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Finding Peace Within

Lessons on Healing Yourself and Creating a More Compassionate World

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Lesson 9, Day 59: What You Want For Others is Also For Yourself

Day 59: What You Want For Others is Also For Yourself

Divisiveness, polarity and the belief that you are different from others is the dis-ease of your mind. There is no “us” vs. “them.” We are all connected in breath, in love, in the physical bodies that are here for a short time, and in the infinity of spirit.

All religions observe a theme of interconnectedness known as the Golden Rule or the ethic of reciprocity. This theme is found in the teachings of Judaism, Christianity, Confucianism, Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Islam and ancient, tribal traditions. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Just as I am so are they. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love for your brother what you love for yourself. The words vary, but the wisdom is the same.

What do you feel for those who are not like you? People who look different, who talk in another language, who love differently than you or who worship differently? Do you wish they would change their beliefs to be like you? If so, you are bringing this energy of nonacceptance back to yourself. Do you wish harm, imprisonment or expulsion on others, even just one person? That is what you bring back to yourself.

Freedom does not come with the price of sacrifice and fighting. Freedom comes from wanting the same degree of goodness for all people, animals and the earth that you want for yourself and your family. To sacrifice one for the greater good is to sacrifice all.

Awareness of the flow of energy means you understand that all your thoughts flow out of and back into you just as your breath flows out of and into you. Whatever you want from your mind and your heart for others, that is what you create for yourself. If you want barriers to separate one human from another, or if you believe you are more worthy of saving than any other person, you are flowing out an energy of separation and dis-ease.

Affirmation: Breathe. Fill up your body, mind and spirit with the breath that connects all. Feel the connection at the level of your heart. Breathe in through your heart, breathe out through your heart, focusing on the emotional energy you want to experience for yourself and every other being without exception.


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