Principle 2 Action and Reaction 2 – 2021

Principle 2. The Principle of Action and Reaction. Second Week
When you force something towards an end you produce the contrary.
Last time: Unanticipated Consequences. 
This time: Existential Mysticism and Powerful Medicine.
Illustration by Rafael Edwards
This Week:
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? 
Existential Mysticism?
Illustration by Rafael Edwards
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
Chapter 9 
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.
Chapter 24
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.
Coming up:
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. 
Powerful Medicine:
Every morning (perhaps 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 and important results. Guaranteed!
26. You may agree with me or not, but in any case I will affirm that this is the only way forward: If you want to grow, you will help those around you to grow.
Internal Landscape Chapter IX, Contradiction and Unity

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