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Lions Roar : July 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN jULy 2009 25 separation from other beings and the world. But here’s the profound message shared by Blake and the Buddha: it’s not people vs. bugs, whites vs. blacks, or even Nazis vs. Jews—we’re all in the same boat. The cockroach wants exactly the same things I do: to avoid suffering and find happiness. Its idea of happiness may be a little less complicated than mine, but still, all beings share those fundamental wishes. I stand here in the middle of the night, thinking. If there’s a problem, where is it? Is it in this little creature, or is it in the darkness of my own heart and mind? FINE ANd dANdY, you may well be thinking, but what about the roaches? You can’t just let them walk all over you. Indeed, in all practicality, I can’t give this kitchen over to colonies of bugs. As often happens after I meditate and contemplate, I realize that life holds more choices than I first saw. I can kill the roaches or pretend they aren’t there, but life isn’t so binary, so “yes” or “no.” I have other options. I bought some citronella spray for my countertops, and then a bug vacuum I found on the internet. When I see a cockroach in my kitchen now, I scoop it up and then dump it—alive—outside. I’m not even sure I’m doing the right thing. A friend suggests that by abdicat- ing my role as top predator in my kitchen ecosystem, I might be causing the roach populations to overbreed. Who knows? At least I’m trying to act better. It seems to me that the path to wisdom consists of an accumulation of small positive inten- tions and steps. It challenges us to be just a little less cruel, a touch more kind, a tad less angry, a sigh more patient. I realize that in one sense this whole issue may seem a bit silly: if I kill a few cockroaches, it will hardly have much impact on the state of the world. On the other hand, if every hu- man being made a resolution to try to be a little more understanding of others, to inflict a little less suffering, imagine what a different place this could be. ♦ To kill or not to kill? What about eating meat? Join the conversation at www.shambhalasun. com/sunspace. W Whheenn Y Yoouu’’vvee M Maasstteerreedd EEvveerr yytthhiinngg FFrroom m RReeiikkii ttoo RReeff llee xxoolologg yy,, W Whher eree D Doo YYoouu G Goo NNeexxtt?? It’s a real dilemma. You’ve completed a few courses. Dabbled in one or two more. Maybe gone full circle on the workshop tour. And the longing to know more and be more is just as strong. Now what? Take a quantum leap into Brennan Healing Science. Learn not only to read the Human Energy Field but be able to identify and heal the distor tions that lead to disease. Use High Sense Perception to track and guide the flows of energy and to access vital information. Perform some of the most advanced healing techniques known. And much more. The four-year par t-time professional training program is also an incredible journey of self-discover y. Many students come for that alone. Others arrive with no experience of any healing modality, yet leave as amazing healers. Take the oppor tunity to learn directly from Dr. Barbara Brennan, the former NASA scientist and best-selling author who pioneered modern energy healing. Go to our website and request your free copy of our DVD, Becoming a Healer. Or just call our friendly folk in the office. ® 800.924.2564 www.barbarabrennan.com 500 N.E. Spanish River Boulevard Suite 108 • Boca Raton, FL 33431-4559 BARBARA BRENNAN SCHOOL OF HEALING®