Tigers are not evil. A tiger will bite you if it’s hungry or you are a threat. It isn’t wrong for a tiger to bite you – it’s just being a tiger. That’s why zoos have fences – to make sure the visitors aren’t feeding the tigers – literally.
If you encountered a tiger roaming loose, what would you do to protect yourself? Would you be comfortable getting a big stick and swinging it to keep the tiger away from you? Would you hit the tiger to avoid being bitten? What is reasonable behavior to protect yourself from an animal who considers you prey?
Martial arts ads advise parents that children won’t be bullied if they carry themselves with the confidence of knowing how to protect themselves. Similarly, if your energy tells the world that you won’t be bitten, then neither bullies nor tigers will be interested in taking you on. How do you get your energy keeping you safe?
Ironically, the best place to start is by releasing the judgments about right or wrong that apply to other people. Immediately your cognitive brain starts a refrain of the wrongs people may do: people hurt each other; they lie and cheat and steal. People hurt children, wage wars, and carelessly abuse the environment. It’s not hard to make a list of wrongs for people.
It is because of this condemnation that your ability to protect yourself with your own energy has been damaged. Bring your thoughts back to the tiger. A tiger is not evil – it’s a natural predator. It’s not wrong for a tiger to be a predator. Some people will struggle even with that idea. And yet, to truly get to peace it is necessary to love without judgment. It is freedom from judgment that will free you from having conflicts in your life. It is allowing yourself to see the truth of tigers – and people – that will free you from conflict and allow you to be safe in a world where tigers exist, and some people have the nature of tigers.
Tigers will eat people, that’s natural. It’s not necessary that you be prey for tigers. Inner peace comes from realizing that it’s okay for tigers to exist in the world, and that you can live in a world with tigers without being prey to tigers. That’s a very different perspective than calling something wrong. Tigers and other people can carry on with their lives, and you get to decide how you interact with that. You get to decide what you want to experience.
Often someone will observe that it’s hard to loving in a world with so much negativity and pain. I don’t think the tiger is in pain or feeling negative when he’s having dinner. In fact, the tiger is probably quite cheery about a full stomach. That’s probably the hardest part to accept – the true compassion of respecting other’s journeys. It’s so confusing because we tend to view the journeys of others through our own perceptions – and it’s easy to look around and see lots of choices you wouldn’t want, perhaps even in your own life.
It’s also confusing because people will protest their circumstances, and state emphatically that they don’t want lack, or abuse, or illness, or whatever someone might call wrong. There’s a huge frustration in knowing that people create their situations and experiences from the patterns in their subconscious, not from cognitive choice. That frustration exists because you can’t make change with a cogntive decision, it requires working with the subconscious, with feeling directed by thought – once you get that it’s so much easier to change your life – but until you get it there’s a maddening conflict between what you want and what you manifest.
To reach true compassion requires accepting that people will create from their subconscious patterns, and that your best contribution is to demonstrate creating a fabulous life. Having a great life is the best ad for consciousness there is. People will have patterns that manifest, and that’s okay – just as tigers will bite. By truly accepting this reality, you can see the truth of what people are manifesting and choose how you interact with it so that you can have a fabulous life. Tigers won’t bother you. People who live as tigers won’t bother you. And sometimes, someone will ask how you do it, and then you can share your glorious wealth of happiness.
There’s the test for true compassion. Unless asked, it wouldn’t occur to you to tell another person a way to live because they’re busy being a tiger, and that’s natural.