Food #29: "Clean Instrument" - Living the Karma Free Life
"If my hands are clean, my cause is just, and my heart is pure, then I have nothing to fear." (Anonymous)
Being a Clean Instrument
When your hands are clean, your cause is just, and your heart is pure, you are a clean instrument. This is what karma and reincarnation are trying to teach... how you can live a karma free life. When you are a "clean instrument", you will know more joy, more love, and more awareness.
* "My hands are clean": To know if your hands are clean, ask yourself: "am I being totally honest, speaking truthfully, and acting with integrity?" In other words, does what you are saying and doing -or- not saying and not doing measure up to society's standards of honesty, truthfulness, and integrity? If your hands are clean, then you have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. This is the only way to know true inner peace of mind and heart.Life Church:
"I bind myself to God today: God's power to guide me. God's might to uphold me. God's wisdom to teach me. God's eye to watch over me. God's ear to hear me." (Patrick of Ireland)
Do you act as if you are always in church wherever you go? What if your life was a church? How would that work?
* Life Church: What if, instead of attending services, your life was lived as if you were worshipping God at every moment? What if your life was a reverent "prayer without ceasing" to God? That would help you to be a clean instrument.
* What You Say: For your life to be a church, everything you say should be said as if God were listening to you. Is what you are saying true (factually correct), necessary (with the goal of helpfulness), and kind (with the loving intentions)? For your life to be a church, your words should heal (make people feel better), uplift (be positive), and inspire (offering possible solutions to the problem). Let God guide your speech and infuse it with wisdom to create your life church.
* What You Do Not Say: For your life to be a church, what you choose not to say is as important as what you do say. For your life to be a church, do not say anything you would not say if you were there. You would not speak from anger, hurt, fear, frustration, and other negative emotions. For your life to be a church, your words should not hurt (make people feel bad), upset (be negative), and depress (about how bad things are or how worse they will get).
* What You Do: For your life to be a church, everything you do should be done as if God were watching you. Is what you are doing ethical (from the highest standards of conduct), moral (from the dictates of religion and your conscience), and constructive (from helpfulness)? For your life to be a church, your actions should heal, uplift, and inspire (make things better for everyone). Let God guide your actions and help you to do the right thing every time.
* What You Do Not Do: For your life to be a church, what you choose not to do is as important as what you choose to do. For your life to be a church, do not do anything you would not do if others were present. You would not act from anger, hurt, fear, frustration, and other negative emotions. For your life to be a church, your actions should not hurt (make people feel bad), upset (be negative), and depress (about how things cannot be done)... be a clean instrument. Reverse It:
"Reverse It" is what the Golden Rule ("do unto others as you would have them do unto you") tries to teach. The easiest, most effective way to apply the "Golden Rule" is by reversing your words (silence) and actions (inactions) to see if your conduct is what you would like it to be.
* What You Say: Listen to yourself when you speak. Is what you are saying about others something you would like others to say about you? If it is, then congratulations! You are creating good karma with every word you speak. If not, you are spinning ropes of karma that eventually will trip you up. When you reverse (in your mind) what you are going to say to others before you say it, you have the best chance to make sure that the your words you speak are kind ones.
* What You Do Not Say: When you feel uncomfortable about failing to speak, ask yourself, would you have liked someone to have spoken up on your behalf rather than remaining silent? If silence was the best choice in this situation, then congratulations! Your discretion has created good karma. If you should have spoken up and failed to do so, "bad" karma will result. Reversing things (in your mind) helps you to know whether silence or speech is the best possible choice.
* What You Do: Look at yourself when you act. Is what you are doing for others something you would like others to do for you? If it is, then congratulations! You are creating good karma with every action you take. If not, you are spinning ropes of karma that eventually will trip you up. When you reverse (in your mind) what you are going to do for others before you do it, you have the best chance to make sure your actions are loving ones. Doing this cuts down on "bad" karma (bad consequences) and generates "good" karma (good manifestations).
* What You Do Not Do: When you feel uncomfortable about failing to act, ask yourself, would you have liked someone to have acted on your behalf rather than remaining uninvolved? If inaction was the best choice in this situation, then congratulations! Your discretion has created good karma. If you should have acted and failed to do so, bad" karma will result. Reversing things (in your mind) helps you to know whether inaction or action is best and if it is like or unlike love. Golden Rule:
If "every one... followed these commandments. 'Whatsoever ye would that others should do unto you, do ye also unto them', and 'Love thy neighbor as thyself'... then everything would arrange itself... No law books nor courts nor judicial actions would be required. All things would quietly be set to rights, for everyone's heart and conscience would guide them." (Martin Luther)
* Guiding Light: Golden Rule: "One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself" (positive form). Silver Rule: "One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated" (negative form). "Doing unto others" should be guided by an open heart filled with loving kindness.
* Treat as Holy: Everyone you encounter is holy because they are a child of God. Everywhere you go is holy ground because God made it. So treat people and things accordingly and life will open up to you. Remember: you are a child of God and are yourself holy. When you honor the sacredness of everything (whether it is living or not), then applying the Golden Rule works to create great karma.
* Golden Rule Revised: It would work so much better if it read this way: "Do unto others as you would do unto the person you loved most in the world!" This would ensure that we would always treat others with the highest degree of compassion, gentleness, and kindness... as God really wants us to do.
* Source of Compassion: Compassion comes when you realize that those who hate and hurt others are just lashing out against times when they were hated and hurt themselves. It is then that you can see that "it is the pain talking" and not the person. When you know there are no truly bad people - only people who say and do bad things - you can be compassionate towards every person in every situation.
* Applying the Golden Rule: Pouring the oil of compassion, tolerance, and understanding on the troubled waters of daily life is the very essence of the Golden and Silver Rules. Before you can show love to others, you have to be filled with love for yourself. If everyone was filled with self love and applied the Golden Rule to others, then Earth would truly be the paradise God intended.
Credits: from channeled information.
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