Although a particular person or situation may appear to "trigger" our personal response, it's
never what "causes" it.
Realizing this in any way, at any time, transforms us from angry, vengeful victims railing against our apparent enemies (whatever we believe to be the "identified cause"), into wholehearted humans and neighbours and world
citizens, joyfully living and creating from and for something much bigger.
We no longer need to live with fearful hearts, desperately naming the believed cause of our feelings; "those" to be blamed and feared and destroyed. Instead we simply experience
the up and down energy of life, energetically finding ways to solve apparent problems, with FULL AWARENESS of our common humanity.
We no longer have the need to vilify the "other" as the solution to attaining, what we don't yet realize, is only and ALWAYS,
a false, elusive, fleeting feeling of personal security... "I'll feel better once the cause of this problem is removed." ...not noticing how soon and inevitably, the next problem appears. Instead, we feel the deeper, more solid, inherent security within the
energy of life itself, which comes from the glimpse of our innate connection to everyone and everything.
With this realization, we see how we cannot do harm to others without doing harm to ourselves. Fear of "them" comes from fear within us, so fighting with fear
only holds and creates more fear. Anger at "them" comes from anger within us, so fighting with anger only holds and creates more anger. Need for comparison comes from the lostness and isolation within us, and so righteously pointing for comparison (who or
what is less or more or right or wrong) only holds and incites more division.
But ahhhhhhhhh, how lovely it is, to realize the truth of another option...
How lovely to get a personal glimpse of life that allows us to be grounded in peace, championing any temporarily
defined cause, but ALWAYS with profound awareness of the relevance and sacred significance of everyone and everything in life. KNOWING that no one or no thing can be less or more. ALL is held gently in mind.
And the funny thing is that you think it
would make things much more complicated to consider the ALL instead of the FEW. "How can we get rid of problems if we don't define, if we don't choose right and wrong, and if we constantly have to consider all sides?"
But what we don't see, and what is completely
blind to us, is how much time and thought and effort and energy is consumed, and how many obstacles and barriers are inevitably self-created, from the innocent mistake of defining the made up "one cause", one side, one right, one wrong... Soooooooo much energy
that otherwise would be freed open, allowing our human and spiritual form to do what it already does beautifully all on its own... it heals, it explores, it connects, it awes, it imagines, it laughs, it plays, it creates, it discovers, it tumbles joyfully
in all its ups and downs, and it loves.
When we think we know the enemy or the single cause, we are defeated before we even begin. When we see our intrinsic connection to all of life, we are set free to explore the mystery of life and experience the adventure.
just in case of the very rare moments when I actually may be listening, could you please keep reminding me of all of this? As per usual, I expect to forget it in about five seconds from now. Five... four... three... two...