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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %TRANSFORMATION OF CONFLICT 860525 Conflict is expressed in many forums: the battlefield, the threat field, negotiation, meditation, arbitration, resolution, compromise, competition, etc. The form which conflict takes depends upon the images role models, mentors, ideas, ideals, values, concepts, etc. which play leading roles in the lives of the participants and in the lives of those most important to the participants. How conflicts are resolved or transformed depends upon how participants in the conflicts perceive themselves within the conflicts; within the light of the images, roles models, mentors, ideals, values, ideas, concepts, etc. which are important to them and to their important other persons. The continuation of one form of conflict, the resolution of a conflict, or the transformation from one form to another form of conflict, is a reflexive process which can be changed by the introduction of new: images, role models, mentors, ideals, values, ideas, and concepts in timely ways which provide new alternatives which participants are able to appreciate within the context of the moment. Helpful conflict transformation flows from clear perceptions of transcendent self interests. Conflict is transformed from needlessly destructive forms to more constructive forms as participants become aware of their transcendent mutual self interests within the context of which they find grounds for cooperative ventures, which advance their self interests in mutually inclusive, rather than mutually exclusive ways. Helpful conflict transformation may be blocked by ideas, ideals and values which block clear perceptions of transcendent self interest. Collusive ideals and values do violence to truth and the search for truth, and thereby block clear perceptions of transcendent self interests. Conflicts between your own ideals and values and your own transcendent self interest can be transformed through the miracle of Love. This is particularly the case when your reflexive ideals and values force you to regard realities which were created through human choices, as if they were objective realities existing independent of all human choices. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================