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If the whole is to change, the individual must change himself. Goodness is an individual gift and an individual acquisition. … the good [person] shines like a jewel that was lost in the Sahara…”

C.G. Jung (CW 18, par. 1378)

I am writing today in support of Basic Goodness Day, May 7th, proclaimed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche spiritual head of Shambhala. Today we are asked to affirm our own and other’s basic goodness. The quote by Carl Jung indicates that goodness is something that each of us acquires by carrying out our inner work. If we seek goodness within ourselves and connect to our basic goodness, then any action coming from that still, strong place will be the appropriate action in that moment.

Carl Jung (CW 13, par. 4) liked to quote the ancient saying “If the wrong man uses the right means, the right means work in the wrong way.” If we do not work from a place of basic goodness, then even if our goal is well intentioned we may end up creating more chaos in the world. So, today let us find the gift of basic goodness within ourselves and seek it also in those we meet. Meeting such individuals on our path will be apparent for they will surely ‘shine like a jewel.’

May we all shine like jewels on this Basic Goodness Day!

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