Sowing Seeds of Nonviolence Part Two 12-23-2017

Prayer, absorbing the values of the Gospel, and understanding Jesus according to the Alexandrian mystics (Alexandrian Fathers), heals the divide. These practices make us less likely to scapegoat others. They make us more likely to see the enemy within, instead of labeling an enemy “out there.”

These practices open us to the paradoxical and multi-dimensional quality of human beings and their circumstances. These practices leave us open to ambiguity and to living the questions. These practices ground and stabilize the law of love (Mark 12:30-31). The monks of the Egyptian desert from the third century on knew this. It’s time we understand it too.

The combined strategy of the Alexandrian mystics empowers us to “live in that life and power that takes away the occasion for all wars,” as George Fox puts it. A supple mind not prone to taking sides, to quick-fixes, and to unilateral absolutist certainties is fertile for nonviolence.

Creative tension is the language of mysticism and nonviolence, not gridlock and “us against them.” And no matter what flaming arrows may assail us in this life, spiritual practice is our refuge and our source of strength.

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