“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” Mother Teresa
I have been thinking about the power of kindness lately and then I heard a wonderful on-line discussion between Michael J. Chase and Michael Neill. Michael Chase calls kindness “love in action.” A way of loving that we can do every day of our lives. He feels that love is too often associated with being in a romantic relationship. However, Michael says kindness isn’t about being in a relationship but is rather “love made visible.” Michael takes this even further and tells us that “something as simple as kindness can generate love, compassion, forgiveness, all the finest qualities of the heart.”
During his discussion Michael shared his very powerful and moving story behind his ‘new’ way of life that he now lives through practicing and teaching kindness. He had what we can call an awakening and he realized that everyone has a story and that often this story is not a happy one and that this is where someone’s unkindness comes from. He elucidates that understanding another’s unhappy story does not mean that we have to put up with their unkind behavior; therefore, kindness doesn’t mean we have to “wrap our arms around everyone and accept everything.” Michael reminds us about the story of the Zen master and the snake. The Zen master did not want to kill the snake when it entered his space, however, he did want it to leave his vicinity. So, the Zen master kept beaming love at the snake until it eventually left.
One of the most important points that Michael makes, I feel, is that kindness is an incredible strength. He quotes a John Travolta movie where a character says: “Don’t mistake my kindness with weakness.” Michael goes on to tell us that he feels that the ‘new’ world is going to be ‘the survival of the kind.” I agree. The future belongs to the kind. And, Michael reminds us that “in relationships unkindness is doom.” Thankfully, we can learn to be compassionate and kind, even if we forget that we are born this way!
“Loving kindness is not unique in its ability to be cultivated. We can cultivate any mental quality. Most of us have intensified our fear and anger by holding so often to the contents of the mind as being all we are. Practice indeed perfects, and we have perfected our fear to a frightening degree. Practicing envy or anger cultivates the re-arising of indignation and resentment. Practicing loving kindness encourages the recurrence of mercy and awareness and the letting go of the hindrances to the heart – the self – interest, the fear, the separatism, the judgment which limit our direct participation with the mystery.” (Stephen Levine, GUIDED MEDITATIONS, EXPLORATIONS & HEALINGS)
When I think of loving kindness I think of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama believes that our education should not only be for our minds, but also for our hearts:” In our homes and in our schools… we should systematically nurture a culture of warmheartedness, a culture of kindness.” (THE WISDOM OF COMPASSION) I spent some time this week discussing the culture of kindness with a new friend and we both looked back on our lives to date and talked about the little acts of kindness we have received from seemingly random strangers that changed our day from dismal to sunny. Their small acts of kindness allowed us to give more from our own hearts. Emmanuel (channeled by Judith Stanton) says: “Until you can accept yourself you lock the door way to the expansion you all yearn for. This expansion comes through your heart. Be kind to yourselves.” (EMMANUEL’S BOOK)
Kindness to ourselves is an important part of our spiritual journey and a part of our process towards recognizing Oneness. As we ascend, we are receiving so many downloads of light and continuing to cleanse at deeper levels – which may surprise us as things may come up that we had thought were ‘done.’ However, we are clearing now at such deep levels and need to be aware that these negative beliefs about ourselves are being peeled away like the layers of an onion and this is definitely a process that usually does not happen overnight. Although, it can. Some very experienced and highly conscious teachers are reporting these days that they are still cleansing fears from this life and their past lives and being surprised sometimes at what comes up for them. The angels gave me an affirmation for us all to use at this time and I am using it daily: “I only believe loving and positive things about myself.” This is helping me to be kind to myself. It may help you too.