Tolerance, Truth, and Love
(Mike DePung — Post II.138–17)
I have a question, something I’ve been thinking of since yesterday. If we acknowledge that we as human beings have a spiritual component, can that part of us have no greater energy, essence, than just as it exists within us? In other words, is there nothing beyond what is contained within the realm of this physical body? Is my concept of Heart being an expression of Spirit in a physical form a fallacy? Is there no Spirit, no source energy from which laws of the Universe flow, emanate, are organized, one to which we are linked? Okay, I suppose I have more than one question.
I also have my thoughts, opinions, beliefs, philosophy about these, obviously. In fact, they are so strong I do not feel a need to answer any of those questions in some sort of treatise tonight, maybe ever. I believe my personal truth, and that makes it valid.
Because I have Heart and that dynamic within me, being an expression of Universal Spirit within me, has connection, a spiritual, energetic connection, with Spirit and, therefore, with others, I sense many fellow humans seek the things I have lived, discovered, and shared. Those things — ideas, experiences, and philosophy — are mine, and I share them. My hope is they help others discover their own truths for themselves, that which leads to their own purpose and mission so they will live those and share them with others, maybe with me. Full, significant lives means we live our truth in happiness and have the opportunity to interact, share, connect, and bless one another. It doesn’t mean we all have to believe the same — at all.
Carl Jung, who understood much about human psychology, said, “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases” (https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/38285.C_G_Jung?page=1). And this is why I believe we can each have and live our own personal truth and still live in harmony. Oh, there can be honest disagreement and conflict about some very practical matters, and those may be sharp. However, this is where Heart and Ego truth come into play for me.
Ego takes people to places of defensive stances that will either produce conformity and kill thought or it will escalate conflict to the point of abrogating the rights of others. If, then, we act in Heart and come to some place of resolution, we act on a principle stronger than our self-contained universe, in my opinion. That stands as proof of an interrelatedness that is greater than just me.
But I don’t need anyone else to believe that. I think the overriding principle here is love, and love resolves differences in honest light because when true love exists, even when there is disagreement, the fear and threat of condemnation or violence does not exist.
Jung spoke to this, also: “Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other” (https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/38285.C_G_Jung?page=1). We can work through the shadows, the darkness, the contraries within ourselves and between one another without insisting on others believe as we do — if love rules.
Just some random thoughts tonight, but love is never random uselessness.
Blessings in pursuing your personal truth!