Escaping Crocodiles: Climbing into Happy, Safe Places

From time immemorial, all gods have been seen as punishing. Only the Buddhists managed to open the path to inner freedom from this egregious control. A teacher called Yeshua introduced an enlightened note, two THOUSAND years ago – a vast sea-change of viewpoint: LOVE, forgiveness and a merciful God, then promptly got strung up for it. His words were quickly co-opted by controlling forces and we were made to feel “bad” all over again. I don’t know what Allah did – but the present interpretation is just as punishing as the Christian fanatical view. We have eons of this in our DNA!  Punishment, “badness”, “unworthiness” – each generation hammers it home.  

A few lights show up every now and then to urge us to the right road. Some of us are fortunate enough to have lived in the time of Gandhi, Mandela, Mother Theresa, Desmond Tutu and Martin Luther King (how many of those people were white??? hmmm…) 

We have a chance now to let all the “wrong thinking” go! To see our actions as nothing more than having made mistakes, making wrong choices, being deluded, what would that be like? We have a chance to be KIND, to be LOVING, to be ACCEPTING of ourselves and others.  Some of us brought up our children this way so we know it works. At my daughter’s high school graduation, one teacher said that class was the kindest, most compassionate group she had yet seen. We witnessed it as we listened to a student with Cerebral Palsy give the valedictory address and heard the standing ovation. A sea-change had taken place.

Let’s emulate that class. Most of us are good. If you find yourself next to a “bad apple”, roll yourself away! You don’t need to stay there (unless you secretly think you need punishment). Let’s get over any need for this. 

How are you punishing yourself?  Take a minute to write down all the ways.  Then STOP and be kind instead. It can be that easy. (Granted, many situations are much more complex – but the fundamental decision is the same.) Ask yourself every time: “is this kind?”, “how is this helping him or her or me?”

 If we give up punishment, we also give up judging, intolerance, meanness, bullying and on and on. We have to help each other now to survive. IT’S THAT CRITICAL.

An anthropologist suggested the following game to a group of children in a tribe in Africa: He placed a basket full of fresh fruits under a tree. He then said that whoever reached the basket first in a race would be the winner of all the fruits. As he gave the signal to begin the race, the whole group held hands, ran bonded together and then sat and enjoyed the prize together.
When he asked why they had done such thing, when he had offered the possibility to one to be the ultimate winner, they replied: “UBUNTU — how could one of us be happy (feel happiness) while the rest are in despair, unhappy?”
UBUNTU in the Xhosa culture means: “I am, because we are.”


About jm

Jane Moody offers advanced modalities of energy treatment, bodywork and counselling. A dynamic group of skills, gathered though extensive training (1800 hours of instruction in health therapies in addition to her BA.), can heal the roots of psychological suffering that prevent a satisfying life. The inspiration behind this work began in my early twenties after earning a B.A. from Vassar College in New York. I wanted to study both Medicine and Comparative Religion. I didn't do either but the interest stayed fresh. In the late 80's, I began my studies with a 16 weekend training leading to a certificate in Gestalt Therapy. A year later, I found a way to combine both earlier interests when I read Barbara Brennan's book, Hands of Light. I studied at her school for one year (1989/90) but decided against returning for family and personal reasons. That year, I had also completed a year's study in anatomy and physiology at Dalhousie University. By taking a taped course in "Awakening the Light Body", I was able to keep my knowledge growing. A few years later, I learned the bodywork of the Lightbody - "Flow Alignment and Connection". The next fall, it became possible to attend The School of Enlightened Healing in New York City (now in Asheville NC) and I graduated from there, 3 years later, with certification as a "Hands-on Healer" (1997). My practice began with Flow Alignment and gradually incorporated the new knowledge gained at this healing school in New York. Short weekend courses in Japanese Acupressure and Myofascial Release broadened my scope of bodywork techniques. In June of 2001, I graduated from A Society of Souls, Jason's Shulman's three year School for health professionals in Integrated Kabbalistic Healing. This powerful work is now the center of a range of healing skills that I bring to my clients. I live in East Chester, Nova Scotia with offices there and in Halifax, as well as a long distance practice by telephone.

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