It tends to happen that when we feel that we have some tremendous insight, we tend to have it based on a weak foundation. Why? The insight has been borrowed by something we have listened to, read or maybe even seen. However, insight that is gained through experience is what creates a solid foundation.
Many times, I have come across individuals that wish to sound intellectual and they write something that makes very little sense and shouts confusion. However, how does one respond to such people? It is better to simply stay silent and take 24 hours to respond if needed. If an urgent response is required, at least read the response 10 times before sending. I feel that today that more people respond for the sake of it and then not only lose the respect of others (if that matters to the individual) but most of all, they narrow their own vision.
We should never be so convinced that what we are saying is useful unless we know it is based on experience. If something is based on theory, then it is better to admit that this is just based on some borrowed knowledge and that the aim is to experience it. Again, the steps towards experiencing any truth should be taken seriously and urgently. The last thing you want to do is delay experiencing and then discovering that your place of rest is going to be in a morgue.
The power of what other people think is extremely strong and although, we may know better but we go with what other people say or think because we feel that we want to stay part of that tribe or that group. Later on, we may regret it and regret is very strong and that is something that can consume you and make you feel upset.
I must admit when I follow what I feel is right in my heart, things tend to go well. When the opinion of others matters more and I adapt to that, I see things going down a slippery slope. What I mean by this is that I can clearly perceive that by following a specific opinion or idea of the other person will cause more harm. Sometimes, for whatever reason, we have to succumb to the situation and let things spiral into madness. In this case, how do we deal with it?
The best way is by not caring about the results. You have to take that step back and feel that the result has nothing to do with your own efforts. You did your best, you had your vision, you knew what was right but at that time, your environment wasn’t conducive to it, it was running the opposite way.
You see the worst of others, when their egos shine more than their heart. I have experienced this and even if you had little respect for that individual, you suddenly have zero. This is why as a leader or a mentor, empowering others, encouraging their vision and seeing what they want to achieve and trying to get them there is the sign of true power and respect grows automatically at a fast pace.
It’s really simple – follow your heart in everything you do. If for some reason, your environment (including people) is not ready for it, step away from the reactions of the result.
I have quite a few friends who are atheists and to be fair, they are some of the best people that I know. I have never believed that people who believe in a God are somewhat better than those that do not. I have felt that those that drown themselves in dogma, end up harming society more because time has moved on, cultures have evolved and yet the practices remain the same.
I am a keen meditator and although I don’t believe in any abrahamic version of a god, I do believe that within us and around us, there is Formless, Conscious Energy. This is the creator, sustainer and destroyer all in one. It has no end and no beginning. It can never be defined and most of all, you can only experience this as you live as it is – or live in your most natural state.
We have been programmed to judge others, to be skeptical of others, to gossip about others when really why do we even care? I understand that judgment is needed, certainly some people are so entrenched in their ego, that does mean you will suspect an ulterior motive but your way of being shouldn’t change. You will not trust that person for sure, but love and respect will always be what you speak of.
The biggest challenge for me is that despite being an atheist in some ways, I would say I am happily an agnostic. I simply love the fact that I don’t know and even if I did know, I want to stay in the state of “I don’t know” because therein lies the beauty of discovery.
One thing is for sure, I go with whatever someone’s vibe is telling me. If someone tells me an experience or something that is not true, I will never say that it isn’t true. I will silently listen. This is how one should approach whether there is a god or not. Meditate and contemplate until there is nothing there. That is what I am doing. You can surely try it and let me know if you want to know how.