Growing up non-violent in a fear based society is no easy task, so by nature I put up and shut up about the foolishness and idiocy I have been privileged to witness in the course of my life. Thus it was with no second thoughts I joined Deepak in his primary intent. What I did not expect were the profound internal experiences which resulted in a very few weeks. This has already gone far beyond good will toward people.
A few days ago I turned on the TV (an infrequent occurrance for me) and there was a movie in progress. The latest Halloween movie. Since I had seen one or two of the earlier movies, I quickly became absorbed in the story line of how it all began. Then came the violence. As I sat there mesmerized, the question came to mind. Why am I watching this? I changed the channel. I had totally lost interest in the story. Good for me huh?
I live in high desert country. Fire ants have all but driven the humans off the land. I have learned not to stand in one spot long or they will find their way up a pantleg and when you move in such a way the cloth puts pressure on them they bite and the pain is greater than that of a bee sting. They will continue biting until they get relief or one pinches them to death under the cloth. But for the past few weeks I have been carefully watching the ground where I walk to avoid stepping on them. It is not easy and I doubt many others bother. But then, many others have not taken a vow of non violence.
The interior of my earth sheltered, owner built, solar home is unfinished and the housekeeping extremely lax. Hence, it is also home to a small assortment of spiders, ants and an occassional lizard. A few weeks ago, I observed a small Black Widow spider setting up housekeeping in my bathroom. I watched in fascination as she worked and as a male I thought had become food, scampered away when she drew near. Later that evening I walked into the bathroom in stocking feet and did not turn on the light but felt something soft underfoot. I went and threw the light switch on to find I had stepped on my new friend and I watched her in her final death throws. I was immediately overwhelmed with a sadness and sense of irresponsibility. This is not normal human behavior I am experiencing. Maybe it should be.
Yesterday, I joined an "enlightened" friend of mine on her back patio and saw a large beetle walking past the rear entry door. My friend was on her way into the house when she saw it. With no hesitation she stepped on it, presumably for the capital offense of criminal tresspass. This behavior saddened me deeply but I bit my tongue and said nothing because I know her fear of invasion is such she is a regular consumer of various plant and animal poisons and professional pest control services. So tell me brothers and sisters, has the vow of non violence had this effect on anyone but me?
When I went to the ANH conference in Barcelona, I did not know how life-changing that experience would be. One of the most remarkable things that happened was when Dr. Deepak Chopra stook up to speak and spontaneously reacted to an idea. His idea has since developed into an intent that is now being realized all over the world. His idea was this: What if we all took a vow of non-violence?
With this vow comes the power to change the world. If enough people commit to non-violence, I believe we will see world peace. Dr. Chopra is working now to reach critical mass with his message, and I fully support him in this. I took the vow at the conference in Barcelona along with roughly 450 other people. Since then my life has changed. My relationships are getting better by the day, my health is soaring and i just simply feel better about myself and my life.
I encourage anyone who reads this to take the vow of non-violence. I also encourage anyone who has a thought, suggestion or comment of any kind to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember always what Gandi said:
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."