Those who are without compassion cannot see what is seen with the eyes of compassion. That more inclusive sight makes the small but crucial difference between despair and hope. Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist Monk)
The last post revealed the Ego-mind, in its role as protector in an individualist society, as a self-centred influence that championed The Declaration of Independence. Yet, our sustained love and happiness seems to require a determination toward Interdependence!
My spiritual teacher, in the 1970s, gave us his perspective of four sacred schools.
- The first teaching in Old Testament times of Moses, was on “Obedience.”
- The second, in New Testament times of Jesus, was on “Agreement.”
- The third, in the 20th Century of several teachers, was on “Spiritual Expression”
- The fourth, which seemed to be, in the near future, was on “Complement”
This is how I understood at the time and it has been to my advantage. The First on “Obedience” as a personal choice and self-discipline, would allow me to listen to an “inner voice” and be inclined to obey. Over time, my Agreement with others would allow an override of the Ego’s preoccupation to avoid embarrassment. Also, I learned that the inner voice was the Holy Spirit and it informed my conscience. This, is what Master Hanh meant by “the eyes of compassion.” (By the way, I differentiate between my Heart Conscience and the “socially learned conscience,” which Freud labelled the “Superego.”) Continue reading “Remaining Inspired in Our Changing World”