‘I trust my brothers who are one with me.’
Trusting your brothers is essential to establishing and holding up your faith in your ability to transcend doubt and lack of sure conviction in yourself. When you attack a brother, you proclaim that he is limited by what you have perceived in him. You do not look beyond his errors. Rather, they are magnified, becoming blocks to your awareness of the Self that lies beyond your own mistakes, and past his seeming sins as well as yours.
Perception has a focus. It is this that gives consistency to what you see. Change but this focus, and what you behold will change accordingly.
We are back on real lessons again, and this was a long one (approx 1000 words) which was a bit of a shock to the system after the short review ones. This brought me back to the two main concepts that I grapple with daily: that the world we see has only the meaning we give it, and that we are all one.
There are a few ‘brothers’ that I’m really struggling to trust at the moment. I’m having real difficulty accepting that I could ever behave as abominably as they have and if I am truly honest my wish is to distance myself from them, not to draw them closer and merge with them.
I carried the lesson’s affirmation: It is not this that I would look upon. I trust my brothers, who are one with me, with me when I went to do the exit interviews at Maplin in Erdington. Here is a classic lesson in reading the small print, asking questions, and not making assumptions.
I agreed to carry out exit interviews for two Maplin stores, believing that I’d be interviewing members of staff who were leaving the company. To my horror, when the assignment details came through it was for interviewing 25 customers as they left the stores. Already committed, I honoured the assignment and had a most interesting two and three-quarter hours onSutton New Road.