peace3 Oh what a wonderful world it would be if peace seed packs would be dropped inspiring citizens to weed out hate and sow the seeds of peace instead of warning leaflets ahead of bombs. In defense of protecting the edge of cultural and spiritual roots, all too many innocent civilians have been wounded and killed and this is a tragedy. So difficult to distinguish the roots of hatred from those of righteous, especially when hatred shields itself with the righteous or innocent. The answer to this quagmire is not to further polarize the world, but rather to dig deeper into our own spiritual roots. Monday, Jews all over the world celebrated Tisha B’Av, the fall of our first and second Temples.  What has occurred within the last month is a shattering of our collective inner Temple.

As the “Woodstock” song goes, how much more are we willing to fall victim to the devil’s bargain, continuing to pound ourselves into  finer star dust souls in search of our way back to the garden!

If this situation has a silver lining, it could only be that at least now, we can realize how broken humanity actually is and takes steps to repair our heavenly connection. When we allow our emotions to get the best of us and stir up the weed seeds of hatred around us, whether justified or not, this acts only to further detach us. If we learn to become good spiritual gardeners, by rooting out our inner weeds, and composting them into positive spiritual substrate, we take the first steps not only in living up to a higher standard, but most importantly, we begin to repair the world.

Courtesy National Park Service

Courtesy National Park Service

The wisdom to accomplish this, is the unifying wisdom of Abraham. After researching and analyzing the historical and cultural roots of gardening and illuminating them against deepest spiritual roots of kabbalah, I published my conclusions in “Sät die Blumen des Friedens” (Sow the Flowers of Peace), Jan 2013, Allegria Verlag, Berlin.

There is nothing easy about gardening a peace accord let alone a humanitarian cease-fire. This is something that diplomats cannot  only solve on their own. We have a choice between succumbing to our weed-like instincts or overcoming them, irradiating our stony heart blockages detaching the garden from flourishing. The physical act of rooting out a symbolic weed of hatred, perhaps shed with a tiny “eye for an eye” spiritual tear, multiplied by a few billion inclined souls or so, would unleash an ocean of the Creator’s cleansing tears in return . Anything short of this approach will result in scorched earth solutions.

Back in 1979, President Jimmy Carter embraced Sadat and Begin in a show of unity.  Oh, how we long for that Kum BaYah moment. A few weeks ago, a group of Springfield, IL city fathers got together and revealed a different kind of Abraham wisdom, Abraham Lincoln style.  Instead of embracing each other, these city leaders tugged on a symbolic weed of hatred destined to quake the global groundswell.

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Image Courtesy of the National Park Service – http://www.wics.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_18228.shtml

Gaza is going to require a lot of infrastructure build-up and this  begins with communal gardens to feed to the populous. The roots that we will be strengthening belong not only to us but for the benefit of humanity.  What a great opportunity to inject a bit of spiritual gardening to weed out hate and sow the seeds of peace. Think of it, kids of both sides of the geo-political barriers encouraged by respective political and religious leaders to root out hatred, one weed at a time, for sowing seeds of hope in our fields of dreams.