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Souls Of Greatness
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Souls Of Greatness

I can’t get the words off my mind this week. If somebody else told me this I’d be advising them to listen to the message their unconscious mind is telling them.

Somehow I’m not getting it just yet.

Sure I have some thoughts, but not my “aaah-ha!” moment. Writing an article can be a good way to consolidate thoughts and also throw the idea out to an audience who, with outside wisdom and discernment, offer their own version of insight.

So what words are running through my mind?

You can find these souls of greatness

Where the walls are weak and low

Where the conflict is the greatest

And the tears most often flow.

There can certainly be occasions when the wall becomes low. This is symbolic of defenses being down and leaving an individual (or community) open to attack and harm.

We all live within a ‘wall’ or personal space. It should be a healthy boundary that deflects negative energy and yet is welcoming to positive interactions from the outside world.

Walls need maintenance and sometimes repair. At times they are fragile and even being built when a person has been in an emotionally unprotected and weakened state.

Attacks we are probably all familiar with are related to disease and dis-ease. There are things that upset human balance and cause a part of our self to crumble under the pressure. Often it feels a time of being ‘stuck with no options’ or just that life is a little out of our control.

Take this to a broader level and we have attacks on society as a whole that can damage the very integrity of what many of us believe to be acceptable social liberties. Parts of society weaken and the walls of ‘what is right’ become lowered and even trampled upon.

I have been appreciating the ‘souls of greatness’ in our midst. There are those who champion a cause bigger than any one of us individually or write about their desire to stand by a friend in need. Robert Ainslie expressed this best in his article about a friend with depression or his willingness to take on corporation wrongs.

We often hear of amazing stories of bravery and selfless sacrifice after which the person, who is hailed the ‘hero’, says they only did what any of us would have in that same desperate situation. Is this true? Is this the positive outcome of the active emotions of anger or fear that causes the fight or flight response in any one of us?

Taken down to a personal level are many of us worthy of the ‘soul of greatness’ tag in our response to a friend in need. What about those situations that feel so beyond our ability to change or help with?

One thing that I have learnt is that even when the wall is weak and low, and beyond our personal ability to repair it, we can all choose our response to that situation. Perhaps I don’t need to take on changing the world. I can be a lot more effective at working on changing myself, and my responses to others.

In this instance, perhaps more than other times, your feedback is appreciated.


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I would like to try an answer for this question "the "hero" person says they only did what any of us would have in that same desperate situation. Is this true?" I think not and I think it is so difficult for the human nature to overcome the self protective instinct and sacrifice for someone else. Maybe this might sound a bit cynical but I think that the keyword in life is balance-boundaries. Even help has boundaries, even love has boundaries and so on. That is because everyone of us expects something in return when doing something. That is human nature. So, even if not admitted, we all want our offer be appreciated and recognized. Anything that spoils this natural balance leads only to an unhealthy relationship between people. So, I don't know if or how much should we change ourselves to accepting or offering so openly. Great article but really difficult...

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  about 6 years ago

Maria, thank you for your measured and thought through answer. I have pondered these things myself. I guess reality is that every situation is different and the people involved have their own set of internal drives that dictate their actions or reactions (thought through or spontaneous). Boundaries come up again and again in many situations in life. Those that have none and those that understand the healthy ones that must be maintained. It's a good word to bring into the discussion. Your response has honesty in it. Thanks for taking the time!

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  about 6 years ago

To look within and smile is to be balanced and focused.. Great one Heather.

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  about 6 years ago

That is a good truth to know Shawn. Thanks for that.

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  about 6 years ago
Joan S  

Heather, I'm still chuckling over Rob's dog chasing the car analogy. So funny and so true. I think we're being bombarded from every angle, so much so that the walls we build are feeling more like a screen door than a wall, or a solid wall with rocks being thrown at it. Maybe it's the shift in consciousness, not sure. But I see that myself and the people around me are experiencing multiple challenges all at once. It's like the ending of a fireworks display. We are being challenged to greatness, whether we like it or not, simply by virtue of the fact we are here, living at this accelerated pace, and surviving amazing assaults to our well-being and security. The dis-ease will necessitate action of some sort, even if on a collective consciousness level. Most of us handle adversity with grace. Just standing up, tending to our families, loving and being of service are all heroic deeds in my book. Watching over a friend, having that friend's back is a beautiful and natural way to be, though not everyone has that instinct for whatever reason. Fear? Indifference? Some people are conspicuously absent when they see a friend in trouble. Hard to understand, but we have to not judge it. We can only live by our own standard and treat others as we would be treated. To stand up to injustice is a moral imperative. Sure, it takes courage because you can end up like that dog Rob describes, the one running on the wrong side of the car and get smashed. Heroes just go after the car anyway. How many dogs would it take to stop that car? Our most important work takes place inside ourselves. Change from within. Changing the planet is a collective effort.

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  about 6 years ago

Joan thank you for your beautiful and thoughtful comment. Yes, I had a chuckle with Rob's analogy too. I will ponder your whole 'shift in consciousness' comment. This is something that is being spoken about a lot more in certain circles. I guess everyone handles adversity in the best way they know how and with whatever internal tools they have available. So much to think about.

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  about 6 years ago

Oh oops... I pressed 'remove' on your comment when I was aiming for 'reply' I've done it once before and the comment stayed so I hope yours will too, Joan. I find all these things intriguing too. I don't understand very much of it but I don't discredit things either.

  
  about 6 years ago
Golfspice  

For what it is worth Heather, for me, the words are about HOPE in adversity whether it comes from within or via the help of others.

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  about 6 years ago

Aaaahh... yes, I think that's at the very heart of it too Golfspice. I like the quote "Hope Springs Eternal". Where there is adversity there will always be overcoming... although maybe not in the way we anticipate. Your words make me ponder and it is perhaps the closest I've come to understanding why these words have been on my mind. Thank you.

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  about 6 years ago

Heather, I read your article a few times to try to get at the crux of what you're saying. I'm not sure If I'm coming at this from the right angle but I'll have a try. " You can find these souls of greatness........where the conflict is the greatest " This brings to mind Aung San Suuki, the prisoner of conscience under house arrest for 15 years, or Mother Theresa or anyone who deliberately goes into a war- torn area for the simple purpose of giving aid and comfort to others. These souls set examples they 'are the change' they want to see. In a sense they are the light to which others are drawn. " When the wall becomes low" Much illness today is related to stress, the body attacks itself when the mind perceives through the eyes what appears to be a hostile world in which it is not secure. The mind perceives through the eyes and ears what it perceives to be 'reality' Everywhere it looks it sees 'evidence' of this reality. yet when it turns in the other direction and focuses its attention elsewhere it will see something completely different which then becomes the new 'reality' In one of Kim's article's he mentioned the 'Conversations with God' trilogy which suggests that we are all souls (part of one whole) playing a game. Some have to play the role of bad guys so that others are given the opportunity to be good guys. We live in a free will universe where everybody operates within a system of duality. We can turn left or right at any time we chose. Even those who are not currently focused in a war torn area can demonstrate their propensity to be a 'soul of greatness' by the simple act of choosing to help an old lady across the road instead of catching the train on time so they wont be late for work. I think your final point about working on yourself is probably the most pertinent. Everyone views the world through a different lens. Your current lens is a female mother in Australia but there are a multitude of worlds depending on the particular lens you are looking through. Those with similar lenses tend to group together making a bigger lens and the world starts to change by the sheer volume of lenses looking at and creating their world simultaneously. This would be my take on it Heather, but I certainly don't have all the answers and am trying to understand similar concepts myself. The great 'masters' seem to repeat the same theme which is that the answers lie within, what you see outside is merely a projection of what is taking place inside and that is where the real 'solutions' lie.

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  about 6 years ago

Penny I read your answer and thought with awe "She nailed it! YES!!!". Then I went away and came back to read it again. I love what you've explained about the lenses grouping together and very much the 'perception is projection' concept that you mention in the last paragraph. I've wanted to write an article on this concept for a long time now but can never seem to find the right words to explain it. Thank you for such insight.

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  about 6 years ago

Personally, I feel humbled to be in the company of such souls as can be found on these pages. Thank you.

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  about 6 years ago

Lovely you walk amongst us all Kim. Thanks for stopping by.

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  about 6 years ago

Heather Dearest, first to be mentioned in one of your articles frightens me. I'm never sure if its good or bad... lol... I hear where your coming from and my thoughts when we're down there's always someone prepared to help pick you up again. Does that make them a hero,? I don't think so they're friends, good ones, and not many of them around. Taking on a company, government, or any institution, is like a dog with a car, get the wrong side of it, you're run over, chase it and it just keeps going and ignoring the yapping behind it. Life's cards dealt one, teach everyone of us a different lesson, as a women having had a fathers love and protection one will look to a husband for the same. If one did not get that from a father a women is more likely to be independent and not want support from others... However a man grows up either wanting to be like his Father or more likely wants to be better than his father, natures natural survival of the fittest, and the strongest will rule... The point I'm trying to make is some men like me, do things without thinking, these can be interpreted as good or stupid, more times than not stupid... I am a do before I think person, and react as to the moment without thought or consequence... I will do my best to help whom I can, when I can and not consider it as a deed of good, its what I must do. And similarly, when the chips are down I react without thinking, a noise outside in the middle of the night will have me out there investigating, everyone tells me its wrong, someday someone will attack me I'm told... well let it be is my attitude, be quick or suffer the consequences... the same when it comes to something I don't agree on, I'll write a letter to a company or government institution without thinking of the consequences... Now this may all be seen as a Devil may care attitude by some... to me I'm afraid that's just who I am... not a hero or looking to being a hero... not looking for a thanks for assisting, just wanting to be allowed to assist and have it seen as such and not as interfering... I'm no hero or outstanding friend... I've been dealt my fair share of bad cards, more than you can imagine, and I've taken to seeing that wall come down, that influx of bad vibes, the entrance of fear and unknown... I have just chosen to rebuild that wall of protection as quick as possible... get it back up and stand guard against what is destroying it... be it disease or dis-ease... no time to analysis, rebuild it first and then start to investigate why it crumbled....

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  about 6 years ago

Rob, not only do I enjoy mentioning you (as I think you're worthy of the praise) it's also pay back for my name uncomfortably appearing on occasion. We had a neighbour dog (a little foxie) that chased my dad's work truck every day until one day when my dad had bought a new trailer that was wider than his truck. The foxie didn't judge for that and the outcome was he disappeared .... but only for a week and then he was back at his old tricks. The best advocates are the ones who shout "never say die...." as they launch into battle with the giants of the world. I think many will help another as a reactionary measure. It's very high in most of our unconscious moral values to preserve and protect life. This is a gift to mankind I'm sure although on the flip side man also does lots of wilful harm. I honour your curious nature. Thank you for your article (I mean comment) here. You always bring great wealth to the comment section.

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  about 6 years ago

Been away for a week and return to find another article or should I say book has been written as comments, I would love to give some input on the different comments but I just don't have the time, but one thing it does show is that it is one hell of a good article, as usual... From the expertise of Heather... I still imagine a book "The world according to Heather" it would be a best seller..... Just don't mention me... and it will sell...

  
  about 6 years ago

I will humbly ask for you to write the forward....

  
  about 6 years ago

Now that would be an Honour, and I would do it with pleasure, I just worry that it might make the book so much longer, ringing all your bells of grandeur, will take up a lot of pages, and I do tend to be long winded, but would do it with pleasure....

  
  about 6 years ago

Hehehehe... I might reserve the right to edit!

  
  about 6 years ago

Your articles reminds me of the faults in our community, conflict resolution, where people need to change their mind, control their anger is one of the main weakness in our wall.

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  about 6 years ago

Thank you for your comment Alfred. I'm finding it interesting that this theme is coming out of my article. I admit this aspect hadn't crossed my mind when I wrote it. Perhaps that's what I'm needing to think about?!

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  about 6 years ago
AnnMarie  

I get frustrated by situations I can't change...like man's inhumanity to man and animals but I'll jump right in when there is something I can do...does that make me a hero...no...just someone like anyone who abhors cruelty and stands up for what they believe. I think most people are capable of greatness and we all have a 'hero' in us - those of us who have a heart.

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  about 6 years ago

I like the serenity poem. I think we all need to choose our battles wisely.... after all there seems to be enough of them to go around.

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  about 6 years ago

Indeed:-)

  
  about 6 years ago

Here, here AnneMarie!

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  about 6 years ago
joe witt  

We seem to have become increasingly jaded and many people have lost the will to fight for what they think is right. They are not willingly to go through the trouble and personal attacks from people or government. Also many people are apathetic and unwillingly to educate themselves about world events or even local issues. Luckily, I think at least in the US we have an amazing resilience as a country. Improve yourself and hopefully people will learn from it, but most importantly life is to short to go through it upset about another peoples actions. Do what you can to improve yourself and if people don't respond then screw it, their loss.

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  about 6 years ago

Well said Joe! Thanks for your comment. I do agree that we can only live our own 'stuff'. If other people respond in a negative way then that's a learning in itself and we move on! There definitely seems to be a smaller percentage of people willing to be 'at cause' for themselves. It would be interesting to know if this has always been the case or is a dis-ease of our current society.

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  about 6 years ago
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