It is terribly incorrect to have a wise master offering such uncaring advice, but the joke made me laugh! If my own fear of being judged can be recycled in a little bit of dark humor… is that so bad?
That being said, perhaps “the cloud over the head of somebody else” is a metaphor for what we tend to do with our fears. We have a hard time tolerating our experience when it’s hurtful, so we recycle our hurt in a way that ultimately hurts others.
In an eco-system world, everything is connected. The cloud of fear that burdens others’ lives impacts my life too.
It reminds me of a joke we had in France at the end of the 80’s, when the Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened, and we thought that the radioactive cloud had stopped at the French border.
Clouds don’t stop at borders and our emotions leak onto others. The good news is that if one of us breaks through a fear, it also leaks in a positive way.
In conclusion, in an eco-system world, the best we can do for ourselves – in addition of suspending our judgments– is to wish for others to free themselves from their hurt and to be as safe and happy as possible.
Reflective questions: When do you fear being judged? How do you release your emotion? Do you have a constructive practice for recycling your fear?