Are Your Brother's Keeper
Christine Breese, D.D., Ph.D.
In the story of Cain and
Abel, the biblical story of Adam and Eve's children, Cain slew his
brother in a fit of jealousy. When he came home and the Lord asked
him, "Where is your brother?" Cain answered that he didn't
know. "Am I my brother's keeper?"
Yes, you are your brother's keeper! Your brother is also your keeper.
If everyone were to be each other's keeper, no one would be unsafe
or uncared for. Each person would have someone looking out for him
or her no matter who they are or what is happening around them.
It would be utopia.
We are all meant to take care of each other. The next step in human
evolution is for everyone to realize that we are all one being,
one heart, one Self, and when one part of the Self is hurting, it
affects the whole Self. In the physical body, when the big toe hurts,
the whole body is uncomfortable and feels it, not just the big toe.
If the body becomes diseased in one organ, the whole body dies,
not just the organ. It is the same for the body of humanity. It
may seem that we are far removed from those who are living in dire
straights, under oppression, in starvation, or in poverty, but we
are not removed at all.
By remaining inactive about those who we know are suffering we bring
karmic repercussions upon ourselves. Omission of action is just
as much a cause of karma as action, good karma or bad karma is irrelevant.
The law of cause an effect is the same. This is because the nature
of this universe is that it is always trying to find balance. Being
peaceful is the beginning. Then there is a point when the Self reaches
out to Self in order to achieve balance. One reaches for the big
toe when it hurts in order to soothe it, take care of it, nurture
it back to health. Then the body is free to do other things once
the pain is gone. The body of humanity keeps hurting itself, inflicting
injury on itself.
Perhaps the 9/11 crisis, our health predicaments nationwide, the
mounting world hatred toward affluent countries who support corporate
exploitation of weaker, less economically powerful nations, is a
direct result of omission of action to alleviate the suffering of
others, who are also our own selves. There is a balancing act in
effect, as though some force is attempting to make the sleeping
parts wake up to another part of the Self which is hurting. We can
all admit that the world events of today's era are causing many
of us to rethink our motives, our roles, and our contributions to
the suffering of others in other parts of the world that we did
not realize were in ourselves before. This is the beginning of the
heart opening of humanity. This is the beginning of the next quantum
First, humanity learned survival techniques. Then, humanity discovered
its ability to feel and sense things. Then, humanity began to think
and invent technologies. All of these are quantum leaps in evolution.
Now it is the heart that must be evolved, the bridge that brings
us as a species in contact with the eternal, the infinite, and the
Where humanity will go once this Heart has awakened who can know?
It will be beautiful, surely, and the world would be a better place
if it is not "hip" to hoard billions of dollars, buy items
made by people who are only being paid peanuts, or support exploitation
of weaker nations. If all of that stopped, if everyone were secure,
peaceful, paid fairly, sheltered, fed well and even happy... what
then? There must be something amazing that could happen after that
in humanity's evolution. Perhaps humanity will move into dimensional
abilities, space travel by consciousness, abilities within matter
that were previously latent before humanity remembered that it was
really eternal consciousness inside the experience of form. All
sorts of adventures may lie ahead for the human experiment if that
were common knowledge.
This is a global reality now, and nations are no longer applicable.
Nations could be thought of instead as states which are part of
a global society, a whole body, instead of solo entities. Humanity
can embrace its connected-ness and treat each nation as a collaborator
rather than a separate entity. It will be about cooperation rather
As we all know, someone has to lose when there is a competition.
However, this is no way for a whole body to function. This is like
saying the little finger must triumph over the big toe. But what
happens to the whole body when the big toe loses? The whole body
suffers. Yes, the big toe suffers the most and the little finger
is in relatively good health, but the body is not comfortable as
a whole being.
Let us be our brother's keepers. Let us find ways to bring balance
to the struggle by reaching out and sharing our wealth with those
who are less privileged, even if it is only right here at home.
Your personal wealth might be your knowledge, your compassion, or
your assistance, some-thing as small as giving someone a ride or
helping them move to a new house. Wealth is not always in the form
of money. It may be difficult for us to reach someone person-ally
who lives in Iraq, but it is not impossible to find someone in our
daily realities who are in need of assistance and caring action
from ourselves, even if it means we reap no immediate reward, like
being paid for our services.
Whether this is equal energy exchange, exchange, or obeys some sort
of meta-physical rules, who cares? Is equal ex-change important
when the other person has nothing? Must he or she stay in suffering
just because it is impossible to meet the demanded exchange? When
is it time to simply give without needing a return? I believe that
time is now...
So throw out your metaphysical manifesting books that say you must
get equal exchange in every instance for your assistance to others
or they will not value it. Let the reward be that you know in your
heart that you have helped the whole Self. It all evens out in the
end. Some people will give you more than you required of them, and
others will give you less. Let the Whole Self in you be your accountant.
What those actions of the heart you can take are, only you can know
as an individual what is appropriate for you, but let us not be
guilty of inaction. When we see someone suffering, let us remember
that it is our own Self who suffers and get involved. Let us relieve
the pain in what-ever ways we can, and as this becomes the norm
for humanity, the whole body won't be sick anymore and humanity
will feel better en masse.
Then we can really play!
is the founder of University of Metaphysical Sciences, Wisdom Of The Heart Church, and Starlight Journal. She is an author,
lecturer and teacher in the field of metaphysics. She is also a
producer and director of film and audio projects.
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