- a leaf cutter worker ant courtesy the National Geographic
"To forgive is indeed the best form of self-interest since anger, resentment, and revenge are corrosive of that "summum bonum," the greatest good." - Bishop Desmond Tutu
"The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions." - Thich Nhat Hanh
(this is to say that there are practices which aim at developing the necessary skills and that free an intuitive capacity - that lead to empowerment in a real sense and that are required if one is to advance very far spiritually)
"Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil;
With them forgive yourself." - William Shakespeare
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - Mohandas K. Gandhi
No shape shifter is ever evil before learning to shift. All pass through forgiveness first, compassion and clarity first, and then develop the skill before turning evil. There is no way to protect against this feature of free will.
Shape shifting. I made a mistake one day and ended in an ant body, female of course, and just a worker, not a soldier, not an attendant to the queen. A forager is what I was. See above. Funny. I thought that was you who passed by.
If you want to shape shift you have to be prepared. You won't be any more perfect there than anywhere else in your life. Ending in the wrong body can be embarrassing and worse. There is always the chance that something happens that will make you forget how to get back...but really that's pretty rare since you will have your own will to live supporting your return. I am really grateful for that.
*sigh of relief*
Walking the ant road,
all six legs in tune, feelers
on the wide alert,
and so here you come
the other way. I smell you
before I see you
and now! feelers out,
tangle, untangle. Though I
I got, "here I am",
the symphony of presence,
and then you went on.
September 7, 2009 3:49 PM
4 hours ago