by Aaron Landman
Throughout this teaching, we have all heard the use of the phrase ‘war of beliefs’ in context to our own evolution. The war becomes apparent when we first see how we are using our attention. Whatever gets our attention wins, so we must make conscious choices.
I remember a time where every choice was a deliberation, a permanent and unchangeable decision. There was no flexibility or fluidity in this process. When I look back on that beautiful time, I can see that every argument and belief was valid. I had learned a point of view from my family that I believed. I learned points of view from friends that I believed. I learned points of view from great masters, including myself, that I believed. But during that time I felt the battle between one point of view and another.
At the time, I called what I was doing loyalty. And I laugh out loud when I write this, because that is how wars begin. I wanted to protect the safety of my relationships so much that I was willing to disregard the instinct to constantly recreate myself. There was a pledge of allegiance to so many points of view, and when there is an allegiance to ideas that conflict with each other we resist making a choice.
And is all that really loyalty? When all the beliefs we have about ourselves and the world are suspended – even just for a brief moment – there is pure awareness. I call it an awareness that is aware of itself. Life can experience itself through each of us – through a pair of eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and a beautiful body. We are miracles in form and expression. Knowing that, we can begin to see what loyalty really is.
Loyalty is the cry of I am. I am loyal to what I am. There is an allegiance there to the truth, where every word, idea, concept, and symbol is at our command. We are the commanders. I am the commander of my world, my dream, my choices.
I am faith itself and all my thoughts are in service to me.
This is not the kind of power that comes with stripes and medals, but rather a powerful loyalty to truth – when all thoughts agree with each other because we are the shining light that attracts symbols in service to us, to life.