Spiritual and relationship expert, teacher, counselor, advisor, speaker, and writer James Gray Robinson


I have tried my best to stay out of the political rhetoric lighting up the media and social media over the terrorism racking our world. It seems that the illusion of separation has consumed us. Once again the ancient battle lines of the Middle East are spreading over the world and threatening us all. Or so it seems. We seem to forget that all Christians and Muslims come from the same forefather Abraham. And yet our family has become hateful, vengeful and deadly.

When you read about all of the recent atrocities committed by radical Muslims against men, women and children, we cringe. But we have short memories. The crusades and the Inquisition make today’s atrocities seem like moon shadows to the bright horrors of not long ago. Those who claim Christianity is the salvation of the world forget that their legacy is torture, death and persecution.

Karma is what it is. Many people don’t believe in karma, they think everything is random. Personally, I don’t think anything is random, life is the end result of events and behaviors we committed before the grace of amnesia fell upon us. If anyone wished to point a finger at the Muslims, they must look at the three fingers pointing back at us. We are so fickle, humans are. We hate and hate and hate and act surprised when people hate us back.

But truly, what is at the bottom of this endless cycle of pain and suffering? It is the illusion of separation. You don’t have to understand the ultimate truth that we are all God, but we better understand that we will reap what we sow. Consider a multi-celled being the size of the known universe. Stars are brain cells, planets are the muscles, nerves and skeletons of this huge being. In fact, interstellar photographs of far off galaxies look eerily like brain synapses. We think that when we hurt someone else, we don’t hurt us. Wrong.

I have travelled the world many times. I have seen more insanity by spiritual people than anyone else. I went to Bethlehem in 2008 for Christmas Eve and was totally surprised that it was only a mile or two from Jerusalem. I was even more surprised that the Israelis had built a 20 foot high wall between Bethlehem and Jerusalem purportedly to keep the Palestinians out of Israel. Before the Israelites built the wall, there was about 80% Christian living in Bethlehem. After they built the wall, there is about 80% Muslims in Bethlehem. Oops.

I went on a bus tour to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. The tour guide was Muslim. When we got to Bethlehem it was madness. I have never seen so many automatic weapons in my life. The Archbishop of Jerusalem (the #2 guy in Roman Catholic Church), the Secretary of the UN and the ambassador of Syria was there. Jesus. So we go into the cathedral to see the grotto (manger) and the Muslim guide told us specifically to say out of the sanctuary because if we went in we would not be allowed out until 1am. So of course some of the Christians went in there and were trapped.

Needless to say the other Christians on the bus were not happy because we were supposed to leave to go back to Jerusalem at 11pm. We had to wait two hours for the other Christians to get out of the sanctuary. While we were on the bus the Christians were demanding the Muslim tour guide to leave the Christians stuck in the sanctuary. He looked at me (we had struck up a conversation several times that afternoon) as to ask what should he do. I told him under no circumstances were we to leave those people behind. He asked me, I am a Muslim, and I would never leave my people. Why are you Christians so hateful? I said “those people are assholes; we aren’t leaving”. For God’s sake, leave your family behind a twenty-foot wall???

The Muslims are not the enemy. We are the enemy. Our negative emotions are the enemy. Our illusion of separation is the enemy. We will always have to deal with those who are psychotic and violent. Being a religious person is not threatening. We only feel threatened because we are so insecure.

When we are ready to embrace each other as one, we can deal with this psychosis. It is not religion or history that is the problem; it is our denial of our oneness. This is not some airy-fairy repetition of fantasy-life or a channeled alien message. This is something I have personally witnessed. We are one.

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