What if, at the end of the day, you will not be held accountable for what others did to you, only what you did to them—no matter what they did to you? 

I don’t know about you; but frankly, this kind of accountability is scarier than the claim that God will burn my soul in a fiery hell. (By the way, if there are any physicists out there, please leave a comment or a link explaining how a physical element such as fire actually burns a non-physical soul. Or is that complication why it takes all eternity to accomplish this task?)

I admit that I probably spend more time thinking about this stuff than most folks, but I am absolutely fascinated by the way humans behave, because it’s such an accurate reflection of what they believe about Life and about God. Anoint my little pointed head with oil if you feel I’m off-base here; but if God is Love, “He” would not use torture as a tactic or a threat to correct errant behavior. And let’s face it: It hasn’t been very effective. That’s proof enough for me that the real God, the one and only God, does not solve problems this way.

What seems more a godly and powerful way to address sin/error, and what makes better sense to me, is the Law of Reciprocity. What is that, exactly? It must be important because all of the major religions of the world warn us to respect it. Perhaps these words are familiar to you:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, for this is the law and the prophets.” Christianity

“What is hurtful to yourself do not do to your fellow man. That is the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary.” Judaism

“Do unto all men as you would wish to have done unto you; and reject for others what you would reject for yourselves.” Islam

“Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.”  Buddhism

Tzu-Kung asked: “Is there one principle upon which one’s who life may proceed?” 
The Master replied, “Is not Reciprocity such a principle?—what you do not yourself desire do not put before others.”  Confucianism

“This is the sum of all true righteousness—
Treat others as thou wouldst thyself be treated. Do nothing to thy neighbor that hereafter Thou wouldst not have thy neighbor do to thee.”  Hinduism

Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions

Most of us don’t take these words seriously. By the way we treat our friends, co-workers, employees, lovers and even strangers, it’s clear we haven’t noticed that we hurt ourselves significantly when we ignore the potential pain that the Law of Reciprocity can usher into our lives.

“Do unto others only what you’d want done to you” is the clearest and simplest way to avoid the flip side of reciprocity. In Loud Mouth-speak, it boils down to: “Whatever you do will be done to you.” But I’ll let the scriptures speak:

“It’s nature’s rule that as we sow, we shall reap.”  Buddhism

“Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”  Christianity

“A liberal man will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”  Judaism

“What proceeds from you will return to you.”  Confucianism

“Thou canst not gather what thou dost not sow; as thou dost plant the tree so it will grow.”  Hinduism

“Whatever man soweth, that shall he reap. If he soweth trouble, trouble shall be his harvest. If a man sow poison, he cannot expect ambrosia.”  Sikhism

Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions 

It’s difficult to ignore the simplicity and universality of the Law of Reciprocity when you see that so many religions teach the same message. And did I mention how divinely fair this law is: An eye for an eye, not eternal damnation for several decades of sin.

Besides being fair, the Law of Reciprocity, also known as the Law of Attraction, sets God free from a theater of endless tragedies. It lets God be godly, and maintain “His” focus on the Divine rather than the depraved. The Law requires no mind-numbing recordkeeping for numerous millennia, and it involves no demonic child abuse or other torturous tasks that do not befit a Spirit as divine as God.

If God can implant a steady stream of ideas into the minds of mere mortals to make our Internet speed faster, telephones and cameras smaller, and overall quality of life easier, it’s possible that “He” could also implant a self-correcting system of accountability in our souls that would make “His” life a lot easier. That system: The Law of Reciprocity/Attraction.

We can embrace the stories that depict God as an angry, vindictive, conditionally forgiving brute who helps some of “His” kids pass their cosmetology exams and win football games and lets pedophiles prey on “His” other kids, or we can write a different script—like this one, which has greater potential for attracting more joyful reciprocal circumstances than the script we currently have adopted:


(God is relaxing when one of His kids runs into the room breathlessly. He looks up, smiles and lovingly strokes the child’s head.)

Well, hello there, my little angel. Why are you so excited?

Jimmy and Paul said they’re going to spend the afternoon on Earth. I wanna go, too! Can I go? Can I go?

Of course, you may go, Precious. There’s plenty of drama over there to keep you busy for several hours.

(Jumping up and down with glee)
OK. What do I need to take with me?

Sweetheart, you have everything you need right inside you. Can you see your Christ Light?
(Looking halfway down her ethereal body, and pointing toward the glowing ball of light)
Yep. It’s right there!

Well, all you need to do is keep an eye on It. It will remind you that I am with you always.

(Grabbing God around the neck.)
Thanks, Daddy!

JOY runs toward the door, then pauses and turns around.

Are you going to miss me?

How can I miss you if I’m going with you, Sweetheart? You haven’t even crossed the Veil of Forgetfulness at the entrance to Earth, and you’ve forgotten that already?

(Looking sheepish)
I’m sorry, Daddy.

It’s OK, Dear. You know that all is forgiven. I just want you to enjoy yourself this afternoon.
Now remember, in human time, that translates to about 75 or 80 Earth years, but when it’s time to come home, you’ll know.
And don’t forget that you still have free will.
You can do anything you want to do over there, but the play rules are the same as over here.

I know: Don’t do anything to anyone else that I don’t want done to me, because I will reap what I sow.

That’s right, Love. Try not to forget that.
And please remember to pause frequently this afternoon and look toward your Light.
Just be still and think about my Unconditional Love for you.
You’ll feel my presence, and you’ll remember that you are not alone. There is no spot where I am not.

Oh, and one more thing: There is a little troublemaker who lives on Earth. His name is Ego. He’ll be talking in your head so much that you’ll think that his thoughts are your thoughts. He doesn’t talk as gently as Daddy. One of his tricks is to distract you so that you can’t hear me when I talk to you, so quiet time will be important.

Ego wants to control you. He wants you to think that you are merely the body costume that you’ll be wearing over there, and that you are mortal like your body.

That’s so silly, Daddy. Who would believe that?

You’d be surprised. Ego is pretty clever. He takes advantage of the Veil of Forgetfulness. And he’s a liar.
He’s going to try to convince you to lean on him instead of me,
and he’ll try to make you do things to others that you wouldn’t want anyone to do to you.

You’re strong and powerful. You’ll be able to overcome him if you remember that you’re mine, and he has no power over you. Just don’t let him trick you into giving him your power, OK?

JOY waves and reaches for the door knob.

I won’t, Daddy, I promise. I love you!

I love you more, Sweetheart. Have fun, and remember that:   

  • Life is always fair, so don’t do anything to anyone over there that you wouldn’t want done to you!
  • God is never far. I am the Light and the Love within you.
  • Don’t believe anyone who tells you that death on planet Earth is “the end.”
  • And this is very important, Baby Girl: Remember that absolutely nothing is unforgivable. No matter what anyone does to you, forgive them as quickly as you’d want to be forgiven if you’d made the mistake, OK?

I will, Daddy. See you shortly!

Absolutely. You’ll be back here before you know it. Now scoot, so that you will be home before dark.
Have a wonderful time today. When you get back, we’ll talk about all the things you did over there. OK?


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7 Responses to Why the rule is golden

  1. Bobby says:

    Wow. Can the writing get any better???

  2. Ashley "Golden" Brown says:


    Its amazing how you’ve broken this down. I truly believe in the GOLDEN rule and I am constantly telling my friends and loved ones about the law of reciprocity. I have KARMA tattoed on my forward shoulder in Sanskrit. It helps me when I am on the brink of doing something that might not benefit someone/thing else. It also helps me spread that thought to others. People always ask me what my tattoo means and when I tell them, they are so intrigued. They ask me, “Why Sanskrit, why KARMA?” I then explain to them that in every religion, the concept is the same, whether its Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judism, Islam, etc. The GOLDEN RULE still applies. It is the underlying principle in all streams of thought. I have named myself Ashley “Golden” Brown because I feel like thats what I want people to see when they look at me. Someone who believes in the Golden Rule and someone who lived her life like it is just that. I do fall short at times, but I do attempt to live my life like its GOLDEN. =]

    Thanks for sharing, Pat. I’m going to pass this on.

  3. loudmouthinthebalcony says:

    Thanks, Rev. Bobby! And what a BEAUTIFUL testimony, Ashley. You are definitely walking the walk, Girl! Proud of you.

  4. William Moore says:

    Dear Pat,

    This little “Golden Rule” dramatization is both timely and suited to today’s state of human consciousness. I’ve been telling people for many years that all the major religions share this commonality. Maybe the series of little traveling theater productions is based on several of your dramatizations. Wanna produce it?


  5. loudmouthinthebalcony says:

    Produce theater? Not in my skill set, William. 🙂

  6. joshbristol says:

    Wouldn’t that be nice. But how about those who do succumb to Ego, listen to those who say death is the end, or worst of all, harm others? Do they get the same treatment as JOY after their stay on earth is over? To put it in your terms: after we pass through the “veil of forgetfulness” we have no evidence for belief in anything spiritual, so it seems to me that belief in God then becomes irrational. Your characterization is reminiscent only of childish fantasy.

  7. loudmouthinthebalcony says:

    Thanks, Josh. We obviously have a different vision of what Life is and what God is. However, I suspect that neither of us believes in the God portrayed in scripture.

    From that point of harmony, let’s also agree to be respectful of each other’s right to believe or disbelieve in that which is eternally spiritual and not rooted in the temporary physical world. Deal? Thanks.

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