Sometimes one has to fight for what is right. Sometimes there is no other way to meet any injustice the moment brings than with the intention of setting it right. The task though (and the trick!) is to take whatever actions are necessary without allowing negativity to seep into oneself. Hatred, resentment, judging the character of the opposition — all of these states and thoughts — are not only useless but spiritually destructive. We must do the best we can with what we understand is the right and true way to proceed. If we won’t allow ourselves to be inflamed — meaning stay watchful, instead of blindly willful –- we will exit any trial a truer person… whether or not we “win” the desired outcome.
In the end there is only one real struggle, and that is between what is dark, unconscious, and downward trending, with what is light, aware, and ascending. Choose wisely and you cannot lose.
Here’s a beautiful lesson in invisible justice, one that will help you let go of any revenge-filled, self-tangling thought. We need never concern ourselves with whether or not some wrongdoer will get his just due. Here’s why: any person who does wrong to another is already punished. More correctly stated, anyone who acts unjustly in life instantaneously ensures that he or she will be corrected by the celestial laws that govern all such trespasses. It doesn’t matter one bit that you or I don’t see this law enacted to our satisfaction. The fact remains: an invisible justice system already exists. This means we need never judge anyone, nor wish some sentence of suffering upon him or her. This understanding is a gift of great freedom known only by the true few. And we can count ourselves among these liberated ones if we are willing to learn what we must.
Question: I love the truth but, truth be told, I struggle every day of my life to remember it in moments I really need to! Though I don’t like the thought, lately I’m beginning to think that maybe my relationship with Truth/Light is more imagined than real… but I’m in the dark about this! Any comments?
Answer: We say that we love the truth, light, kindness, you name it… but in the moment of some trial (as a rule) the first thing we turn to — to act as our guide — is some kind of dark troubled thought or angry feeling to “tell” us who we are and what’s to be done. In other words, though we say we love what is right, bright, and true… what we give ourselves over to is some form of negative reaction. Before we can learn what it really means to give ourselves to Love, to God, to the Higher Life (as one sees it), we must first stop mechanically giving ourselves to these lower aspects of our present nature. This is why all true spiritual teachings say one must “die” before one can be “born.” We must awaken to what is unreal (imagined) within us before we can know the Reality of Love.
There is no such thing as independence without responsibility. And there is no such thing as responsibility that doesn’t have a cost. People today want their freedom for nothing: “I don’t want to work for what I have. You owe it to me.” Such is the condition and the downward trend of physical existence. Even spiritually, people want to go somewhere and get tapped on the head with a peacock feather. They want to call on Christ and say, “I’m a sinner,” and believe that they’re relieved of the irresponsible nature they live from. Think how cruel and horrible a god it would be that would indeed allow you to remain living from the same nature you are now, when all you have to do is say, “I’m sorry.” Where’s the payment in that?
The cost of independence is given to us to pay in the discovery of our secret captivity… not captives of people, places and things, but captives of an undeveloped consciousness — captives of a mind that continues to hope that chasing anything will deliver us from the payment and the pain, the taxation and vexation of the pursuit.
The sweet payment, the real beautiful cost that we have to pay, is the discovery that we have been paying our whole life for what is powerless to produce what it promises. Freedom is about dying to the belief that our unenlightened state can bring us happiness and wholeness.
So you begin to extract yourself from your self… that’s the cost… because to extract yourself from your self is to extract “you” from your future, to extract “you” from the pain of your past. You extract yourself from your self because you have seen that your self is not your self at all, and that the will of your present self is not the will of the Real Life that you long for. As that becomes clear, so does the cost you must pay for the independence that only God can grant.