Sir Issac Newton’s laws are well known particularly in the scientific community. What is often lost however is that Newton was as much a philosopher as a scientist. His laws related to how forces of energy apply equally to matters of the heart and spirit as they do to the physical world.
Newton’s third law simply states that for a given action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Think about that for a moment. Our emotions generate energy that emanates in all directions. Research has demonstrated that the energy of the heart for example radiates and creates an energy field. That field has now been measured out to beyond 10 feet. From a spiritual perspective, I believe that energy radiates infinitely and affects our entire Universe. This is why prayer for example is so powerful.
If you’re not convinced that our emotions generate energy, look no further than the electricity that services your home. Can you see the electricity as it travels into your home and powers your appliances and lights? There are certainly ways to measure it, but for the most part (unless you have the right instruments), we cannot physically see electricity – we only experience the results of its energy. Emotions are the same way. When we have a strong emotional reaction, we are actually generating energy that then radiates outward.
So if our emotions generate energy, applying Newton’s third law can explain a lot about the world we live in today. If you wonder how it is people have become so polarized, look no further than the rhetoric we are bombarded with everyday. With so much hateful speech and emotions swirling around, is it any wonder that there is an equally strong reaction by those who differ in perspective? The collective power of so much negative creates a strong opposition which further amplifies the tension. The increasing polarity we now see in our world is simply Newton’s law in action.
The question to ponder is your role in creating this tension. If you’re putting out hate, anger, and animosity, then you’re directly contributing to the forces that are tearing at the heart and soul of our world. You cannot on one hand profess love while holding hate (or speaking it) against another. The basic laws of the universe don’t work that way. If you’re someone that professes hatred against one person or group, is it any wonder that others respond with equal force?
I have many friends with strong perspectives, many of them political. It’s one thing to disagree with another perspective, it’s quite another to forcefully exert that perspective through an emotional response rooted in negative. I personally have strong opinions about things, but that does not require me to hate the person or persons with whom I differ. I can love the person but not accept their perspective. This is how things should work. For example, I can send love to a convicted murderer while simultaneously condemning their actions or behavior.
Hate can never be used to generate love. When you profess hatred in any form, you simply cannot be in a state of love – the two forces are incompatible. It is hypocrisy to proclaim how much love you have if you’re holding hatred in your heart. As the old adage goes we are called to ‘love the sinner and condemn the sin’.
This is how we can love the humanity in people on both sides of an issue yet at the same time differ in perspective. I’m not in a position to judge or condemn the heart of another for I don’t inhabit their body and spirit. It’s when we cross the line from disagreeing with another to labeling them that we cross the line from love to hate. It’s disheartening to read or hear others label people or entire groups when there is no way possible to know how they truly feel. This is how we end up in religious wars, racism, or political gridlock.
No matter how much people may disagree with each other, there are ways to bring a spirit of love into the space. You may disagree with a lover or best friend and have a respectful (and perhaps heated) exchange of perspectives when you’re standing in love. If you cross the emotional line into hate, you can only expect an equally strong reaction in return. Seeking a more productive and loving approach to our differences is far more effective than spewing negative. This goes for every aspect of life from the very personal to our communities and larger world. Jesus encouraged us to love our enemies. Jesus knew that espousing hate against the Romans would only result in an equal or greater response of hate against the Jewish people.
So if you’re looking for sanity and civility in a world that seems so polarized and at odds, perhaps start with examining the emotional energy you are sending out in the universe. When we radiate love, we defuse the negative and create more fertile ground for productive progress and a more peaceful world. Let it start with you. Can you find within yourself the ability to love those with whom you whole-heartedly disagree? If not, then you are part of the problem.
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