Dark Side

What you think and where you place your mind matters. It matters more than most of us will ever know.

1. Uke test while nage listens to:

  • The 11:00 news or an article read from a lurid tabloid.
  • A report of an example of goodness, wise kindness.
  • Favorite music (various examples).

2. Repeat while nage thinks about:

  • What a terrible day it was.
  • What a great day it was, or,
  • An example of a single good thing from the apparently terrible day considered above.

Avoid spiteful gossip, sensationalism, and those who revel in dirt, dishonor, and scandal. Test the difference between:

  1. Noting the fact that someone has made a mistake and
  2. Enjoying the fact that someone has made a mistake.

The first may be a statement of fact. The latter is an all-too-effective means of "tuning the spirit" (see 'The Spiritual Spectrum" on page 176) to the dark side. These tests reveal the options and the consequences of your point of view. Choose. You will carry your choice with you throughout the day and throughout life.

Jesus said "If thine eye causeth thee to sin, pluck it out," a Hard Saying that seems to make little practical sense. But in the original Greek, the word used is ophthalmos. It meant the physical eye but it also meant "point of view."

Does your point of view cause you to be dark and negative? Better to change it than to fill yourself with darkness.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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