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The question I’m considering today is, how prevalent is compassion in our lives?
Continue reading if you’ve ever done something you were not proud of.
Continue reading if you’ve felt remorseful after doing “said activity.”
Continue reading if you then judged that thing you did as bad, evil, or wrong.
Continue reading if you’ve then proceeded to do that same thing again (days, weeks, months, or years later).
Personally I’m responsible for all 4. Sometimes, I’ll find myself operating in a sort-of “out of body fashion”, where I can literally watch myself behaving—and look upon that action in horror. Could that be me? Doing that? Saying that?
Remorse, judgment, and eventually—repetition– ensues.
We’re all engaged in this process to some capacity. That “surprise” entity is what Carl Jung calls the shadow. For some the shadow is large and filled with darkness, for others the shadow can conceal tremendous gifts.
(You might argue the shadow is ALL a GIFT.)
The reason I’m posing this question today (in addition to the timely personal relevance), is to uncover the nature of our response to the-thing-we-can’t-stand-the-most.
To judge is to allow persistence. When we judge something, we don’t see it as part of ourselves, which gives that entity the permission to return. And return.
The challenge is to integrate the “bad” energy/emotion. (Emotion is energy-in-motion.)
Judgment is denial.
And No Thing can be denied.
Every Thing just is.
If I judge my anger, anger will return.
Ok. You might say, fine—but what of others?
What about when we judge him for doing THAT, or them for believing THAT?
It is easy for us to detach our experiences, thoughts, and emotions from that of another, especially when “the other” does something extreme—something we would never consider.
For example—Trayvon Martin.
It is quite easy to look at the circumstances surrounding this event and judge it as wrong. The murder was senseless. It was racist. And justice must be served.
Yet, on what plane is the justice served? What are the enduring results of justice?
This is such a HOT ISSUE that it evokes such universally strong emotion that can easily block the deeper truth, or opportunity, lurking under the surface.
What we don’t want to see in stories of evil grandeur, is how it applies to our personal life. What is the application to our own story?
True, very few of us are capable of murder. But how many of us are capable of racist thoughts. Or how many of us are capable of anger. Or of unconscious actions.
This isn’t a justification for anything. It is simply a question.
Where does judgment get us? What has judgment ever gotten us? Momentary peace of mind?
The place we must find—in any situation—is compassion.
Judgment divides. Compassion unites.
We must learn to accept and integrate in order to evolve, in order to truly transcend the “evil” that inhabits our world.
How will you know if this is true? Simply look at your own life. Look at your response to your next outburst.
And try it. Try to find a compassionate response rather than one of judgment.
It just might be the best thing you can do.