The weapons are compassion and insight. Both are necessary. You have to have compassion because it gives you the juice, the power, the passion to move. It means not to be afraid of the pain of the world. Then you can open to it, step forward, act. But that weapon by itself is not enough. It can burn you out, so you need the other – you need insight into the radical interdependence of all phenomena. With that wisdom you know that it is not a battle between “good guys” and “bad guys,” because the line between good and evil runs through the landscape of every human heart.
With insight into our profound interrelatedness – our deep ecology – you know that actions undertaken with pure intent have repercussions throughout the web of life, beyond what you can measure or discern. By itself, that insight may appear too cool, too conceptual, to sustain you and keep you moving, so you need the heat of compassion. Together these two can sustain us as agents of wholesome change. They are gifts for us to claim now in the healing of the world.
(From the book “Coming Back To Life” (by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown, p. 61)
The Big Irony
Spend time offering assistance to those who are less fortunate than you, so that you may gain perspective….
The great irony is that when you support others, you are also, in fact, supporting yourself. When you withhold support from others, it is usually an indicator that you are also withholding support from yourself….
What we create on the outside is simply a reflection of what we are on the inside. If we are carrying within us hate, greed, prejudice and fear, that’s the kind of world we will create. But if we are carrying inside us love, peace, hope, compassion, forgiveness and a sense of oneness, that too is the world we will create. It all starts within – in our inner environment. (From the Book “If Life is a Game, These are the Rules” by Cherie Carter-Scott, pp. 75 & 94)
THE GIFT OF AWAKENING
Awakening is simple. Healing is available in a way that defies reason. But there are certain steps which each of us must take.
The first and most essential step is to know, through your own experience, the awakened state of Being. It is a state of profound inner silence, peace and stillness.
The second step is to come into right relationship with certain aspects of yourself including your ego, your thoughts and your feelings. You must bring the energy of love and acceptance to every aspect of yourself. All judgment of yourself and others must end if you are to awaken into the truth of life.
The third step is right understanding. We are souls on an extraordinary journey. Once you know the true nature of your journey, you will begin to awaken. Everything that has ever happened in your life will suddenly make sense. You will come to regard the problems and difficulties in your life as nothing more than opportunities to learn your lessons and awaken into Oneness.
The fourth step is to come into alignment with the universal laws of life. If you are to awaken fully, it is necessary to live in integrity in every aspect of your life.
As you awaken, your experience of yourself and the world will dramatically change. Fear, anxiety and conflict disappear as you enter into a world of love, peace and abundance. You come to know yourself as LOVE.
You encounter the living Presence of God within you and within everything around you. Separation dissolves as you enter into Oneness. This is what is meant by enlightenment. It is what Buddha spoke of. It is what Jesus spoke of. It is what Lao-Tzu and Krishna spoke of. (Meditations from Conscious One Daily Guru 12/30/03)