22-175 Rain

Today’s Mandala

“Tears of joy
are like the summer rain drops
pierced by sunbeams.”

— Hosea Ballou

“The way I see it,
if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.”

— Dolly Parton

“Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head
with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”

— Langston Hughes

Today’s MotD is all about perspective. What is joyful to one is painful to another. What’s a treasure to one is trash to another. What’s meat to one is poison to another. For example, for someone planning a picnic, rain is ”bad”. For a farmer raising their crops, rain is “good”. It all comes down to interpretation by the one who is doing the interpreting. In reality it’s just a statement in fact. It’s just rain.

In ”A Course in Miracles” it states that ”we cannot be angry at a fact”. It just is. It’s neutral. How we interpret it, what internal filters it goes through, determines whether we perceive it as neutral, positive, or negative…which in turn determines how we respond to it.

The key point to recognize is that things and events are neutral. How we respond to them (take responsibility for) is based on _our_ interpretation, filters, fears, beliefs, conditionings, rules, etc.

We’re being asked that as things unfold throughout our day, to take an extra moment to recognize that whatever it is, it is neutral, and then consciously decide how we’re going to respond it, if at all.

“Sometimes a cigar
is just a cigar.”

— Sigmund Freud

On a lighter note…here’s an example of two siblings receiving the exact same information…


The Mandala Lady

btw…started with this:

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