Franz Kafka. Wisdom Start Right Rather. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Wisdom Goals Action Cannot. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Wisdom Path Leave Trail Go. The Universal Zulu Nation stands to acknowledge wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, and equality, peace, unity, love, and having fun, work, overcoming the negative through the positive, science, mathematics, faith, facts, and the wonders of God, whether we call him Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, or Jah. Afrika Bambaataa.
Positive Work Love Wisdom. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present. Joan Rivers. Wisdom God History Today. By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Wisdom Experience Reflection Three.
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Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment. Morihei Ueshiba.
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Light Sky Wisdom Ocean. Talent is God-given; be humble. It may well be that by saying to me that you do not hold the transgression against me, you help me come to terms with the reactive process within myself. Yet it is still up to me to work through the reactive patterns that gave rise to that transgression. In the Protestant context, the picture is a bit different.
With the elimination in all but name of the mystery of God, forgiveness has evolved to a social protocol that functions to restore a sense of connection when a break or disruption has occurred. It would be easy for me to understand forgiveness in this context as an application or extension of lovingkindness, compassion, or patience, though in doing so, I would be ignoring the intrinsic power dynamic that lurks just beneath the surface of social interaction. Forgiveness in their minds completes the transaction, albeit not as it would have ended if the debt had been paid. No mention is made of the power of grace, and not many individuals would claim that power for themselves.
Karma does not work that way, however. Karma is not based in transactions. It is based in evolution.
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Patterns of behavior set in motion by our actions in the world continue to evolve and shape our perception and predispositions. That process does not stop until we change our relationship with those patterns. The only way to stop the evolution of reactive patterns is to change our relationship with those patterns. And that is what purification is about.
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In Buddhist thinking, the analogy of dirt is used to understand how such actions affect us. When I do harm to you, I set in motion a process that will ripen in time in my own experience. I have, as it were, introduced some dirt, some impurity, into my experience of life. Purification is about removing that impurity so that it does not fester and generate problems in my stream of experience.
One set of traditional teachings on purification is called the four forces: regret, reliance, remedy, and resolution [see below].
Regret or remorse means to acknowledge the harm or wrong we have done, to know we have done wrong and to regret it. Reliance means to renew our connection with spiritual values. Remedy means to do what we can to remedy the harm or wrong or, if that is not possible, to do some good, not as compensation let alone penance , but to set the evolution of habits in a different direction.
Finally, resolution means to stop feeding the inner patterns that moved us to do that harm. Apology is part of the third force, remedy. An apology can do much to mitigate the harm done and to set things in a more constructive direction. Even in serious medical situations, when a doctor does something wrong, in many cases what the aggrieved party wants most of all is a sincere apology. To know that the doctor knows he or she did something wrong and sincerely regrets it may put patients at ease, if only because now they have some confidence that no one else will suffer the same fate.
What constitutes a sincere apology? A sincere apology consists of an admission and expression of regret not for the results of an action but for the action itself. I am not making the apology conditional on your state of mind. We can only take responsibility for our actions and the intention motivating our actions. Purification in the spiritual sense is about creating the conditions for reactive patterns to release themselves.
More than this we cannot do. If we try to let go of a pattern directly, the survival mechanism on which the pattern is based goes into operation and the pattern is usually reinforced, not released. In neurological terms, purification often involves creating the conditions in which an experience from the past can move from intrinsic memory to narrative memory.
The key capacity necessary for that transition is to be able to experience in open awareness the emotional material associated with what happened. All purification practices do precisely this. Some practices use ritual as a way to create a space for that material to be experienced without acting it out or reliving it.
Other practices make use of specific behaviors to create that space for awareness. Still others use visualizations deity practice in the Tibetan tradition, for instance , or powerful positive emotions lovingkindness, compassion, joy, or equanimity. Through such practices, we experience what we could not or would not experience before, and our relationship with those reactive emotions change.
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They become experiences, and they no longer run the show. That shift changes everything. Needless to say, the path of purification is not easy. It involves experiencing precisely what we have always ignored or suppressed. In this practice, we imagine taking in the pain, illness, negativity, confusion, and ignorance of others, freeing them from those afflictions, and then sending to them the joy, health, goodness, good fortune, well-being, and understanding that we experience in our own lives, giving it all away so that they may enjoy it, too.
Practitioners are often surprised a few months into this practice by the deep and difficult emotions they find themselves experiencing in reaction to taking in pain and negativity. Understandably, they would prefer simply to be forgiven for their own negativity and to continue to repress their own pain. One final point: purification is not about being pure.
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