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Archive for October 22, 2008

The 11th Principle ~

11) The Song flows best through the clearest channels. Be gentle, forgive yourselves your failings, and do not harm the children.

This, to my notion, may be the most important lesson Spirit has taught me, at that time in my life, or now, it matters not, this is where we can help one another the most. We must learn to forgive. I know, some of the offenses that we have committed against one another are nearly unforgiveable. It matters not if it is a sexual offense, or the offense of killing us because we fall into a category someone doesn’t happen to like, if we do not learn to get past these horrors of man’s inhumanity to man, if we do not begin to see that we are all so very connected that when one is injured we are all injured, and conversely if one unjures, we all injure, we will never progress to creating harmony within ourselves, let alone harmony on a global scale.

This is where I have come to value the Buddha’s teachings even more than Y’shua’s. It was through the Buddha that I learned that the best way to forgive such horrible atrocities was simply to release them. To give them no value in my life. When I release them, I choose to live in compassion toward my fellows at all levels. It is not a matter of their no longer being responsible for their shortcomings, it is a matter of my realizing that it is not mine to hold them responsible. That is Hashem’s job, not mine. It is my job to release all attachment to outcomes, to see all humans as my brother, sister, aunt, mother, father, capable of great harm, but connected to me, nontheless, and I am responsible for my own actions, not theirs.

Even this is not easy, but one of the things that helps is the knowledge that  one cannot play beautiful music through a “dirty” instrument. If the instrument is clean, i.e. a clear channel, the music that comes forth will be an enhancement to other lives, and an edification of my own. Unforgiveness, anger held tightly, “dirties” the instrument, and the music cannot flow, it is blocked, irrevocably, and until the blockage is released, the music will not come through. For those to whom the music matters, this is an invaluable help, for those who need something else to make release a palatable choice, remember that there is ease of the soul’s distress only when all attachments to old pains and hurts are released into the universe. Let them go, be who you truly are.

Principle number 10 ~

10) Eternal harmony will be achieved through balance. The human is the only creature that loses its part of the Song shortly after birth. It is the human animal that has thrown this part of the Universe out of balance.

Have you ever thought about the “cost” of free will? Or even about the fact that, for most people the “group” sort of thought that we are told is automatic within a hive, is foreign to a human? Much of Science Fiction is predicated on attempts to get into that sort of thinking and working with it as the premise for at least a short story line, if not the whole of some person’s life. But, freewill has actually cost the human being the ability to relate to the whole in a manner that sets one’s own “self” aside for the betterment of all, very seldom can we do it.

Yet, it is our grasp of our ability to decide individually whether we will wear a tie, or go chez casuale, that lets us be the “person” we choose to be. Here, though, there is cause to stop and take a look at this wonderful “gift”, for more than one man has written about the struggles to do what is desired only to fall back on an “older” version of “self” that is more willfull and and less “enlightened”.

See the New Testament book, Romans, chapters 5,6, &7. This is the writing of Paul, the converted, who had slain so many Christians in his zeal to serve Hashem. When he was converted, he decided that instead of bringing Gentiles into the fold, he would keep them at bay and breed a hatred of the parent faith in them, which is part of the reason I so dislike calling him a saint. He also is often called an apostle, by his own pen, which implies he walked at Y’shua’s side during his time of teaching, a flat out preverication. I am quite familiar with his works, but refuse to venerate him as “above” others in spirituality.

It is, in fact, the very attempt at “group think” that passes for doctrine and dogma that is the reason I do not call myself an out and out Christian. I do indeed love Y’shua’s teachings, and follow them as closely as any, but the “church” attempts to make it as though those who do not see Y’shua through Paul’s eyes are apostate and wicked. Well, I guess that makes me apostate and wicked. I will celebrate.

Sadly, here, one comes up against the very comment of this principle, that harmony needs to be acheived through balance. This can only happen when the humans who count themselves as leaders quit trying to do our thinking for us. They may influence, they may speak, but do not insist that I must choose not to think on my own. If you want a clone, go ahead, make one, we have the technology. Just move along and let others attempt to follow the light while you follow your own dark trail. When the preachers and the mullahs and the evangelists begin to take their lessons from the Rabboni, and understand that the nourishment that leads to harmony comes from Spirit, not man, we may make progress on this particular principle.

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