I suppose we're never gonna see the end of all the hullabaloo associated with 2012.. Until next year. :P 'Sorry' to keep writing about this but.. An old friend sent me a couple links in an email and I just had to share them with you. ;) Here's the video link. Here's the website link. Please watch the video and skim the content on the website before continuing.. Okay.. Let's do this.. :P
The video is pretty much correct about everything except their main thesis: thoughts manifest in reality. Thank GOD they don't.. We can't wish paradise onto Earth anymore than we can wish to win a multimillion-dollar lottery. It ain't gonna happen. 'The Secret' is Wrong. But, fortunately for the makers of the video, everything else they say is basically correct.
When we let negativity or control-freaks dominate our lives, behavior, and reactions to them, we die. This is the main Truth from Christianity: we must turn the other cheek. What this means is not actually turning the other cheek in a physical confrontation. It means: we must not let aggression or hostility or negativity or control-freak behavior tell us how to behave! Let it go.. Let a control-freak amuse you NOT control you.. It's a form of insanity that insists everything must be dominated by a single individual.. Instead of being provoked by an angry/hostile/dominating person, let them amuse you like a puppet amuses us.. Because in a real sense, they are merely puppets to their own: anger, hostility, aggression, cynicism, desire to dominate, or any other form of negativity.
Don't let anybody's negativity creep into your: mind, heart, spirit, or life. Simply refuse to participate. Refuse to acknowledge.. When we ignore negative behavior, it will disappear as the puff of smoke it truly is.. Negative behavior does not deserve to be acknowledged. Don't waste your time attending to it. Reacting to or confronting negative behavior only reinforces it. Don't 'do them the honor' of attending or acknowledging or reacting to ANY negative behavior.
I will give you two concrete examples. I'm frequently at the pool and so see all kinds of social behavior: some groups/individuals desire to dominate or 'take over' the pool area, most keep to themselves and try to use the facilities respectfully – I'm always happy to see people enjoying themselves – especially families (instead of watching the accursed TV!). I observed a woman striking her son so hard he fell to the ground. This was 'punishment'. I've written about this negative cycle of behavior so I don't need to rehash that.. I did not intervene but I did gossip about her behavior to other parents later.. Because I have a young heart, I frequently play with children regardless of their: race, age, sex, or handicap.. A particular father did not appreciate me playing (NO physical contact) with his daughter.. I've seen him at the pool with his family for several months.. When I observed him initially, he was directing his children how to swim. He's also brought scouts to the pool and directed them. He apparently enjoys directing and controlling people at the pool.. He screamed at his daughter bringing her to tears when she disobeyed him and played with me. “Because I don't know him!” was his excuse.. I've tried to talk with him directly but he refused to make eye contact with me. So.. What he appears to be is a control-freak.. Perhaps his wife dominates him at home and so he must dominate at the pool to assert his 'manhood'.. Whatever his issues, he screamed at his daughter about me. My point here is: I still did not intervene; it's NOT my place to overtly question his authority within his own family – no matter how dysfunctional they may be! And more importantly: if I reacted to or otherwise acknowledged his aggression toward his daughter, I would be validating it simply by attending to it. My best reaction to his negativity was to ignore it!
Now this might appear to casual observers like I don't care about the boy who was slammed to the ground or girl brought to tears.. That's patently Wrong. I DO Care. But.. As I said above, I cannot intervene between a parent and their child no matter how wrong/inappropriate the behavior – it's not my place. AND, attending to negative behavior – whether it's performed by child or adult – only reinforces that behavior!
People commonly make the mistake of thinking: they must be confronted or they will 'never learn'.. But this is a mistake.. When you 'confront' ego-based behavior, you only succeed in validating it: empowering it; encouraging it! We must break this cycle of negativity! Stop paying attention to negative behavior regardless of the performers! They may be politicians, soldiers, or your mother! Stop validating negative behavior by attending to it! Stop the cycle of negativity!
..Some of my articles provoked negative reactions.. A few of them have 'negative themes'.. But they were written because I simply had to write them.. The Holy Spirit gave me little choice.. If you don't understand, perhaps you should try to watch the video again linked at the beginning of this article.. 2012 can be the year we (Americans) wage war with Iran or other Islamic country.. IF we attend to the wrong things.. Try this.. When some 'news' comes on the TV about the 'threat' of Iran or other Islamic country, change the channel or better yet – turn the TV off – take your family to the local community pool.. Maybe you'll see me there.. ;)
In True Love and Awareness, sam