Acceptance of Self and Others

On the level of acceptance, because of the major change in the way we perceive others, we now become aware of the inner innocence behind the frantic, fear-driven struggles that have obscured it in ourselves and in our neighbors, friends, and family.  The great teachers have said that the negativity which we see in a person or in society is really due to blindness, ignorance, and unconsciousness.  This inner innocence, once it is perceived in others, is also perceived in ourselves.  All that we did was done because we didn’t know any better at the time.  If we had known a better way at the time, we would have done it that way.  “It seemed like a good idea at the time,” we say.  We see that same blindness operating in others, and we can look past their character defects and see the innocent child within.

From Letting Go, ch. 11, pg. 167

2 thoughts on “Acceptance of Self and Others”

  1. It is so interesting – I read this same passage yesterday in “Letting Go” and now it shows up again. It addresses exacting what I have been struggling with!
    Thank you!

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