My heart aches for the innocent who have chosen to be at the heart of the storm which rages around Israel and Gaza: they teach and they learn while they suffer.
The Middle East itself has been a teacher for thousands of years, showing us through its history and its present how whatever we do as humans, our actions bring consequences which are comfortable or uncomfortable, sweet or sour, painful or easy; it is karma in action, and karma is our greatest tutor and teaching aid for soul growth. It is why you and I are on Earth today. All that is occurring now in this latest conflict between old enemies each fearful for their future is both creating karma and is the result of karma – but the negativity of the situation can be changed in a moment given the will and the wisdom.
Gaza, a small state with little to begin with by way of assets, has been subject to tests and taunts by her constantly encroaching neighbour and her attempts to retaliate through a show of force against a much stronger country has, of course, resulted in a barrage of punishment from Israel. You reap what you sow. Meanwhile, ironically, Israel, by her continuing onslaught and threat of more to come, risks alienating those countries in the Middle East and the wider world which hitherto have supported her, with the possible result that what she fears most – her disintegration – could be brought about, and she will have been the cause. You sow what you reap.
The job of any government is to protect its people from harm, but this seems forgotten as the belligerence on both sides causes more civilian casualties daily. Where is the diplomacy? Western leaders, too, through passivity and perhaps disinterest have for years allowed the peace process to lose energy and wither, contributing to the present situation where the Middle East is more unstable than it has been for decades. We are a part of this, and will reap consequences too.
It is fascinating to see the karmic aspects of all of this, and it is good to be reminded of how our every thought, word and deed are karma in action. But, human suffering in Gaza and Israel is growing, and whatever gifts this brings to we who observe by way of learning, it behoves us too to have the greatest compassion for these teachers, victims of violence but also the catalyst for change to a kinder way of living and being.