Lemmings and False Idols
Searching for the meaning of life is part of human nature. It’s only natural to question why we are here. What role do we accept in the stage-play called humanity?
I’ve asked this question many times, and have spent years reading books about self-help, philosophy, theology, and metaphysics. What I discovered, however, is that when we search for wisdom, we often find the opposite. Illusion may be easier to spot than truth -even when it is right in front of us.
Truly enlightened people don’t want to be followed and idolized. They ask that we hear their words of wisdom, but experience it for ourselves. Even Christ instructed those he healed to tell no one. Buddha taught Dharma as something to experience, not to blindly believe. Both masters, and many others, knew that we must find truth within ourselves. As one of my favorite Genesis songs state: “we’ve got to get in to get out.”
As humanity faces difficult times, each of us must beware of giving too much power to our teachers, and choose to receive genuine wisdom. We must search for knowledge that will better us, and will lead the way to our truths. This is very different from searching for the person who is going to fix you, or make your life more abundant. Intend that what you need for your own growth will come to you, and focus on authenticity. As we fall further and further into vulnerability, those who are not in our best interests will gravitate to us. I’d tell you that they are wolves in sheep’s clothing, but I don’t want to be disrespectful to wolves!
In your quest for truth, ask your inner wisdom before making any decisions. We all go through confusion at some point, and life experience has taught me to receive only that which is in my highest good. Although it is a myth, the story of lemmings following each other off cliffs provides an important message. Lemming-like behavior is all around right now. Once you buy in, you lose yourself just a bit. Things that would normally make you step back are invisible to you – the lemming energy is just too strong and sneaky.
Lemming energy can create personalities that are cute and popular, yet hold darkness deep in their hearts. Was there once light beneath it? Probably, but the candle has been blown out by fear and self-absorption. The vulnerable can’t see it either. They are lemmings running toward the disaster, as a moth is drawn into the flame that spells its demise. Does that make them bad people? No — just unaware.
Another type of lemming behavior can be found in those who believe they have the answers, and who judge those around them for being unaware. Perhaps these are the ones we should guard against most. They have just enough knowledge to be dangerous. They are the spiritual seekers who live in fear, and don’t realize they are nearing the cliff’s edge. They could be you and I, unless we decide differently.
The closer to lemming behavior we become, the harder it is to see truth, and to end the need for suffering once and for All. Is it wrong to be a lemming? No, of course not — it has nothing to do with right or wrong. It’s about standing firmly on safe ground or jumping into an abyss. The choice is yours.
Here’s the good news. Asking for help from a place of compassion and kindness allows the net called divine wisdom to securely catch you when leaping out of the lemming stampede.