The Fight By the Parking Lot

What creates the fire in a human being to intend on physically harming another? If discovered and attended to, what are the possibilities for healing the world from this new vantage point?

Written by: Sister Jenna

What creates the fire in a human being to intend on physically harming another?  If discovered and attended to, what are the possibilities for healing the world
from this new vantage point?

On a recent warm summer afternoon, in the family friendly town of Silver Spring, Maryland, two young men began lashing out at each other, punching and grabbing the other with the snarl of hatred and intent to hurt. 

My first thought was to wish it to stop, instantly recognizing two souls capable of so much more than fists of rage. Next, was a call to action but, what?  What can I do about two men violently abusing each other outside, at a distance?  As I
moved to solicit a second opinion, one broke away.  A pause...A breath...  He let go.  One always has to let go first.   One has to acknowledge what is not working,
and listen to his voice within to move on.

It is up to the other to accept.  He began to follow him, still full of rage, an unmet desire or need.  Again, my thought was, ‘No, let it go.’  He did.  He slowly stopped walking forward and shifted his energy toward the feeling of victory. What makes the defeat of another our own victory?  Nothing in us has grown, but we can for a brief moment, numb our own hurt and fear with another’s.  It’s a great tragedy of the human experience.

What was the karmic bondage between the two?  I have no idea.  What was obvious was the pain that existed in both of them.  What needed to be said?  What needed to be felt?  And how had both been given such little attention that the result was violence? Every moment is a choice.  We may choose love or fear.  Enough moments of either can lead to a fountain of goodness or a well of despair. 

Baba, who is known as the Supreme Being, watches as we His children, humbly carry out the sacred contracts of drama.  The roles that we continue to play with each other and with ourselves, for a moment, years, or a lifetime.  All of the material is available for us to choose.  And then choose to let go, and move on.

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karthik venkatachalam September 05, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Awesome Story! By our choice we make or break life. Choose well. I m happy I chose to read this story! Wonderful!
karthik venkatachalam September 06, 2012 at 12:00 AM
What a great Story. Lovely . Our choice is what makes or breaks us! Choose well in life. Great, I chose to read this story!
Madhavi September 06, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Most of the time things are done as a reaction but not as response. If we practice responding with a good understanding, even reactions will turn into choosen responses which will take care of the self. Good story well presented.....
Diana September 06, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Nice story, I was actually present when that fight happened. I gave good wishes to both of them.
Cate Moore September 08, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Good god, it was a fight between two idiots. Nothing "deep" about this.


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