student_for_life wrote:"In the largest sense, all the “bad” things that happen are of your choosing. The
mistake is not in choosing them, but in calling them bad. For in calling them bad, you
call your Self bad, since you created them.
This label you cannot accept, so rather than label your Self bad, you disown your
own creations. It is this intellectual and spiritual dishonesty which lets you accept a
world in which conditions are as they are. If you had to accept—or even felt a deep
inner sense of—personal responsibility for the world, it would be a far different
place. This would certainly be true if everyone felt responsible. That this is so
patently obvious is what makes it so utterly painful, and so poignantly ironic."
The realization that we are at the cause of all the worlds misery is truly the most facing one. Because who do we want to be regarding this situation? Will we do our everything we can to make sure we stop it from happening?
This one particularly is a 'hard truth':
You claim that there are good reasons that 40,000 people a day must die of hunger. There are no good reasons. Yet at a time when you say you can do nothing to stop 40,000 people a day from dying of hunger, you bring 50,000 people a day into your world to begin a new life. And this you call love. This you call God’s plan. It is a plan which totally lacks logic or reason, to say nothing of compassion.
I am showing you in stark terms that the world exists the way it exists because you have chosen for it to. You are systematically destroying your own environment, then pointing to so-called natural disasters as evidence of God’s cruel hoax, or Nature’s harsh ways. You have played the hoax on yourself, and it is your ways which are cruel.
Nothing, nothing is more gentle than Nature. And nothing, nothing has been more cruel to Nature than man. Yet you step aside from all involvement in this; deny all responsibility. It is not your fault, you say, and in this you are right It is not a question of fault, it is a matter of choice.
But I did not choose to get hit by that truck! I did not choose to get mugged by that robber, or raped by that maniac. People could say that. There are people in the world who could say that.
You are all at root cause for the conditions which exist which create in the robber the desire, or the perceived need, to steal. You have all created the consciousness which makes rape possible. It is when you see in yourself that which caused the crime that you begin, at last, to heal the condition from which it sprang.
Feed your hungry, give dignity to your poor. Grant opportunity to your less fortunate. End the prejudice which keeps masses huddled and angry, with little promise of a better tomorrow. Put away your pointless taboos and restrictions upon sexual energy—rather, help others to truly understand its wonder, and to channel it properly. Do these things and you will go a long way toward ending robbery and rape forever.
As for the so-called “accident”—the truck coming around the bend, the brick falling from the sky—learn to greet each such incident as a small part of a larger mosaic. You have come here to work out an individual plan for your own salvation. Yet salvation does not mean saving yourself from the snares of the devil. There is no such thing as the devil, and hell does not exist. You are saving yourself from the oblivion of non-realization.
You cannot lose in this battle. You cannot fail. Thus it is not a battle at all, but simply a process.
Especially the 'you have all created the consciousness which makes rape possible' is interesting to hear. We don't need to be hard on ourselves, we all do our best and we are all seen as perfect in the eyes of God but it's true. Every time we still act in fear and judgement we still partake in the negativity, and because we are all connected it is linked and connected to all actions around the world.