A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
Allow me a few thoughts to start off the subject, because it is a rich one for us to learn and act upon.
I have just been noticing the many calls to support containing the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and I am taking this as an example to contemplate on the “measure you give will be the measure you get back”.
What is it we really want? Do we want the earth to heal or do we want BP or anyone to fix the gushing oil well, so we can go on with our lives. Honestly….
I am always a little uneasy receiving the calls for sending light and love, intention and affirmations in the direction of what is perceived to be a problem. It is not that I do not think a “good thought could move mountains”, but I am not sure we are having the right thoughts yet.
First of all we have to look at the question whether the gushing oil well a problem? Well, obviously something went terribly wrong and caused what is called the greatest environmental calamity in history. It is a real catastrophe, with over 2 million barrels spilled into the gulf, with very serious and deadly consequences for all life forms in the affected area and far beyond.
So do we think it that the leak should not be there? And do we really believe that sending a few well-intentioned thoughts of light and love is going to fix it? Do we actually believe this is enough?
“The measure you give will be the measure you get back” – what does it mean?
To me it points to my own responsibility creating the mess in the first place. I see an unstoppable, leaking oil well and a developing environmental disaster and I cannot help thinking about my own contributions creating it. Would we have a gushing oil well if we did not rely so much on fossil energy? Are you driving a car? Are you buying kiwis from some far away place and taking a quick plane ride to visit a place some 2000 miles away? Would we have a gushing oil well if we hadn’t voted for politicians to support our current life style, invested in a pension plan, readily believed what the evening news are telling us and overall bought into the division of good and bad, right or wrong?
This is not to emphasise that we should stop doing all these things and support alternative energies.
This is to acknowledge that we actually ARE the problem, and that is neither a lofty spiritual notion nor is it an illusion – it is what is true. Sending light and love around the world is great, but it is nothing but a nice gesture, it is simply not enough. Can you see it ? But then – what can be done in such a dire situation ? Can anything be done at all ?
And I will tell you that a great deal can be done by any of us because what will remedy the issue, is my own willingness to be honest with myself and become aware of how much I still believe any problem in this world is separate from me.
So when we realise that – what is our responsibility? How do I respond to a challenge so enormous, that I rather pretend it is outside of me and makes me feel small, insignificant and powerless.
My responsibility lies in the response to the challenge. And my response has to start with myself by being aware of my own conditioning, attachments, beliefs and my own unwillingness to let them go. The gushing oil-well is a symbol of my own greed in terms of holding on to concepts of the past. I see the world around me falling apart, and still – I am holding on to my little beliefs, concepts, nationality, identity personal interest.
The more I am willing to be aware of my thinking, the more I am willing to let go of the illusion of separation – the more I will turn to doing the right things on the outside and the more I will be getting back of what Life is all about.
And that to me is the meaning of measure for measure.