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I just posted this in a discussion, but I want to share it here for myself (so I don't lose it, as I just gave myself a warning and an answer) and because I feel it is important. A time of major change is upon America, and I (and many others) feel that many people are at risk and in increased danger now. The discussion I just added to was about the Wiccan Rede and how to interpret it, or if it is open to interpretation at all. Here was my response:
It is subject to interpretation. What I perceive as harmful, another person may perceive as harmless. Harm is subjective in certain ways. Emotional pain is subjective. What hurts me may not hurt another. What offends another, may not offend me. We cannot avoid harming others, but we can try not to harm others. We can try not to harm others INTENTIONALLY by our actions - and our thoughts. We can try to be careful with our energy, most importantly. Many of us have powerful energy that, if we are not careful, we can subconsciously direct into harming others who upset us or anger us and we don't even realize we're doing it. Misdirected energy can cause serious damage to people and situations. We can choose instead to focus healing, positive energy towards those who we feel have hurt or wronged us, perhaps as a countermeasure or to refocus our thoughts towards the person. It's in the eye of the beholder, but we still must do our part to live, act, behave, and control our thoughts and energy responsibly. Blessed be.