Is the end of suffering realistic?
Check it out for yourself, all the different forms of human suffering (in practical terms: guilt, blame, pride, worry & anxiety, expectation and attachment to outcomes) rest on these two pre-suppositions:
a) what happens in life could be different, and that each of us are in control, independent agents that determine how life unfolds based on our own personal, independent volition.
b) that our happiness is dependent on pleasurable or favourable circumstance and ergo dependent on the non arising of unfavourable circumstance.
If these two suppositions are correct, well, pack your bags, go home, life is suffering.
If however, you come to see that these two pre-suppositions are mistaken attitudes to life, ingrained to be taken as true, but ultimately erroneous, then high five, the end of suffering is not just a pipe dream.
Keep bringing it back to peace of mind
Keep bringing it back to peace of mind in daily living.
What is the benefit of the insights you have? That life is a "happening", that you are not the doer, that there is no one here, what is the purpose? What is the purpose of all the spiritual peak experiences you've had? The experience of oneness, the experience of witnessing, the experience of empty, still meditation, what is the purpose?
The purpose of these things is to undermine the ground upon which your suffering stands. And in the end what that undermining delivers, should it happen, is peace of mind in daily living, or another way of saying it is, the end of suffering.
Keep bringing it back to peace of mind in daily living, otherwise you might just get lost fixated on whether there are other life forms in the universe, one dimension of infinite dimensions, whether time and space are real, or whether you exist or not, even whether life is predetermined.
Remember, in practical terms the only thing that will satisfy on a lasting basis, that which you are truly looking for, is unbroken peace of mind in daily living, that's why I suggest, always bring your contemplating back to that.
In order to keep it real and focus on peace of mind meaningfully, you need to be clear that this peace is actually just the absence of suffering. Understand the different forms of suffering, then the contemplating becomes very focussed and potent. Otherwise for example, this peace of mind might become an expectation, this would be more suffering sneaking in; however, with a good understanding of the forms suffering based on your own enquiry and contemplation this will be picked up, probably sooner than later.
Always ask yourself how does this insight or pointer relate back to my happiness (peace of mind) in daily living, then it becomes really useful.
Peace for now.
Resistance of suffering
Enlightenment is the end of suffering, and a form of suffering is the resistance of suffering.
So now it's clear, one thing that needs to stop along the way.
Very blessed indeed
If life has delivered clarity enough such that from time to time, amidst the dissatisfaction of living life seeking for outcomes, there are periods of remembering that happiness is not to be found in outcomes but rather in what we already are at our core, then we can consider ourselves very fortunate.
Happy living for all of us turns out to be less unique than we may think. It takes the form of continuous unbroken peace of mind in daily living, this peace is the attitude of the heart, a way of being in life. Happiness is always attitudinal and never circumstantial, at best circumstance is pleasurable, and at worst painful.
The vast majority of people have no conscious notion of this and are forced to continue living life caught on the inevitable rollercoaster of trying to find satisfaction in outcomes, a place it will simply never be found, with little hope of this changing until life introduces this insight.
So even if you only remember from time to time, consider yourself very blessed that life has delivered this understanding, it will only grow deeper and deeper until such time that forgetting ceases to happen.
Sweetness of Self-remembering
Whenever there is a conscious dropping into Being, there is a sweetness, a sweetness from remembering oneself.
Blessed are those...
... who can laugh at themselves.
Foundation of love
You can't love the other if you require them to change. To be at peace is to love.
The good news
The good news is that, suffering is an error.
It would be very bad news otherwise.
The subject is not just an object
If life is seen only as an objective reality, lived in an objective world, by an objective person then we are bound to fear death and fear life.
The subject is not just an object.
Who am I?
Free space to Be
When it is clearly seen that life 'happens', that the individual is not the 'doer' and that happiness is not to be found in outcomes, this automatically leads to the end of all the thinking to the contrary and there is so much free space, to Be..
Turning inward is not only akin to starting to regularly view your own FB profile instead of being obsessed with everyone else's profile, but with then going beyond even that to a place of no-profiles.
Who would have thought that resting in a place of no-profiles could be so Self-affirming and Self-fulfilling :D.
Who am I?
Keep returning to the You which remains unaffected by circumstance, rest there often until you know yourself so well that you don't forget that this peaceful untouchable Consciousness which exists before, during and after thinking is the very core of who you are.
Personally I find, ...
... life is much lighter when it is not taken personally.
Life is a 'happening'
If suffering happens, it's a happening and not your 'doing'. Deep realisation of this principle in relation to the totality of life is key to the end of suffering.
Life's a happening, and not your 'doing'.
Attitudinally speaking, sit back and watch life happen, watch the thinking and feelings happening, the speaking happening, and actions happening, and if this 'sitting back' happens, it's a happening and not your doing
Peace for now.
Renunciation and 'I AM'
A monk, having entered life in a monastery, given up his fancy clothing and creative gadgets in exchange for a simple robe, no more sex, plain food, hard bed, cold showers, shaved head (did I mention no more sex?) is one day walking alone in the forrest.
As he walks his mind becomes still and calm, absorbed in the wondrous beauty which surrounds him. He falls upon a clearing surrounded by tall trees, and stops, the rising sun's rays, revealed through the still clearing morning mist as if a mystical bridge from above, land like soft warming tendrils on his face.
In that moment the stillness becomes stiller, he takes a deep breath, his head tilts upwards, his eyes close and a deep relaxation takes over, a dropping into his chest, into his heart happens.
In an instance it dawns on him, "I Am!"
Here.....I Am.....even without fancy clothes, soft bed and warm showers, plain food and no sex, here.....I Am.....I exist. I'm whole and complete right now, needing nothing more..... I Am!
The subtle sense of existence, I Am, that is ever present, unchanging, self content, fulfilled, still, empty and quiet, and self confirming, can so easily go overlooked for a whole lifetime. It is what we are at our core, and yet it can go unnoticed for a lifetime, how ironic.
The practice of renunciation is a process which can reveal that even without this and that, even without the love of the other, I Am, whole and complete, this essence is always there and available if only we know where to look, where to BE, if only we come to know what gets in its way. The stillness and quiet, the calm and harmony, the empty fullness that requires nothing more, is undeniable when the seeking mind turns in on itself and stops.
The monk, returned to the monastery bowed in humility, reverence and gratitude to the head monk and all his fellow monks, hung his robe on the hook and left.
He went back into the world, enjoyed a great meal, laughed and made love with a beautiful, kind woman, had a warm shower and fell asleep in a soft bed.
He now knew that with or without things he remained whole and complete, no longer was he seeking pleasure, pleasure, pleasure in the hope of one day feeling complete and happy because of what he achieves or attains. No longer was he attached to outcomes.
He was now able to engage in pleasure with a completely different attitude - no longer slave to it, but rather a full appreciator of it. In Sanskrit one of the terms for an unliberated being is a 'bhogi' meaning an 'enjoyer', however one of the terms for a liberated being is a 'maha bhogi' a 'super enjoyer'. This because, the liberated being is no longer relating to pleasure and pain in the same way as before. The unliberated person (bhogi/enjoyer) is slave to pleasure and pain, the liberated person (maha bhogi/super enjoyer) on the other hand enjoys the pleasure fully when available, no longer plagued by pleasure disturbing thoughts such as "what will it be like when this pleasure ends, I don't want this pleasure to end". The maha bhogi enjoys pleasure fully and endures pain peacefully when it comes, knowing it is part of the flow of life, just like pleasure, not ever losing sight of what they really are at their core.
So, the realisation of the so easily unrecognised formless sense of existence, I Am, reveals that 'I Am', even before pleasure and pain. Knowing this, it is no longer necessary to push pleasures away, enjoy them if they are there and endure the pain when it comes, knowing that neither will deliver completeness or incompleteness. What I am already exists in its fullness, now, before and after the pleasure and pain.
The methodology of the practice of renunciation was necessary for this to be realised undeniably for himself, based on his own experience, and not just as heresy - "what I Am at my core is never determined by pleasure or pain".
Incidentally, the pleasure most sought in the hope of completeness is love.
Could this realisation have happened without the practice of renunciation? Yes maybe, but how it happens would simply be some other process, one way or another the insight is delivered, then hopefully if the realisation is complete the practice is no longer necessary, dropped and the realisation is lived fully.
Peace for now.
Be kind, we are all doing our best
We're all always doing our best.
It's true that in a previous moment we may have performed better. It's true that in the future, with a different mind set or feeling, we could also perform better.
If in a particular moment we find this question arise: "can I do better here?" then true, that question may bring about a lift in performance.
We may have performed better in the past, better in the future, even lift our game in the present, but, all this being said, in each moment we are always doing our best given what we have been given, our mindset and feelings at the time.
When you criticise the other you have forgotten this is the case, you have forgotten your true nature and feel compelled to make them wrong and you right.
This realisation that we are all always doing our best is particularly important if your suffering in life arises in the form of blame, criticism and judgement of the other (remember, the same applies for everyone, we are all always doing our best given what we have been given).
It's also particularly important to see if your suffering arises in the form of self condemnation and regret.
Be kind to yourself and others, we're all, always doing our best.
And furthermore, human happiness is never determined by outcomes, it comes from one's attitude to outcomes. What this means is that the pleasure and pain that life delivers through actions which happen through you or the other are ultimately not as big a deal as you might think. We're all doing our best.
If this notion is not acceptable to you then it's probably because, deep down there is attachment to outcomes. This means that life has inserted a deeply ingrained belief which says "my happiness, my completeness is to be found in outcomes, found in the way I act and behave in life and how the other acts and behaves in life". This is very normal, the 'human condition' we could say, but normal doesn't make it true.
Peace for now.
Wisdom doesn't hold any absolute standards.
Double standards are doubly unwise.
God or consciousness is so close
The consciousness looking through your eyes, functioning through your body, where does it originate from?
Consider this; maybe at some point God, Consciousness or Source was experiencing the world through the vehicle of the dinosaur. Now God is functioning through the human body, experiencing the world from that perspective.
That's how close you and God are.
We could say this is a story whereby God has spun a divine hypnosis, forgotten itself, and from time to time wakes up to the fact that what is being sought outside is closer than close.
Connection to Source
The belief of 'personal doership' and the subsequent relentless mental and behavioural manifestations which stem from that belief obscures the recognition of our continuous and unbroken connection to Source.
Who am I?
Unfortunate outcomes have never subtracted from what you are at the core; fortunate outcomes have never added to what you are at the core.
Connect to that core, know thyself, and life can continue to deliver its usual pleasure sometimes and pain at other times, and you will remain at peace.
Self Enquiry is an investigation into the nature of Experience.
Relating to the other as a competitor, rival or enemy gets tiring quickly.
Expecting to be able to control life is as fanciful as watching an avalanche thunder down a mountain side and asking it to move a little to the left, and now, a little to the right.
Beneath the noise lies a great well of stillness and silence.
Just stop... and Be, and you will see.
A result of things before
Your thoughts are inevitable.
They are determined by the circumstance you find yourself in and the biological and psychological make-up of your body and mind at the time.
The particulars of a circumstance you find yourself in, are never in your control.
Your body and mind make-up is inevitable and determined by the genetics you have and your up-to-date conditioning at the time, both of which are factors out of your control.
Your genetics are obviously outside your control and your up-to-date conditioning was imposed on you by life as it unfolds moment after moment.
Your thoughts in each moment are inevitable and determined by circumstance, genes and up-to-date conditioning, all of which come before the thought.
Your thoughts are inevitable and predetermined.
This is not just interesting information but essentially necessary information if life is to be lived with equanimity and peace of mind.
That's why it's shared.
Peace for now.
Thy Will be done.
It is the very 'Awareness' that is registering the letters on this page that mystics have been tirelessly pointing at for millennia
- THAT'S HOW CLOSE IT IS - right here, right now, it is never absent. It is that simple.
It is this very Awareness that is described as overlooked or obscured, unaware of itself. And yet, here it is, so close, ever present.
It does not require any thinking to register objects. Nonetheless, it is thought which takes centre stage for a while, and because of its unrelenting 'solo performances' appears to be that which is doing the registering of all objects.
It is the loud and persistent nature of thought which for a while obscures the real hero. Only for as long though as it takes to dawn, that Awareness exists even without thought, and then, the real protagonist is recognised.
The function of Awareness exists even without thought.
Just stop, and BE.
Question all your beliefs, none of them are true.
This is the foundational premise of mystical wisdom. This is the unlocked door you are standing at, the open secret.
When this house of cards falls, you find yourself remaining, untouched, in your pristine beauty.
Relating to thoughts and thinking
Thoughts and thinking by its nature can never be absolute.
Be careful what you wish for
Remember to take regular breaks from your expectations, and notice that whenever you do, life doesn't need to change as much as you thought.