CONNECTIONS

Our brains are made up of infinite connections. Any kind of dysfunction or malfunction in one’s behaviour stems from disconnections inside the mind. If you don’t experience love and connection with people, and joy and harmony in your life, something is amiss in your mind.

Essentially, the process of personal and spiritual development, as I see it, is about correcting the mind, where necessary; purifying it of all impurities; and connecting all the dots inside.

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Everything in life is an attempt to connect with others. Even if you shy away from people, what that is essentially saying is, “I wish I could connect with people, but I am too afraid.”

Often this fear stems from attempts that we have made to connect with people which were spurned. And we don’t want to risk being hurt again.

But the instinct is still there. And it may well end up being warped. After all, what is hatred but a deep kind of connection with others such that you can’t let go?

You often feel most intimate with those you hate; and, by extension, you often hate those you are most intimate with. We see this played out in families, all the time. In the rivalry between neighbouring football teams. And on a far greater scale.

For 2,000 years, Jews and Christians have been very intimately linked. Western society is often referred to as Judeo-Christian. But the relationship has been based, to a great degree, on persecution and mutual antipathy.

The first Christians were Jews. The Jews persecuted them, zealously, for defiling the true religion: through their attempts to convert heathens to the faith; and for all their talk of Jesus as the Messiah.

Of course, the roles have been reversed ever since. The story – forged out of this persecution – of how the Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus, how they had his blood on their hands, created the ‘Jewish Problem’; which, after hundreds and hundreds of years of great violence against the Jews, culminated in the ‘Final Solution’: the death of six million in the Holocaust.

Out of all this hatred, here are the facts as we best know them: Jesus was Jewish; the first Christians were Jews; and Jews and Christians believe in the same God.

A profound, profound connection exists and has always existed. If we took the time to go beyond the all the anger and malevolence on the surface, we would realise that, at its core, is a love rejected and betrayed.

And this would offer us the gifts of real compassion and real forgiveness.


© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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