Principle 8 Comprehended Action 4 – 2021

“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 4
Last time: Phantoms and Laughs
This time: Outgrowing old beliefs and ideas.
This seems a good opportunity to emphasize once again that the Principles present a kind of system — or tapestry if you prefer. To understand them I have to consider each one in the light of the others. In applying them— more than attempting to find a tactic for a particular problem — I am trying to weave together a way of facing life, a general direction, or style of life. 
More Than A Slogan
And where does this direction point. Well, obviously it’s up to each one of us to decide where we would like to be heading but if we had to come up with a reminder — how about something like this —  I want to move towards a situation where I’m not at war with myself, where I can tap into the vital energy to face life’s daily challenges, and where I face the uncertain future joyously.  
In other words what I seek is to make the phrase Peace, Force and Joy, into more than a slogan.
This Week:
Previously we concentrated on the general structure and scope of this principle. We then turned to how we applied, or could have applied, this principle in the past. Finally last week we considered the present. This week we try to relate it to the future and pending situations.


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.
We began this week with a story of a poor shepherd and their blanket. They discovered that discovery that problem (being cold at night) wasn’t that the blanket had changed. Rather the cause of the problem was that the shepherd had grown, and so the blanket could no longer cover them.
In our reflections of the future and this principle it seems fitting to turn to a larger example. Here’s a short video where Silo’s proposes a surprising answer to questions about the roots of our current global anxieties. In these two clips from an extended conversation about the state of the world, among other things,  he affirms that that the chaotic moment we are living through is a result of us outgrowing old beliefs, and ideologies (social systems, ideas, and institutions). He seems to affirm while it hard to discern that’s a good, or at least inevitable, sign of real growth for the human being.
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.
I want to increasingly move toward a situation where I’m not at war with myself, where I can tap into the vital energy to face life’s daily challenges, and where I face the uncertain future joyously.  
Coming up:
Next week we’ll begin our considerations of principle 9 (the principle of liberty). It says: “When You Harm Others You Remain Enchained, But If You Do Not Harm Anyone You May Freely Do Whatever You Want”.
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