What will be your legacy, now?

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“Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Rumi

As I write this, part of me feels some kind of trepidation as I would like at least another 20 years here on the earth plane so talking about my legacy may be somewhat premature…. However my aspiration, something which informs and has informed my actions for a long time is captured in my favourite song, “Just Pass It On” by the late Joe Cocker. Listen to the complete song at the end. Here are some of the lyrics:

I’ll be praying,

I’ll be praying that the best will come your way.
And when it comes, that’s going to make my day.
I’ll be praying.

To say I’m completely selfless would be outrageous and untrue but few songs move me like this one. I know where the seed was sown; it was from my adoptive parents. They passed on so much to me, so it was only a matter of time before I followed their example. I am extremely fortunate and blessed to have met and spent my life with those who subscribe to this “paradigm.”

Examples of those who also subscribe to this are all around us. Despite the best efforts of the mainstream I strongly suspect a sizeable minority (the majority?) of the global population buys into this. Few things seem to move us more than heroic, selfless acts of courage and bravery. However such adrenaline rushes are not that common, what I’m talking about is the dedication of those who serve. Feel free to interpret the word “serve” anywhere you wish.

Yes there are many who get paid to serve but I have met and worked alongside enough people who would do it for nothing if they were financially secure enough to do so. Which leads me to another point. If everyone on the planet- it is affordable- were paid a living wage then passing it on would be the norm, it would be mainstream, it wouldn’t even be debated.

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new and a great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents come alive. And you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dream yourself to be.”

Rumi

Most “personal development” approaches strongly endorse the self-reliance and self-love ideals. When you consider the personal development industry is overwhelmingly American, this should not surprise you. But readers of my previous blogs will know this leaves me cold.

I can’t be certain of an old story, but I’m sure it referred to a group of Hopi Indian children who when asked an individual question refused to answer rather than appear “superior” to their peers. And we know there are many indigenous people around the world with a similar mind-set. And whither “We Are All One”?

Yesterday I watched the film Unsinkable, and very good it is too. Again the emphasis on the individual is paramount.

As my new life comes together, more and more, the direction I wish to go in is becoming increasingly clear. I would like to think my legacy will be encourage others “to let go of the barriers” to love. My specialism for the last 15 years has been healing. Love is the greatest healer. When we find the right person, we have to commit 100% to making it work. We cannot find ourselves on our own.

The motivation for being healed is relatively clear cut. We wish to let go of the pain and we don’t want to die. The motivation for seeking “the one” is fraught with difficulty. Jumping in with those who are clearly disastrous for us (though they may appear the opposite at the beginning) may help us learn and grow but they increase the possibility of “hardening our hearts.” And when the person who has the potential to complete us comes along, s/he may find the challenge of breaking down the barriers too much. Or they may not.

Perhaps this will be my legacy.

Love and blessings to you all, Namaste. Jack Stewart, Tuesday, 14 January 2020.

“If we could take every child on earth at the age of five and have them meditate for one hour a week on compassion, we could eliminate all violence on our planet in one generation.”

Dalai Lama.

 

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