What’s underneath all the injustice in this world, what causes it and leads to it, is human unconsciousness; humans that are not present; humans that are lost in separation; lost in fear; lost in powerlessness; trying to gain power. The ego running the show. Me, me, me. Mine, mine, mine. I’m right, I’m right, I’m right. All these unconscious elements of human life and human existence. The sole causes of injustice, cruelty, abuse, inequality, unfairness. And part of the problem is, that if you get too involved in that, and it takes you into your mind and it takes you into judgment, then you’ve become part of the problem.
That’s why Jesus said:
“If somebody strikes you on the right cheek,
present to them the other.”
“Be very careful.
It’s so easy to get caught
in the unconsciousness,
the level of unconsciousness,
as the one who’s struck you.”
So I say the same thing [gently pointing at a specific person in the audience]. Even when you’re responding to injustice or unfairness in the world –which is perfectly legitimate, to respond– but respond from a place of Presence. Respond from a place of Power. Don’t respond in a way that takes you out of Presence and gets you caught in the story of that injustice.
In other words, the only real solution, is Presence.
But it doesn’t render you powerless in a way that you can’t respond, in an empowered way, to whatever is happening. But the true solution is the awakening of human consciousness. Everything else is a kind of band aid. And it doesn’t work.
If we are really awake, really present, you’re not going to abuse anyone, you’re not going to harm anyone, and it’s even unlikely you’ll chop down a tree without the deepest level of meditation, as to whether it’s OK to chop down the tree. You’ll almost ask the tree’s permission. You’re not gonna create anything, or build anything that isn’t in harmony with the natural world, which I call God’s world.
That’s where our true solution is. That’s the solution for humanity. It’s the awakening of consciousness. And it’s realizing that the sole cause of suffering is our own unconsciousness.
So somehow, in between all that, you maintain a level of Presence, and yet respond to the situation you’re encountering.
Leonard Jacobson transcribed by Leon Hieros
Found in dearest George’s Mystic Morning Blog