“Suspicion.. forgive my heart…” goes the song. Fear clouds the mind and makes the frightened “defend” by attacking everything they do not understand. Even their best friends. Once violence starts the toxicity becomes infectious and escalates, feeding on both itself and everything in its path.
Anything different and not understood is fair game for attack and reality is revised to make the sufferer feel noble about criminal activity he dresses up and “heroism.” And you never know whether the dreaded “others” suffer from the same disease.
Get two groups each subscribing to a different fantasy myth, or greed, or other mental insecurities who are suffering the same suspicion, feed it with gossip and conflict is just around the corner, ready to explode.
Experts have deduced that the bulk of conversation is defending a stance. The rest, a small portion is communication, actually communing and transmitting knowledge and information.
Harold Pinter, the playwright, said casually in conversation, “The least word wrong, stands out, you know…” ”
Everything is energy. When we leave off dressing it up with our prejudices we can relate and harmonize in the best way for a given moment.
Somewhere between paranoia and compliancy is the fact as it stands. This salient aspect of precision in fact finding, “intelligence” as it tends to be oxymoronically referred to, is not only missed by the average dunderhead but also by the most funded “intelligence” agencies on the planet. That’s why massive resources such as could solve all human problems of food, water, shelter, education, medicine, repairing environments and so much more, are instead predominantly fed towards increasing the problem.
Excuses abound but doing the obviously right thing is always most economical in the long term.
“Economic crisis?” Perhaps, but in the face of the fact that the greater portion of humanity never had any facilities; could it simply be that we have painted ourselves into a corner with badly, planned, ill advised, mismanaged dishonesty rather than any real crises.
The air is still relatively breathable, the sun still rises, food still grows. Maybe this too will change, but for today, we live.
Glass half full or glass half empty, is an attitude which makes all the difference in real outcomes.
I often wonder why it is, when we are told “the economy is doing poorly” people seem well off. And when it is “doing well” people seem to be struggling. So whose “economy “ are we talking about?
In the economy of life in the universe and nature, such as it is, man’s rules fade into petty insignificance. Nature will have her own back and this with interest. Compounded. Errors are not bailed out.
On the path of daily training we find out and as a function of meting ourselves, warts and all, our good, bad and indifferent multifaceted attributes, that it is possible to become able to resolve ancient wounds of the soul. By healing our own psyches we heal that of the world.
Reconcile reactions and responses often not dealt with in the brevity of one mere lifetime. Resultantly we become prepared for such exigencies as would freeze most into a compromised result.
In Budo training persistence is everything. By chipping away indomitably forward, we progressively reaffirm our goals in manageable steps towards an improved ideal. And a better attitude and way of looking at things as they are.
Practicing fully conscious and precise action in the present moment transforms. Doing this to discover the most harmonious possibility, even more so.
The complacent tend to cling to and repeat the errors of the past instead of learning from them and making them the steppingstones that mistakes are intended to be.
Our training becomes a barometer for our real status and relationship with the world, whereby we can measure ourselves and correct the weaknesses of openings otherwise detrimental.
We find out things about ourselves we either did not know or did not want to admit to. All good because in bursting these boils of stagnant energy we free up the brighter circulation of the spirit.
One Aikido class, properly conducted is the equivalent life compression of many years. Conducted in a sacred space of mutual respect, this being paramount, it brings about remarkable awakenings.
The triggering of old rages, feelings, reactions and other foibles to the surface is more than many can experience in one life.
There is only one place those shadows of fear dwell and only one place they can be eradicated: And that is within oneself.
This is the beginning of the principle of Aiki taking root on earth and growing towards heaven. Where Ten and Chi meet is Aiki; and the real human being is a conduit for this mighty, yet gentle expression.
The more you practice the better it gets.