Question: You mentioned “right action” in class last Thursday. What do you mean by that Mr. White?
Answer: Study any circumstance that you find yourself in. By-pass the reactive mind, and ask, “What would be a healthy and beneficial response to this circumstance?” Now be quiet and listen. Don’t let the urge to immediately respond heckle you. The urge is the ego. Only action toward healthy growth and development is “right action.” The ego is only interested in being right, which often promotes foolish reactions.
Question: Is it true that my ego agrees with foolish reactions so long as it validates the ego’s point of view?
Answer: The ego’s existence is based on myriad hardened thoughts, and it will insist that you act foolishly if that is what is needed to keep these thoughts prominent in you. You know when the ego is dominating you – it’s psychologically draining.
Question: What’s the best way to act independent of my ego’s urgings?
Answer: Make it your mission to no longer allow hardened thoughts to grip you. Make it your conviction to respond to life in healthy ways. When you do this, you naturally banish the urge to react foolishly. That’s because you no longer seek the hollow victory of being right about everything.