Friday, March 29th, 2013. Filed under: Activism Consciousness Preparedness Spirituality The Awakening
Ida Lawrence, Contributor
Years ago, in conversation with my martial arts teacher, I told about
a dilemma I was experiencing and said to him, “I don’t know what to
do.” He said, “Why are you thinking about it so much… just do the right
thing.” I muttered something like okay, thanks… realizing in that moment
that I didn’t know how to just do the right thing.
I had to figure out what the right thing would be. I would have to
think about the consequences of this action, and the consequences of
that action, and the way people might respond, who would be affected,
and how I would be affected. My process was to consider different
perspectives and think it through, get it confirmed by a few other
people, and then decide.
Reasoning, considering, rationalizing, doing what we think we should,
getting the nod from others, is normal behavior in the western world.
Yet, by the condition of things, and considering how much time we put
into it, it appears we haven’t progressed very far in our ‘rightness’
with that approach.
A young friend of mine gave me this phrase: “You don’t know what the
right thing is. I tell you what the right thing is!” He said that’s what
they yell at you in the military.
We were in conversation about the powerless feeling he experiences
when he looks at what’s going on in the world. “What can I do about
radiation from Fukushima? Nothing. What can I do about chemtrails, or
pharmaceuticals in the water, or GMO poisoning, or false flags, or bank
fraud, or prison for profit or a hundred other things? Nothing. And then
there’s all the stuff we don’t know about. It’s too much. Makes me feel
defeated already, and I’m only 26 years old. I’m supposed to be
building my life!”
My friend has enough self respect and truth in him to admit that he’s been had. He’s open to finding another way.
So, let’s talk about the mind’s method of determining good, which
we’ll call the greater good. After that we can explore the potential of
the heart’s good, which we’ll call the higher good.
In our world, the greater good is determined by a top-down system of
control. The presumption that is sold to us, is that the top knows what
humanity requires. They must allow the few to suffer so that the many
can enjoy a good outcome. The people who are supposedly the best at this
‘knowing’ make decisions that affect all who exist beneath them. Now,
if the top 10, or 1000, or 100,000 were infused with love of all
humanity, love of the earth, love of truth, well then… we’d all be good,
But as it turns out, they’re not. What are they infused with? I truly
don’t know… and I’m hopefully not going to meet one to find out. They
live in a dimension I’d rather not enter. They are responsible for so
many deaths, so much suffering, so many lies, so many secrets, so much
plundering, so much mass programming… allowing the many to suffer so
that they can gain more for themselves, they do the opposite of the
greater good. Like Stuart Wilde says, “It’s all backwards.”
Could there be light in this dark picture? Well of course there
could! We are not left without light. In fact, there are millions of
lights across the world… some of them a flicker, some a bonfire – it
appears we human beings are starting to break from the programming.
We’re eating better, foregoing the pills, turning off the TV, nurturing
our spirit, rejecting the government’s official story, learning the
extent of the darkness, and connecting with each other in a
synchronistic, heart-centered way.
Do you suppose the people who make up the support structure for the
elite ever question whether they’re doing the right thing? I imagine
they do. They’re human – while in their minds they may defend the choice
of serving the powerful, in their hearts, in their quiet moments, they
may be wishing they really could know what the right thing is, and once
they know, have the courage to do it. We’ve seen a few, haven’t we: they
are the heroes who spill the beans.
So, if the greater good, in this day and time, is code for ‘lock ‘em
up tight, kill the light, take everything’, then what is the higher
Well, first of all the higher good cannot be found by looking up to
the sky or elevating your ego. Higher good is not higher than the mind…
it’s lower – about a foot or two. What is bad, what is good, what is
right, what is wrong can be known only on the inside – within the human
heart. The heart works differently than the mind. It does not climb up –
it extends out. The mind’s ego breaks down as we examine our internal
conditioning, become aware of external programming and work to become
more authentic… to be able to feel.
We want to be able to feel right and wrong directly without having to
engage in reasoning, and without having to turn to someone on top to
tell us. As we begin to work on ourselves, we find there are many
obstacles. Self interest is an obstacle. Fear is an obstacle. Laziness,
emotions, rigid opinions, desire, hidden anger, self-destructive habits…
as you can see, some dedicated cleanup is required before a new
direction can be taken. We have to change our way of being.
Imagine a martial arts student who buys the uniform, buys the book,
becomes intellectually engaged in learning, but is not willing to train
or feel the muscles hurt or take hits. Any time we want to change we
have to enter into the training, get hit, feel the pain, and stay the
course. The inner journey involves dedication to making it real. And
the strange thing… life really is a ‘life or death’ training school. The
life we achieve in this training is that of our spirit.
I started on this journey long ago, and chances are, if you’re
reading this, you’ve been on it as well. My encouragement to you is to
trust the work you’ve been doing, keep your training up every day, find a
good teacher if you’re ready, and connect with people who share your
love of the human spirit. Yes, like my young friend realizes, we’ve all
been had. It is all backwards. There is no greater good to be found in
the system of control. But there is a higher good to be found within us,
and the control system cannot keep us from what is unfolding within and
Will we win in the end? No doubt. We have already won.
About the Author
Ida Lawrence is an author, blogger, copywriter and
editor based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has authored two books on racial
justice and human rights, and numerous articles on human rights,
self-empowerment and related subjects. Ida is also a certified Tai Chi
instructor with a special interest in helping seniors and the disabled
with Tai Chi and Chi Kung practices modified for their use. Her goal in
life has been to find answers to the question of ‘why’ and then to
explore the question of ‘what is’. More of her work is available at her
personal blog, http://talk2momz.com/.