Have you ever wondered what Christ meant by this statement? I have wondered about it for many years. Just recently, I believe I have figured out what Christ meant… And I would like to share a somewhat unusual interpretation of this often quoted saying.
“Love they neighbor as thy Self”. Let us begin by realizing that there are two “abstract terms” in this statement. By “abstract” I mean terms that are used by us quite often, and most often when using these terms, we fail to appreciate these terms do not have anything on this physical plane we can experience to “know” what these terms mean?
The two terms are “Love,” and “Self”. It is said that God is Love. Does this mean that the Spirituality of God is Love? If by Love you interpret Spirituality to mean Neutral Spiritual Energy, or NSgy, then yes, I believe God is Love. Love, in other words, is unconditional Acceptance, or a complete lack of judgement. And the term that means Acceptance is “Neutral,” or being Neutral [without judgement].
How does this relate to the statement “Love they neighbor as thy Self”? Let us work backwards and begin by exploring the last word first. The term Self comes from the Greek, and is part of the term “psyche,” which is interpreted as Self, Soul and Mind. And the term ‘psyche’ refers to the Esoteric or invisible dimensions of Man.
So, the first question to us is this: Do you know what your Self is, so that you can Love it? Because, if we look carefully at the statement of Christ, he said to Love they neighbor as they Self, and if you do not know what your Self is, how can you Love it?
You see, I believe the statement of Christ was not as much about the neighbor, as it was about one’s Self. In other words, If you can Love your Self [this means you must Know what your Self is], only then can you Love [or even see] the ‘Self” within your neighbor as well.
When you look into a mirror, are you looking at your Self, or at your physical image being reflected back at you? And yes, I am making a distinction between your physical person, and your Esoteric Self. You see, when Rene Descartes, the philosopher said: “I think, therefore I am,” he was attempting to capture that which allowed him awareness of himself.
The error Descartes made was in not realizing his brain was not part of his Self, but was actually a part of his physical body, which represented only one-fourth of the whole of himself. And this same ‘error’ is made daily by millions of people around the world as they mistakenly believe that their physical bodies are who they are. The physical dimension of Man is just that: The physical body is part of this Earth. Earth, or physical phenomena in other words.
The Spiritual dimension is entirely composed of an Energy that is part of the primordial Energy of existence, in my opinion of course. We Souls are composed of this Neutral Spiritual Energy, or NSgy, because we Souls are projections of God; or aspects of God.
As each Soul entered the Creation, it was obliged to take-on a personal MIND, which is attached to ones Soul, however, ones MIND is unable to perceive NSgy, and one’s MIND believes that it is the top of Creation. And ones MIND [until ones Soul becomes Enlightened] operates ones brain, but ones brain is unaware that it is being operated by the MIND. And the desires of the MIND are many, but among them are greed, envy, and an insatiable desire to control everyone and everything. This need to control [or focus on the outside of oneself] is the MIND preventing each of us from discovering that it is a servant, not our master. As long as it remains unknown, it remains in charge.
The mystics tell us the MIND is avery good servant, but a horrible master. So, unless one discovers that one has a MIND, and that ones MIND is more prone to mischief than good, one remains subject to or vulnerable to the negative desires of one’s MIND.
So, when Christ said: “Love thy neighbor as thy Self”. He did not mean to forget or overlook the evil of ones neighbor, he meant to use the negative attributes of ones neighbor to re-MIND oneself who one actually is… so that you do not replicate the evil of thine own MIND. Instead, reach within yourself and seek the goodness of ones own Soul, which is filled with the Love of God. Not for thy neighbor’s sake, but one ones own sake.
The result of which is hopefully focusing on the Spiritual Self, or Soul within oneself, and not on the negative desires of one’s MIND, which will automatically cause one’s brain to overlook, minimize and rationalize the evil thoughts and deeds of ones neighbor. Christ meant to “see” the Soul of thy neighbor… being undermined by thy neighbor’s MIND.
The Spiritual secret of Life is that there is an illusion of life AND a Reality of Life. And both the MIND of Man, and the brain of Man support the illusion of life, and are unable to experience the Reality of Life. Do not “forgive” evil in others, but take intense notice of their evil to awaken to the evil of your own MIND; and see that you do not allow your own MIND to use your Self-Love in the pursuit of evil… which only creates negative Karma which are the weights which keep all Souls blind to Truth.
The battle of good [your Soul, Self] and evil [your MIND] is constant, and every thought must be examined to try and identify the insidious evil inherent in ones MIND. The journey to Enlightenment is a very difficult road, filled with opportunities to error, or falter, or be deluded by Mammon. Or not use the evil of thy neighbor to awaken oneself to the danger of such action. Spiritual Truth is an Absolute… and it cannot manifest in an environment in which evil exists.