What is a good man but a bad man's teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man's job?
If you don't understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.
- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
When you don't judge or evaluate in terms of right or wrong, good or bad, likable or unlikable, etc., undiscriminating love is naturally present, pervasive, and open.
I had this experience the other day when for a moment my black and white thinking was suspended, and I put my thoughts in neutral.
It's not easy to kick evaluation to the curb because our brains can easily live in a state fear, urgently cataloging experiences in order to feel safe. Evaluation rises to the surface when we believe one of our basic needs is going unmet by a person or situation. Thinking that life is going off the rails, and we need to react or take action is our silly attempt to predict the future so as to safeguard what might happen to us next.
Evaluation is our survival instinct kicking in and in some situations it's good to be this acutely aware; however, there are many experiences throughout our day that don't require this type of hyper-vigilance and putting your thoughts in neutral can lead to interesting results.
Like this quote from the Tao Te Ching, you don't really know who is "good" or "bad." You don't know how your actions influence others or spin out into the world to create havoc. Did the man trying to do "good" actually create something "bad?" All you have to do is look at science to see this truth. Many discoveries for "good" have actually developed into something we consider harmful to our human existence. But are they? Do we really know for certain where everything is leading?
The more you put your thoughts in neutral like an automobile riding through the car wash, you will feel a natural peace from within, and in response the world will be drawn to love and support you.
To learn how to put your thoughts in neutral by making a concrete observation, download and read the first chapter of my free ebook Lemonade Mantras.
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