You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
What we give to another, we give to ourselves.
We hide our shame and fear in other people.
So when we “turn the other cheek”, we replace negative reaction with positive, loving intent. Through positive, loving intent to see good and give love, we become mirrors for another and therefore ourselves, giving each other the opportunity to awaken to love and to healing.
Even if another is not loving or seemingly awakening, the love we give reverberates out to the universe so that what we give, we get in equal or greater return. This is what I perceive is meant by “eye for eye and tooth for tooth.” If we give shame, fear, and guilt, we give the same to ourselves, through perceived losses and set-backs. If we give love, we awaken to it and become more aware of our potential/purpose. Through this, we become more evolved, conscious and aware.
When we give shame and fear, we perpetuate hidden, unconscious drives and tendencies that get mirrored from the outside for us to at some point, become aware and heal from. We need only to ask ourselves what we can learn that the positive, loving intent occurs. It is only a matter of time. Therefore, let’s do our best!
May we awaken and evolve- each other!