The golden rule can be reversed and still makes as or more sense than the original.
Treat yourself as you wish others would treat you.
How can I treat myself with that kindness? That’s a life koan, and one that can be grounded in several different ways.
For instance, I can use a simple practice as a stepping stone. I can say to myself – or a contracted or suffering part of me – I wish you love, I wish you ease. Or I can use another form of Loving Kindness practice, or tonglen, ho’oponopono, holding satsang with it, or mentally placing myself in the heart flame.
Over time, this will transform how I relate to myself. And that will transform how I relate to others and the world.
In this way, applying and living the reverse of the conventional golden rule turns into applying and living the conventional golden rule itself.
Treat myself as I wish others to treat me
Love, kindness, authenticity
Treat others as you would have them treat you