David Christopher Lewis (Inspired by Beloved Kuan Yin)
October 12, 2009 10:03-10:37 am MDT
A Walk With the Buddhas
Love Your Enemies
Compassionately Embracing the Enemy Within
To love oneself fully, one must embrace all aspects of oneself, including understanding the not-self, which is the shadow of the Real Self. To embrace oneself fully, one must know the enemy within. And by grasping, through clarity, what is the energy of, what is the essence of this not-self, this enemy within, we can resolve our psychology and through true love of all aspects of ourself move into higher love.
This not-self is often reflected in our perceptions of others as enemies. Is another really an enemy? Or is it our perception of that one as an enemy that energizes that field through belief, that activates it and that then is in resonance with some aspect of our own not-self, as the enemy within that we are attached to, that we must, as the Master said, love. “Love your enemies.”¹ Was he only speaking of those outside of ourselves? Or was he speaking of the components of anti-selfhood within ourselves that are unresolved, that are affiliated with darkness, but that we have allowed entrée into our world in some manner?
So if the Master commanded us to love our enemies, and the enemy within is the not-self, should we not love our not-self? But what is this type of love? Is it accommodation or is it an understanding love that sees that enemy within for what it is and yet still understands that there is a seed of selfhood that we have energized within the not-self that needs to be compassionately communicated with and ultimately embraced so that we may be one?
Kuan Yin has understood this dynamic. She has taken into her heart the very essence of the darkest of the dark energies of those who have promulgated evil, the energy veil, and she has embraced them, knowing the seed of God that is at the core of those who, on the periphery of their beings, are outpicturing darkness. She has done this and we may also do this if we understand the equation of light and darkness and that within the not-self there is still that seed of God that has been clouded over, that has been unnurtured, unappreciated and therefore forgotten.
When we love ourselves fully, we love ourselves fully, every aspect of ourself, even the elements, the components, that are not outpicturing the highest that we desire to manifest. So we embrace ourselves as God embraces us. Even though God is aware of those elements of ourselves that are not fully in alignment with him, God loves us as a true parent loves us.
So we must parent, coach and hopefully allow and help those aspects of our lower nature to be resolved into the oneness of the totality of our original God-identity in order to know ourselves and to become who we truly are. This aspect of love is wise compassion, not sympathy or pity, but understanding the dynamic of life itself within ourselves at the deepest levels—in the unconscious, in the subconscious and those areas of the shadow self that often remain hidden, that we do not want to acknowledge because we don't want to go there. We don't want to confront them. We don't want to deal with them because often these elements of ourselves are too painful to experience or to acknowledge.
In the Star Wars movie, Luke Skywalker had to confront Vader, but when he finally came to that point, he saw in the guise of Vader his own self. And so in that moment he realized that the enemy without that he had objectified as Darth Vader was only a reflection or a symbol of what within himself needed to be understood and seen for what it is. In this process, does it mean that we fully accommodate evil and love evil to the extent that we become that fully? No. But we must acknowledge that there are these elements, and we must love ourselves through the process of resolving our psychology if we are to be whole.
How do these elements of the not-self outpicture in our worlds? They often spring up as weeds when we least expect it and often embarrass us before others for the very purpose of showing their heads in an unguarded moment so that they are exposed, because our Holy Christ/Buddha Self wants us to see them. And because we have often suppressed them, pushed them down and not acknowledged them, the only way for these to come to the surface is for some anomaly to occur that brings them to our outer waking awareness.
Oftentimes in our dreams there are symbols whereby our Higher Self is attempting to assist us in seeing these aspects of ourselves that we have not acknowledged. Why do they occur during our dreams? Because we are delving into the unconscious and the subconscious. We are not conscious of them in our outer minds, and yet our Great God Self can highlight, expose and direct us to view these aspects of self in fanciful ways, in ways that, in a Zen-type of experience, boggle the outer mental mind because they are often, in this dream state, strange or like a fantasy that a child may have. Is the fantasy more a reality than we accept? Maybe. And is the reality of our outer experience really a dreamlike state, a fantasy of who we truly are?
In a future Meru University class, we will delve into our dreams, study a little bit of Jung and of others who have understood the science of dreams and of the subconscious and learned to go deep within to discover these aspects of ourselves that must come to the surface so that we can resolve them.
How many of you have noticed that at times you are your own worst enemy in spite of yourself, in spite of your dreams, your attempts to be Godlike, your willingness to learn and to shine and to be a disciple of the masters? Yet how many times have these little anomalies reared their ugly head and then afterwards when we see what has happened, we say, “Aha, God has exposed it again for me to see.”
So the responsible sons and daughters of God do not continue to objectify outside of themselves evil, darkness, density and their causative natures, asking why the world is the way it is without also taking responsibility for that which is within them that resonates with those things that they see outside of themselves. It's not that they don't exist out there. It's not that there aren't the unconscious ones who are attempting to destroy souls and to commit them to a path of darkness. But if we only focus on that without simultaneously and concurrently uprooting these tares within ourselves, then we are not doing the complete work of working as adepts on a spiritual path.
So when you call a spade a spade, watch out, because there will be highlighted within you the same frequency that is within that which you objectify, name and focus on. And if you are not willing to do the work, to love that with a compassionate Buddhic love and to embrace it, to embrace that enemy and to work with that enemy as Jesus worked, as Buddha worked and as the masters have worked, then you will continue to see what is outside, but ignore what is within.
When I attended Summit University, one of the first assignments was to make a list on a sheet of paper, which we divided in two columns with a line down the middle, and one column was “My Christhood” and the other, “The Lesser Self.” We were asked to delineate what aspects we saw within ourselves, as we attended this twelve-week course, of our Higher Self, our true God Reality, and those of the lesser self that we observed coming up for transmutation, for resolution. Now, what wasn't said, but what the masters are saying today, is that both of these aspects of ourselves are a part of the whole and a Tai Chi of light and darkness and that, as we saw in the video two nights ago with Houston Smith, when the polarities, or the duality, is collapsed into a single point, then the awakening occurs. You no longer see good and evil, light and darkness, but you see through a new lens the completeness of the oneness of all.
Embracing the enemy, again, does not mean that you accommodate and are fulfilled within that and then become that, but that there is a dissolution and a complete annihilation of the dualistic mind and thinking process whereby you rise beyond it into the unified field of Buddhic awareness. And then you have no more enemies, either without or within, because you have understood that God is within all, that God is all, and through the higher mind you understand the nature of life as one. It is easy intellectually to go there, but it is more difficult when we are confronted with the initiations and the objectification of these frequencies and opportunities in our daily lives to master this alchemical process of transmutation, which moves us beyond the human elements into the divine world.
We have the spiritual practice of loving God—as Saint Germain spoke of, putting our attention for five minutes a day upon our Presence, pouring all of our love to our Source and then taking another five minutes and loving our neighbors as our Higher Self, as ourself. In the second spiral, the Omega spiral, of this spiritual practice, we can love ourselves fully, in completeness, loving those patterns that may embarrass us before others and that may continuously come to the fore because we are on a path of light and we have chosen to unite with God. Therefore the only way to resolve all of these issues is for God to expose them, to bring them forth.
If God were not a loving God, God would not bring them to our attention. As a loving parent, we parent our children compassionately to bring to their awareness those things that they need to deal with. And as a loving parent to our soul and our inner reality, we can do the same with compassion and the new tools we have of nonviolent communication. I find myself continuously sinking back into old habit patterns of communication. And so there is a repatterning. It is a process that goes on whereby we must get the victory over these engrams and fields and iron filings of patterns of darkness that have been programmed into us since birth and before birth, in past lives. And it is an ongoing work that few of us fully master until we have so embraced the Buddhic way, the Middle Way, the compassionate way that we step back, we breathe deeply, we don't react and we continuously strive to stay in presence and to love through every challenge, every trial.
Many of you are making great progress and strides in this arena, and you are reshaping yourselves in your thought processes, your feeling processes through the various paradigm shifts that have occurred through the teachings that we have received. And when you can study them and embrace them and utilize them in your daily life, in your vocabulary, in your work and in your play, then gradually you will get the victory over these often ancient and unconscious grooves that have been worn into the very essence of our souls and that need to be reamed out by light and by the higher frequencies of Buddhic living.
The Buddhist disciple, through holy meditation and focus on the Buddha nature, comes to the point of fully embracing, loving compassionately all aspects of all life; does no harm; is not violent in thought, word, deed or action; and through this mode of living masters the psychology. But it is a mindful work. It is a deep work. It is work that one engages in, trusting that through focus on the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha in balance; through the help of holy brothers and sisters; through the teaching itself; and through the sponsorship of the Buddhas, you will make it through the process and come out as a fully self-realized and enlightened Buddha. And then there is the collapsing of time and space and you emerge through nirvana into the Pure Land.
You are rising into greater and greater frequencies of being in this Buddha state of beingness. And the bliss and the love and the holiness of these experiences are reaming out those ancient patterns and creating new grooves of light. And so each new experience and each holy endeavor that you engage in is eroding these ancient patterns. And there will come a time (and for many of you it is happening now) when you have gotten over the point where the greater propensity of your being is to objectify these aspects of darkness. You are living, having balanced over fifty percent of your karma, primarily in your light body. That is what is shining through, what is manifesting through your aura and consciousness. And if you continue the momentum of your spiritual practices and living in presence, this grows and is sustained and is magnified and assists you in attaining that nirvanic, blissful state of pure beingness that you desire.
It can be a spiritual practice for us—part of the practice of loving our neighbor as our self—to embrace compassionately the enemy within and those aspects of ourself that we have not fully mastered. Will we master them by attempting to simply kick them out and destroy them by force and by reactive means? Many of us have attempted to do this for years, decades and even lifetimes. The gentle, compassionate way of Kuan Yin may be the key for many of us. In spite of the fact that we are often our own worst enemy, yet we love ourselves as God loves us, and through that love we move beyond reaction and the warrior state of attempting to annihilate our shadow selves by annihilating the darkness outside ourselves.
So be careful in your prayer work and what you do to make sure that your motive is always love, your motive is always compassion. And though at times you may need to challenge yourself and call down the fire of heaven through Archangel Michael upon something that you see within, in the same breath make sure that at the core of this is not anger but the pure seed of light, of holy compassion that Kuan Yin bears for all of us.
To embrace one's enemy as one's self, you dissolve the barriers, the tension, the ignorance of not fully knowing another. For by fully seeing that other as self and loving your neighbor as yourself, all of this tension, all of this reaction is transmuted and you see God before you. You see God within that one whom you had previously considered an enemy. And by seeing God within that one and embracing the enemy as oneself, God within that one begins to flourish, shine. And the radiance from both hearts merges in a new unity, a new brotherhood and a new possibility for peace, emerges.
Kuan Yin is a lady of peace because she understands that at the core of peace there is compassion. So if we desire world peace, let's be that peace through compassion, loving the enemy within till it is no more an enemy. And when we see clearly our own Buddha nature and the Buddha nature of all, a new realm, a Pure Land alights upon earth and Maitreya reigns with his beautiful smile, his kindness and his love. Thank you.
1. Matthew 5:43, 44; Luke 6:27-38.
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