Turn the other cheek
It’s easy to get confused. One “expert” says this, and before you know it, another “expert” on the same topic pops up and says something different.
Even the bible contradicts itself. In one spot it says, But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.
At another point it states, Thus you shall not show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.…
Life is full of contradictions. Do this, don’t do that. Wear this but don’t wear that. Be a peacenik and you’ll succeed, love everybody and you shall be free, eating meat is terrible and wrong. Eat more beef, it’s good for you, and so on and so forth.
Let me make it clear from the outset, I am not what you call a “peacenik.” I am a Spiritualist, but not a peacenik. I will quite readily stand up for my beliefs.
You see there is a way out of the confusion—Be Yourself.
Every One of us is a Self-Developer. Which in turn means that every human being has an explicit and God-given right to express themselves and by so doing moves further out of the confusion and closer to total self-realization.
The self-expression to which I refer needs to be encouraged, no matter what it may entail. The single and only proviso being that it must in no way violate or infringe upon, another persons right to the same thing.
A great many people have a mistaken belief that anyone talking about the Creator, the Self, the Spirit, Love, peace and such must be some kind of a forever smiling, all-absorbing, infinitely patient, turn-the-other-cheek at all times, saint on earth.
Not so. Different personalities, life experiences, cultures, religions, customs, levels of understanding and manner of communication determine the types of delivery.
A hard-core biker, for example, will not respond to the same stimuli, as does a gentle, softly spoken artist.
Nor will a woman with a deep desire to be in a submissive relationship respond similarly to a strident feminist.
Everyone must be allowed to be themselves, and to express themselves, in their own way.
The first and most fundamental key to self-development and personal success of any kind is to understand and unconditionally accept everyone’s right to be themselves.
The second fundamental step is to forget about everyone else and focus on you.
An interesting thing happens when you focus solely on yourself. You come to understand that there is no such thing as alone and separate.
As A Course In Miracles says:
“Sit quietly and look upon the world you see, and tell yourself: “The real world is not like this. It has no buildings and there are no streets where people walk alone and separate. There are no stores where people buy an endless list of things they do not need. It is not lit with artificial light, and night comes not upon it. There is no day that brightens and grows dim. There is no loss. Nothing is there but shines, and shines forever.”