Seth: "To argue aggressively that war is wrong is ironic stupidity. For, such an individual already displays those characteristics that lead to war.

It is wrong to think that restraint under such circumstances or discussions is cowardly, though of course, it may be. To refrain from argument while simultaneously and deliberately forcing thoughts or pictures of peace, represents a positive action. The intensity of the peaceful images or thoughts unfortunately rarely match the intensity of the bitterness, you see.

Thoughts of reconciliation or peace actually and practically do their bit to destroy the causes of war.There are deeply hidden areas of human behavior far below the surface of actions. And, these cause the actions. They are psychic exchanges. Before the beginning of any war, subconsciously each individual knows not only that a war will occur but its precise outcome. Battles, like other physical acts, exist first in the mental realm. When this realm is peaceful there are no wars. All of your physical activities, from the political to the economic and to the most insignificant individual concerns have their origin in mental existence. And, their outcome is known.

To create a harmonious inner existence is a positive act with far-reaching effects and not an act of isolation. To desire peace strongly is to help achieve it. To accept war helps prolong its physical existence. These are not idle words nor are they meant symbolically.

Wars are not only disruptive within your system but cause some severe repercussions for individuals who die while in battle. The seemingly small episode of last evening presented in miniature the basic attitudes that are behind aggressive acts.

There is a short-circuiting process in which even good intentions are distorted and turned to other purposes. That which is feared is feared so strongly and concentrated upon so intensely that it is attracted rather than repelled. The approach should not be fear of war but love of peace, not fear of poor health but concentration upon the enjoyment of good health, not fear of poverty but concentration upon the unlimited supplies available on your earth.

Desire attracts. But, fear also attracts. Severe fear is highly dangerous in this respect and in this context.

Our friend is finally learning to take his concentration away from his symptoms. And, he is losing them. Attention prolongs them. Intense concentration even upon an object is useful whenever he is bothered. Concentration, an imagined journey, any exercise that is intense and diverting is beneficial."

The Early Sessions, Book 8, Session 337