The Aurora Shooting and ‘Criminal Mimes’

Our prayers and heartfelt sympathies go out to all of the families who lost loved ones and to those dealing with the trauma of loved ones who were injured in the July 20th Aurora shooting. Our prayers also go out to James Holmes’ family who must be devastated. Our prayers also go out to James Holmes himself who has lost his way.

As you know, the senseless shooting during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in a Cinemark multiplex theatre was the largest mass shooting in United States history, particularly with regard to casualties.

The premeditated attack was carried out by a young man who, like many lost souls, feel they have to resort to violence to alleviate their own pain. Investigators will no doubt try to determine his motive, and they may very well gain some insights into his mental and emotional dilemma.

Unfortunately, America is awash with violence. Our history and present are punctuated with violence. Violence seems to be in America’s DNA. It leaks out as cultural violence; racial violence; religiously-sanctioned violence; domestic violence; child and spouse abuse; violence toward women, children, and people who have different gender orientations; violence toward animals; random, unprovoked violence: and infatuation with violent TV shows, movies, and video games.

It’s almost as if America is addicted to violence. We seem predisposed to hurting people. Socialized violence has been one of our chief pathologies since the 1700’s. Violence feeds on itself. It is cannibalistic and contagious. And the love for violence is a trait totally unbecoming a people who say they value “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Violence is the voice of fear, humiliation, anger, hopelessness, revenge, despair, corruption, greed, a warped sense of control, and contaminated power. These demonic voices undermine the very fabric of America because they are reflections of the hollowed-out soul of the person who resorts to violence.

We believe the loss of soul, the denial of our innate divinity, is the underlying cause of all violence in America – and the world. Our choice to repress our divinity and to overlook the innate divinity in others numbs us to the priceless value of human life. We fail to listen to the “still small voice” of our divine nature.

Instead we listen to the deafening cries of our demons and mimic the actions of those who have lost their way. There will be an end to violence when we erase the ‘criminal mime’ tendency in all of us once and for all. And this erasure will come from a collective consciousness of unconditional love, resolute forgiveness, and unfailing compassion for each and every person we meet.

About the authors: In addition to their work with The Metaphysical Website, Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton are co-ministers of a growing church in Durham, NC. They are prolific authors, dynamic speakers, and master facilitators. Learn more by visiting them at

About Bil and Cher Holton - The Global Center for Spiritual Practices

Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for neuroscience and Positive Psychology, and you have defined the dynamic duo who are at the heart of The Global Center for Spiritual Practices, a Cyber Home for people who are more spiritual than religious. Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton bring quite a background of experience and depth of knowledge to this special ministry. They are dynamic and thought-provoking speakers, prolific authors, and spiritual teachers. Check them out at
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