"Backwards Living"
(Author Unknown)

3-14-2014 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #772
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

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Story of the Week
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Backwards Living
(Author Unknown)

The Dalai Lama told this story about his visit with some Tibetan monks.

"One Tibetan monk, who had spent more than 18 years in a Chinese prison labor camp, told me that on a few occasions, he really faced some danger. So I asked him, 'What danger? What kind of danger?', thinking he would tell me of Chinese torture and prison. He replied, 'Many times I was in danger of losing compassion for the Chinese.'"

Contrary to popular superstition, there are no "evil" people in this world, only those who are absolutely certain that their vision and version of reality is singularly correct, and who are totally unwilling to open up to possibility, to meet others in vulnerable intimacy and joyful, courageous doubt.

"Evil" is simply tunnel vision, a painful constriction and rejection of the flowing wholeness of life, a forgetting of our true nature as vastness and capacity and the total absence of a separate and solid "person". It is a fearful holding-on to stories and opinions rather than an expansive letting-go into the liberated ocean of consciousness.

There are no "evil people" in this world, only those who secretly live in fear of life and who act out of that fear.

EVIL is simply LIVE, backwards. Backwards living. This recognition is the basis for great compassion for those who we rush to judge and label as "evil".

As a great teacher once said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.

(From: Cato the Elder (234 BC - 149 BC )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        You are the Love that we LIVE.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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