The Wand Position

The Wand Position
Often Used for Magic

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Co-operation. Let's Welcome It Now.

Co-operation - what an important word that describes an action, an experience and a feeling that we all must make an effort to incorporate more and to co-operate with - yes. How is it that we need to co-operate more with co-operation?

Consider how often people attempt to offer us things - things that we very often need but for some reason, perhaps we are shy, perhaps it's our conditioning, perhaps there's some other reason - we do not go along with the co-operation then - yes even kindness of others.

I know that many of us are afraid at a deep level that there are strings attached and I grant that in some cases this may be so but I do want to encourage you to consider taking risks now. Just little ones with people, especially those whom you may not know very well who offer something to you that requires no more than a simple thank you.

I'd like to suggest some homework. It may sound very simple. It may to some of us, yes even sound boring or tedious and yet to others of us it might sound very difficult indeed.

This is what I'm going to suggest - pick a week, any week sometime in the next 2 or 3 months and during that week at least 3 times - if someone offers to do something for you whether it is someone at work who decides to buy your coffee for you or whether it is someone who simply opens a door for you - when they do so simply say thank you.

A nice thank you that they can hear, alright or some other greeting or comment that is equal to thank you in your language or in your style.

It is important however for the other person to realize that you are thanking them.

Co-operation is something that was much more common in times gone by perhaps, also known as politeness but in our world today where we often find that there are so many people, there is so much stress and so much urgency to be many places more then we could really go and do many more things then we can really do in a single day - it is perhaps valuable to not only co-operate and to be kind but to co-operate with co-operation - to accept and receive the co-operation of others in the most benevolent way that we can.

Give it a try and see if it can work for you. It might be difficult but the reason to do this is so that you can learn how to graciously accept the co-operation of others. And don't forget, when you do things - polite things, nice things for others it makes you feel good doesn't it. Would you really deny others the opportunity of feeling good when they would do something for you? Of course not.

So, try it out - see if you like it. Goodlife to you all and goodnight.


Patrice Julien said...

Dear Robert,
As you know I live in Japan and here there is a school of Aikido where they teach the way vital energy or "KI" flows through us to others and from others to us. And this fact of receiving from the heart and thanking creates a tremendous power, and we make some tests during the training where you can experience that the simple fact of saying "Thank you" connects us to the whole and not saying it or not receiving the good intentions of other set us apart in a lonely deprivated energy field.


Robert Shapiro said...

Patrice, thank you for that informative comment. It is as insightful as it is balanced in the interaction between one and all.