Turning The Other Cheek to Negative Thoughts
as originally posted March 4, 2007 on my old wordpress blog.
You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”
But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5 38-42
Contrary to what I was taught in Sunday School as a child, this passage attributed to Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount, is NOT about the physical body or Self Defense. The topic of the entire Sermon is this: Do not push against what you do not like, keep positive loving thoughts, create the reality of love, forgiveness, and abundance through offering it first. As you think it so shall it be.
Turning the other cheek is simply not allowing yourself to fall into a negative thought cycle. If you encounter a situation in life which “Slaps you on the right cheek”, do not resist it, because through such resistance, you focus your thoughts and emotions upon it creating even more of that type of negative situation for yourself. Do not use negative thoughts and negative energies to push back against negative situations you do not want. Instead focus your thoughts upon LOVE and other positive energy, by doing so, you release yourself from bondage. You cannot end negative unwanted situations with more negative thoughts and emotions, you must radically change the focus of your thinking. It is our nature to strike back and resist what we do not like, and what Jesus was so vividly trying to teach was that type of defense was in error and would not produce a real change. Only through offering what we want to others and in the form of thought to the Universe, will we receive what we desire.
To turn the other cheek on negative situations, is to deny it as your reality, no matter how real or painful it may be at the moment. Once you turn away from your instinct to resist it through negative thoughts and actions, you have freed yourself to choose positive thoughts instead.
Throughout your day, when confronted with negative situations, try ‘Turning the other cheek’ and remove your focus from those situations you do not like, turn your attention and thoughts instead to gentle & positive thoughts. Choose positive thoughts for yourself, and you will experience more positive things.