Last year, I repeated something that someone else said, and I knew I shouldn’t have.I immediately corrected myself and ask that person not to repeat it, ashamed, and knowing I should have acted better. Phew I thought as I put it to bed.
The universe had other plans for me however, and the ensuing experience was so excruciating, I have decided it was nature REALLY driving it home that gossip is not in alignment with what I want to be. The ongoing saga, was so incredibly painful, like having ones hand held on a hotplate, I can only assume to ensure that my whole nervous system and brain was calibrated to not repeat that.
But I have to be honest, my god it’s hard! I mean there are decades of nonsense backing up a broken system. To be vigilant to our ways, to in real time catch ourselves running old software, is a challenge.
To quote Don Miguel Ruiz again, from his book The Four Agreements, “One little piece of misinformation can break down communication between people, causing every person it touches to become infected and contagious to others. Imagine that every single time others gossip to you, they insert a computer virus in your mind, causing you to think a little less clearly every time. Then imagine that in an effort to clean up your own confusion, and get some relief from the poison, you gossip and spread those viruses to someone else. Now imagine this pattern going on in a never ending chain between all the humans on earth”.
He goes onto describe that this contagion must first be stopped internally with how we speak with ourselves. No nastiness and cruelty can be internally directed once we are committed to cleaning up the system and being impeccable with our word. “You will only receive a negative idea if your mind is fertile ground for that idea”, he points out.
And then we work outwardly. We begin to ‘be the change we wish to see in the world’.
Sent with love,