Principle 8 Comprehended Action 2 – 2020

You Will Make Your Conflicts Disappear When You Understand Them In Their Ultimate Root, Not When You Want To Resolve Them

Principle 8. Comprehended Action. Week 2.

Last time: A pause in which to consider more deeply

This time: Where’s the Root?

This week:

Last week we looked at the basic structure of this principle, its general meaning, and broad implications. We also considered some observations about, and illustrations of, the Principle of Comprehended Action in general.  This week we turn to the past and try to understand the principle in the light of what has happened (or could have happened) in previous situations. 

The weekly and daily reflections proposed here are meant to help us turn the principles into a dynamic and permanent meditation, and aid us in shaping a new  style, or way, of engaging with life.

General Considerations and Personal Reflections:
Here are some personal reflections. I offer them in the spirit of dialogue and exchange, and look forward to hearing your thoughts about, and experiences with, this principle.
Illustration by Rafael Edwards

I don’t find it hard to remember occasional, usually mild, but sometimes serious conflicts of all kinds in my past. I consider myself a pretty peaceful and obliging person but I can recall conflicts with others in my personal life, at school, at work, and even some in the most casual encounters. I also recognize no lack of internal conflicts in what I desire, between what I wish and what is the case, between what I think, feel and do, and even between simultaneously held beliefs which really don’t agree with each other. 

I find it easy to believe that wanting to resolve those conflicts won’t be enough but is it really the case that understanding their “ultimate root”  will make them disappear?  How and why would that work? I can easily find examples in my past where wanting didn’t do the trick. Can I find examples where understanding did? When it didn’t was the problem that I didn’t go deep enough?

Here’s an easier way to start. Take a past conflict into which you think you now have better insight. Imagine yourself back then but with the insight you’ve gained over time. Could it resolve the problem? Does the comprehension make a solution possible or is the comprehension itself the solution?

It’s always worthwile to try to find one or two concrete examples, real or imagined, that can illustrate the principle in the proposed aspect: past, present, future. The search (succesful or not), like the search for an illustration, a piece of music, a poem, a tale or a joke, all get the gears turning, helping us to explore the principle anew.
Worth Repeating:

We are trying to change or strengthen our mental direction. 

We want to move from a situation of internal conflict to one of internal unity, i.e. agreement between what we think, what we feel, and what we do.

Coming up:

Next week we’ll consider Principle 8 (Comprehended Action) in the light of our present situations.

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