Life is a becoming. It is a journey from dark to light. Even when it seems to be going from light to dark, at some point, it all turns around to become dark to light.
It is the total oneness of life; the sum total of all interactions from microbes to human nations; that is affected by our every act, and more fundamentally, by our every thought.
The simple act of stepping back, allows us the opportunity to stop taking things personally, forgive a perceived transgression, and return to a state of allowance and appreciation for the sheer expanse of human experience.
Denial is one of the first steps of awakening. You get a glimpse of the sheer magnitude of the Darkness and what that might mean to your existence, and it's natural to knee jerk into denial. Yet, the door has been cracked open, and even the smallest opening cannot be closed.
The choices we make describe the edges of who we are within the field of infinite possibilities. By observing those choices against the backdrop of our innate infinite nature, we see our self-imposed limitations.
Violence of all kinds is an acting out of a demand for unconditional love. The violence acts as an initiation for those from which the unconditional love is demanded.
There is something called "grace", that is a sort of "bridge"--that no matter how fearful and deprived we are being, grace always provides a way to lift ourselves out of fear into love, should we choose it.
Fear stops and freezes. Love flows and warms. Both states are necessary to maintain a physical reality, but when the mind stops and freezes, our body follows, and before we know it, we're cowering behind the nearest shelter with eyes wide shut dreading the next moment.