From Moshi Issue 73

Black and white. Yes and no. Up and down. Sickness and health. Positive and negative….

We live in a world of contrast. It’s the duality of Nature that makes up our physical world. Without that contrast, we wouldn’t be able to perceive. It’s in knowing dark that we can recognize light. It’s in being able to experience silence that we can hear noise. The comparisons go on and on.

As infants, people are trained to show a preference for one thing over another. Most well adjusted (note that you have to be “adjusted”) children develop a preference for positive feedback over negative. For “yes” over “no”. For health over sickness. For “happy” over “sad.” Humans are trained from birth to compare and prefer.

What if nothing you experienced was actually “wrong” or “right,” but just an experience? How different would your world be if you didn’t judge what happened in your life, but, rather, just observed your physical and emotional perceptions of whatever showed up?

In many Spiritual philosophies, it’s the pain from living with the judgement of what occurs that is recognized as the most difficult part of being human. Release that judgement, and enlightenment is possible.

As a horse, I’m already enlightened. I don’t carry judgement about what happens. Oh, I may have an unhappy memory of the fellow who poked me in the hip to get me on that airplane in Amsterdam, but I don’t JUDGE it. It is what it is. It was what it was. That was then, this is now.

How would your life be different if you accepted “what is…“? Could you try that on, just for a day? Give it a try! Or not. The choice is yours. And that is the one constant… your choice of what you think about is always YOURS.

Your horse is hoping you choose to bring him a carrot when you go to the barn today. He says that is the “right” choice!

Love, Moshi


  1. Cathy Bates says

    Just read the Motivation from Moshi for this month, about black and white and contrast. Sorry to be judgemental, but it was so contradictory! It seems to say that we appreciate light because of darkness, that we can’t perceive without contrast, then goes on to say we should give up the notion of contrast and blur everything together into gray. It isn’t realistic to say there is no right or wrong. There absolutely is! If we stop learning from our mistakes, but instead consider right and wrong the same, won’t we stop learning? I usually love these segments, just disagree with this particular one wholeheartedly!! But I do like the part about bringing carrots to my horse! I’m off to the kitchen to get his treats ready… for when he does something right! 😉

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