“I chanced to look into an enemy’s eyes and therein saw God/the Infinite/the divine, and found the door to Paradise…”
-Dr. Pan Gabriel
This post was contributed by Dr. Pan Gabriel. Dr. Pan Gabriel is a retired Ph.D. in Holistic Health. He enjoys radio and has tweeted and ‘Youtubed’ many live broadcasts from Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Pan Gabriel is head-over-heels in love with the new science of NEUROPLASTICITY as it has irrefutably proven we’re all CREATORS! He has written several books, you can find them here on Amazon.com.
An Enemy Opens the Door To Paradise
The nightmare began when I arrived, breathless, at the parking lot and saw my daughter sprawled on the cold asphalt and crying disconsolately! I ran to the ambulance, the door was open and I saw my beautiful angel, my 32-day-old granddaughter lying there inert as the medics were feverishly working on her. I asked them what was wrong and if she would be okay. One of the medics looked at me with great sadness in his face and shook his head negatively. I broke down and rushed to my daughter’s side to console her, but there was no consoling her. She begged me to not stop praying that God would heal her baby.
Life is either hell or paradise for me, and, astoundingly, I discovered that my current knowledge and understanding are the factors that moment to moment CREATE what my experience will be… For instance, the point was driven dramatically home to me, when, years ago, a defense attorney who was extremely hostile to my family and I, in court, finally lost his battle to get his client off the hook. His client had murdered my first grandchild! He kept attacking us in court in every conceivable way for two long weeks, attempting to brand us as liars, racists, insane, murderers, even… Finally, though, the verdict was in, the jury had decided. His client was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment.
We wearily trudged towards the exit door, numbed-out, exhausted in every conceivable way and I happened to be just behind him. He paused, turned around to face me, and very graciously held the door open for me and my family to exit first. Astounding and decent as that act was, it was nothing compared to what I saw in his very alive, very aware and very educated eyes. His message, albeit unspoken, was this:
The battle is over now fellow-brother, I did my best to defend my client, so, it was necessary for me to attack you and your family and to vilify you and your family and attempt to discredit your testimony, but, it’s over now, the jury has spoken, my heavy task is done, I want you to know that I bear you no grudge, and ask your forgiveness for the vicious manner in which I assaulted you…
Wow! Unless you’ve had a similar experience, you cannot imagine the feeling that welled up inside me. My tight chest immediately opened up, way up, and all the pent-up grieving/negative energy just evaporated, and my hell was instantly inverted and I entered my sweet paradise. I looked into his eyes, and my unspoken message to him, was:
I fully understand now that you did what you had to do, absolutely no hard feelings, indeed, instead I send you all the love I can muster! Thank you dear fellow-brother, that through your grace, you showed me the door to Paradise…
Live Radio Broadcast
I once spoke about this experience on my live radio program in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the response was phenomenal. A female medical doctor called me in tears. She thanked me so much for showing her the path to liberating her tortured soul from re-living, again and again, a horrible tragedy in her life. Several others called to thank me for opening the doorway to authentic love for them! It was an incredibly emotional experience for us all. My best friend called me to tell me what an inspiration I was to him.
Hey, it’s easy for strangers to admire you, but for your friends, who know the ‘other side of you, i.e., they’ve seen you down, depressed, angry, etc.’, it’s very, very difficult for them to admire you, lol…, ‘familiarity-breeds-contempt’ and all that jazz, know what I mean? So, take it as a very high compliment when your wife/best friend/children speak their admiration of you to your face. I’m blessed beyond belief to have experienced many, many compliments from all who are and have been close to me, who’ve seen me ‘naked’, metaphorically speaking… And, also by the way, that morning of my live broadcast, I had not intended to make an impact, I was not seeking approval, no, nothing of the kind, I was just inspired by the God-Force to speak about the incident, spur of the moment, I had definitely not planned to! Later that night, some friends had taken me out to dinner and as they knew the owner of the restaurant, they introduced me to him. He asked if I was the same Dr. Gabrielides that had spoken on the radio earlier that day. I replied in the affirmative. He embraced me and with moistness in his eyes told me:
I hear many people speak on radio, but you are different, you’re authentic, I always look forward to your presentations. Thank you!
Since that day many years ago, I’m still growing in applying that lesson. Every day, every moment, I remind myself to enter through the doorway to paradise and to give hell a miss…
This is greatly facilitated, by my making conscious eye-contact with my fellows…
I try to look into their eyes and to find paradise/God there,
To experience the Aloha of Hawaiians, which means:
“I am in the presence of God”,
To live the ‘Namaste’ of the Hindus, a Sanskrit word meaning:
“I celebrate the divine place within you where we’re all One!”
And, most importantly by directing my being to speak with its ‘heart’ and not with its ‘head’…,
Thus, head-to-head, I enter hell,
But, heart-to-heart, I enter paradise…
My enemy had opened the doorway to Paradise for me…
I love you, dear former enemy, thank you…!
I love you all,
Message From Drew:
I want to give Dr. Pan many thanks for sharing this story with me to share with my readers.
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