A dear friend calls – a woman who has spent her life on the spiritual path, ceaselessly seeking and serving, and now in her 8th decade. The power of evil in the world, she says, is too much for her. She no longer believes in the power of goodness. She’s contemplating a premature departure.
I sit. An echo arrives. It’s not exactly comforting. It’s an invitation:
Beloved, brave Beingness –
Leave if you wish, but don’t kid yourself that you’ll leave evil behind.
The concepts of evil and its partner, goodness, are inextricably intertwined. And – they exist only in the thought-system of a perceiver.
Wouldn’t it be a better idea to check out for yourself – before it’s too late – who or what this perceiver is? Perhaps its information isn’t the full story. Perhaps it’s making up a story that’s not true. Wouldn’t you want to know?
Find that perceiver. Track it to its burrow, feel its terror at being exposed, notice its valid and invalid functions.
Finding, tracking, feeling, noticing … who or what does any of this? Can it be observed and examined?
It’s possible only if you conceptualize it – turn it into an object to be observed.
But then the hunt begins again, and again … for some-thing that’s just another fragment of the thought-system.
What’s left when the mind’s merry-go-round stops?
When the giddiness subsides into stillness?