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April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 194

'Shit happens'.

That is the rather loose translation of the 1st Buddhist Noble Truth: 'Life is suffering' or 'In life there is suffering'.

And it's true, isn't it?

The world is beset with problems.

What's more, as spiritual person you are likely to feel these problems on a more acute level than your average person.

Since you are more sensitive to the world around you than most, it will touch you more deeply.

To make matters worse, you're also not as good at distracting yourself from painful issues in any of the normal ways - football, the pub, romance novels, whatever!

Not saying you never enjoy any of these things - it's just that you know there is more to life and will never be content getting stuck solely on these kinds of pleasures.

This can be annoying and sometimes you probably wish you could be like the vast majority of your old friends who live in total ignorance of their spiritual side, who never feel the need to experience anything beyond everyday pleasures and who, as a result, never feel socially out-of-place.

But you've tasted the spiritual, nothing less will ultimately satisfy you and you can't turn back. What now?

Now is the point where a lot of spiritual practitioners go wrong.

They see how mad much of society is, they feel its problems with painful intensity - and they know that someone, something, some group is to blame!

And that's when they start playing the 'Blame Game'.

The 'Blame Game' is kind of fun.

For New Agers (yep, you and me) it can be the equivalent of having a beer and a smoke with your friends.

A nice way to socially pass the time, to feel a sense of belonging and, better than beer, elevate yourself with a sense of righteous superiority.

It's also an ideal forum to feel sorry for yourself when things aren't going so well. Because let's admit it: what you're dealing with isn't your fault - it's the fault of capitalism, our crappy welfare system, the government, the rich, the church, the USA, the patriarchal system - THEM! Those bastards out there!

Of course, you and I both know that we are - at the very least - to some extent responsible for our lot; but aren't we still justified in blaming some of the abovementioned groups?

The answer is yes, we may, to some extent, be justified. The problem, however, is that being justified (and right) doesn't necessarily make us happy.

In the case in point, blaming the world - and fighting against it - will most likely only make our situation worse.

This is a little counter-intuitive, because surely when you're up against something oppressive you should do all that is possible to fight against it?

Hmm.

Let's see how that works in practice. Remember 9/11 and the anti-terrorist war that immediately followed? How did that go? Did we see a reduction in terrorist assaults?

Not as far I remember.

In fact, in the years following 9/11 there seemed to be a lot more terrorist activity than ever before. It was as if the harder we fought to get rid of terrorists, the more there were.

Now, there are some obvious reasons for this (e.g. if you kill a terrorist then his friends and family are not exactly going to be happy); but here I want to focus on two others: Firstly - as is commonly know in energy worker circles - 'where focus goes, energy flows'.

In other words, the more we focus our anger on something, the more we feed it with our energy. That is precisely why 'what we resist, persists' (as another one of those sayings goes). So energetically it's never going to work to fight and resist anything. It can't. It's only going to fuel the problem.

The other major reason why it is a mistake to blame others for the 'ills of the world' is because it strips us of our power by putting us at the mercy of the 'perpetrators' (if not 100%, then at least to a large percent).

Why?

Because the extent to which other people are capable of determining our fate is the extent to which we lose control over our life. And this powerlessness - from a psychological standpoint - is known to be a regular contributor to misery and depression.

Does this mean then that we shouldn't do anything to fix the world's problems? That we should just pretend things are right when they're not? Stay positive in spite of the evidence?

And should we really just sit back passively in the face of abuse, corruption and the like?

The answer is that we shouldn't just sit back and do nothing, but that when we act, we've got to act intelligently.

We've got to 'rebel with style'.

In short, we've got to stand FOR something rather than AGAINST something.

If we look around and find that our materialistic society is creating problems, for instance, then we might work to create a more spiritual society. We won't rally against the 'capitalist pigs', we'll simply offer something different and let people bit by bit be drawn to our more soulful way of doing things.

If 'big business' is hurting the country, we might create our own spiritual way of doing business and provide a model for other people to follow.

If the patriarchal society is oppressing women and creating violence then we might educate people to love, cherish and live a new set of values, one that allows individuals to flourish in a way that best suits their individual needs.

In this way we are building something new, rather than waging war on the old. We are replacing one set of values harmoniously with another.

So my message is this:

Let's forget about blame. Let's forget about being justified. Let's stop fighting against the things we hate.

Instead, let's focus our mind on what we want, not on what we don't want.

Let's be an example to others.

A shining light.

Let's create the world we want to live in and inspire others through positive, constructive action.

Let's be PRO rather than AGAINST.

Jeremy O'Carroll is a traditional Usui, Shamballa and Karuna Reiki Master who has studied with some of the best known Reiki teachers in the world including William Lee Rand, Frans Stiene and Laurelle Shanti Gaia.. He is the founder of the Om Reiki Centre in Victoria, Australia and Om Reiki Online Video and Articles Learning Portal.

For more information, please visit: http://www.omreiki.com.au or http://www.omreikionline.com

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