Question: I asked you about conflict in the Middle East, conflict in Africa, drought, the riot in Missouri, etc… and asked whether there was a simple answer to end the problems we are having. You said, “Yes. None of you were born with the intention to hurt any other. So why were you born? What is it that you came here to do? Go do it.”
My question, or maybe comment, becomes, when I think about that response my brain almost hurts. I literally feel pressure inside my head. It’s kind of like it can’t think that far, or I can’t think it up.
Higgins: Right. The “Go do it” causes the brain to move from its current focus on conflict and instead focus upon something else. The ‘something else’ is the thing each person needs to think up as individuals. By virtue of the fact that none of you came to Earth to hurt any other you must think up something new to focus upon. Something that is uplifting to the individual and harmful to none.
Think of it like this:
You are the lead person in a group walking through a rainforest. The vegetation is dense and intense. You must exert quite a bit of strength and effort to hack your way forward to your destination. (Let’s say your destination is a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole but you’ve never seen it nor has anyone in your group. You’ve only heard that it exists and have been given its general location.)
For you, the lead person making trail, the way is very difficult. For each one following you the trail becomes easier. Those at the end of the group have only to follow your footsteps and while effort must be exerted it is significantly less than the effort of those who blazed the trail.
The ‘trail’ to negativity is well trodden. It is very easy for your mind to flow towards negativity. The ‘trail’ to human flourishing is not. Moving mentally towards a vision of the human flourishing is a new trail and difficult for those who go first. That is why your mind has a hard time focusing on it. There is no easy path laid for you to travel on. You are a trailblazer. Others who follow will have an easier time because you had the courage and fortitude to (mentally) go first.
Received August 14, 2014 at Lake Goodwin, Washington USA