“At any moment, you are perfectly free to see the radiant beauty of the real world pervading all things.”—The Way of Mastery
In the interest of dismantling old paradigms, here are two stories I love:
When Pancho Ramos Stierle was getting his PhD in astrophysics at UC Berkeley, he was involved in a hunger strike to protest the university’s involvement in nuclear weapons.
After nine days, university muckety-mucks got tired of fasting students blocking walkways so they sent cops to break it up. Amid the melee, Pancho was brutally handcuffed and slammed into the pavement by a police officer who was much bigger than him.
I don’t know about you, but I’d have probably been a little miffed. At very least, I’d have been righteously indignant.
Pancho made a different choice. He looked the officer in the eye and said, “I know you’re just doing your job and I forgive you. I want you to know that I am not doing this for me. I am not doing this for you. I am doing it for your children and the children of your children.”
The officer was a bit befuddled.
Pancho asked him his name and said, “Brother, let me guess, I bet you like Mexican food.”
After an awkward pause, “Well, yeah.”
“I know this place in San Franciso that has the best carnitas and fajitas and quesadillas,” Pancho says. “How about after I get done with this and you get done with this, let’s get together and have lunch there?”
In other words, Pancho brought Truth into the story. We are all one and when appearances seem to defy this, it is our task to remember—there is no enemy. And we are all way too beautiful to be anything that perpetuates the old story of separation.
The other story I love is about a dancing principal who makes going to school loads of fun.
Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.