Dear Ms Fallin,
May I invite you to take a short walk with me? Even though I am many thousands of miles away from you, please kindly accept my invitation. I will not keep you away too long from your daily activities.
You see, as my heart rested on the state of Oklahoma a few days ago, I wondered if anyone sat with you recently and talk with you about Life, and about Love. Of course, you may say, your wife, your children, your friends, they all show you love, and you to them, and you all share about life every day…
But, Ms Fallin, I want to talk about a different kind of life, the Life we have all been given when we were born. And I want to talk about a different kind of Love, about the essence of Love, which is what we are.
You see, what sadly happens when we are born, is that we all forget, to varying degree about what we are, about who we are. And as adults, we now believe that we have become nurses, teachers, ministers, lawyers, road sweepers, tramps, killers and victims, mothers, fathers… and a million other things but…
That is not really who we are. And we hardly ever stop long enough to ask ourselves this really important question, and if we do not ask this question, we will not have an answer either, or at the least, we will not even start our quest to find out.
Now you may ask me, ‘but why do we need an answer to such a question? And what makes you think I do not know who I am? How arrogant can you be, Isabelle Gravenstein, to presume people do not know?’
But bear with me a moment longer, please. The reason we need an answer to this question ‘who am I?’ is because knowing – or not knowing – that answer is what shapes our civilisation, in all of its aspects!
We went from the stone age, to dark ages, to revolutions, to economic reforms, to the enlightened era, back into more darkness, into slavery, then abolitions, and more revolutions, then into more light, swinging like yo-yos, back and forth, never really settling on the crests of the best waves, but never quite going back totally into darkness either.
Fortunately, along the way, some of us asked some really important questions, about what it means to be a sentient being, what it means to be a civilised society, what it means to be ‘human’.
A society that is not based on a concerted and wilful foundation of Love and respect for Life will never survive indefinitely. They all knew that, at some point, such societies, made up of people, will be forced to make better choices.
In so many ways, societies across the globe have now been cornered and are forced to make better choices. We can bless that one man who invented the internet, as, thanks to him, we are all truly becoming more and more as One. And the ones among us who insist on living in darkness are sometimes gently, and sometimes more harshly, reminded to make better choices.
America is now in such a position. The international community is looking on, and asking for this great nation to make better choices and treat its people with more respect, with more dignity, with more compassion, with more Love.
No, it is not an impossible task. In fact, it is a very simple task, as it requires only a small amount of willingness from each one of us to allow more Love, more Light and more Life into our awareness, no more than that. And that is something that is done very simply, in the sanctuary of our own hearts. We do not need to go on TV to achieve this, and we do not need complicated analysis, endless reviews of efficacy of archaic laws, improved judicial and economic systems to see the effects of the alternative on offer.
Dear Ms Fallin, Love is a simple affair, but our egos have complicated it so very much, that we do not know where we stand any more. Extending Love to another is the natural expression of who we are, there is nothing more natural for a human being to do than to extend Love to all Life. We have been highly misguided in listening to a small voice in our head that is prompting us to select the recipients of our Love. But this is a selection that our hearts are unable to make. And even though in our minds, we are constantly sorting out who is worthy or not, it is merely a fake lie we have believed in for way too long.
So I come back to why it is important for you, and me, and all of us to know that who we are is in fact, Love. And to know this, really know this in every single cell of your being will take you on a brand new journey in Life, a journey you may not know was open to you, but let us embark on it together, anyway, just for a short while. Please bear with me again.
Knowing that you are Love changes everything. It straight away transforms your heart, it softens it, it cracks the untruths that were constricting it for so long, it dissolves the small pockets of shadows that you did not even notice had settled there. This Love will help you see the entire world, and everyone in it, in a very different way. It will remove your belief that you need to ‘judge’ people you meet, to ascertain if you are safe in their company or not. This beautiful Love will render you blind to all differences that your mind is now reporting to you. This kind Love will now encourage you to see only the common identity you share with anyone. This magnificent Love will make you want to show respect for all Life, for all people, and it will show you and make you feel so clearly, without any doubt, that others are intrinsically linked to you, through that beautiful thread of Love, and that nothing, absolutely nothing that human beings have ever invented can sever that thread of Love that unites us all, all 7 billions of us.
And by recognising this unity in your heart, you will now know that what you do to another, you inevitably do it to yourself, it is unavoidable. And now, this beautiful Love guides you, ever so gently to choose Love and Life in every moment of your own life. You will not have to think long and hard about making decisions about other people, because the choice will always be very simple, pointing to respect of the other in front of you, as you would respect your own life.
But, you may object, “Isabelle Gravenstein, you are naïve, do you realise what type of people our State has to deal with every day, thousands of them, and so many not behaving at all like what you are telling me we should behave like. So many have killed others in the most horrendous ways. How can I ignore those terrible misdeeds? They have happened!”
I know about this situation, dear Ms Fallin, and this is my answer to you. Yes, the misdeeds have happened, and those people have indeed been less than Love in the moments when they chose to kill another. We are all appalled, and angered, and saddened by it all, and we all wish it did not happen, and we all want it not to happen again, and inflict again so much pain to more people…but…
The way we go about trying to avoid future tragedies is not by inflicting the same treatment on the culprits. Those people, still at One with us, need our example of how a decent human being led by Love and compassion should behave. If we truly want to reform anyone, and make our society any safer, let us teach something that can transform them truly, and transform each one of us, like compassion and a willingness to really change the ones who are most in need of guidance, through our highest example, and not through our expressions of vengeance and retribution.
Harsh punishment is simply perpetuating the separation (fictitious but appearing so real) between good and not so good citizens. This sense of separation literally prevents peace from spreading all around us, as we close our hearts off and prevent our Love from being expressed naturally, the way I explained it earlier. And when we do not allow love to flow naturally, we prevent those people and ourselves from getting out of the ills of our society. Wishing for harsh punishment and death on others keeps us all in the gutter. It is impossible for anyone to move to that place where we wish to really be, where peace and goodwill prevail, where respect for each other is prevalent, when we are in fact bound to those others we really want to have nothing to do with! We are all in chains, invisible chains of Love, that bind us one to the other and we will never be able to move into a better place without those ‘others’. If I am handcuffed to you, I have to go where you go, and you have to go where I go, but wherever we are going, we are not going alone, but together! So we might as well choose to go to a good place! And I think we would both make this choice very easily.
By the mere fact that we wish ill onto another, we have erased the steps that could have raised us both to a better place. And we are all responsible for this stagnation in the gutters. The proof is in how our modern societies have become more violent, more disrespectful of human life, more depraved in so many ways, with more guns, more shooting, more killing, and more prisoners than ever before.
And we are all responsible, however much we proclaim loud and clear ‘I did not do the shooting, the raping! I did not disrespect those lives, I did not kill anyone…” we do it every day, quietly, in secret, in the shadows of our own minds. When we hear about the murders committed by Brian Davis, Anthony Bank, Clayton Lockett, Charles Wagner…we want them dead, so we do the killing,
in secret, over and over… And some of us are so glad to be able to say it in public, loudly, as our wish to kill is sanctioned by the nation or the State in which we live…
…and that is how violence is perpetuated by the ones among us, who express righteous indignation at the murder committed by another, but are so blind to the consequences of our own destructive and murderous desires… killing another leaves a trail of ethereal violence that affects all of our spirits. Such a killing is not without consequences, but we do not think about it, as our physical eyes do not see them. We know love exists even when we do not see it. We should equally know that we engender violence through our own thoughts, even if we cannot see it immediately in front of our eyes. But at some point, we will inevitably see the effect of our violent thoughts in more shootings, more rapes, more killings…by which time, we will have forgotten that we have contributed to the collective spirit of violence.
Little do we realise that wishing another’s death adds more shackles that bind us to the shadows from which we all want to be free. Let us pause and think about it…
The way out of this insane cycle is the way into expressing who we truly are, Love, compassion, goodwill for all, especially towards the ones who do not remember yet who they are. Do we put our children in jail because at the age of 2, he cannot read and write, and cannot hold down a job? They had no time to learn yet. A 30 year old murderer may never have had the chance to learn what Love and compassion was all about. But our unforgiving hearts see a grown human body and declare that they should know better…even if society totally failed them from the start. Some of those people have never known the simple love of a mother, that most of us take for granted…and we punish them for not knowing. Some of them have never seen a demonstration of respecting Life, yet we want them dead for this collective failing…
We are all responsible to learn about who we really are… Love. And we are all responsible for teaching others about who they are… Love. If we teach anything less than Love and compassion, it means that we too still have to learn.
In this 21st century world, we are one nation on Earth, as we know what is happening in every corner of our earthly garden. We cannot point the finger any more at ‘others’ as if we were not responsible for the weeds growing all over the garden. We are responsible. Period.
If one of us derails in life, we do not take up a gun or a bomb and shoot, and kill, to show how respecting Life is done. We extend a kindly hand, wishing to help, as helping another making better choices, is reminding us of who we are, and it is helping all of humanity moving out of the shadows of violence and murder, and forging a path for all of us towards peace and respect for all life.
That is why, Ms Fallin, I am saying to you that for you to know who you are is crucially important. As it is for all of us.
So when November 18th comes, and it has been decided, after all, to execute Mr Charles Wagner, I want you to remember my words. But maybe before then, you will have started your journey into the Light, and you will not see any more Charles Wagner as a murderer that deserves to be killed, because you have forgotten who you are, but as a human being who shares a common thread of humanity with you, simply because you remembered who you are, which is Love.
Thank you for being my travelling companion on this short journey, Ms Fallin. Our path will cross one day, in a world of Light, where all truth will be revealed, and I rejoice that you will then, but maybe and hopefully earlier, understand everything I just shared with you.
I bless you with a Love that knows no bounds. Love cannot be contained by our small human minds. Unleashed, it will create the world we really want to live in, where you will be out of a job, deciding who lives and who dies, as that type of work will have become obsolete. And you will be glad to be free of this job because you will know that what you built was really the best thing you could do with your Life. And the very first brick in the foundation of your contribution to Life is…Love.
May you be blessed in all you do…may Love be your first and only choice…always.