The Golden Rule
The Golden Rule is simple: Treat others like you would like to be treated and refrain from doing to others what you would not like others to do to you.
It is in The Bible, by the way; so if you are Christian, Mathew would say to you:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12).
The wiki on the Golden Rule read:
“The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim, ethical code or morality that essentially states either of the following:
- One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. (Positive form)
- One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (Negative form, also known as the Silver Rule).
This concept describes a “reciprocal”, or “two-way”, relationship between one’s self and others that involves both sides equally, and in a mutual fashion.”
It’s not rocket science. If you treat the others badly, you are not only inviting but establishing the field so that they can do the same to you. If you protest, they will only have to point to your own behavior as precedent. You will have no recourse. Simple, eh?
So why, oh why, do we break it so often?
- Why do we humiliate others?
- Why do we go back on our word?
- Why are there so many bullies? There are bullies in school, at work, in politics. They seem to proliferate!
- Why do we treat our loved ones worse than we treat strangers?
- Why is there still so much violence in the family?
- Why do so many adults abuse and bully children?
The answer to this question calls us to a new definition of power.
The recurring theme underlying all these questions is a sense of power that demands we walk all over others to establish our authority, to win or to dominate.
This theme is a dance between fear and domination. I am afraid of being dominated, so I dominate you. I dominate you so that you don’t dominate me.
Power as presence
What would happen if we accept the living principle that power is inherent in whom we are? The definition of power within the Sacred Feminine is Presence.
Most people upon hearing this cannot make head or tails of this. Presence? What does Presence have to do with power?
The definition of power as domination is such that we cannot connect it to being.
Yet, everything that I am, have and can offer the world is already present in my very Presence in the world. No one can snatch it from me. No one can steal it.
When we realize that power is a force of nature present in our very being, that we are creators and can change the course of history just as we can change the course of rivers; when we assume our power to respond, transform and create our reality ~we no longer live in fear and we no longer need domination.
- We no longer live in fear because we do not give our power away.
- We no longer need domination because we are in dominion of ourselves and our lives. We do not need to dominate anything else in order to live or thrive.
This experience of power as Presence is the garden where the Golden Rule blossoms. May it be your reality.