I have been reflecting lately on the purity of our hearts and how this purity manifests.
A few weeks ago, I was watching a cartoon called Hunter X Hunter. Many people fight in order to reach higher status in the hierarchy of hunters. That day, I was watching the fight between one of the three young characters (an eleven-years old by named Gon) and an adult Ninja warrior. Killing was not an option and the winner needed to have his opponent surrender.
At some point in the fight, the Ninja warrior decided to break Gon’s arm. A few minutes later, he surrendered and Gon was declared the winner.
The Ninja warrior declared, “I tried everything I could, broke Gon’s arm and he doesn’t show any signs of anger or hate. There’s nothing else I can do.”
That brought home a situation I experienced at the same time. I was part of a small virtual group that was going to meet. For whatever reason, one member forgot about the meeting and a person got upset about this ‘missed commitment.’ To the point he sent a challenging message to the person who didn’t show up.
I didn’t feel any of this irritation and thought the other person got busy. We all knew he had a lot on his hands.
Which leads me to the metaphor of the ‘slippery slope;’ if the slope is too slippery for the ego (which usually reacts with anger or irritation), it won’t find any possibility to cling onto an issue and attempt to fire; or force us to do so.
And the purer our hearts, the more slippery the slope.
It is not one way or the other, a deal between ego and heart; it is that the purity of our hearts “deactivates” the power of ego mind.
I’m sure you can find many examples of “ego deactivation” in your life, dear Ones. Those need to be reflected upon, honored and celebrated as a sign of spiritual maturity.
Then we can aim for deeper and brighter purity of heart.
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