You can’t be Grateful if you are hateful

Last weekend, all over Australia, people took to the streets to “March in March”. It seemed they were furious with a relatively new prime minister for reasons that displayed a clear lack of Gratitude for a political system that works very well compared to many in the world, and was marked by hateful angry attacks on the man himself.

Of course, in a democracy, it is everyone’s right to voice their opinion. But, i wondered about the benefit of such a vitriolic display on the protesters themselves. There’s a Zen proverb that says “Hate injures the hater, not the hated.” The hate-mongering represents a symptom of a growing trend, the refusal to take responsibility for our woes and to blame government. In fact, social ills are not the government’s fault. Government is a handy scape-goat until you really See what is responsible; the collective human mind that believes its Good is separate from its Self.

We, not Knowing this Truth, fall under the unconscious veil of blame for the apparent lacks we suffer. What is the remedy? Not venomous protests. Gratitude dissolves hate because it dissolves the forms of hate, but you can’t be hateful and Grateful at the same time. Can you be Truly Grateful for your job and simultaneously hate corporate profits? Can you be Grateful for your spouse while you hate your in-laws? Can you be Grateful that you live in a democracy and hate the incumbent leader? No. It’s contradictory and hypocritical. Gratefulness and hatefulness are mutually exclusive, so while we hate, we cut ourselves off from our own Good. While we hate, forms of hate will keep surfacing for us to hate.

Hate turns our efforts to be grateful into ineffective and disingenuous lip-service. The venomous emotion that we hold under the surface actually feeds the collective human psyche and creates discord. Gratitude dispels it. But the way forward is not to create a new subject for blame by hating the protesters. They are only doing what they believe to be right. Forgiveness is the sister of Gratitude because both emanate from Love.

Be Grateful for whatever you receive, Forgive those who you believe are withholding. That way, we open Consciousness for the Infinite Gifts of Love to fulfil every need.

Let’s not march to complain, let’s march to be Grateful.

Bad isn’t bad in the right order of things

Good vs. BadIn our ignorance, we assume the order of things is this;

  1. Bad physical appearance happens outside our control. (eg. we “catch” a cold.)
  2. followed by our opinion; “That situation is bad”.
  3. As much as possible, we try to change bad to good. (eg. with pills or rest.)

But, before the bad situation appeared, this is what happened;

  1. Humans believe their Good is not Permanent. (eg. we believe our health can fail by succumbing to a cold virus.)
  2. Therefore, desire for good and fear of bad develop into opinions about “good” and “bad”. (eg. well and sick.)
  3. Mind projects the opinions “outwardly” as forms of “bad”. (eg. the threatening cold virus.)
  4. Not knowing we “created” the “bad” situation, we feel that we can only respond to it. (eg. by “catching” a cold.)
  5. This reinforces our belief that the bad physical appearance is outside our control,
  6. followed by our opinion; “That situation is bad”.
  7. As much as possible, we try to change bad to good. (eg. with pills or rest.)

However, once We are Aware that We are in charge of the Mind, We suddenly Realize the right order of things;

  1. I Am Conscious that I Am the Infinite Source of My Life and My World,
  2. Mind Reveals the Knowing that Me and My Good are One – Peace, Joy and Harmony appear as Form.
  3. No opinions or discord required. (eg. cold virus has no power over us)

Consciousness Is All Good.

“My Kingdom is not of this world” explained

When one of the most Enlightened Beings to ever walk the planet said “My Kingdom is not of this world”, he was not blowing a giant raspberry at all of us as if to say “I have exclusive rights to secret club to which you’ll never have access”. But that’s exactly how the religious world has interpreted it, and given atheists a perfectly valid reason not to believe in religion.

“This world” is simply our unenlightened consciousness continually throwing up its rumours for us to accept. Rumours of disease, poverty, immorality, danger and war. The religious world thinks that if it prays enough, repents enough, sacrifices enough, suffers enough or pays enough, it will somehow be freed from all its ills and gain access to this secret kingdom. But isn’t that just rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic? My Kingdom is NOT of “this world”, so why try to manipulate it?

Similarly, if we are not religious in the orthodox sense, we see a problem in “this world” and we either think it is unavoidable or we try to change it, reform it, improve it or heal it. But, in either case, isn’t this still accepting “this world” at face value?

On the other hand, the metaphysical and non-duality movements have suggested that we accept our suffering and problems as part of what “is”. By not judging these as “bad” in the “now”, our feelings will somehow evapourate into an emorphous “now”. But don’t we have the feelings “now”? By denying the evils of “this world” and our feelings, haven’t we given them substance just as much as if we accept them? You cannot deny something that you haven’t first acknowledged is there to deny, right? “Is” is My Kingdom, and it never included the “bad”.

We must recognize both the discordant conditions and the consequent feelings are a result of a “me” that has been fooled into thinking that “this world” of good and evil is real.

Jesus was giving us a Principle to live by. “My Kingdom” is a Consciousness of Love, Freedom, Peace, Wellness, Abundance and Joy (without any opposites). This is the “Kingdom” of which he was Conscious, that is accessible to everyone who also becomes Conscious. This “Kingdom” has no connection to “this world”, the world of the senses, which takes up all our attention. In other words, the “world” of which we are normally conscious, the world which we see, hear, taste, touch and smell, is a misperception of that which is Real (My Kingdom). Our senses cannot detect the Real (where no opposites operate), so they mislead us into believing that discord (which is just an effect of our mind’s misperception) is real.

Human consciousness focuses all its attention on the visible, audible, tangible world, not realizing that its own mind has “created” the world (through its consciousness that believes in both good and evil) which then grabs its attention – a vicious cycle. To clarify:

  • You cannot have a Consciousness of Freedom and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is not free.
  • You cannot have a Consciousness of Wellness and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is sick.
  • You cannot have a Consciousness of Abundance and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is lacking.

Do you see now how My Kingdom cannot be of “this world”? Our efforts and protests keep us in ignorance.

Jesus didn’t mean for you to believe what he said, he meant you to repeat “My Kingdom” within Your Secret Self, Be still, and watch “this world” melt away to Reveal Harmony.