The first question was about the money changers in the temple – someone asked AJ, “Were you angry?” He said no, and then described the situation at the temple and more about his first-century life. Later he also discussed reincarnation – that the usual understanding of it is not correct and does not happen – and how it actually worked when he and the rest of the fourteen returned to earth. I did not take notes on these particular topics because AJ has discussed them elsewhere.
The day also included a very moving conversation that AJ had with a young woman in the audience about her childhood and her current feelings about her childhood and her parents. I didn’t take notes on that, either.
There were two main topics that were discussed on Sunday that I did take notes on: passive aggressiveness in American society/anger in general, and denial with regard to the Law of Attraction – plus a little bit about desire and making changes in our lives.
Passive aggressiveness in American society
We (Americans) tend to use: sarcasm, criticism (building up the self and pulling down others), gossip, control and manipulation, a dismissive attitude, rudeness, political activity, sports, and pouting/the silent treatment, among others.
We refuse to allow ourselves to believe we’re angry.
We pander to angry people.
The actions/attitudes listed above release some of the pent-up rage, but it tends to build up over time. People get “grumpy” when they’re older because of all that built-up anger.
Often when people connect to their anger for the first time, they go berserk. In a group, a riot may ensue.
Most people believe they’ve resolved their anger. Very little self-reflection.
There can be a gender bias in our passive-aggressive behavior and attitudes.
Men do “guy” things (like fishing trips) because they have sadness about their relationship and want to be away from it.
Objectifying the opposite gender is an expression of rage.
Excluding a gender is all about anger.
When angry, many people become ultra selfish and self-absorbed, not being in tune with what is going on around them. Including, that we want what we want and everyone else be damned.
When we are angry:
1) We often plead ignorance about it.
– There is a lot of rage in “you can’t expect me to know how to be loving.”
– Ignorance is a choice we make.
– If we are ignorant it’s because generally we choose to ignore what’s really going on.
– Ignorance is close to denial. (The word ignorance comes from ignore.) It is not using our will, not being humble, and not wanting to know the truth. We could choose to no longer be ignorant.
2) We deny that we are angry.
– We don’t see the link between our emotion and its effect in ourselves and in the world.
– How much love comes out of us often determines what comes back to us.
– Sarcasm is a choice to deny. It is an angry action, very unloving.
– Denial sets us up for passive aggressive expression of our rage.
Most of us are just a smidge away from violence. That’s why we are often on tenterhooks with one another. We pander to each other’s rage.
Our anger is attracting what we read about in the newspaper, what happens in the news.
– If I got loving attention as a child only when I was sick or hurt, imagine how that would affect my attractions as an adult and also contribute to news events.
The Law of Attraction
… is a law of love.
1) How others treat others and how I feel about it.
2) How others treat me and how I feel about it.
3) How I treat others and how I feel about it.
4) How I treat myself and how I feel about it.
We are willing to talk about #1 and #2 first, because we feel we are not at fault. We prefer them from a perspective of denial.
#3 is the one we least want to see. This is about repentance. #3 is how we cause the most damage to our soul generally. Along with #1 it causes the majority of the damage to our soul. Most of us believe #2 caused most of our soul damage.
Our parents created a fertile ground for us to be unloving to others – but we had the choice.
Most people look only at #2 with the Law of Attraction.
Our internal ethics are often flawed:
Anything good, we think “I attracted it.”
Anything painful, “Someone did it to me.”
When the truth of this is exposed, we get quiet because we don’t want to hear it.
What I’ve done to another: I must see the truth and repent.
What others have done to me: I must see the truth and forgive.
Until our heart is open to repentance and forgiveness, we will continue to be closed to Divine Love.
We will not have problems with spirit influence if we engage forgiveness and repentance.
There was a question about overeating. AJ said, to change the direction of desire, it may help to ask about the truth of the situation. When we’re not willing to feel the cause (face the truth), we will revert back to the old behavior.