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Dissension – Friend or Foe?


So many words, so many points of view, so much conflict and disagreement—Liberal or Conservative, Christian or Muslim, the young or the old, guns or no guns, on and on. Every generation Friend or Foe Image 1throughout history seems to have experienced some sort of dissension, rebellion, even anger against the status quo. And every generation experiences resentment, sadness, even anger at what the “younger generation” is doing. Cat Stevens’ song, “Father and Son” portrays this beautifully:

The Son:

All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
It’s hard, but it’s harder to ignore it
If they were right, I’d agree, but it’s them you know not me
Now there’s a way and I know that I have to go away
I know I have to go

The Father:

I was once like you are now, and I know that it’s not easy,
To be calm when you’ve found something going on
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you’ve got
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not

Each is sharing his own wisdom, his own (opposing) point of view in an effort to convince the other of the rightness of that point of view. Cat Stevens uses his musical genius to convey, through the melody, that both these points of view work together and are part of the whole, perfect design.

Maybe every moment in history NEEDS these seemingly opposing forces. Maybe we need the young to forge a path forward and break out of old ruts. Maybe we need the balance and understanding that can be Friend or Foegained from a lifelong pursuit of consciousness. Maybe we need opposing forces in politics, religion, business, education, finance, and at home in order to finally see that we are all part of one gorgeous, infuriating, ridiculous, amazing thing, and we all have parts to play at different stages and from different points of view. After all, dissension provides diversity, and a diversity of amateur inputs has been shown to solve problems more quickly and with better results than expert agreement. Maybe dissension is the grease on the wheels and the fire in the belly that facilitates and even empowers the All, moving from conflict toward cohesion, from confusion toward creation.

Could one of the missing elements in all this be the realization, or maybe the acceptance, of the reality that we are all part of one design, one system, one consciousness? We need each part, we need each other to create balance, even friction to move forward and evolve, while also ensuring survival. Could staying conscious and fully present in each moment help us recognize seemingly opposing forces as a crucial and beautiful part of us? This perfect design of all creation, holographically contained within each cell of creation is conveniently included in human consciousness to be discovered by each one of us—the ultimate treasure hunt!

Our consciousness is OUR consciousness to be explored and discovered individually, and, potentially, to be exercised and applied collectively. We are uniquely, separately born with widely disparate gifts and Friend of Foe Image 3challenges, and then set loose in the “fields of the lord” to find our treasure and to recognize that treasure in each other. Then it’s our birthright, our privilege, our responsibility to dissent, to accept, to object, to concur our way to the ultimate evolution of that whole perfect design.



Heather Ryan has 30 years of experience as a technical writer and editor, most recently in the health care industry. She currently lives and works at Sunrise Ranch, and loves the opportunity to practice communion and unconditional love in all aspects of her living. Heather is passionate about learning, exploring/traveling, and spending time outdoors, and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to do all of that at Sunrise Ranch in her almost-home state of Colorado.

3 Responses to Dissension – Friend or Foe?

  1. I appreciated your thoughts and knowings, it reminded me of where I want to live in this world! Thanks for the reminder!


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