“. . . For what is inside of you is what is outside of you,
and the one who fashioned you on the outside
is the one who shaped the inside of you.
And what you see outside of you, you see inside of you;
it is visible and it is your garment.”
- The Thunder, Perfect Mind
Nag Hammadi Library, p.302
from A Gnostic Book of Hours, by June Singer
If we understand this message, which we hear from many sources, it should be clear that any sane response to external events must begin with setting in order what we see inside of ourselves. Outrageous events that we witness in the world - and we witness them every day on the radio or television news, or on our phones - often cry out for action, and often leave us with a sense of despair because we feel we can do nothing.
That is when we should remember that what we see happening is happening in us - that is to say, in our consciousness, in our awareness - and as such can be responded to in our consciousness by the application of straight thinking in the abstract or by other meditative practices. This is fabulously good news, challenging as the times are, because it means we are not without resources nor the ability to respond meaningfully.
Responding meaningfully first will bring guidance as to further steps to be taken, letters to be written, meetings to attend, or reading to be done, if any. It can be a useful step back before clicking on that button urging you to “ACT NOW”.