The opportunity to engage in conscious practical application of spiritual principles is unending. At times, this state of relating with others seems like a constant tennis match. Back and forth our communication goes. Sometimes it lands out of bounds. Sometimes it is entirely missed. Sometimes it seems like the referee makes the wrong call and everything is misjudged and interpreted incorrectly.
Depending on our willingness or resistance to practice the conscious principles we aspire to live from, we may look at communication challenges as gifts to help us improve or we may default each time to a reactive state of stepping out of the bounds of propriety with harsh overreaction, judgment and futile feelings that some cosmic misfortune has befallen us and we are misjudged and victimized.
Recently something was said at me that I found profoundly insulting. When I left, I was certain that my only recourse was to adorn protective armor and to justifiably cut them out of my heart and mind. However, they currently exist as a professional placeholder in my circle of influence and that option will not work.
It was no accident that immediately following that, I was loading video for our online classes. In referencing Raymond Holliwell’s book. Working With The Law and discussing the chapter on The Law of Non-Resistance, I revisited the story about a landlady of a boarding house who complained to the author about having a collective of people who were difficult, argumentative, back-stabbing and dishonest living under her roof. This particular law reminds us that what we resist persists. This resistance is activated physically as well as mentally. As we resist in seeing the best of people, the best in people remains absent. Using this law reveals that I can stay in my indignation or I can simply not take it personally, engage in defensiveness and ultimately do the work I am constantly teaching and speaking of – to recognize the divinity in everyone and have no expectations or needs from them.
This is what the landlady in the story opted to do. She began to greet her tenants with a smile regardless of past behaviors. She stayed true to cordiality and within weeks the tone of the household had made a 180 degree turn. She could have stayed rightfully indignant or decided to experiment with the law.
That was my reset, to follow the example of the landlady. I have yet to see the totality of this mental harvest but I am already far more peaceful and in alignment with who I desire to be. Stay tuned.