What would happen if we have a weapon that had the potential power to end all wars and unnecessary suffering in the world?
Follow the story of a man that discovered such a power.
There was a man who began to see beyond the confines of his mind. Like all of us, his early childhood was full of influences beyond his control. Before he could walk he sensed the difference between a smile and a frown. He naturally absorbed the experience of loving affection when it was shown toward him. He became confused though when he experienced the opposites of annoyance and anger, and because of this, he slowly began to develop a need for love, and in turn, a need for recognition. To help him cope with the opposites of loving affection his mind created certain strategies to combat the unpleasant feelings that accompanied these opposites.
He grew up a world where praising first place, and proving oneself, and glorifying outstanding achievements, was commonplace. The need for love and recognition blended almost ceremoniously with these aspects of the human condition and they all joined in unison to become an unconscious habitual behaviour that subtly compelled people to undervalue their worth.
It was a world that, for thousands of years, drove mankind into a frenzy of progress and achievements. Everyone got swept up in a goal setting human mindset with the mind taking on an almost narcissistic type mental image. This mental image was known as the ego and each person’s ego became very powerful indeed.
His very early childhood was the same as everyone else and it wasn’t long before he realised he had a name – a gender and a country of birth and a religion soon followed. As his mind’s coping mechanism evolved so did his mind’s relationship with his ego. He learned new skills quickly and how to blend in with everyone and everything around him. He unconsciously inflated his ego with belief structures. He believed everything he was told.
He learned many of life’s lessons and later in life he began to meditate and change. He gained insights and began to reflect on what was indirectly causing unnecessary suffering in the world.
Armed with everything he had absorbed throughout his life, he could see how he had developed the need to be right and that this need was a direct reflection of his reliance on approval from others. The need for recognition was a younger sibling of this reliance. The insights that followed needed to treated gently. He saw how his confidence was undermined by co-dependency, which in turn affected his self-esteem. He saw this in others as well.
One day he said to someone that he loved dearly, “No wonder I beat myself up and try to prove myself. I believed everything I was told, even how stupid I was. Belief is the world’s biggest problem. Belief feeds the need to be right, my god, I can see how strongly I need to be right, and how I need to do that constantly.”
One night as he watched the news of countries torn apart by war he realised that both sides of any conflict have an insatiable need to be right and to uphold their belief at all cost. He saw that this was an acceptable madness that raged through the history of mankind.
“What was the answer to stop the madness”?, he asked himself.
The answer came quickly,
His hope was that after reading his story, each person would meditate and “go in” to see what they believe and that this belief would change to one of, “I can see where I need to be right and I will create thoughts to end this destructive pattern”.
Thoughts of ‘I am worthy, I trust in myself, I want to spread love and compassion, I am capable of anything, I can help change the world, I am love’, are thoughts that helped him to slowly dissolve his need to be right. With these thoughts he settled comfortably into any conversation knowing he was spreading something new.
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