As individuals we are always having our projections mirrored back to us by other people. It’s how we serve one another and heal each other. What we usually see reflected back is our own self-hatred and the parts of our shadow that we have denied about ourselves and repressed. It gives us a chance to see them, acknowledge them and heal them.
Interestingly, though, countries do the same thing. North Korea is currently a case in point. The crazies in North Korea have an utter conviction that they need a nuclear weapon for no other reason than the paranoid belief that America is bent on destroying them at any moment. They are reflecting back to us, in a very big way, our underlying paranoia about the very same thing: that the biggest threat to the “American” way of life is America itself.
The least discussed but most worrying idea put forward by the anti-gun-control lobby is that everyone in this country should be able to freely own virtually any kind of gun we wish, including military style weapons — in order to defend ourselves against the American Government. If that isn’t paranoia, I don’t know what is. It also seems to me to be profoundly unpatriotic.
Now, I can certainly understand how the Government poses threats of the more insidious kind; for instance, being in league with the likes of Monsanto and the other big corporations who seek to limit our freedoms and rip us off. I am an enthusiastic gun owner and I love to hunt, but for the life of me I cannot envisage any kind of scenario where having a gun of any kind at my front porch would require its use against my own government. Not in this country, surely.
Why would they be coming for me personally? Who would I be shooting? Am I likely to gun down some government official with a clipboard coming down my path heading for my front door? Am I to imagine myself mowing down one or more soldiers fully armed and trained to kill, perhaps? Would I and my really nice Spanish over & under 12g shotgun gun be a match for anything the Government would throw at me if it ever came to a showdown or shootout? Of course not. Not even if it was an AK47— something I have no use for or interest in owning. But if it’s your cuppa tea, that’s OK by me so long as it doesn’t feed your paranoia and make you crazy like Kim Jong Un.
Kim Jong Un may seem totally out of his mind, but looking at it from a Radical Forgiveness perspective he is a healing angel who is giving us an amazing opportunity to look at our deepest trust issues — most likely left over from the wounds created by, I’ll admit, the greed of the 18th century British government. If we as a people cannot trust our government to the extent that we worry about them shooting us down at our own doorstep, something is terribly wrong with our view of the world as it is now and our faith in our fellow Americans.
Back in 2003 I wrote a book called A Radical Incarnation. It featured a story about two souls who were to incarnate, become leaders of their respective countries, and then set about mirroring the shadow stuff each country had denied and buried and needed to heal. One would become the President of the United States and the other the Dictator of a country in the Middle East. They would slug it out until they realized they were healing angels for each other and then awaken and heal.
When it was written it was just a story – a spiritual fantasy. But a couple years later it proved quite prophetic. Bush and Saddam really got into it and mirrored a great deal for each other, but they didn’t get what was really happening and just did what people who are oblivious of what is really happening always do. They created a war. They simply enacted the classic attack and defense cycle that heals nothing. It was a lost opportunity. I doubt this one will be any different.