Monday, June 15 2009
If I permit myself to be swallowed up by the error and ignorance already contained in the collective mind, I have multiplied that error and ignorance.
No matter which way I turn, I am brought sharply back to individual responsiblity. No matter what chains were put on me by parental ignorance, by society, by any human influence, I and I alone must break my own chains. I cannot break yours; you cannot break mine though we love each other dearly.
I am faced with the uncomfortable fact that as long as I continue to ascribe my condition or situation to any other, whether human, god, or devil, I have simply postponed my freedom from that condition or situation.
While it is true that some seem faced with almost impossible odds, such odds have their purpose. They are part of individual destiny, predetermind by past actions or present soul needs.
When this insight first dawns the responsibility it implies is almost overwhelming, but when finally understood there is peace and a sense of power and balance. For though the lack of any excuse may be bitter at first, there also comes the sure knowledge that I am not a helpless chip on the ocean of mankind's collective mind. I am capable of steering toward a better shore.
Whatever past actions or thoughts created the present situation, change is the only permanent thing in life. I can change. By accepting the creative power of my thoughts and acting in a responsible way, I can eliminate the thoughts and actions that created an undesirable way I can now meet the present situation with understanding rather than spin my energy wheels in blame, resentment, or self pity.
Once I cease to waste time wallowing in the effect, I can seek cause. And once I determine cause, I can eliminate or change it. If this is done, the effect will alter accordingly. This is the great lesson mankind must learn. Before there is any relief from humanity's many problems, we must cease blaming the effect and seek cause.
We have a perfect demonstration in our physical world in that no dis-ease is cured until its cause is acknowledged and the right treatment determined.