by Nick Andrea
Several of my neighbors’ tires were slashed last night. I was really angry about it.
Then, in prayer later in the morning I became light again and that anger dissolved. I let go of the base-ness of anger and judgment because otherwise it would have pulled me out of the light.
What arose instead was forgiveness and a prayer for growth of those who did these things. Many people will think this too soft a response for such senseless vandalism. While yet, their hard responses are like fighting fire with fire. The whole world is good at that.
No. I can forgive these people. Why? Because the universe is still just. People are going to feel the weight of every choice they make, no matter what. That is guaranteed by the natural law the Buddha referred to as karma, and Jesus referenced when he said, “As you so shall you reap.” So I don’t need to worry about making them pay. The universe will ensure that.
But how do I know that will happen? Because life reflects what we put out. But how can we even be sure of THAT? Because on the absolute level there are not two things, just one. It’s like one giant electron, and we’re all expression of it. So, what we do to others we do to ourselves, and though some seeds may take more time to ripen than others they all, eventually, will.
No. We can forgive. That prevents us from committing the same process-error the tire-slashers have. In fact, we can even vie for them – not to slash more tires, but for the Light to touch them. That is what Jesus meant when he said, “Do not resist anyone who wrongs you. If they slap your one cheek turn and give them the other also.” We can ask the One to show them a glimpse of Itself. I guarantee if they actually experience that, their bad actions are going to feel like a burning. There is no escaping it when you come into the Light.
So, forgive those who wrong you and pray that God bless them with grace beyond measure. This will create a meta-change in the world that will ripple out like waves, and affect the whole in a more positive way. Now, if we could only get our politicians on board……