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Turning The Other Cheek

What do we know about this statement, "Turning the other cheek"? If someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Really? Why?

Many have misunderstood and misinterpreted this statement. So, for example, we have people who have chosen to do it and people who have argued why they should not do it. On both sides, most people think that turning the other cheek means that you do nothing, that you are passive, or that you withdraw from the situation and, at a certain level of consciousness, that is a valid interpretation.

Let's look at this scenario: When someone is verbally attacking you, he/she is directing a lot of negative energy at you. You are at a certain level of consciousness where you have various separate selves. That means you could only respond to that situation by sending back what is being sent to you. You feel that you should escalate the argument and create an argument that might even be a physical fight.

So from the standpoint of you not making negative karma, it is better that you withdraw from the situation instead of escalating it. So this is valid for a certain level of consciousness, and it is better to remove yourself than to escalate a situation that can only lead to the equation of more negative energy and more karma.

However, the higher way of looking at this is, of course, that what you do in a situation like this is you look at yourself, look at your reactions, and if you find you have a reaction where you are not at peace, then you realise that this comes from a separate self. Then you withdraw from the situation and work on that separate self.

But when you have worked on the separate selves and let them die, you will come to a point where now you can be verbally attacked and abused by somebody, and you do not have a reaction in yourself, and at that point, you should not remain silent. You should not withdraw. Instead, you should speak out but speak out from that sense of peace and therefore, instead of reacting to the other person, you are simply speaking out from that neutral perspective, which will allow you to speak out in an entirely different way.

In some cases, this will mean that the other person will change because you do not respond the way they expected you to respond. In many instances where people attack others verbally or otherwise, they expect to get a particular reaction back.

What always happens, and you can see this is world history (even now, which is so obvious), is that one side attacks the other, the other side attacks back. So now the first side feels justified: "It was acceptable that we attacked them because their response back shows that they are violent people, so they deserve to be attacked". So that is how they respond.

So somebody attacks you verbally, they expect you to argue back, defend yourself and accuse them back, and if you do not do that but speak from a neutral perspective, sometimes they do not know what to do.

In some cases, people can be transformed by this, and they change their behaviour. In other cases, it has no effect on them. They continue being aggressive. This is when you become the instrument for the judgment of Christ, where they now receive the judgment of Christ for their aggressive behaviour.

We could say that if people are not changed when you have spoken out from a state of peace and a neutral perspective, then you do not need to continue to allow them to abuse you or attack you.

Then you can withdraw, but you should first state very clearly and calmly how you look at their behaviour, that you are not accepting their behaviour, that you are not going to expose yourself to it and therefore you will withdraw if they continue to do this.

This is what it ultimately means by turning the other cheek. It means that instead of reacting back with the human consciousness, with the separate selves, you are acting back with the Christ Consciousness from the Christ perspective.

Even if you withdraw from a situation or become passive in a situation and people still attack you, that can also bring the judgement of Christ, but you bring it at a much higher level when you come from