Believing in a Higher power, as we are, it seems like more than enough for one to monitor. Yet, even because of these appreciations we hold for Higher Standards, are there instances when we MUST perform certain actions, stand up for our sacred notions? Are there things we have to do?
The more you steep with these Higher Standards, from the Old and New Testament to the more recently found Gospels Of St. Thomas, the question seems to become satisfied. Not answered, sated BEFORE all answers, actually, only realized now.
Often this shift in levels of consciousness can transpire without the unnecessary weight of logic or reason. You did nothing and yet become aware of a more deep knowing, a non-linear, weightless, complete understanding. It seems friendly and familiar in a vaguely distant way, like a memory that just won't congeal. To your delight, you know you are knowing more meaningful Knowing.
In the East, when this hanging with Higher Vibes morph occurs they call it "Grace of the Guru." The confusion for Westerners disappears pretty quickly when reminded the whole thing, from Guru to realization, takes place inside.
Inside, rather than some distant Outer Far Space Dimension Of Eternity! Inside is where we have been instructed lies the Kingdom of Heaven. Higher Wisdom, too, of course!
So, whether hanging out with your own Presence, the Sacred Scrolls or the Buddhist Five Wonderful Precepts, remember to bring reverence and joy to the party. and rejoice. What you have to "do" has first to do with "Being," so Be Still. Rather than take a stand, learn when to get out of the way.
From Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Zen Master, human rights activist, scholar, poet:
Birth and death are only ideas we have in our mind, and these ideas cannot be applied to reality. We are very sure when we point our hand up, it is above, and when we point in the opposite direction, it is below. Heaven is above and Hell is below.
But the people who are sitting right now on the other side of the planet must disagree, because the idea of above and below does not apply to the cosmos, nor does the idea of birth and death.
It's the old Don't Push The River Lesson. We really are One. There really IS a Higher Intelligence and it really DOES help when we don't arrive "with all the answers," and try to "push the river."
Then, it might be a good idea to get better at it than previously, what d'ya think? It's called Practicing Presence. All the instructions are found gathered within at the Signpost, "I am."