I Love your response Kristin Pedemonti.
No one says that it is easy to do this. At no time are we expected to be anything more than Human, certainly not ‘perfect’! Loving our enemies doesn’t mean that we never hate, just that we are quicker to forgive perhaps. It doesn’t mean that we agree with the one who hates, or disagree with the one who takes a less loving stand against the one who hates, perhaps it just means that we are taking a different, more loving (less hating) stance – and that through Grace! If we have hateful words for our opponents, then these too must come to the surface in our lives in order for us to be aware of them, perhaps then seeing our true selves and perhaps in time acknowledging that we are less than perfect too.
I found Jagdish P Dave’s response very helpful too, saying that “However, there is the "being" part in the human being.This is composed of empathy, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and love…”
And I thank you Susan Schaller, for the reminder that “An enemy is someone whose story you haven't heard” Beautiful!
Thank you for healing me. :)))
I felt my world change. There have been two occasions in my life where I have ‘heard’ an inner voice (is this the truest me away deep down within myself?) and it has led to ‘becoming’. I am still becoming. I lived surrounded by family and friends, colleagues and teachers and yet I know now that I was living very much alone. I was surrounded by Love and yet my own fears were what I held closest to me. I smiled at Love and politely said ‘Thank you’ but I never let it in. Yes, on the outside it looked as if I had accepted Love, but I’d never even embraced it, never mind letting it permeate me so as to become one with my being (being Love). So dire was my predicament that I had no choice but to let that Love in or to die. However, just the very fact that I had heard my inner voice was all that I needed in order to move forward, for that voice was also my strength, my very real strength, my true courage and my guiding Light. Yes, as Abhishek has said, before the womb the heartfelt desire, the true seed must be planted. So it is with the Cry of the Earth, we have heard this heartfelt desire, this seed planted within us. We listen to it and find we already have all that we need, our courage within our midst, our strength within our togetherness, our Guiding Light already present in our collective hearts as it has always been throughout the ages. My world has changed, these days I am not so much I as We. Our world has changed, we have all we need to go forward together.
This reminds me of the Truth that we are all born with the Light of Love within us, that spark of the divine, and that though it may be so deeply hidden within us as to be completely unnoticeable from the outside, we can still remember to believe this about everyone and pronouncing a blessing is a way of igniting that flame within someone once again.
I was once walking in darkness too and someone must have been blessing me a lot!
Seeing the Light in everyone today and blessing it.
Lovely to ponder on this a while and to see what comes to me from within... God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference!
I used to walk with the weight of the world upon my shoulders and there are daays still when it tries to bear me down :-) but we live and learn to let go. Have a wonder filled day. P
On Dec 19, 2018 patjos wrote on We Were Made for These Times, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes:
Thank you, there is such strength in this.
No, that is not what geat ships are built for - we are built to sail and be tossed and torn on the wild ocean, but one fine day we shall sail again into safe havens.