By Jade Emory
WITH GREAT RESPECT AND LOVE
A great living saint from India named Gurumayi gives wonderful, inspirational talks to thousands of students worldwide. She always begins and concludes her talks with the words, With great respect and love, I welcome you all with all my heart. These words teach as much as the whole sermons within them.
This welcoming attitude is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, and Jupiter, the planet of spirituality. Every birth chart has both planets. But every birth chart also has contractive and aggressive planets as well, and they govern the attitude of not welcoming people with love and respect.
Recently on the first day of junior high school, a gifted student was suspended for having colored hair. The school welcomes local boys with colored hair, but not white girls. Racism and sexism. The school called the suspended girl's parent in to collect her daughter, but when the parent arrived, the administration did not welcome her with love and respect. In fact, they called the police who arrested her for being distressed over the injustice they imposed on her child. The mom had never gotten even a parking ticket prior to her criminal arrest.
What can we learn from such unprofessional conduct by the school administration?
Every birth chart shows potentials. Some are gracious and some are power-playing and abusive. It is always a choice, whether conscious or unconscious as to which attributes we will elicit from the potentials in our birth charts.
So the wise person makes conscious choices and the wise school administrators hire people with genuine aloha who welcome both students and parents with love and respect, even if they don't fit some obscure mold to which they may want to force conformity.
Whenever we are confronted with less than comfortable issues, one choice is to react instinctively, a Mars expression, and another choice is to respond contemplatively, a Jupiter expression, and to act compassionately, a Venus expression.
When we welcome others with love and respect, we eliminate the illusion of duality which polarizes us from good, gifted people and makes enemies out of friends.
A more enlightened attitude would make enemies into friends.
So your homework, class, is to learn from the living saint, how to welcome everyone with great love and respect.
Wait till you see the results!
Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.