What we see when we look at….

Anything.  Lately, Gentle Reader, it has been a rather disturbingly visionary time for me.  It is as though in a way everything has become visible and it’s all…a bit strange.  Because it’s not just a never ending view of faces in clouds, but it’s as though what everyone is thinking is like a film strip I’m watching.  I’m trying not to get too frantic in my search for the “off” switch.

The other day whilst realizing the truth of the Buddha’s reminder that we create our world with our thoughts, it was like crashing through a whole bunch of divergent worlds when I bumbled through all the day’s interactions.  Just because YOU can see that love is the glue of the universe, doesn’t mean anybody else around you does.  What they see is just as real to them as what you see is to you, and can be very important to bear in mind.  When what you see isn’t particularly something for which you can provide a cogent explanation (like, say why you’re doing what you’re doing or love who you love), AND if heaven forfend it is something that clashes with the audience’s perspective on what is real, sturm und drang can and does ensue.  The admonition to play nicely doesn’t always stick, after all.

It really is macrocosm in microcosm: Everything we feel and think and our experiences are our-sized versions of things that go on everywhere, both in larger and smaller forms throughout the cosmos.  Really.  What is it, I wonder, that keeps us all from doing the “right” thing.  From stepping back when we feel ourselves getting overextended, overemotional, reactive.  Like, say, wouldn’t it be great if Israel decides that even talking about bombing Iran is a bit over the top?.  Or  Assad decides maybe he should, for the moment, step back from killing everyone in Syria?  Maybe every individual with their finger on the trigger of an AK-47 could stop and reflect that there might be an easier way to live than being caged inside anger.  Maybe every politician could take a vow of silence for the rest of…well, for a Long Time.  We, in our daily lives, can decide NOT to bite our loved one’s head off because old material in us is being activated.  What keeps us from doing that?

It might be put forth that the pressures and difficulties of life intrude on the use of common sense.  It seems easier to go with the habitual (after all, Nature IS a creature of habit) when it often really isn’t.    Somehow we have really fallen for the okey doke.   It comes down to the challenges of really being present, really paying attention, and really thinking about what one experiences.  It’s all a huge opportunity to learn- and once the habit is developed of REMOVING the thorn from the paw instead of stepping on it, ramming it in deeper, and going into a frenzy, it really does get better.  You see much, much more of what is before you and as a result your decision making improves.  A dazzling array comes forth, with not just differences but huge swathes of similarity, which make it conducive to feeling at home in life.  It doesn’t get easier, but it does get better.  If things have been a particular way for your entire experience of them, expecting them to be different just creates a problem. As does applying those expectations to others.   If you can, however, step back, exercise restraint and respect, and let a higher good than personal gratification be the operating principle- we might all get someplace, and soon.  So whether it’s a toxic person or toxic waste: There IS a solution and it is really easier than we think.   Now, if I could just get this into a Youtube video- just think!! Instead of going around shooting people we could have mass kiss-ins!  Or hand shakes and smiles…..what a concept.

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