Earlier this week, I was doing a meditation with some friends. It was suggested that whenever an extraneous thought came along we should acknowledge, “I created that,” and let it pass.
How far beyond the mind and meditation should that acknowledgement be extended?
Some of the news headlines from the past few days:
- TERRORISM SUSPECTED IN CRASH OF RUSSIAN AIRLINER; 224 DEAD
- ANKARA SUICIDE BOMBERS KILL 102; OVER 500 INJURED
- 42 DEAD IN SUICIDE BOMBING OF NIGERIAN MOSQUE
- PARIS TERROR ATTACKS: 8 ATTACKERS DEAD AFTER KILLING MORE THAN 120 PEOPLE AND INJURING HUNDREDS
A young nun sits with her superior and asks, “Mother, why does God permit hundreds of innocent people to die at the hands of Satan and his violent terrorists?”
The mother superior replies, “Do not blame God or Satan, my child. You have caused those deaths.”
“How can you say that? I am cloistered, living at peace among my sisters. I pray for peace in the world at least eight hours each day. I do not eat the flesh of any living creature, and avoid even stepping on an ant that may cross my path.”
“How did you feel when you heard of the innocent deaths, my child?”
“Mostly I felt sad and confused.”
“For only a second, a part of me felt a spark of anger that such things could happen.”
“That spark, my child, is enough to ignite huge conflagrations far beyond the walls of this convent.”
John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, refers to Satan as the “Prince of Darkness.” It also tells us that Satan was formerly known as Lucifer. I guess we already knew that because three centuries earlier, in his Inferno, Dante Alighieri had called Satan Lucifer (among other names). “Lucifer,” translated from the Latin is an adjective meaning “light-bringing” or a noun referring to the morning star.
The Nylons was an a cappella singing group formed by four underemployed actors in Toronto, Canada in about 1978. The personnel in the group changed over time, but during the Nylons’ most productive years (starting in 1982 and going until about 1990) the members were Claude Morrison, Arnold Robinson, Paul Cooper and Mark Connors.
The group is best known for its fine cover versions of rock and roll standards like “Happy Together,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Town Without Pity.” Members of the group also wrote some excellent songs. The Nylons’ best album was the second one released in 1982, entitled One Size Fits All. It includes a song by Mark Connors and Paul Cooper called “Prince of Darkness.”
Pay attention to the lyrics. If we haven’t “created that,” we surely can.