Sunday, April 24, 2005

More on accountability

Imagine a person in sitting in a boat along the sea coast. The boat is filled with various objects of different sizes that you can toss into the water: pebbles, floaty toys, rocks, anvils, fish bait, treasure chests, and various other items, some that float, some that sink, but all capable of making waves, big or small, and all capable of attracting the attention of passersby. Imagine that this person is not very skilled at the oars, and is generally new to boating. Let's say you are the person, and you toss in a rock. The water is calm, and you can see the waves ripple out away from the place where the rock entered the water, and then they appear to dissipate after a while. Then you toss in a couple of scoops of fish slop. You also see the waves rippling out, but this time you've attracted some seals who were swimming nearby, and they come by to snarf up the fish. When they do, all of their activity gets your boat rocking. You become very nervous that you will tip, and try to shoo them with your oars, accidentally wacking one on the nose and giving it a boo-boo. Now there is blood in the water and the sharks come hunting for the seal. You thought the seals were nerve racking! Now the sharks have come and you are totally panicked, lie down in the boat, and beg for them to go away.

Let's say despite this rough start in boating, you keep on practicing. You become skilled at handling the boat in the water, can climb in and out of it with ease, can right it when it capsizes, are a confident swimmer, and all that. Let's say that back before you had become more skilled, you had dropped a sealed box of shark attractant in the water. Today you happen to be out rowing, just the same day that sunken package broke down, and the sharks come swarming in to you. No problem now. You've seen that before and now how to handle them, how to maintain the boat, your balance, and your cool. Just another day at sea for you!

I intend for this little allegory to describe the manner in which accountablility can be rendered a little less daunting. You see, when you first start out generating thought forms (thought-emotions and emotion-thoughts), you probably don't have a very good sense of the implications of what you produce. We learn from the effects of our causes. So if you dump fish bait in the water, you may attract more than you bargained for, but you can't undo what you've done. At first, the implications of what comes back to you as a result of your ignorant actions may seem daunting. However, as you build your skill at handling yourself in the lag-time between your action (oops! I dropped a sealed box of shark attractant!) and its effect (here come the sharks!), you render yourself more capable of handling the repercussions of your action.

The universe is in a sense a closed system. So the waves you generate in the form of thoughts and actions redound back upon you eventually. Imagine the universe as a sphere, and yourself as a wave generator. The waves generated by you will eventually work their way around the sphere and back to you. When they return, they will have encountered other waves of similar frequency generated by others thinking like thoughts and committing like actions. So by the time they get back to you, they are of the same frequency, but of increased amplitude. And when they return, you'll likely give them yet more energy and out they'll go again, destined to return even more energized still, with greater amplitude yet.

A while back in an earlier post I noted the way in which the body speaks to us. First it whispers, then it whines, then it shouts and screams for attention. That final point usually gets our attention, but our response is often to just shut it up somehow rather than actually listen to the message. We may do so at our peril, because such shouts left untended can lead to the breakdown of the human body quite completely. Furthermore, there is an illegitimate tendency played out by the victim consciousness relative to the shouting body to accuse the body, as if it is causing the pain, rather than to inspect the behaviors and patterns that generated the warning message in the first place. The victim will blame the messenger. This whole scenario transfers exactly to thought forms in general. You generate a thought form, which works its way around the universal sphere and back to you, its source. That's the whisper. If generated in an unconscious manner, you may not recognize it upon its return, but will charge it up again nonetheless. When it returns again as a whine in the circumstances of your life, or later still as a shout, from the victim consciousness you may be inclined to identify what's happening as something from outside of your "innocent self." In fact the universe is simply functioning perfectly as designed and keeping itself balanced and yourself accountable for your thoughts and actions in the way it does best.

This scenario of course applies to all of your thoughts and actions, and not merely the ones which are imbalanced and out of synch with the will of the source of all and with universal law. The good stuff comes back amplified too, whether you're conscious of the good stuff you have generated or not. It's the same deal either way! Both the good and the bad which we generate redound upon us as waves flowing round the sphere and back to their source, same frequency, higher amplitude. This is called the law of sevenfold return in some esoteric literature, perhaps based on the reference of Jesus in his parable of the room swept clean of the evil spirit only to find seven more to replace it. What is sent out returns amplified. This is a good thing, in the same way that the shouts from your body are a good thing. They alert us to what we are doing, in case we are too thick or unconscious to notice in the first place. When we generate causes, that is, our thoughts and actions, unconsciously, one way that they can be brought to consciousnes is to have them return to us so loudly that they grab our attention and compel us to take a look at what's going on.

Those attention grabbers usually seem to come out of nowhere. They blindside you because although they are the effects of your thoughts and actions returning, the patterns which generated them were in all likelihood unconscious ones. The person in victim consciousness will immediately scream foul, and begin looking for something, anything outside of the self on which to pin the blame. The person on a path of self mastery, however, while also taken by surprise by an event, will take up the experience as an opportunity to explore previously unconscious patterns of thought and behavior, and acknowledge the opportunity to bring what was in the dark to light.

Further, when you practice self mastery, like the boater in our earlier example, you become more skilled at handling the effects of the traps which you unconsciously set for yourself. Not every seemingly untoward event in your life represents the effects of prior causes. We'll talk about that tomorrow!


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