Liberation From Hostility

Liberation From Hostility

By |Published On: 11 February 2024|2.2 min read|

Here are some tips for overcoming hostility:

  • Yearning to control people can lead you into the darkness of hostility. Try to observe people and situations without reacting with rancour. Blunt your sharpness and soften your glare, as it says in the Tao. Recognise the wisdom you glean from observing others. And then use this wisdom to help patch up your own shortcomings, if appropriate.
  • People are growing through the difficulties they find themselves in — the same as you. And it’s usually best to allow them to evolve in their own way — to encourage them to make their own decisions — to trust in their natural abilities. Work on yourself, and then you can be strong for others if they do ask for your support.
  • Let go of grievances about differing opinions. Life is too short. Respect people’s freedom to express themselves and to have their own beliefs, even if you don’t agree. Offer your views if you believe they are valuable, but don’t try and beat people into submission and capitulation.
  • This world is rife with cruelty and injustice. It is natural to feel some friction within your conscience. And it is natural to desire justice to prevent atrocities from reoccurring. But if you allow yourself to get sucked into the abyss of hostility, you can end up rotting your soul.
  • The evil in this world wants to corrupt your goodness — it wants to pull you into dark emotions and reactions. Revenge, retaliation and reprisal can end up leading you towards darkness. And if you seek violent retribution or hold violent thoughts and intentions, you are aligning yourself with a violent world — and it will find you, in one way or another.
  • To stand firm in the light of integrity, you have to remain pure of heart. To truly act from goodness, you have to let go of hostility. If you stand for truth and for freedom, you’ll be stronger and more protected with a calm mind and a settled heart.
  • Remember that other people are not in control of your emotions. You are the source of your emotions and therefore your emotional state is your responsibility. Blaming others for your emotions won’t resolve anything.
  • If you want to be an instrument for beneficial change, you need to let go of any prejudices you may have. Offer kindness and respect to all those you meet. And don’t assume you know what’s best for people.
  • Send love to those who persecute and torment you. Forgive them, if you can. This allows you to disentangle from their influence, and it frees you from their dominance.

© Adrian Connock