John and Yoko’s very popular Christmas anthem “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” has the refrain:
“A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it”
and ends with the words:
“War is over now”.
This is my wish for you and yours. I especially like the reminder that “War is over, if you want it. War is over now”. This has more to say than the usual meaning of the word “war”, and includes all fighting, whether with a supposed enemy, with any others or with one’s self. Anyway, war with others always boils down to war with one’s self first. War is over, if you want it.
We may struggle all year with ourselves, with others and with stress, overwork, exhaustion, pain, insecurity and so on, and at Christmas this somehow seems to be heightened. Everything conspires to exacerbate what it is you already feel. This is why many people dread the approach of Christmas.
But you don’t need to feel that way. War is over if you want it. You are in charge of how you feel, or you certainly are “if you want it”. Your consciousness is the source of your entire experience in life. What you expect, how you think, how you react, how you are, is exactly what you get back from the world at large.
You may feel that it is not quite as cut and dried as that, but if you go to the very essence of your human self, you will find that on balance, yes, your life is pretty much what you put into it. War is over, if you want it. But do you want it?
Governments don’t want to stop war because there is money in war. There is employment in war. There is power in war. There is pride in war.
Which wars don’t you want to stop – because you have vested interests, be it money, something to do, power, pride or whatever else is your benefit from that war? There are always what are called secondary gains in actions and non-actions. These are the hidden benefits in keeping up the war. Mind you, are they really benefits?
So whatever you feel about Christmas this year is a heightened sense of what you feel about life the rest of the year. Your experience is just enhanced. So rejoice in that! Christmas offers clarity. If you are joyful and full of love, know that this is your reality bubbling forth. If you are generous and giving, this is your reality. However if you are sad, lonely, depressed, or contracted at Christmas, know that this too is a reflection of your inner reality during the year, even if you have been successful in covering it up most of the time. Christmas heightens everything.
The good news is that one week later is New Year. “Let’s hope it’s a good one Without any fear”. You have the opportunity to change your consciousness to better express where you would like to be. Open into the you that you choose to be in the New Year. Realise that you have a full year to practice this new you, and then you can see how you have succeeded when next Christmas comes around to focus you …
And more good news. We have been talking about the “you” that I refer to as the Lesser Self, the Ego, the Mind and personality. Know that your Higher Self is there behind that, and that the Higher Self expresses and radiates the true essence of you, “if you want it”. And if you do, just open your heart and allow your true Self to reveal itself. See your consciousness blossom and heal, see the joy of the little innocent you grow up into the wise, experienced, self-affirming, radiant and life-embracing you.
War is over, if you want it. War is over now. To paraphrase Gandhi, be the peace you want to see in the world.
Happy Christmas to you and yours. Be present.
Alan H. Dawe