I see that we must have duality in this world. Everything in the world has an opposite, and so I see that as Law, or Absolute.
But this quickly changes the game on me. All those bumper stickers about “World Peace”, and all those ideas about finding a solution to homelessness, or any kind of idea of any “perfect” situation just goes out the window. John Lennon sang of perfection in his song “Imagine”, and it is, I must admit, a beautiful ideal.
There are a lot of people in the spiritual communities who are very much into the idea of “saving the world”.
It’s just another ego trip. This is just something that you are doing to feel better about yourself. Yes it is “positive” as opposed to putting someone down in order to feel better about yourself, but still… You are just trying to feel better about yourself. It’s like the Rambo movie, with all the same drama.
“Look at me! I’m “Peace Man!”
Okay, well this is at first a little depressing I know. But I’m not here to depress you. I’m here because someone is going to read this and “get it”. This is going to make a positive change in someone. Possible in a lot of people. And I’m not doing this to save you or the world either. I don’t need to feel better about myself. I don’t need to feel better about you either.
If we must have both “good” and “bad”, if this is how the world is and it is Law or Absolute, then this also negates both of these ideas. If you need one in order to have the other, then both are necessary to the process. This means that “good” is not really “good” and “bad” is not really “bad”. If you can’t have one without the other, then are they not one in the same?
Do you see?
So you stop seeing things as “good” or “bad”. Things just are. And trust me, this has put me through a lot of changes, and forced me to ask myself questions that I didn’t even know existed. Well, actually it is the same old questions, but my answers are very different now, because my perception of the world is very different now.
I am not the body or the mind. I am not what you see. I am SPIRIT. Pure Awareness. I AM awake and I am ready! And I do not have the need to create a false sense of superiority. I know I’m not going to “save the world” or wipe out homelessness. It is no use. Impossible.
But what I also know is that I am to make a difference in someone’s life today. As an awakened SPIRIT, I can decide what I want to do. I can decide what my purpose is. And my purpose is not to “save the world” but to maybe help one person. Maybe not to end homelessness, but to feed a hungry person and make them laugh. When you think something bad has happened, I understand. But I also see that whatever has happened is only a necessary part of the process. I can be strong and sit with you. And most importantly, I can love you. I can be understanding.
As I let go of and detach from the idea of “good” and “bad”, I am less and less affected by the outer world around me. And so much of the time I can remain in a calm and centered place, or what the Buddha called “The Middle Way”. (at least I think that’s what he meant)
You may ask me now, “Kyle, if there is no “good” or “bad” then what is your point? You want to help people, which is “good”, and you just told me that there is no “good”.
But I did not say that we don’t experience “good” and “bad” or that these don’t exist. What I am saying is that they are one in the same.
The “Middle Way” is neither. It is emotional balance. It feels the kind of “good” that has no opposite. The mystics call it “Joy” or sometimes even “bliss”.
So the idea is to get off the see-saw or the emotional roller coaster. The idea is to stop falling for it. The idea is to actually not be controlled by the outer world, but to control your self. The idea is to wake up and realize who and what you truly are.
This means that if you want to change the world, you must start with changing yourself. Any time I meet someone who is feverishly trying to change something in the world, no matter if it is for a “good” cause or a “bad” cause, this simply lets me know that they are not wanting to look within themselves.
At some point we come to see the “good” and the “bad” as…… ONE.
Kyle Shiver is a spiritual healer and holistic health practitioner who works with clients all over the world via phone and Skype, or in his office in Savannah Georgia. Call 912-495-8520 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org