LETTER TO GINGER
who love animals and want their highest welfare and good have become quite disenchanted
with the human race, seeing, perhaps correctly, that most horrific abuses of beloved
animals come from (wo-)man. Yet, as we grow spiritually, we recognize that embracing
our own species including ourselves is crucial to creating a peaceful world.
Liz was asked recently to address this issue.
are the original question and Dr. Liz's response.
oirignal question comes from Ginger in Colorado:
live in a very conservative area, where there is deafness to allowing animals
and Earth to touch and heal. It seems to me that the closer I get to animals,
the more dismayed I am by humans and I started out dismayed! I believe a lot of
us are drawn to animals BECAUSE of this. I have an added personal history of being
abused, being disliked for no obvious reason, and being cut out by others. Even
though I treat other humans with respect, I find it is seldom returned. While
I have compassion for humanity, the "one-on-one I-love-you-anyway" completely
eludes me when someone disrespects me or verbally abuses me. My method of coping
is avoidance, turning to animals and away from what seems like rampant mental
illness in this culture. How can I increase my compassion toward humans? I understand
this step is crucial to the healing of our planet and each other."
Liz responds with
"A Letter to Ginger"
you ask, "How can I increase my compassion toward humans?"
things animate and inanimate have the capacity to experience suffering. A leaf
threatened with burning contracts. Water threatened with hostile vibration changes
its crystalline shape. Buildings about to be imploded or exploded emit measurable
stress patterns. Human animals and non-human animals threatened produce multiple,
measurable, galvanic skin and other responses.
begins when we realize that all that is has the capacity to experience suffering
AND when, in that same moment, we feel the simultaneous arising within us of the
passionate desire to ease or end that suffering.
is just a thought/feeling away. We have the opportunity to become totally aware
of all thoughts and emotions arising within us and to manage them. We can choose
who and how we want to be in the world. We can take full responsibility for the
energy we bring to every moment.
can retrain our mind. Retraining our mind begins with the awareness of the mind
to create conversations of judgment and separation. Catch the conversations, let
them arise within, accept them, and transform them. Happily, all conversations
of the mind can be changed by our decision to think something else.
is actually very simple to do this. All we need to do is recognize that all thoughts
and emotions have a physiology. Upon the arising of a thought or emotion, feel
it. Where is it expressing? How is it expressing? Does it feel good inside? Is
it a kind, loving, compassionate thought? If so, welcome it's arising. If not,
change it. Decide not to run that physiology. Change the physiology.
is helpful to know that a fully expressed emotion or thought takes between 15
and 90 seconds to arise, experience, and complete. If it takes any more time than
that, it's attached to a story. Perfect examples of full expression without attachment
to story can be seen in young, emotionally healthy children.
perfect example comes to mind. Some years ago I spent a day with His Holiness
the Dalai Lama. I was in the first row of non-monks, with very clear view of him
and very much feeling his compassionate presence. An experience measured in seconds
was about to change my life.
Holiness speaks excellent English. He also always has an interpreter. At one point
in his discourse, he searched for a word. When it didn't come in 2 seconds, his
trusted interpreter, sitting just behind and to the left of His Holiness, leaned
forward strongly in his seat. Still, the word didn't come. His Holiness energetically
addressed his interpreter by leaning every-so-slightly left. The interpreter leaned
forward still more and whispered gently and firmly into the Dalai Lama's left
Dalai Lama's body immediately filled with an emotion I recognized instantly. But
he was experiencing it in a very different way.
he delightedly exclaimed, laughing. "I'm feeling jealously because his
English is so much better than mine!"
again laughed his delightful, full-body laugh, letting the feeling of jealousy
go completely. No trace left anywhere in his body-field. He was back in his spiritually
time: 15 seconds.
have felt jealousy before, I remember thinking in that moment. I have NEVER felt
it, witnessed it to 40,000 people, laughed with joy about feeling it, and let
it go completely, in 15 seconds!
was changed forever. There it was, my model for exactly how to "do"
simple way to return to balance after experiencing a thought or emotion is to
stand erect with flexed knees, and lovingly touch the sides of the head with the
palm(s) of the hand(s). Send the energy of balance. The energy flows immediately.
The heart opens even more.
offer one final comment, this one regarding your observation " the 'one-on-one
I-love-you-anyway' completely eludes me when someone disrespects me or verbally
the past 40 years I have been on most of this world's continents and have been
blessed to be in the presence of some of the greatest Holy People of our time
from many different cultures and backgrounds. Not one teaches to go beyond one's
of my greatest teachers was once asked, "Teacher, what should I do when
I see a particular someone coming down the street towards me and I feel my blood
replied, "Cross the street."
from wherever you are. When you are confused, keep heading in the direction that
leads towards deepening your compassion and care for all living beings, including
yourself, and you will never stray far from the path.
we take full responsibility for how we energetically show up in the world, and
choose to run the deep, inner peace circuitry of compassion for self and others,
we will project more peace into the world. And the more peaceful our planet will
on our shared journey,
have a question? Contact Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Severino, D.D., D.R.S.
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