives that were and still are sacrificied due to the same reasons. And it is not living free as you live in a country that has an army and forces/manipulates in different methods their – OUR (!) – sons to go to army and participate in wars if such was initiated.
My dear grandmother died 2018 at the age of 95. On a year 2017 was the last time that I sat down with her on Finland’s Independence day. It was “the big year” as Finland turned 100-years old. My grandmother had been through war. She participated the war as women were able at that time and was working in a hospital where wounded soldiers were brought. On that day of 100-years celebration she had been given a ribbon as veterans were on that day. As I sat down with her she looked at the ribbon that was placed on her chest and said: “This is what was given from all of that”. Then she started to tell the real story of a war. How her brother never came back from it. How it didn’t matter if it were men, women or children if a “desant” (a man dropped from a plane to the enemy territory to do destruction) got to a village; he would kill them all. She told how one of them was dropped to their village yet they heard the plane and were able to catch that man before he got to the village. The “desant’s” life was taken afterwards. She told how men who could not tolerate this life-destruction and killing and left the war-field were caught up and killed by “their own” as a punishment of their “bad behaviour”. She also told how one man in her village got through war but was so traumatized that he could not get over it. He killed himself in the middle of the dinner table as he cut his throat in front of his family. As she finished telling this side of a war-story she summed up: “war represents such insanity that no human should never have to go through it! No one, not even the “worst enemy”!” She paused for a second and then she ended that if she got to choose now: “I wouldn’t participate war anymore.” The wisdom of the heart was talking now loud and clear and she would not give her support anymore in any way to such life-destroying insanity.
Another example how the wisdom of the heart talks around this topic happened also few of years ago. My son was then about eight years old as he started to ask me repeatedly if he had to go to army. I thought it was quite interesting that a child of that age was thinking such a topic as it had not been a topic in any discussions anywhere at least that I knew about it. I always just answered him that he did not have to go to army, that there is non-military service option in Finland nowadays and by the time that he has to make that choice there can happen a lot of evolution, so we do not have to worry about this now. (As a side remark: the non-military service option is made a lot longer than minimum military service option). Yet that topic kept haunting him. It was about couple of months as he repeatedly came back to me with that question and I always gave him the same answer. Finally one day, he was sitting at the kitchen table silently and staring to the distance. Suddenly he said: “Mom. There is no sense in army.” “Ok, why do you think so?” I replied and he said: “Because the idea of the army is to teach people how to kill other people. There is no sense in that.” Tears got into my eyes as I hugged my child with such a huge heart full of wisdom beating loud and clear within his chest. Child able to hear the wisdom of the heart as majority of the adults are just blindly following beliefs, rules and traditions that are for many parts designed to kill and destroy life. As he got that out of his chest – and I guess he felt he was heard – this topic stopped haunting him.
Destroying and sacrificing lives does not end in war only. I personally have been depressed twice. One of the main reasons for my depression was that I felt that I lived in a world of total insanity. People just doing all kinds of things without any true idea that why they are doing what they are doing. Like going to work, army, war, worshiping war heroes, paying bills, taxes, voting, doing this and that without ever pausing and questioning why? The state of life in our planet has been for years alarming. There is so much suffering and distruction and it seemed to me that people are just continuing singing the same songs (that have got us to that mess) without pausing and questioning. Year after year wishing “happy Independence day” and going to see “Independence day parade” where tanks are rolling on the streets and people find it somehow honourable. (Simultaniously saying I am for peace. It does not work that way. Belief in war creates war, not peace). Yet I never told anyone how I truly felt, because I felt that I would be thought to be crazy and ignored or attacked. Without my precious children I would have taken an exit-route from this world already, and there are way too many people who have done that and way too many people who are at this moment considering doing that! There are way too many people who are taking drugs and alcohol because they can’t live sober in our current world so they just numb themselves and wait for slow death to rescue them.
Yet that is not the way to go! First of all, we cannot just keep dumbing the same pile of life-suffocating and limiting falsehood-patterns from one generation to the next and watch life on this planet being destroyed. Secondly the power and wisdom of the heart and love – the greatest power of all – is strong and wise enough to get us out of our current mess. It was strong enough to wake me up and find answers and tools to get me out of my mess: work through and heal my depression and find a way to be able to live in this world honouring who I truly am, honouring my heart’s truths, and understanding that I really can make a huge difference. And one of the truths that I have realized to be true is that “the problems not faced in this life will be faced in another” (- Seth). Not only as an idea in a teaching but through my own experience of remembering some of my other lives. So know this: I am not suffocating my heart-truths anymore and keeping them hidden because of a life-limiting belief that “someone might get upset” as the truth of the heart might sting life-limiting-patterns of the mind. Those life-limiting beliefs and patterns are meant for demolition and not for hang-on tight worship! Once those life-limiting patterns are demolished from our minds and the wisdom and the truth of the heart is heard and followed, there is NO NEED for NO WAR anymore. NO demolition is ever done anymore in the outside world against other fellow-beings. There is no independence day needed for separate countries with boarders as then we are living as united humanity that considers LIFE to be sacred and the whole planet as their shared home.