Originally posted by Emily_Cragg
I can just see this guy--waving his arms about.
Nothing wrong with any choices, eh?
And what about the effects that one's choices create, for others?
No problem with that either, eh?
And what about the thoughts we harbor, to cull and harm others?
These have no effects either, eh?
Nothing to worry about; everything is automatic.
Yeah. Now I know what you're saying.
You're an astrologist. Everything happens just because ... something happens.
No. I am not an astrologist. Much of astrology has led to humans completely misunderstanding themselves: thinking that things are inevitable and that
we must simply forget about trying to change them. That is actually the exact kind of misunderstanding that creates the lack of change that freedom is
designed to allow for. Things don't just happen. Everything is choice, absolutely. As such, there can be nothing that happens to anyone that has not
been pre-arranged and understood by all parties involved for the purpose of learning from.
Thinking that anything at all can happen without our own allowance of it is the exact misunderstanding that results in persons wanting to hurt things
in the first place. Now this is a very important concept: the reason that anyone wills
to hurt anything at all is
they don't see other things as a part of themselves.
Chance is an abstraction, just as is multiplicity. If everything were taken into account we would easily see that probability and statistics can
have meaning in terms of the multiple. In other words, chance only has any meaning in terms of things not being connected or related to
one another, and that is why those who do
see things as random are also those who might will discord upon someone/something else. Anyone who
sees that nothing
is random does not even allow
for the desire to change things that are definitively out of his control: namely
another's choice and freedom of will.
What this means is that we are in control of everything that we receive: we govern this by giving what we give to the universe. The only thing that we
cannot control is another's freedom of choice, unless they let us, which becomes a control based on domination, which is not harmonious at
. In fact, control by domination is exactly the opposite of freedom, both for ourselves and for others.
The important understanding here is that even though we cannot control another's will to do something, there is no way for anyone or anything to do
something to us that we have not given permission for on our higher level of being that has chosen what is most appropriate for us to experience to
The idea that something that has happened is useless in terms of learning is exactly the kind of perspective that leads
to violence and
discord. On the other hand, the idea that everything is alright
can lead to two extremes in perspective. One of the extremes says that since
everything is alright, then why bother trying to change anything at all. This perspective is the least
healthy of all perspectives, and it is
what creates the desire to hurt and destroy other things and therefore ourselves as well. On the opposite extreme, we may understand that all that is
around us is alright because it is an opportunity
to learn from such and make things even better than they are now, no matter how grand or
gross they may currently be.
This, then, is the key difference between such extremes in perspective: one sees things as coming without permission and therefore necessarily as
; the other, more harmonious, perspective sees everything as the will of the universe and therefore an opportunity
further into harmony.
The perspective that things are random (as a correlation to multiplicity and duality) thinks that it is possible for something to happen that has not
been allowed by the universe itself. This negative perspective (whether consciously or unconsciously) thinks that the universe has somehow not
thought out completely what it is being
. It therefore thinks that things in the present
need to be changed, instead of looking toward
changing things for the future
. This perspective is decidedly dissatisfied with what is going on, almost no matter what it is, and will always
focus on what should be different about right now. This leaves this perspective in a state of constant
disappointment about things the way they
are, leaving no room for learning from things the way they currentlly are in order to change the way things will be in the future.
On the exact opposite extreme, we find the healthy perspective that things are the way that they are for a sensible reason
. This perspective,
instead of being disappointed with things not always being the way they were expected to be, allows for the possibility that we might actually be able
to learn from what is going on, and that, indeed
, what is happening is happening because we are supposed to learn from it
. This leaves
the one who takes such a perspective with the capacity for acceptance without
resignation of interest or effort towards making things even
The difference between these two extremes in perspective is tantamount to the difference between creation and annihilation. Both perspectives
represent stages of learning that man goes through about his own nature, and as such, each is appropriate exactly where it stands. This
is meant by the statement that everything is alright: as destruction is a stepping stone toward understanding the harmful characteristics that come
from its own being, so then is this learning from destruction the movement towards the conscious
creation of order. Without the impulse for
separation and destruction, there could be no conscious
implementation of creation: only unconscious creation.
As such, every stage of man's evolution must be taken for what it is and not compared in terms of the others, as this is what creates confusion about
the purpose and nature of each of them. This corresponds exactly
with the understanding that probability (as stated earlier) can only
have meaning in terms of the multiple. When placed in terms of unity, or omniscience, probability has no meaning whatsoever. In other words, when
everything is known, there can be no unknown
that probabilities and statistics are designed
to account for.
This does not mean that, in terms of the multiple, probability does not have any use. Quite the contrary, it means that statistics, chance, and
probability can only
have their application in terms of the multiple, and that if attempted to be applied to the unified, they present nothing
By thus placing everything into its appropriate context, we then cannot avoid seeing that misunderstanding can only
come about under terms of
the multiple trying to understand the unified. This
, then, is what it means to say that discord is alright: because discord cannot ever
occupy the space of the unified, there cannot ever be any sort of conflict except in the mis
application leading to the mis
of the universe the way it is.
So, as becomes very clear, the strict astrologist who believes that fate runs lives is unconsciously doing more damage to his own life (and others'
lives) than he can currently imagine. Once, though, this false notion of fate is understood for what it is, the individual then begins changing his
ways of seeing and treating things, with the effect that his world and life become more fluid realities that are moldable to his own desire and will.
As you can see I am clearly no astrologist.
But this does not mean that astrology does not have understanding to offer the sincere learner. It is merely the abuse
astrology that makes it a harmful and destructive perspective. But, then again, this is just like absolutely anything else: when abused and
misappropriated, anything at all will take on the exact same characteristics that astrology does in this example. This sheds light on the wisdom of
the suggestive phrase: 'nothing in excess,' or 'all things in balance,' or 'the middle way.'
Indeed it is this middle way that is embodied in the healthy perspective of seeing that everything is always in harmony, but that more harmony is
always possible. In the next stage of being that is currently approaching, there will be no more 'yes' and 'no' in the surrounding universe.
Instead there will only be 'yes' and 'greater yes.'
And as a side note, I'm not waving my arms around. : )
[edit on 25-11-2004 by airfoil]