In the Judaic religion we’re guided to say the prayers of the sages, which include many psalms from King David. Many people believe that these prayers will soften God’s intention, and ease the stress that exists in their lives. But kabbalists have a different approach. They realize that the Creator does not change. The oneness of the universe is constantly in flowing harmony with itself. They insist that when we open our hearts and minds to this flow of loving energy, we will be able to experience this oneness in our lives. Then the disharmony will ease. This is our path–to learn how to become more like this flow of loving oneness, to love our fellow as our self.
This is also true of Jerusalem. It takes a deeper spiritual understanding of Jerusalem (city of peace), to ease the stress that has existed there up until now. As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the UK, reminds us in this detail from the Tanach (bible):
“Outside the United Nations building in New York is a wall bearing the famous words of Isaiah: ‘He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.’ Too often the nations of the world forget the words that immediately precede these: ‘For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.’ ”
So this is our choice: to learn and grow in our awareness, so that we can assist in the flow of goodness, or stay with the status quo and deal with all the challenges that are in the world today. We are being given the opportunity to discover this loving light within ourselves so that we will then share this love with the rest of the world. It’s up to us.