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Suppression

Dont hurt

Category: Actions

Type

Voluntary

Introduction and description

One big block to any form of spiritual experience is our Memory. I have provided a number of techniques that help to simplify Memory – a sort of defrag and clear out of the database! , but there is really not a lot of point in doing a defrag if we carry on filling it up with rubbish and one of the most persistent and pernicious ways of adding to the rubbish is by hurting people, our fellow creatures and our planet.

Many religions tend to phrase this as ‘love’ your neighbour.  But this has been so misinterpreted that it has become meaningless.  People don’t seem to understand love, but they do understand hurt. So I think it is better to say Don’t hurt.

So you are using a preventative strategy by avoiding anything that will give you bad memories.  Remember that if you have a Memory full of the bad things you have done, full of the past hurts done then the chance of achieving any form of spiritual experience is virtually nil.

Conscience is a remarkable thing, it affects even the apparently most hardened person eventually and hurts them, things have a habit of rebounding on the perpetrator.  A selfless person whose life is dedicated to not hurting is usually free of fear and worry.

Background

This technique is embodied in just about every religion, but as I have said it is expressed as a positive – love –rather than the way I have phrased it. 

Interestingly enough Rabbi Hillel in the Talmud said that the whole of Jewish law can be summed up with the words DON'T HURT.

“That which is hateful unto thee do not do unto thy neighbour.  This is the whole of the Torah”.

Within the Hindu religion it is embodied within the following main concepts 

  • Ahimsa – do not cause pain to anything whether this is a person or animal.  And in this respect do not hurt physically nor hurt verbally.  If you hurt no one, no one will generally want to hurt you and you can lose fear, concerns and worries. 
  • Satya – tell the truth.  If you lie you have to remember the lie, the truth requires no remembering, so you are free of the worry of the need to remember.  Lies usually hurt someone, so if you lie, you break the first rule. 
  • Asteya -  non stealing.  If you take something from someone or something you hurt them.  If they have worked hard to obtain this thing, or have grown to care about it then by stealing it from them you have hurt them.  So you break the first rule – Don't hurt.  This applies to all forms of theft – the theft of a person's wife or husband, their possessions, their job, their self respect, their peace of mind.  It applies to subtle forms of theft such as money laundering or stock market manipulation or dodgy mortgage manipulation.  If you can trace a line of action -  a flow of activity  - that leads to hurt, you have broken the first law. 
  • Brahmacharya – continence or loyalty or trustworthiness.  Not hurting by one's actions, saying one thing and doing another, first doing one thing and then changing your mind and doing something else thus hurting someone.  Being selfless by being loyal.
The Dalai Lama

The concept is embodied in the so called “Golden Rule” which states that 

  • One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself – do as you would be done by
  • One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated.

The principle is to be found in the writings of  Confucius (551–479 BCE) .  It is a fundamental principle of Buddhism, Taoism, Sufism,  the Sikh religion and  Zoroastrianism.  It was embodied in Ancient Egyptian beliefs, for example, a Late Period (c. 664 BCE – 323 BCE) papyrus states: "That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another’

Plato and numerous other Greek philosophers also expressed exactly the same ideas, for example 

"...it has been shown that to injure anyone is never just anywhere." - Socrates, in Plato's Republic.

We have come to accept that all our major religions embody this principle as a matter of course.  But what may not be realised is that exactly the same approach was used by numerous indigenous societies long before they ever came into contact with the west.

There was little in the Native American Indian civilisation, for example,  that equated to the vast panoply of moral rules that was eventually developed by the Christian Islamic or Judaic countries, in the end their main rules were simply  DON'T HURT and LOVE.

The Kahuna system employed exactly the same principles, so did Siberian shamanism and the culture of the Australian Aborigine.  

Method

The way to learn this is to learn the technique of the Cause effect chart.  In this chart we start of with the action we intend to take and then we work forward and ask the question and what might happen next?  Keep on asking the question building up a chart of causes and effects until you can go no further.  Then look at the result.  Does this hurt?

Some examples might help. Something simple first:

Next example, all too real……….

I think you get the idea.

It is noticeable that not being able to do this is a sign of a person with very little intellect – you are branding yourself as a thicky – a person of extreme stupidity if you are not able to follow the chain, so be prepared to face a lot of Humiliation in your life and failure  – always good for the soul.

How it works

It may be helpful to have the Model of the Mind open to enable you to see the definitions in context.

The generic description of How spiritual experience works may also be helpful.

By not hurting you in effect suppress the activity from Memory.    By stilling the chattering Memory you still the chattering Will and by stilling the chattering Will, the Composer can take over.

Advantages

  • It works
  • It is free
  • It is legal
  • The road to nirvana

Disadvantages

Can't think of any.

Observations

One very good example of a man who practised this the whole of his life was Michael Faraday, then there is Jesus, Buddha, Plato, Socrates, Confucius, Einstein, .................. get the idea?  All the most revered people in the history of humanity, whether scientists, philosophers or geniuses, practised this.

Some examples

Related observations