We influence others by what we are rather than by what we say or have

Spiritual views are not very popular in society in general. It is not necessary to impose one’s views on others. Proselytizing is best done by example rather than by coercion and lapel grabbing. We influence others by what we are rather than by what we say or have. To express views that are contrary to public opinion may be sociologically praiseworthy, but to do so leads to conflict and enmeshment in the arguments and discord in the world. The pursuit of ‘causes’ is the role of the social and political reformer, which is an activity different from that of the seeker of enlightenment. Praiseworthy endeavors can be seen as deserving of sympathetic support, but they are also perceptually defined positionalities with intrinsic limitations and agendas. Embroilment in the issues of society is a luxury that the seeker of spiritual enlightenment needs to forego…..

……We change the world not by what we say or do but as a consequence of what we have become. Thus, every spiritual aspirant serves the world.

-The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing is Hidden by David R. Hawkins

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