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Inaction and the Consequence of Avoidance and Neglect

Date Posted: 05/21/2019
Inaction is the lack of expected action. Avoidance is the action of keeping away. And, neglect is the failure to care. What's the combined consequence?

Inaction is simply the lack of action where it is expected or appropriate. Avoidance is the action of keeping away from or not doing something. And, neglect is the failure to care for something properly.

Let’s assume for a moment that everything that is the “other,” that which is outside ourselves, is merely a reflection of the self. If someone else says or does something that we don’t like and we are on one level or another repulsed by the words or actions of that other person, it is likely because they are reflecting something about ourselves we do not like.

It is in those moments a choice point occurs. Based on our experiences, fears, limiting beliefs, assumptions, our values, and other aspects of the identified self, we make a choice.

One one hand, we can have the courage to face the other person’s actions or words. Confront that which we dislike about ourselves in the other, listen and discuss to resolve, and finally find the compassion to forgive and understand. Not just in the other, but also in ourselves.

Unfortunately, doing so probably requires the courage to face the darker aspects of ourselves. It requires facing our fears, confronting the shadows of ourselves which we choosing to suppress. So often, and instead, we decide to take the “easy way out.” It’s easier to point the finger, place the blame, and put the fault of the action, words, or consequences on the “other.”

Whatever the other may be, a friend, a loved one, a leader, a country—anything that is outside ourselves. It’s easier to say it’s “you” and not “me.” We will assume the role of the victim and go to great lengths to avoid the truth. And, it’s in that moment—that choice point—we can choose to find the courage to deal with “them” or to take the other path.

That other path is the choice of avoidance, inaction, and neglect.

So scared of being vulnerable and honest with ourselves, we will do whatever it takes to avoid the other person or persons. It’s the easy way out. Because, then we don’t have to face or deal with that aspect of ourselves.

We’ll take inaction, the lack of action, so as not to assume responsibility for that within ourselves we don’t want to deal with. The consequence, then, is that through our inaction and avoidance, we will neglect the other. Even if it means hurting the other person(s), at least then, we perceive we are not hurting ourselves. We’ll even go so far as to call it “self-care.”

Perhaps this is where some of the most significant sufferings in the world are born.

Instead of having the courage to face that within ourselves with which we dislike—those “shadow” aspects, those dark secrets, those painful feelings, those truths about ourselves we’ve come to believe are wrong, dirty, ugly or evil (which by the way are illusions)—we’ll instead choose to deflect outward at someone else.

We’ll make them the scapegoat for the darkness within ourselves. We’ll play the role of victim and say “I’m innocent,” “it’s your fault,” “you did this to me.” Sound familiar?

We’ll avoid them because “they” are negative, “they” are sad, “they” are ugly, “they” are ignorant, “they” are wrong, “they” are intense, “they” are scary, “they” are harmful. We’ll neglect “them” even if hurting “them” means “I” will be okay.

By taking the action of inaction, an act of avoidance and neglect, we’ll do so based on the belief we, ourselves, won’t get hurt. Because, then, by taking inaction maybe we won’t have to feel, face, deal with, confront, address, or otherwise accept, understand, and embrace that within ourselves we do not like.

Let’s say, for a moment, the following is the truth: Collectively, we are beginning to understand through science and a reawakening to ancient wisdom traditions and the esoteric, that everything is, always has been, and always will be just energy—nothing more, nothing less.

If everything is energy, just pure energy, then could we conclude that life is just the experience of energy, as energy? If so, then, let’s take this a step further.

If life experiences are just reflections of energy, then could we not argue there is no “right” and “wrong,” there is no “good” and “evil,” there is no “us” and “them”? Ultimately, we can conclude then, there is no separation, there is no divide, and everything is one and the same?

Finally, can we deduce then that the action of taking inaction, then, is the act of choosing to avoid, and to a great extent, neglect not the other but rather just a reflection of ourselves.

Jason Holland

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