I was reading and enjoying the wonderful article written by Frans & Bronwen Stiene on Protection and Reiki and the commentary on it by many wonderful practitioners.
When I returned to my email Inbox, I found this wonderful quote waiting for me, from an author whose work and words I love:
The other day I was putting some dishes in the dishwasher. Suddenly and totally unexpectedly the fear of death came racing to the surface. An unusual occurrence for me.I fully felt the fear and then felt gratitude that I am alive and can savor the moment. Savoring loading the dishwasher made me laugh. Being grateful for what is allowed me to release the fear. ~ Dr. Susan Gregg
The comment about “Being grateful for what is allowed me to release the fear” struck a deep chord in me!
What she wrote in this short post seemed to me to pop directly out of the precepts …and made me wonder about one more thing that seemed to be hiding in the precepts …
Do not anger
Do not worry
Be honest in your work
Show compassion to yourself and others
Notice that there are two “Do Not’s”, and three “Do’s” in the precepts.
And interestingly, for the very first time, I noticed that the three Do’s: Humility (and gratitude), Honesty and Compassion are antidotes to the poisons of Anger and Worry (and Fear).
Humility, as I’ve experienced it, is a state of lesser-mind and greater-heart. A state which allows the visceral experience of gratitude. As such, this state, which removes one’s attention from the mind, even if only temporarily, does temporarily free one from the grip of anger and fear.
Honesty is at once, two things, as I see it. A state of contemplation about the truthfulness of something (including our own thoughts, words,feelings, actions) and the expression of that in our thoughts, words, and actions. Even when such honesty discovers our own inner chaos and our dive into anger or fear, the contemplation about, and the act of honesty about our discovery of our anger or fear, in that moment keeps us separated from that fear or anger. i.e. In its simplest form, the practice of honesty does temporarily free one from the grip of anger and fear.
Compassion to oneself, and compassion to others, in its real form, to me, is not mind stuff. Emerging from the heart first, it might express itself in compassionate thought, compassionate word or compassionate action. And as such, when compassion is present, even when such compassion is about kindness to our own weakness with anger or fear, it temporarily nudges anger or fear out. i.e. Even in its fleeting form, the practice of compassion does temporarily free one from the grip of anger and fear.
Practically speaking … when one is in the grips of anger, fear or its variations, the act of consciously applying humility and gratitude, honesty and compassion, will help one break free, even if only temporarily from the bondage. To get more lasting effect, one can simply repeat this as often as needed, until, humility and gratitude, honesty and compassion become the state of being, a state where anger and fear have no place, a state of lasting freedom.
That was a bit of an Ah-ha! for me about the precepts. The poisons (anger and fear and its variations) that keep us in bondage, as well as the antidote for the poisons (humility and gratitude, honesty and compassion) which can free us, are right there in the precepts!
Just 19 words (in this English translation quoted above), the precepts seem to contain an endless ocean of wisdom as well as the practical blueprint to live a truly free life!
Does this ring true to you?