|Trying to get back on track.
||[Jul. 16th, 2014|10:54 am]
Well...that last post of mine was a big ball of hatred, wasn't it?|
I'm not going to apologize because I don't really want to be absolved here. I want to own it, understand it, and use it as fertilizer to grow something better.
I have realized that it's not enough for me to return kindness to a horrible act. I need to do more: If the world treats me negatively, even if it's just an unkind thought directed towards me, I need to respond with actions directed by loving thoughts.
WAIT! I don't need to be spiritually receptive to see you roll your eyes. But I have scientific proof that negative thoughts cause physical reactions in the world. OK, fine, not proof. But evidence!
It's in the movie I AM by Tom Shadyac, 43 minutes in the film. (I recommend the film as a whole, but I'm guessing you'll want to cut to the chase. And, yes, it's on Netflix.) Mr. Shadyac isn't your average
nut job spiritual seeker. He's a successful Hollywood director (Ace Ventura, Pet Detective) and producer (Shady Acres is his company). The experiment shows electrodes being hooked up to some yoghurt and seeing what happens when negative thoughts are sent out. Sounds hokey, but you watch it and give me your own explanation for what happens.
Getting back to how this affects me directly. My goal is to live like this quote from a book I am reading: For hatred, as we know all too well, has no problem announcing itself and its intentions to the world. Our response should not just be that we oppose hate; our response must be that we love the world.
I have a lot of work to do before I reach that level, but at least I know what the work is.