In Dr. David R. Hawkins’ latest book, I: Reality and Subjectivity, which calibrates through muscle testing at 999.8 (out of a possible 1000), he discusses the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, who says that it is pointless to try and save the world since the world one perceives does not really exist. Thus, Maharshi, “recommended surrendering the world to God and concentrating instead on self-inquiry.” He further stated that “all one can actually see within the world are differences and preferences. If one looks at a forest, one sees large and small trees, bent and twisted trees. There is no purpose in going into the forest to try to straighten out all the crooked trees. There is nothing ‘wrong’ with crooked trees or those that seem to be falling over”.
I’m realizing how important it is to just appreciate others and not to think that we know what is right for them or anyone else. Often I have difficulty figuring out what is right for me so how can I really know what is right for another? Having compassion for others allows us to be of greatest benefit to them. Since I know that what we notice in others is often what we dislike about ourselves, I find it helpful to ask myself, “And how is it that I am being __________?” (I put in the blank whatever it is that is bothering me about another’s behavior).
By being willing to look at our own behavior and by taking responsibility for our actions, we can make enormous changes. How often in life do we focus on “what is wrong” with others as a way of avoiding looking at ourselves? However, by being able to look at ourselves, we become able to eliminate those beliefs and behaviors that are not serving us and we become able to move forward in a positive direction. I love this saying by Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive”. I am realizing that as I pursue my own dreams and what excites me, that I am actually of greatest benefit to humanity for I become an example of what is possible and what can be done and I can then share this knowledge with those who are seeking it.
May we all find what excites us and makes us come alive and may we share our gifts with the rest of humanity.
Love & Light,
Felicia Weiss, Ph.D.