Last time: Unanticipated Consequences.
This time: Existential Mysticism and Powerful Medicine.
Can you sit with eyes closed and go deep inside to discover the source of inner peace, vital force and and real joy? Can you open your eyes and discover how to transform daily life into your spiritual path?
Principle 2. The Principle of Action and Reaction. Second Week.
When you force something towards an end you produce the contrary.
Last week we focused on the general structure and implications of the principle. This week we’ll investigate how this principle played out (or didn’t) in our past. Can I discover situation where I applied or violated this principle? Did this have particular consequences? How would I characterize these results?
This week’s meeting is an opportunity to discuss our thoughts, doubts, questions, and insights about this principle. If you can’t join us for that interchange you might consider creating a situation where you can meet with with others for an hour or so a week in a meeting of your own. If you need help figuring out how to do that just get in touch.
Every morning (even before getting out of bed or opening your eyes) consider for a brief moment how applying this principle could change your day. Imagine the specific events and encounters you think will arise and how you want to face them. Before going to sleep briefly review the day. Try to remember (without self-praise or criticism) when you felt “in agreement with yourself” (i.e. your feelings, thoughts, and actions were all aligned in the same direction). Notice when you felt angry, violent or in disagreement with yourself. Consider the principle briefly. In a surprisingly short time you will notice positive results. Guaranteed!
General Considerations and Personal Reflections:
I hope these reflections might be useful raw material for your own meditations and they are being shared in that spirit.
Remember this principle doesn’t say that forcing produces the opposite! If I pressure someone to do what I want it doesn’t mean that they won’t do it, or that they’ll pressure me in return, it’s not quite that simple.
Consider these examples that Laozi gives in the Tao Te Ching (from my “translations”)
Fill a cup to the brim and it’s likely to spill.
Over sharpen a blade and it only loses its edge more quickly.
The more you accumulate the more you have to lose.
Celebrity and fame bring scandal and disgrace.
Do your work and let it go. This is the way of heaven.
Standing on tiptoe you lose your balance.
Running full out you are quickly exhausted.
People see through boastfulness.
The braggart appears weak.
Like crumbs from a meal, or empty promises.
They bring no satisfaction.
Those who follow the way leave all that aside.
This week we are considering this principle and how it applies to past situations. Next week we’ll look at how the principle of action and reaction might apply to our present situations. All of this is not just in order to deepen our understanding this particular principle, but also to begin to reflect more rigorously about our daily behaviour.
We find our way by looking for how to increase our “internal unity” i.e. the feeling of being in agreement with ourselves. That unity arises when your feelings, thoughts, and actions align in the same direction. We are always trying to navigate away from “contradiction” i.e. the sensation of being at war with ourselves, and towards coherence.
Eyes Wide Open!
Some types of meditation require you to sit down and close your eyes.
This ain’t that kind of meditation!
Or should I say it isn’t just that kind of mediation; it’s that, and more. It also requires that you dive into the midst of life, living intensely with your eyes wide open.
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