THE THOUGHT I WOKE UP WITH #260

Specialness

Everyone thinks they are at least a little bit special. There’s nothing wrong with that, as a rule. Specialness becomes a real and genuine issue however when it consumes an individual to the point they must express it by ‘lording it over’ fellow humans. Politicians are a super example of this, and at the very top of this hideous pyramid are the tyrants and mass murderers.

Generally speaking, specialness when unchecked becomes a most effective self-destructive mechanism. A tool of self-destruction, you can call it.

The reason specialness is such an effective self-destruction tool is that it is so well camouflaged. A fishhook covered in wholesome sweetness.

Also, specialness walks hand in hand with judgment. In fact, these two are twins. Every time you feel special you are judging someone else as not being up to standard. They don’t measure up because you are special and they are not.

Conversely, when you see someone else as special you are placing that person above yourself. In that scenario resentment creeps in, sooner or later. All judgment ends the same way: you lose. The only winner is the ego.

As indicated above, whenever you call either yourself or another special, you are setting yourself up as judge and jury. Think about that, and then ask yourself what gives you the right, or the ability, to judge anyone or anything, including yourself?

Are you in possession of all the facts, past and present? Can you see the person’s history, their life situation, what they have been through? Their inner self? Ignorance is a terrible thing.

If a hungry child asks you for a snack, would you give them a poisoned salami sandwich? Of course you wouldn’t. Yet that is exactly what you are doing every time you bestow specialness upon a child, or anyone else for that matter. You hand them a poisonous offering wrapped up in a wholesome and pleasant-looking package. There are many ways of encouraging and nurturing children without burdening them with the specialness concept.

As far as spiritual goals are concerned, there is a very, very old saying which I will adjust a little to help make the point. A camel will have a better chance of passing through an eye of a needle than a man with the Specialness robe wrapped around his shoulders will have of re-connecting with Creation.  

In Creation no one is special. Everyone is just perfect. You know the feeling actually. You’ve experienced it. Everyone has experienced it. Think about the times you’ve been in love. When you’ve felt it flowing through your very soul … was there specialness involved? No. There was nothing involved bar the glorious feeling that is beyond explanation. We try and describe those feelings as wellness, joy, a buzzing, glorious and so forth. In reality though there are no words. Those feelings just are because they are beyond this realm.

The reason specialness is such an effective self-destruction tool is that it is so well camouflaged. A fishhook covered in wholesome sweetness.

Also, specialness walks hand in hand with judgment. In fact, these two are twins. Every time you feel special you are judging someone else as not being up to standard. They don’t measure up because you are special and they are not.

Conversely, when you see someone else as special you are placing that person above yourself. In that scenario resentment creeps in, sooner or later. All judgment ends the same way: you lose. The only winner is the ego.

As indicated above, whenever you call either yourself or another special, you are setting yourself up as judge and jury. Think about that, and then ask yourself what gives you the right, or the ability, to judge anyone or anything, including yourself?

Are you in possession of all the facts, past and present? Can you see the person’s history, their life situation, what they have been through? Their inner self? Ignorance is a terrible thing.

If a hungry child asks you for a snack, would you give them a poisoned salami sandwich? Of course you wouldn’t. Yet that is exactly what you are doing every time you bestow specialness upon a child, or anyone else for that matter. You hand them a poisonous offering wrapped up in a wholesome and pleasant-looking package. There are many ways of encouraging and nurturing children without burdening them with the specialness concept.

As far as spiritual goals are concerned, there is a very, very old saying which I will adjust a little to help make the point. A camel will have a better chance of passing through an eye of a needle than a man with the Specialness robe wrapped around his shoulders will have of re-connecting with Creation.

Specialness needs to be seen for what it is, gently laid down, and left behind.

Until tomorrow,

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THE THOUGHT I WOKE UP WITH #260

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