Am I just like them because I don’t understand them? Where is my tolerance and love for anyone who is different than me? I have contemplated this on several occasions and my way of dealing with it is to put up my 4x4 ‘Happy Zone”. You see in my Happy Zone, I am surrounded by the golden white light from the Divine where only love and light may flow in and only love and light may flow out. There is no room for hate or intolerance in this space. I go on about my day and live in my reality of love and light.
There is a flaw to this I am beginning to discover. It’s as if I’m sweeping problems under a rug so I don’t have to deal with them. After all, I didn’t create it; those weren’t my thoughts or opinions of others. I am not responsible for how someone else chooses to live. I am only in charge of myself. I have told myself this over and over, and I do believe it, but…
It feels to me that when I sweep all that “stuff” under the rug, it just piles up. I didn’t do anything to dissolve it, I just covered it up. What happens when it is time to shake out the rug? How can I change the energy of all of that stuff that was covered up?
If I choose to go in the direction of non-resistance in order to diffuse energy instead of feeding it, does that really help? Or does non-resistance keep the negativity going because I am not doing anything to say that it is wrong? The struggle that goes on inside of me can be exhausting at times.
As I was contemplating that last thought, I heard one of my guides say, “What would Gandhi do?”
What would Gandhi do? I have no idea.
I looked to the New Age Wizard of Oz, a.k.a. Google. The all knowing great and powerful search engine that helps us find all of our answers to all of our questions. I found a few practical lessons of Gandhi.
1. Focus on the Inner Journey
- The focus of Gandhi’s life was his quest for self-realization. He had a daily practice of meditation and prayer and often said that his sole goal was to come “face to face with God.”
So for me this message is to look within and concentrate on my relationship with the Divine and work on myself.
2. Practice Nonviolence
- Gandhi believed that one cannot not harm another without harming oneself. Gandhi recognized that if God is in everyone, as he deeply believed, then he would have to love everyone, even his enemy.
I resonate with this; non-resistance can work, it does not mean that I am being complaisant. I cannot put my ideas and values on to anyone else for this will only hurt everyone involved. Who says what I believe is right for someone else? To find fault in someone elses beliefs or values is finding fault with my own.
3. Serve Others
- Gandhi believed that God is in every person, without exception. Therefore, he devoted himself to serving humanity, especially the poor and outcast.
So I need to respect all of “those people”. If I don’t, who will respect me?
4. Be the Change
- In large and small matters, Gandhi would not ask another person to do something he himself was not willing to do. This is best summed up in the Gandhi’s famous quote “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
In a nutshell, practice what I preach.
5. Experiment with Your Deepest Values
- Gandhi said, “Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could do. Life and its problems have thus become to me so many experiments in the practice of truth and nonviolence.”
Keep trying until I get it right and live and be the person I want to be for myself.
I don’t know that I can achieve such oneness and inner beauty as Gandhi. I just know that I must keep trying to be in love and light. I’m like the little engine that could. I am just going to keep going down this track and get back on it when I get derailed. I am going to keep my “Happy Zone” because that is the change I want to see in the world even if it’s only 4x4. Perhaps one day it will double, triple or better yet, continue to grow larger than I could ever imagine.
Be the Change.
20 quotes from such a wonderful spirit:
1. “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”
2. “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
3. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
4. “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
5. “You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
6. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed”
7. “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”
8. “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
9. “God has no religion.”
10. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
11. "Hate the sin, love the sinner."
12. "I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life."
13. "In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth." - See more at: http://humansarefree.com/2011/01/mahatma-gandhi.html#sthash.Qg2XGUMy.dpuf