The old cliché of “putting our best foot forward” suggests that we be on our best behavior when dealing with others. But we are all human and despite the best of intentions, our “lesser foot” can show up when we are stressed or someone pushes our buttons. How does this relate to the subject of icebergs? Like icebergs floating on the ocean, what others see in us is only part of who we truly are. Learning how to make the most of this quirk of nature can help us to become better people.
You’ve probably seen pictures where only 10% of an iceberg is visible above the water line. That means that the vast majority of the ice is not seen while floating just under the surface. A humorous analogy can be asked; “Is the iceberg always putting its best foot forward?” While the portion of an iceberg that is visible is a matter of physics rather than selection, we humans don’t have that limitation unless we allow it. We can decide to display the best part of ourselves with every new choice we make. In so doing, our free will works in harmony with the Law to redesign who we are so that we always put forth our best. This occurs naturally when we lack selfish motivation.
In a contest of physics versus free will, isn’t it likely that the inertia (physics) of our past choices is so great that we can’t change our course? Never! If in the beginning there was only God, and He created us in His perfect image, what could be stronger than the will of God or His divine children? When we make loving choices, we have all the power of our Creator backing us up. When we make selfish choices, we separate ourselves from Him resulting in the Law (karma) instructing us on how to live better lives as we reap what we sow.
But what about the 90% of ourselves that exists below our human or conscious mind? Are all of the thoughts we have beyond our conscious mind just a disorganized collection of base desires and responses? Perhaps a better way to think of the subconscious is that it becomes the conscious mind after our human bodies pass away.
If we believe that God is not a physical being, then our natural state is also as pure consciousness beings without a physical form. It would follow then that the subconscious mind is the controlling influence over our conscious choices. While instinct and stimulus/response have their role in how we humans think, our unseen higher consciousness with its limitless potential for good represents the majority of who we are.
It seems that watching humans interact on earth is clearly not catching us at our best. The good news is that our conscious minds are but a tiny portion of who we really are. Our true greatness is hidden away out of sight. A number of famous people have summed up the lesson to be learned here quite well: “There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it doesn’t behoove any of us to speak ill of another.”