We are so conditioned to judge our conditioning
(all those ways we've been programmed to resist,
withdraw from, or grab hold of whatever is now happening)
that whenever conditioning comes up we often either feel a kind of
‘Oh, no, not that again’ dread toward ourself
or a type of ‘How dare you” anger toward those
we perceive have triggered it.
We either feel bad about ourself or others.
We feel we are the problem or others are the problem.
We feel that because conditioning comes up
we need to somehow change or others need to change.
Yet – there is a third way to view conditioning.
When we are open hearted toward all experience
that means we are open hearted toward any conditioning that shows up.
When we see conditioning clearly we’re not judging it, ourself or others.
The conditioned resistance comes and goes
and we are free to know and sense our freedom from it all.
And then gradually, gradually, the open heartedness
of seeing all the way through the judgment of Self and others
to the true sense of Self
gives way to a genuine ‘Thank you’
whenever we become aware of conditioning.
A deep gratitude wells up within
as we see it all clearly -
the conditioning and the Unconditioned.
No longer misperceiving conditioning as what we are
but simply as what is now passing through
allows the understanding of what we actually are to stabilize.
Freedom reveals itself
when we allow what is coming and going
to come and go without judgment.
When we see conditioning clearly we see it with the eyes of Love.
The clarity of Love says, "All is welcome here."
It is all very simple. Instead of seeing things imagined, learn to see them as they are. When you can see everything as it is, you will also see yourself as you are. It is like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that shows you the world as it is, will also show you your own face."