Wednesday, August 10, 2005


There are No Dilemmas, Only Choices

It’s the middle of the night and you are trying to get some sleep. You are not a happy bunny because your neighbour is playing loud music, so loud you can feel your walls vibrating. What are you going to do about it?

You could ask your neighbour to turn the music down, this way you reach a compromise: he gets to listen to his music and you get some peace and quiet. There is no guarantee that he will. If he doesn’t, you could either get mad and call the police to sort it out and make yourself an enemy or you could just wear an ear-plug.

You could question whether you have an inner rage that has manifested as your neighbour’s loud music, and try to be at peace within. Your realisation may or may not influence your neighbour to turn the music down. But now that you are holding your peace, it doesn’t matter what is going on around you.

You could see this as an opportunity to give love, so you pray, channel love or whatever way you give love. Your neighbour may or may not turn the music down.

You could realise that there is only one, therefore, your neighbour is you. You wouldn’t choose to annoy yourself, would you?. Your conviction may or may not influence your neighbour to switch off the music. If he doesn’t you are at least accepting of your wild child self. Enjoy the music, have a dance, let your hair down. Who says you have to sleep anyway? Sleep is overrated.

You could see the experience as a non-event, a no-thing. You realise that where there is no thing, no concepts, no ideas, there is only awareness. It makes no difference whether there is music or whether there isn’t, it is all the same, pure awareness.

There are many choices we have based on our beliefs. Every belief is a state of mind that is neither right nor wrong but what makes life more meaningful for you.

Underneath it all is the real You that is devoid of ideas, thoughts, concepts and beliefs, just an emptiness; pure awareness. In awareness there is only isness.

What are you going to do about your neighbour? Who do you choose to be?


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