The last thing I did before going to sleep last night was read Fran Peavey’s “Us and Them” [November 1994]. During the night I dreamed I was about to be attacked by two leopards. I had no desire to hurt the leopards. Without fear, I recognized that if I delivered a front side kick to each leopard’s snout (I’ve studied tae kwon do for years), both would be stunned and I could escape without seriously hurting them. I executed my plan perfectly. The animals lay limp, but not dead, and for the moment they presented no danger.
In my waking life, I try to park my ego by the door each morning. When I feel safe enough, I leave my metaphysical sword by the door, as well. Many times, it’s a struggle not to pick up the ego and sword and engage in battle with my enemies. I’m always grateful for the strength that empowers me to leave these weapons where they lie.
“Us and Them” shows the great power of not hating our adversaries. In my dream I met the challenge head-on, but the leopards and I both survived. The challenge now is to do it when I’m awake.
Fran Peavey’s “Us and Them” [November 1994] moved me. It reminded me of the painful moments that I used to suffer at the hands of my social-activist friends many years ago. “You’ve got to take a stand,” they would say, which usually meant that I had to see some other group as evil. I had a hard time explaining that the truth might not be as black and white as they thought.
Sometimes I like to say, “God takes no position, because God knows all positions.” Could it be that God is even working with the enemy to help our destiny unfold? Ifl recall correctly, God and the devil have a discussion at the beginning of the Book of Job, and poor Job gets tested to the limit. Was it good or bad that all this happened to him?