To earn respect from others, one must first show respect. To show respect to someone, you first have to learn it. Knowing the essence of respect, knowing its many aspects, paths and facets, and knowing how to practise respect-giving will solicit so full a response in the person to whom you are extending it, a response triggered so deep in that human soul, that it shatters all we think we know, and change occurs in both the person receiving and the person giving.
This change is caused by the interchange, the dialog and trading of ideas, the sharing of feelings, the contract written by our handshake, a nod, or a smile of agreement or acceptance.
This change will forever and always be for the good. Its role is that of a carrier, the connection, close as it can be, between two humans. It is what we most need. It is energy vital to our souls. Food! It nourishes us and fills us. It is what becomes us, this human interaction, communication, this meeting of minds. And if, in very special moments, there also is a meeting of hearts, that is a rare gift.
For such high achievement, a person must be equally a communicator and a listener, to learn and know the essence of interchange between two persons. What does it mean truly to hear someone? For so, in deep listening and sharing, understanding is achieved. Friendship and bonding occurs and there respect is found, waiting patiently.
Our individual choices and action anchor our process of transition into our desired new realities. Each act of love, each loving response, will mold and move this energy into the highest potential for every living thing near us.
Right now, we can individually accept personal responsibility for the way we walk upon this planet. Changing the patterns of our interactions with others begins with recognizing that we are all responsible for the current energies as well as for transition into new social connectivity and true respect between souls. Read more »