Being Human

Acceptance and Negative Influences

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“The constructs of acceptance in relation to negativity are explored as pertaining to diverse life conditions. Discussions span concerns such as death, financial loss, relationships, illness, and self‐perception. Of course, these or other circumstances can endure (permanently or temporarily) whether accepted or not. What then, precisely, is being accepted? What is the intent of acceptance? Certainly, the Human Being should not willingly consent to all life situations and events. It is a tough sell to foster a belief that starvation, brutality, slavery, or crimes against children are circumstances the Human Being should be obliged to accept. Perhaps the aim of acceptance is to embrace the conditions as an indicator of the work still to be accomplished in the repair of Human—to—Human and Human—to—Nature relationships. Nevertheless, embarking that path would only be engaging the spiritual prominence of acceptance at a very peripheral level.

Alternately, the Human Being can subscribe to the notion that life just randomly occurs, or it is all pre‐determined flow, so roll with it. Or, acceptance signifies a buy‐in that the life process is orchestrated by “divine will,” at the pleasure of a long list of gods, sub‐gods, angelic god assistants, and the best that can be hoped for is where an individual might end‐up upon the occasion of her or his “death.” By some religious accounts, the Human Being is merely a “hopeless sinner” and “death” is the only escape from the species‐unique ineptitude of “sinning.” raccoon_WPApparently, however, there is enough wiggle room to perform certain appointed rituals, or prove appropriate devoutness, or in some way”get saved” and score a guaranteed reservation for a pleasurable eternity. An individual ostensibly has the option to pursue a specific type of eternity, according to the choice of her or his religious alliance. The Human Being may even experience methods of redoubtable coercion, including violence, to facilitate “acceptance” of certain religious beliefs. Meaning, an individual will conform because she or he is persuaded to do so based on nothing more than personal perceptions and opinions of ego driven devotees, “delegated” clergy, or soi-disant “spiritual” leaders. Acceptance is a measured, volitional act and cannot be artificially manipulated.

Intrinsic acceptance is pivotal to true spiritual effort as a component to the process of progressive inner movement, operating outside the reach of attempted external controlling influences. According to the discipline and intensity of individual spiritual effort, the Human Being experiences evolving degrees of conscious existence within the energy flows that connect all aspects of Creation. Previously inhibited sensations manifest within her or him, expanding in parallel with the intensifying awareness of the singular reality called the Human Species; and an intimate relationship Human Beings should have with Nature. The foregoing exposits the cognitive operation that cultivates the desire for a Human Being to function as a force of love. The growing depth of consciousness and the emerging capacity to influence through love gives forth a new perspective regarding acceptance.

The first rule of acceptance is simple and specific to the spiritual emphasis applied to cause and effect: the Human Being is the recipient of influences, and also the origin of influences. The failure or refusal to accept this unalterable law will restrict the options for the Human Being in determining the patterns of influence that are agreed to, or not. The first rule serves as a framework for the collateral rules: (1) the laws of cause and effect are applicable to all interactions, (2) each Human Being is an emanating source of cause and effect movement, (3) the inner alignment of the Human Being (domination by the unevolved ego or balance through spiritual sapience) will decide the composition of individual influencing energies (positive or negative).

Acceptance (again, specific to negativity) is consequential to observed and experienced (all observations initiate some level of experiencing) influences that are generated by events or conditions impacting the life of a Human Being, extending to the level of the Species. The influences may take the form of grief, fear, anger, hate, or anxiety. The first stage of acceptance means the individual acknowledges that certain influences have become dominant, driven by the events or conditions. However, from a spiritual perspective, the individual is by no means constrained to agree with those influences. Passive consent to destructive influences will adversely impact the inner balance of the individual. Furthermore, the energy force she or he feeds into the collective structure will precisely mirror that negativity. Hence, the triplicity of acceptance is revealed: acknowledgement, responsibility, action.

Acceptance by acknowledgement is the preliminary mechanism, followed by the acceptance of responsibility, and finally the acceptance of action. Acceptance of responsibility encompasses the realization that the Human Being is the controlling dynamic of energetic influences that delineate Human—to—Human and Human—to—Nature relationships. As each Human Being evolves her or his capacity to influence, the composition of the collective force of the Human Species is defined: chaos or unconditional love and the degrees of transition between the two. Acceptance of action flows from the acceptance of responsibility. When an individual accepts responsibility for how he or she influences, there is a parallel recognition that distinct moment—to—moment inner activities are required of the Human Being to formulate positive influences. The force of those influences is expressed as thoughts and the physical manifestations of the thoughts. The influencing impact of Human Beings, on each other and Nature, is grown by the commitment of every individual to expand her or his inner dimensions.

Acceptance is conceding that the repair of Human—to—Human and Human—to—Nature relationships begins with the self, and not by attempting to fix anyone or anything perceived as outside the self.”


The Irreducible Primary
© Rob Taylor, 2011

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  1. My mind is always such a busy place, but your writing increases it ten-fold – in a very good way. I wonder if sometimes when I write, what I am writing for myself (a self-help tool or perspective as I work through life) sounds like preaching to another. I hope not. I have to keep myself in check and give it some more thought. Thanks for another great contribution. Have a beautiful and inspired day.

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts in this discussion, Belinda. You are correct….of course, initially we do write (or whatever else) for ourselves. It’s a transition we evolve through provided we have a desire to do so….and follow through on the desire. The key is captured in your words, “keep myself in check.” Enjoy the week ;)

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  2. But, isn’t acceptance broken into two kinds? The passive, fatalistic kind that is so prevalent in India, and the more active kinds that accepts the now, then seeks to change it? While trying to stay centered?

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    • Hi, Rajiv…

      Very pointed questions. Thank you for sharing….

      Both forms of acceptance you refer to are acceptance by acknowledgement. The “passive, fatalistic” form evades the acceptance of responsibility, thereby negating any possibility of acceptance of action. The “active” acceptance in your model might follow acknowledgment with acceptance of responsibility, or the denial of responsibility (determined by egoistic influences). Even if the “active” form accepts responsibility, the effort in acceptance of action may be absent. If acceptance of action is engaged, then the basis for the action must be examined. The only sustainable “changes” evolve from the inner evolution of the Human Being. All other methods of change are temporary, as we have repeatedly proven throughout Human history.

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