We would transform the world just by living out the role of the Prodigal's father (Google "The Parable of the Prodigal Son), and greeting everyone we meet as though they are our long-lost child. This is only a matter of attitude and perspective, and it would make all the difference. Attitude and perspective are superpowers available like that (snaps fingers) to everyone, and impacting every moment of everything we do, our future, and that of the entire cosmos. The way we live matters on multiple levels-- and how we see, think, evaluate, assess and feel about our circumstances, moment-to-moment, in each situation as it arises, directs our action throughout our life. It is all interpretation! Something happens and we immediately-- instantaneously-- ascribe meaning to it, and respond to it out of our assessment of it. In so doing, we are reacting to US! To ourselves! To our own perspective and attitude! Our action flows from what we say it means that something happened! And we blame whatever happened for making us do whatever we do in a "It's people like you who make people like me hate people like you" kind of way. That has to stop! And it stops with us, and with our being aware of the power of our own perspective and attitude. Seeing what we are seeing and how we are seeing it changes everything. Taking the time to see our seeing, to see what and how we are seeing, and the way we are impacting ourselves with our interpretation/evaluation/ assessment/response/perspective/ attitude/etc.-- and taking the time necessary to empty ourselves of all of that is to stand in the stillness and silence before what we are seeing, so that we are just seeing what we are looking at just as it is. Being empty and living from emptiness in this way, makes possible a brand new, never experienced, world of wonder and possibility, in which "the old has passed away, and the new is increasingly real." And all it takes is seeing what we look at.
A plausible case could be made for Jesus being a schizophrenic with a messiah complex-- and it would be on a foundation more stable than what has been passed along to us as "the gospel truth" for 2,000 plus years. Which is to say, it does not matter what we believe. It matters what we do. If we do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, in each situation as it arises all our life long, we can believe anything we choose-- as long as it results in doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right way. And, "What is the right thing?" Time will tell. As Jesus said, "Wisdom is known by her children." And, sometimes, it is by her grandchildren, or her great grandchildren. And here is the really tricky part: "The right thing" comes in and out of favor over time! What appears to be right today, appears to be wrong tomorrow, and right again the day after... So what is it really? It is a matter of who says so when. Which brings us back to the here and now and the question of what is the right thing to do. Who is to say? WE are. And we have to be right about it! But how do we know? We sit/stand in the stillness and wait in the silence for what arises/emerges/appears to guide us in knowing/doing. And if it turns out that we were wrong, we do what can be done to redeem our action, making amends and doing penance, and striving for a better outcome next time. Living from the heart toward the best we can imagine/envision and the good of the situation as a whole, moment to moment is the work of every human being. How well we all do that tells the tale.
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Thumbs up, Jim 👍a d carry on✅💕
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