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My friend Peter was never one to let an “I know …” statement go unchallenged. His first question was always “How do you know”? The response was often “I just know”. Then came the big question “How do you know that you know”?
Is the “knowing” from personal experience, a subjective opinion? Is it someone elses thought (or even your own thought) that has been accepted as being so? Is it an inherited belief system?
One way to “know” is to question everything, to be willing to hold apparently contradictory viewpoints as an opportunity for deeper understandings, to be in a place of not knowing.
Then there’s a place to “know” what you know.
A friend who had coordinated a volunteer group offering Reiki treatments in a drug and alcohol rehab unit shared her story of taking a survey of the clients receiving treatment. She asked for their feedback on what worked best for them and what didn’t.
The feedback was overwhelmingly clear on two items: hands in contact with the body and a set sequence of hand placements during treatments.
No surprise really, just simple human considerations. They wanted the safety of a known set of hand placements, and the reassurance and comfort of real human contact.
I would ask that very same thing for myself.
"You are the universe and you are creating it at every moment.
Because, you see, it starts now. It didn’t begin in the past. There was no past, see! If the universe began in the past, when that happened it was now. Well it’s still now, and the universe is still beginning now, and it’s trailing off like the wake of a ship from now.
When the wake of the ship fades out, so does the past. You can look back there to explain things but the explanation disappears. You never find it there. Things are not explained by the past. They’re explained by what happens now …that creates the past. It begins here.
That’s the birth of responsibility.”
- Alan Watts
If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.