Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2021 No. 2
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From Fear to Harmlessness

By Susan MacNeil, Ph.D.

It is the harmlessness that springs from true understanding and control of the personality by the soul, that leads inevitably to spiritual expression in every-day life.  It emanates from a capacity to enter into the consciousness and to penetrate into the realization of one’s brother, and when this has been accomplished – all is forgiven and all is lost sight of in the desire to aid and to help. (A Treatise on White Magic)1

From fear to harmlessness, from the individual or separative consciousness of the past age to a unified or group consciousness is a way of framing the crisis which humanity faces as it transitions into the Aquarian Age.  The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul suggests fear and evil stem from “an inherent part of duality.” He further suggests that harmlessness is a resulting spiritual expression of balance influencing how we live and engage the world of relationships.  The “middle path” or “middle way” are other common expressions of this territory between these pairs of opposites.  As to the origin of these fears, he characterizes: “thus the fears which beset humanity, having their roots in instincts, seem nevertheless to be divine characteristics, misapplied and misused.  When, however, they are rightly understood and used, and transmuted by the knowing soul, they produce awareness and are the source of growth and that which conveys to the dormant soul…the needed impulse, impetus and urge to progress. . .”  (Ibid., p.629)

The long arc of the moral universe brings fierce winds to us to cultivate harmlessness and condition the personality to the soul.  If harmlessness becomes the keynote of our lives, we will do more to serve humanity than any other discipline as instructed by the Tibetan Teacher.  Practicing harmlessness seems an impossible task unless we’re able to process an awareness of what we’re afraid of.  Awareness of, and processing of fear requires developing a relationship with witnessing, through self-reflection and meditative practices and a deeper intimacy with the Self or Soul.  Dr. Carl Jung, as a pioneer of depth psychology and the classic model of the Universal Archetypes, spoke of expanding our evolutionary awareness through a concept he refers to as the “collective unconscious.” He speaks to the need for change, especially changing our consciousness from individualism to the unforgotten wisdom that lies at the core of the human psyche.

Maintaining the filaments of relatedness, as in “I’m One with the Whole World,” is not an easy task, and we can easily despair as we recognize how entangled we are with everything.  Our species has the curse and the gift for the capacity to anticipate, which can cause fear of the future and a fear of failure with our efforts.  However, if we can adopt an attitude of apprenticeship with the pairs of opposites, joy and sorrow and fear and harmlessness, then there is less a dynamic of avoiding a negative and more a relationship to the whole.  Beginning with the notion of fear, the Tibetan Master gives us a protocol in achieving fearlessness (Ibid., pp. 344-374).  He presents a powerful description with respect to fear, of how to “Force it out by the dynamic power of substitution.”  He employs visualization and flooding ourselves with love and light.  He recognizes our humanness and reminds us that repetition is essential as we “cleanse away all that hinders.”

He additionally offers the simplicity that practicing “…harmlessness with zest and understanding…is the destroyer of all limitation,” (ibid., p. 102). Our Evening Review is one way that awakens us to harmlessness in speech, thought and action throughout each day. The practice of harmlessness evokes empathy, compassion and synthesis, and influences how we witness others and ourselves, making us more sensitive to the fact that these qualities are what the world is in desperate need of in these trying times.  Community and group integration provide internal and external regulation for a fragmented sense of self.

As we witness human hearts opening to the suffering of the world, our collective grieving turns to gratitude, for we are living in a time of endings.  This ambient pool of sadness and fear usher in the energy of love through the will-to-good, and we have appreciation for bearing the unbearable through the geologic speed of change.  Change is our initiation, our persistence, our truthfulness towards new humble beginnings and coaxing the Soul to shine through our community and group activities and actions.  It is with love and gratitude, fearlessness and harmlessness that we persevere.  Silence turns to sharing, sharing to breaking through the barriers that separate and divide. We are informed by our level of initiation and join the world while remaining relationally connected to the present moment. “I ache that the world aches,” broadcasts with the simple yet profound principle, “do no harm.”  

1 Ibid., p. 318.