Positive beats negative hands down. Soul-modulated thought beats thought-modulated soul hands up. We may always examine both sides of the coin, know two sides exist to every story.
Each needs to face the vantage point of examination that resonates with them. We should, then, accept viewpoints of those who examined the other side of the coin; it’s the same coin. If we’re using that analogy, the question becomes How do we want to spend it? In other words, what do we wish to make of the same situation.
That leads to some difficult considerations at times. I was reminded of this today by a friend who, knowing how I feel about the Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL), asked me why I haven’t heard that the pipeline cuts over 50% length off of an existing, dated, decaying pipeline that also runs through Native American lands. While the new one would be encroaching on claims of Native Americans, it would be removing the threat from another area. (Of course, I asked why it had to be diverted from passing through a predominantly white city to the current route, and why it wasn’t enough for the Native Americans to just say no, and why…Just too many other considerations for here.)
The point is I thought about and responded to and even respected his question. We could have a dialog. Ultimately, if I’m living in Heart truth and light, I must act according to that. It should not create hatred or animosity towards one another, especially since neither one of us is directly affected. Two people in the fellowship of the Heart can discuss, evaluate, and agree or disagree without hatred.
When I write about social and political issues, I try to remember this. Even though I state my opinions strongly at times, I am aware of the flip side of the record. (Don’t you love mixed metaphors — coins, records, stories!) If I am not self-aware, I can get negative, and I do not feel good when that happens. My focus must remain to evaluate situations in Heart-light. Exposing darkness can tend to the negative, so when that happens, I step back. It doesn’t mean I wouldn’t express my opinion if asked.
Times I do expose Ego-darkness about some issues result from my Heart Purpose to discover — anything and everything I can. When I discover injustices, I address them. I’m sure well-meaning and maybe Heart-motivated folks saw some sort of justification in slavery and then segregation. They did not, as I do not, always use Heart when evaluating. Ego is tricky. However, when gross expressions of Ego that border on death, destruction, dehumanization, oppression, repression — any of these things belches their gross disregard for love and humanity, I will expose it, especially issues that have fantastically manifested themselves recently.
I will create the opportunity to address them, and I will be a voice, however limited, for those affected by organized, conspiratorial oppression. I will help others discover the ego workings of such people. Far beyond that, the energy and emotions I choose are to present my truths that may help folks discover themselves, their own Heart, and know and live their truth, no oppression allowed.
That being said, how do you view the coin of life, of what happens to you in life, of where you are going and how you will get there? One approach is positive, the other negative.
Shakespeare explored the negative view of it in Hamlet through the title character himself. Hamlet perceived the wonders of this creation, including humans themselves: “..the air — look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament (sky), this majestical roof fretted with golden fire — why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.” He recognizes the mark of magnificence and only sees it as worthless to himself.
And speaking of the wonders of humans, he says, “What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust.” He knows humans are god-like, yet he chooses to believe based on the chemical composition side of us.
Looking at and exposing Ego-darkness might lead to such negativity, but not when I allow my Heart to operate my mind and soul.
I thought of one of my favorite authors, Dr. Seuss, and the heart-wisdom that he so often revealed: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” (Oh, the Places You’ll Go). The ability to create, choose, and live our own truth derive from Heart-power.
When it comes to the crap in this world, the only thing that really helps anyone is this attitude of recognizing and accepting the power we hold as bearers of eternal Spirit in these bodies. Heart is the depository, our link, our fullness. This is deliverance from the egomaniacs who look at life from the wrong side of the Heart.
Choose the right side of the coin so you can spend it on Happiness!
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!