I have been enraptured by the idea of the “pass it on” / compassion is contagious philosophy for some time. Being an eternal optimist, I believe that things get better, that people can change, and that at heart we are all innocent beings who want to be loved deeply and were created to love deeply as well.
I came across this piece, and had to share. I believe at this moment of pain and violence in our nation and across the world, we have to pause and remember what we do have control over…ourselves. And, what we create within our bodies can literally change the world.
Four of the Most Powerful Words Ever!
Dr. Marcia J. Hootman
There is a phrase in the New Testament of the Christian Bible that says it all. “As within, so without.” Thousands of years ago, Gautama Buddha rephrased the concept. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Contemporary spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama repeated the thought in different words, “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
We live in a time where, because of technology, the world is so interconnected. News is instantaneous. Ten minutes after a plane crashes, we can read about it on Twitter and Facebook, or watch the drama unfold on television. Almost immediately after a shot is fired at a person, or a country, the whole world is aware of the incident. We sit, we watch, and we wonder, “What can I, one person, do about any of this?”
The greatest sages of the world did have the answer. Peace begins from within. Ask yourself if you are at peace with all the ups and downs of your life, with your family, with your co-workers, even with your appearance. Do you look into the mirror and focus on those parts of your body you wish looked different? This is where your work can begin – with yourself.
What kind of energy are you creating in your inner world? Are you practicing self-acceptance? This is a good start. To paraphrase the contemporary mystic, Osho, once you being to accept all parts of yourself, you will release judgment of others. Where does conflict get its roots? From non-acceptance – of another’s beliefs, religion, politics, lifestyle, etc. Only acceptance creates an energy of peace – a peace that stays with us always. That peace radiates like ripples in a pond – out to everything and everyone we meet.
“As within – so without.” These four power-packed words describe everything that goes on in our world. That’s because beliefs, thoughts and ideas as well as actions are energy. Everything in the universe is energy. Not only is this true according to spiritual teachings, but to scientists as well. “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”…Albert Einstein
Commit to doing your part today. Accept yourself as the divine human you were created to be. Allow others to be who they are. When enough people develop peace within themselves, the world will live in peace. “Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
"Women can wait, and they can wait infinitely, their patience is infinite. It has to be so, because a child has to be carried for nine months. And look at a mother, a woman who is just about to be a mother: she becomes more beautiful, she attains a different type of grace, an aura surrounds her. Now she is blooming, soon she will flower."~Osho
Open Heart, Open Mind,
To finally surrender ourselves to healing, we have to have three spaces opened up within us—and all at the same time: our opinionated head, our closed-down heart, and our defensive and defended body. That is the summary work of spirituality—and it is indeed work. Yes, it is also the work of “a Power greater than ourselves,” and it will lead to a greatluminosity and depth of seeing. That is why true faith is one of the most holistic and free actions a human can perform. It leads to such broad and deep perception that most traditions would just call it “light.”
Remember, Jesus said that we also are the light of the world (Matthew5:14), as well as saying it about himself (John 8:12). Strange that we see light in him but do not imitate him in seeing the same light in ourselves. Such luminous seeing is quite the opposite of the closed-minded, dead-hearted, body-denying thing that much religion has been allowed to become. As you surely have heard before, “Religion is lived by people who are afraid of hell. Spirituality is lived by people who have been through hell and come out enlightened.”
The innocuous mental belief systems of much religion are probably the major cause of atheism in the world today, because people see that religion has not generally created people who are that different, more caring, or less prejudiced than other people. In fact, they are often worse because they think they have God on their small side. I wish I did not have to say this, but religion either produces the very best people or the very worst. Jesus makes this point in many settings and stories. Mere mental belief systems split people apart, whereas actual faith puts all our parts (body, heart, and head) on notice and on call. Honestly, it takes major surgery and much of one’s life to get head, heart, and body to put down their defenses, their false programs for happiness, and their many forms of resistance to what is right in front of them. This is the meat and muscle of the whole conversion process.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
A good reminder that a single breath can help us heal, be present, and grateful for our lives when it all seems unmanageable!
"That’s what she said," said not ironically.