Here is the assignment I have been working on since last night. It is an interesting one, which produces unexpected results.
And one of the first question that came was,
“Does a Buddha project fear?”
Would you like to try?
And see what happens?
“One of the kindest gifts you can offer to your family and friends is to begin seeing a Buddha in each of them. As you practice this way of seeing others, you will notice that the practice benefits them as well as you. The place to start is with those who irritate or frustrate you. In the east, when someone arises in your field of experiencing who triggers you emotionally, you say “thank you!” because you know this one to be a manifestation of a Buddha. Why else would he or she go to all the trouble to show you where your emotional charges lie?
Most people are quite self-occupied, living in the realm of their own making. But when a Buddha comes along, the charged areas you have managed to hide can get quite a workout. You find out where they are and hopefully are motivated to heal them. Thus, you say “thank you!”
Such is the gift of a Buddha in your life! Clearly, what you get out of the adventure is wholeness. What the other person gets out of it is the very powerful, positive energy of you projecting him or her as a Buddha. Sometimes, it is just as simple as bowing to that person—inwardly, if not outwardly. Of course, it can be difficult for the ego to bow when you meet someone with whom you have a history of feeling frustration or irritation. What better opportunity to confront the ego and push through its forcefield into a clearer personal space? In other words, act like a Buddha!”
From The Matter of Mind, pages 12-13