Threats and defences, reaction, response and proaction
The first post introduced the idea that “no-one will come to save you.” Therefore, if you want to get through the pandemic and anything else in life, at least spiritually, this is a challenge you have to face yourself. No-one else can do it for you. True, there may be others who may have empathy or sympathy towards you. Yet, if you do not want to make the change yourself no-one will be able to do it for you. Similarly, but in a larger scale, if our communities intend to improve and finish with quarrel, wars and any other negative trait, each of us will have to help co-create a better, healthier and more luminous reality.
I referred too to threats and defences. Indeed, like any change in the real, ideal or metaphysical realm, to go to the next level implies challenges. Some of these challenges are within while some others are without. The good news is that we already have everything we need to overcome these challenges individually and as a collective. The defence mechanisms, however, require intention and action and, in some cases, omissions. I will broadly mention the threats and defences below and, thereafter, we will explore each of them in more detail in the future.
By external threats I mean what some religions usually call “Satan’s strategies.” Consider here Satan as a metaphor of things like false prophets, gossip and some (maybe most) daily news. To defend ourselves from these external threats we need the “armour of God.” Whether you follow any religious tradition or not is not relevant. Through God, Allah, the Universe, the Source, the Eternal, the One, the Many (like in every post, the name we use here is irrelevant. It is just a man-made label for communication. Therefore, I use them interchangeably) each of us knows, or at least has an idea, about justice, faith and truth. These and a few more positive values are the elements that should form our armour.
By internal threats I refer to things like ego, negative thoughts and emotions. For many, these are the most difficult threats to overcome. The means to deal with them is “living water.” Similar to the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, we have a tendency to go for easy and quick fixes when we feel, for example, emptiness, boredom, envy or jealousy. True, at that point in time, the quick fix does the trick. But, like the Samaritan woman, after a while, emptiness, boredom, envy and jealousy take over again. The same is applicable to ego and any negative thought and emotion. The defence, which I call “living water” refers to a more profound change, the one Jesus offered in that encounter at the water well and in many others.
The above is a brief account of the kinds of threats we face as individuals and as part of the collective, externally and internally, and how we may tackle them. Obviously, there is more we can do. The defences I have just mentioned are predominantly responsive. Certainly, we can be more committed towards ourselves and our evolution and that of others. I insist on this point. If we want to get to the next level we too need to think about the wellbeing of others, what I refer to as the collective. There is no doubt there is a need for individual work. If we want to move to the next level, though, we must create the platform together. That is what I call co-creation.
In addition to how we may respond to internal and external threats, we may be as well proactive. Let me explain what I mean. A threat may come into our life and we may either respond or react. The examples detailed above are responses because the aim is solely to protect us and the collective; not to inflict harm on the attacker or the threat itself, whether they originate in another individual or our own self. If we choose to react and answer back with a counterattack we simply feed the threat’s energy. All in all, while a response neutralises the threat and protects us and the collective, a reaction feeds that same threat and helps it grow and become stronger, more painful, darker.
We will explore reactions and responses, threats and defences in more detail in the future. I just wanted now to introduce these distinctions as well as the more proactive option. Instead of getting ready in the event a threat happens, we may work on strengthening our internal armour and our external armour. The way is simple: we may strengthen both the internal and external armour by honouring our soul. For an entity such as us that is now experiencing the physical and ideal realms the first challenge is to accept our soul, to surrender to it. The expression “leap of faith” perfectly describes this first step. We either have faith and believe or we do not. The second we ask for proofs, start intellectualising the metaphysical or try to find experiential evidence, the second we neglect the invisible, the untouchable, the unthinkable.
To recapitulate, we can protect ourselves and the collective from internal and external threats by being responsive or reactive. The former brings balance in us and others while the latter enhances the gap within and without. By gap I mean here the “distance” between us, our physical and ideal “I” or “We” and our soul. We have more options. We too can work on ourselves and the collective by going back to us, our soul, because by going back to our soul we go back to the Source.
Christ Consciousness. 2: We are not all born equal
Wednesday 17th March 2021
Dr Jorge Emilio Núñez