“Good morning! This is Kuan Yin.
Today we talk about the sometimes terrible consequences of belief. The being through whom these teachings express will now share a story of an experience she had two days ago.
Two days ago I was delivering packages on my Fedex route, up in the mountains of Colorado. I pulled up to a house that I have been to before, and have wondered about. The dynamic there is interesting. It appears to be an older white couple with 2 or more black children in their care, I am just guessing adopted from another country. The boys have facial characteristics and deep beautiful black color that is not so common in African Americans who have been here for a few generations.
One of the boys came out to receive the package, and stayed to talk a little while. He appeared to be maybe 10, but seemed older in his speech and demeanor. For whatever reason, he was wearing white latex gloves. I think the Dad is a mechanic, and the boys might help him in working on cars.
“I’ll take that for you. Isn’t it a beautiful day?”
“Yes! it is truly glorious.”
It was, too, just one of those cut crystal, deep color drenched Colorado autumn days that take the breath away.
He went on,
“It is from God?”
“Yes! It is from God.”
I could kind of see where things were going when he asked,
“Do you go to a church? Which one?”
“Well people do have different faiths, I follow a Buddhist teaching.”
He turned on his heel and walked away without a backward look or word. I thought,
“Aha. Well then.”
It would seem that the people that have care of these children have taught them strongly in a faith that has no room for other traditions. It is their choice of course, to do that, but it made me feel sad for a moment. If I had had a little longer to think about a response I would have said,
“Oh little boy…come back for a moment.”
And gotten to my knees to look directly into his eyes.
“Be very careful about judging the spiritual journeys of others. As the saying goes, all fingers point to the same moon. You miss so much when you shut others out because of belief.”
But I didn’t. I’m sorry I didn’t.”
What can be the lesson here? Of course, it all circles back around to what we have been talking about in recent teachings, the belief of separateness. It starts early in life, and is part of the earthbound experience, but it leads to such suffering.
There is a concept that the reason a child cries when something is taken away from them, is that until they are 2 or 3 years old they have no real idea that it is separate from them, and feel that some part of themselves is being taken away. They see their environment as an extension of their own being until it is convinced out of them. Can we return to this exquisite state of being? Of course, but after years of set in stone behaviors of apartness, it can be a challenge, and takes time.
Religion certainly can have benefits, but when it intensifies the model of “them and us” and “the other” it grows like a cancer until it harms everyone it comes in contact with. You don’t need me to tell you the repercussions of the Crusade, or ethnic cleansing, under the guise of spirituality. The pain has been past comprehension.
Even within one religion, once someone has an idea that it would be better some other way, whole movements split off from the main and create new groups, and then start turning back to the original one with hostility and judgment. This is true of spiritual movements, governments, countries, and down to the most basic group, the family.
What is the common denominator here? The unconscious sleep state belief of separateness. Of being an entity, whole and entirely apart from everything else. Often stubbornly held and resistant to change. This is of course the Egoic mind, with all its toxicity, darkness and fear.
This is not a “no no no, you misbehaving children” teaching. Humanity is on the brink. The sleeping ego mind has very nearly destroyed its host, the Earth, mother Nature, the animal kingdom, and humanity itself. The earth will go on whirling through space as the big rock, but the extremely delicate balance that makes life possible on it is on the knife’s edge. If that isn’t enough to jolt you, I can’t think of what would.
This could possibly lead to a feeling of hopelessness, or to a renewed commitment to waking. The world is complicated, but as Master Sha teaches,
“The big way is very simple.”
Trust the Divine, Tao, Source to lead you.
Trust your own soul to lead you.
Find a way to a no-thought state of being, and stay there as much as possible.
Stop creating new karma through your thoughts words and actions.
Judge nothing, offer love to everything.
Observe your world as a baby does, one with all.
That is all.
I love you.”
This teaching was expressed through Kristin Strachan, Kuan Yin Lineage holder, student of Master Zhi Gang Sha, teacher and spiritual practitioner in Colorado.