Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world.
But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,
So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.
And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree,
So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all.
Like a procession you walk together towards your god-self.
You are the way and the wayfarers.
And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone.
Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone.
— The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran 1923
There can be greater compassion for those we feel do not fit the bill of what we consider moral or ethical. This kind of compassion comes organically through healing our wounds – the ones that we cannot see but only feel (when we are willing to acknowledge what we feel).
There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.
— Laurell Hamilton
We have a great deal of pain when it comes to injustice, whether we’re aware of it or not; whether we’re connected to it or not; whether we believe it or not. We are driven to fight our way to what we perceive as justice. When we fight something, we put out focus and attention on what is the opposite of what we want. In other words, we oppose the very thing we say we desire. The fight keeps what we say we don’t want in perpetual existence around us.
What we resist, persists.
Find your way to release, and you can make peace with that which has threatened you – except you will find it no longer threatens you at all.
There is peace. It is here. A new perspective will reveal your answer, your resolution, your peace was here all along, waiting to be claimed. By you.
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