An Inside Story 20
WHEN we begin to consciously observe the way our mind works, especially the way we react to people and events in our daily lives, we discover one of the keys to the successful evolution of our mind. We see that if we are not consciously aware of the way we are reacting to life’s many challenges, then we have no hope of changing inadequate reactions for the better?
Our mind is full of beliefs and judgments that we are completely unaware of. We are like robots most of the time – unconsciously sieving our daily life through a veil of opinions built up from the past and then making an assumption on what we believe life is like.
This means of course, that we are not seeing life as it is, only our perception of life viewed through a curtain of prejudices, which as a result makes us very unforgiving. We may not believe that we are an unforgiving person, but by standing aside and watching how we automatically react to incidents in everyday life and our resulting judgments, we will be shocked to find that that is not so.
In our caveman days it was not advisable to forgive anyone, (man or beast) who maybe stole our food, shelter or our women or men, for that could be disastrous to the future of our clan. We needed to not forgive them, so as to guard against them doing it again. But that is not now the case.
Whether we forgive or not is not really the problem so much as the unawareness of the fact that we are unforgiving. Un-forgiveness is a cancer that spreads its tentacles in the unconscious darkness of our mind causing us to critically judge others and life itself. We cannot cure that disease if we are not even aware that we have it.
Un-forgiveness is a relic of the past that, although no longer needed, we still unconsciously hang onto. As with all our other negative emotions, it cannot exist in a conscious mind where there is only unconditional acceptance and forgiveness for every person and event that we encounter in our daily lives.
There is no need then to do anything, the conscious seeing is the cure to all our mental ills…
Dan’s Quote: “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds
_____________on the heel that has crushed it.”- Mark Twain