The fight between the self ( ego and the one that surrenders) is bigger than any war going outside. Every outside enemy/ war that propels one to choose side and fight is but a distraction not to fight the ‘egoic self’
“And if I take your enemy away
Who are you then? ”
Transcendence happens either voluntarily ( ascension) or pain/ trauma will bring the shift (dissension) it will definitely knock..
It knocks harder many times and break the pretence of who we are as narrated by the ego.
Poets like Robert Bly have deeply thought about it. People who brood about a value diminished culture with developments that doesn’t cater to life or nature try to
hold on to the horses of the thought and remind ourself again and again of our Nafs and the real war within us. And everything else is a BIG distraction
Well, three practices of fighting nafs
Ta’Jeel or Swiftness. A good deed must be done immediately and there should be no laziness.
Tehqeer or Contempt. You must look at your good acts with contempt otherwise you will become self-righteous.
Ikhfa or Secrecy. You must keep your good acts secret otherwise people will praise
you and it will make you self-righteous.
I can try,
Maybe writing to you,
I am writing to me,
As soon as I think,
Maybe share content,
that’s substance to us
Chittick, William (1983). The Sufi Path of Love. State University of New York Press. p. 12. ISBN 0-87395-724-5