Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults

by Bob Walsh

This is one of my favorite quotes by Benjamin Franklin:

Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.

(I love it so much that it’s worth writing so big.)

There is really much truth to this, and it even makes logical sense (which is not always the case with true and wise words).

However, it is also infinitely difficult to practice.

love your enemies, for they tell you your faults - benjamin franklin

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If I were an ideal human being, I’d probably be able to do this – to love my enemies, because they tell me my faults. Instead, I get upset and angry at them, and sometimes hate them. There’s still a lot to learn.

But here’s the thing:

as soon as you plan this idea in your mind, see that it makes sense and decide that you want to practice it, some part of your subconscious mind starts to work on it.

Now it might work to it veeery slow, slow like tectonic movements of the earth’s crusts. Or your subconscious mind might work on it at high-speed, fast-forwarding the process of personal growth.

Much of this depends on how focused your mind is on this. Because the energy you expend doesn’t actually change. It’s just that if unfocused, you spend your energy on myriad different things that sometimes work in opposing directions, and not much is happening, it’s just a big hodgepodge.

If you focus this energy however, it suddenly becomes very targeted, effective and powerful, and much can be accomplished in a very short time.

That’s really what makes self hypnosis so fundamentally powerful – because it directs and focuses your attention in ways that would usually require disciplined meditative practice for many, many years.

It’s your enemies who can teach you more about yourself than anyone else, because they often rub them in your face. What’s more, many times the faults you find in them are your own faults and weaknesses which you refuse to acknowledge. And in that regard, enemies can often open up your eyes to psychological blind spots.

Love your enemies for the lessons they teach you. Love them for the training they impose on yourself. Love your enemies for the deep tutoring friends won’t provide you with, because they care too much about their relationship to you. Love them because they are the greatest opportunity for skillful practice. Love your adversaries because they demonstrate to you what can’t be explained.

It’s not easy, but it’s worth the struggle. It’ll make you a wiser, nobler, more mature human being. And when you try to love your enemies, you will often be your own worst enemy in that endeavor.

These self hypnosis downloads for emotional intelligence can help you to do that. They help to bridge that gap between your rational mind and your emotional being. That divide between what you think you should do and what you actually do – with hypnotic suggestions, it becomes a lot easier to bring these two closer together and harmonize these seemingly opposing forces together in the direction you really want to bring them.

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