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GUEST,Frank BS: Advice for anti-war anti-bushites here (112* d) RE: BS: Advice for anti-war anti-bushites here 31 Dec 05


"I see a lot of unecessary anger here. Some people cannot accept the world as it is and they are constantly upset and fighting things they will never change."

Anger is a potent energy if used correctly.

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"2. When you find yourself reacting with anger or opposition to any
person or circumstance, realize that you are only struggling with
yourself. Putting up resistance is the response of defenses created by
old hurts. When you relinquish this anger, you will be healing yourself and cooperating with the flow of the universe."

There is no human being that doesn't feel anger. To deny this is to deny human feelings. But it's important to channel the anger so that it doesn't eat you up.

"3. Live in the present, for it is the only moment you have. Keep your
attention on what is here and now; look for the fullness in every moment. Accept what comes to you totally and completely so that you can appreciate it, learn from it, and then let it go. The present is as it should be. It reflects infinite laws of Nature that have brought you this exact thought, this exact physical response. This moment is as it is because the universe is as it is. Don't struggle against the infinite scheme of things; instead, be at one with it."

It's not necessary to accept injustice in the world. This is the problem with so much "self-help spirituality". It denies the energy that channelled anger can do to create a better world.

"4. Relinquish your need for external approval. You alone are the judge
of your worth, and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. There is great freedom in this realization."

This means to me that Chopra can't speak for all of us. The infinite worth is about not just you but for everyone. No navel gazing can make the world a better place.

"5. Know that the world "out there" reflects your reality "in here." The people you react to most strongly, whether you love or hate, are
projections of your inner world. What you most hate is what you most
deny in yourself. What you most love is what you most wish for in
yourself. Use the mirror of relationships to guide your evolution. The
goal is total self-knowledge. When you achieve that, what you most
want will automatically be there, and what you most dislike will
disappear."

Total self-knowledge is a pipe-dream. We can never completely know ourselves or anyone else. Injustice in the world is not always a self-projection. Guantanamo is not a self-projection but a real place.

"6. Don't contaminate your body with toxins, either through food, drink, or toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system. It is the vehicle that will carry you on the journey of your evolution. The health of every cell directly contributes to your state of well-being, because every cell is a point of awareness within the field of awareness that is you."

Spiritual narcotics are a toxin. This comes about by insulating yourself from the injustice and compassion in the world.

"7. Replace fear-motivated behavior with love-motivated behavior. Fear is the product of memory, which dwells in the past. Remembering what hurt us before, we direct our energies toward making certain that an old hurt will not repeat itself. But trying to impose the past on the present will never wipe out the threat of being hurt. That happens only when you find the security of your own being, which is love. Motivated by the truth inside you, you can face any threat because your inner strength is invulnerable to fear."

In the best of all possible worlds, there would be no anger except that anger can be a love-motivated emotion. If I am angry at the injustice in the world, I believe that to be a form of love or compassion for those who are being persecuted. Agape if you like.
Anger is built into the human condition. Violence, however, can be and should be avoided at all costs. Anger is one thing. Violence is another. Ghandi was angry at the British Government for the injustice they inflicted on India. He chose to channel the anger into Satya Graha or "soul force" of peaceful resistance. He separated the anger at injustice from the anger toward the people who applied the injustice. If you are alive, you will feel anger.
How you handle it is what makes the difference between a toxic life and a productive one.

"8. Understand that the physical world is just a mirror of a deeper
intelligence. Intelligence is the invisible organizer of all matter and energy, and since a portion of this intelligence resides in you, you share in the organizing power of the cosmos. Because you are inseparably linked to everything, you cannot afford to foul the planet's air and water. But at a deeper level, you cannot afford to live with a toxic mind, because every thought makes an impression on the whole field of intelligence. Living in balance and purity is the highest good for you and the Earth."

It has to be stated that "toxicity" is often in the eye of the beholder. And we all have toxins in our system. How we handle them is another thing.


"9. Listen to your body's wisdom, which expresses itself through signals of comfort and discomfort. When choosing a certain behavior, ask your body, "How do you feel about this?" If your body sends a signal of physical or emotional distress, watch out. If your body sends a signal of comfort and eagerness, proceed."

If you are about to be devoured by a lion, you need the signal of physical or emotional distress for survival. This is why as a species we are still here. Again, it's how you handle it. Can you turn it around and use it as a life force?

"10. Take time to be silent, to meditate, to quiet the internal dialogue. In moments of silence, realize that you are recontacting your source of pure awareness. Pay attention to your inner life so that you can be guided by intuition rather than externally imposed interpretations of what is or isn't good for you."

Meditation is a healing thing. But some meditation can often lead to a narcosis whereby the meditator becomes detached from the compassion and feeling that guides us in our appreciation for other human beings.

In short, the citing of Chopra denies the instinct we have to want to help the world by recognizing and identifying injustice when it appears. It is our duty to peacefully resist injustice when it is foisted upon us by power-hungry and unfeeling despots regardless as to where they are in the world. This is how America was born, not through acquiesence but through resistance. Peaceful resistance is the most powerful force in the world when applied strategically. Without this resistance there can be no survival for our species.


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