A fine mind said this . . . . . . .
“But here she is, all mine, trying her best to give me all she can. How can I ever hurt her? But I didn’t understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair.”
~ “South of the Border, West of the Sun” by Haruki Murakami
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. No one can be neutral. We cannot start from scratch.
There are consequences that come out of prolonged efforts to find out about ourselves. We are always applying what we learn, whether we see it in action or not, whether we want to or not. To cut a long story short, this means that changing ourselves and changing the world are inextricably linked, even if the connection is hard to see. And this is a two way street.
Perhaps you have already saved the life of the person
who will grow up to be the next Hitler.
What we do, both deliberately and accidentally, affects our inner selves and the outer world, (this connects to the page on Patterns). This interaction involves complexity beyond our imagining. Trying to predict and track such change is vastly difficult. Yet we see that a few snowflakes can start an avalanche. The acorn grows into a tall tree. In essence, this means the if the seeds in your heart are true, they will bear good fruit eventually. In summary, get your heart right and then your choices follow more easily. It does not rule out error, it might still be a road through hell, but you have done all you can if your heart is clear. If you are not sure if your heart is clear, then, find out. You find out by diligently applying your method of self-discovery and of course this something only you can do, (albeit with help and guidance from others).
If you can find what is really true for you, it follows, that you stand a better chance of seeing what is also true in the world. In other words, we can find what is true ‘outside’ as well as ‘inside’, because they are inextricably connected, they are in a pattern : ( it is usual, to start on the ‘inside’ first). It therefore follows, if we can find what is true in the world, then, we can decide which parts of the process to nurture. It helps us understand the choices we have already made.
We are already swimming in the river so we are already wet – in that we have no choice – but we can choose which direction to swim in. So over time, Constancy and choice are more and more deeply linked. Over time, Constancy shows us the choices we are making, the choices we have made, and the choices we did not make. We get to see the patterns and choices and how they frame what we see. So we are watching mental phenomena and part of that is watching the framing of what we see. In summary, we might be watching the acorn but we are seeing the roots, the seedling, the young tree, the mature tree and its decline back into the ground. All of these phases are of course connected and Constancy reveals the patterns of their connection. The seeing of Constancy is therefore a dynamic act and not a passive observance. This is the crucial distinction between the mindfulness of Constancy and the ordinary looking of awareness.
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