Intro to the Essay Series

Edward Kroger
Founder of One Divide®
Author of Materials

On a personal note…

Imagine knowing yourself — and your emotions — so well that the change you’ve been looking for can finally take place. Imagine gaining a skill set that will allow you to protect yourself such that no one can manipulate you or take advantage of you — and gaining the ability to navigate any and all relationships in a more truthful and respectful way. Imagine being free from the patterns of behavior and conceptual barriers that we all find ourselves imprisoned by — all the while learning to become a true change maker, not only in your own life, but also in the lives of others.

This isn’t just another symbolic idea, nor an idealistic one that sounds good but can’t be applied in real life, with real people. There is a way to create this kind of true independent emotional freedom and become an expert within yourself…be who you really are…and in the process, participate in elevating the collective consciousness of others, truly creating ONEness within us — and among us.

This is what the Philosophy of One Divide is all about.

The Philosophy of One Divide is for the individual seeking to find a deeper belief and purpose that comes from within — where it should — leading to a deeper truth and change, change that extends beyond just the self. Of course, true change is a process, and in order for it to take place, we must start looking at ourselves on the deepest of levels.

We all have our stories of survival, and if we truly understood them, they could bring us closer together rather than pushing us further apart. Beyond our individual mistakes and achievements, failures and triumphs, there is a deeper common thread that has existed throughout mankind’s history and has kept us bound, unable to move — and has separated us all from one another.

This common thread is our use of Emotional Warfare. We use it on each other to gain the sense of security that we’re all so desperate for — and this common thread leads us all into the One (emotional) Divide that we all share.

Yes, learning about Emotional Warfare is hard work. Yes, it takes time to understand just how deeply Emotional Warfare — and its Patterns — runs within us and between us. More importantly, it takes real courage not only to learn about Emotional Warfare but also to learn how to stop using it.

However, the real change that we say we’re all looking for in our lives can occur if we start this very necessary conversation about Emotional Warfare and the One Divide. This divide is both the cause of and the solution to our uses of Emotional Warfare.

Through the hard work of learning how to find, defend and protect your independent emotional freedom, you and we can reach our true potential. In order to get you started, let me ask a simple question:

Are you just surviving, or are you living emotionally free?

Despite our advanced understanding of human behavior, all of the various forms of self-help, self-improvement programs and therapies, and even the numerous belief systems and ideologies that have existed for thousands of years…

We remain stuck.

As outlined throughout One Divide’s materials, we further imprison ourselves in the relationships we choose — unable to truly reach our potential or to find a deeper truth about who we really are, a truth that we are all capable of accessing.

Of course, exploring our self-identities and understanding how we operate collectively as people are very complex issues, and even more so in today’s emotion-based world. We’ve gained more ability not only to craft and create our own identities but also to manipulate ourselves and others. This has become the new normal and has moved us further away from learning to be who we really are, as any form of judgment — other than approval — is seen as negative… And we’re learning to take this kind of false control of our identities now more effectively than ever before.

In order to reach our full potential and a deeper truth, we need a new approach, and we need new techniques. We need to start identifying what is truly negative…if we’re ever going to find what is truly positive! This means we need to start asking some real and hard questions.

Do we really want a truthful equality or peace between us? Is it possible to experience true hope, love and trust? If we did, would it inspire us to be more, both as individuals and collectively as a people? Are equality and peace real possibilities?

Having morals and virtues… Treating each other with respect and dignity…

These have been battle cries throughout our history. Even “loving one another” has long been insisted upon as a necessity. Yet human conflict remains. And our quest for individual freedom remains. And our use of Emotional Warfare remains.

Because of this, we have to ask: Are we simply surviving the physical world and one another? Is this the reality of the human experience? Must we accept it?

We all desire to be successful in our lives, personally and professionally. And we all desire a sense of emotional freedom, authenticity, control over our own destinies and personal value. Perhaps most importantly, we desire a sense of significance to our existence. However, all of this involves or relies on the participation of others — whether knowingly or unknowingly on our part and willingly or unwillingly on theirs.

By now, you might be asking how all of this relates to you and to your own life. Well, have you ever felt deeply trapped and wanted to change — but found yourself entangled in another’s negative behavioral patterns? Have you tried to find a way out of either your own patterns or another’s and failed? Do you find yourself in the same relationships or keep finding the same personality types in your life, over and over?

Have you found success but feel it’s not enough…and simply want more?

At some point, we all experience personal discord within ourselves and will experience conflict with others.

Conflict is an unfortunate aspect of the human experience that we must all endure at various times. This is in large part due to the paradox of security versus freedom. This paradox creates a much deeper conflict within all of us and between all of us. In many ways, we’ve become reliant upon this conflict to create the change we’re looking for…only to find, in the end, neither security nor freedom.

If you’re new to One Divide, this essay series is an ideal first step in exploring the philosophy’s principles and learning more about the concept of Emotional Warfare. If you’re already familiar with the basics, this series will take you deeper into One Divide’s educational platform, which clearly outlines and demonstrates how to find and protect your independent emotional freedom, achieving security in freedom — all the while learning to personally participate in elevating the collective consciousness of others, helping move us toward ONEness.

I encourage you to learn more about the Philosophy of One Divide and continue on this journey — and ultimately, I hope you find what you are looking for…

Emotional Warfare® Essay Series

Emotional Warfare® Essays

Emotional Warfare® Essays give the reader some background and philosophical grounding helpful for approaching One Divide’s Emotional Warfare educational platform and book series, which provide the information we all need to find and protect our emotional freedom, laying to rest the issues that surround the paradox of security versus freedom and force us to use Emotional Warfare. Learning about these issues helps us reach our potential as individuals, become accountable for our personal divides and eliminate our uses of Emotional Warfare. This information will give all of us the opportunity to truly connect with one another, allowing us to grow and evolve both emotionally and spiritually, which is essential to deepening our morality and humanity. Most importantly, the essay series furthers One Divide’s mission of creating a movement toward a unified, elevated state of collective consciousness — true ONEness — through new behavior-pattern awareness that can be applied to a multitude of behavioral phenomena, including intra- and interpersonal agreement and disagreement modeling and person-to-person navigation techniques.