Saturday, August 6, 2016
An Inadvertent Path Amidst a Dream
What a strange and interesting time this seems to be in our world. I cannot begin to scratch the surface of all of the happenings of this world without wanting to brush it all away and dig right down deeply into the core of what seems to ail all of humanity. It seems to me, at the heart of all of our woes lies this insidious subtle and often blatantly active fear. Fear seems to be at the heart of everything going seemingly wrong today. But what on Earth can we do? Honestly, nothing. As weird, heartless or oblivious as that may seem, there isn’t really anything to fix “out there.”
If we want to get to the heart of what ails humanity at this time, we need look no further than our own backyards. For there, we will find a rich universe from which we may draw our own conclusions about where we are, and why we are and what we might do with significant impact. Translated simply – we can fix ourselves but we can’t really fix anyone or anything else. I’ve written often before of the path of understanding as the mechanism through which we can at least learn to hold compassion for ourselves and compassion for each other no matter what state or place we find ourselves in.
We are plagued with this life-preserving ability to compare, contrast and quickly discern all that is seemingly bad around us. It really does help us make decisions in a moment about what we should stick closer to and what we should move ourselves very far away from. But, what if we judge wrongly even in our own perception at a time where any form of truth is truly obscured? This would be the case in terms of undetected negative environmental psychology that truly dictates the bulk of our perception of our many experiences in this world. I’m learning of late that there just is no way for us to transcend our psychology. We cannot fix the core of who we are. We just aren’t able and besides that, there isn’t anything to fix. We can come to greater understanding of all that triggers us and if we can at least become aware of the fact that our thoughts, emotions and reactions in any given moment are just that – triggers – what an amazing and monumental leap on our own personal journey does that bring us. Better yet, diving into the deep and endless pool of those triggers to better understand, deeply love and infinitely appreciate our truest self is beyond amazing.
Our very lives these days are so interlaced with psychology, superficial understanding coupled with time honored traditions in human behavior that it is difficult at best to realize who is reacting versus who is intentionally responding to whatever it is they face in a moment. Reaction and response may seem like two things of the same core motivational essence but that couldn’t be any more over-simplified. I write much about this topic in so many different ways and in so many different perspectives. Why? Well, it is hard to discern the space we are reacting from in earnest. In mindfulness we learn that our human nature is to think thoughts incessantly, ascribe emotions to those thoughts and that triggers us into reaction. But, what if we truly could learn to allow all those thoughts and their associated emotions and just let them be without judging them or ascribing further insult to seeming injury?
Well, we can do that. But, if you want to do that in order to release yourself from states of too much worry, too much pain and too much unhappiness, you really need to learn what mindfulness is and you need to be open to embracing higher understanding. Again, translating simply – awareness through understanding is key to relieving you of all that mentally ails you. This you can do if only you opened your mind, heart and soul to it.
But on the other side of this very complex coin of human existence, we have a very rich, seemingly unreachable aspect of our being…some call it Spirit or Soul, some consider it mind or consciousness. The deeper aspects of our being begs greater understanding for there we can grasp the essence of the impetus for our manifestation in this frame, within this beautiful and endless seeming dream. We are, at best, what we most chose to be and how we most wish to embrace it – whatever “it” is. There is truly nothing to do to “fix” or save ourselves or each other from in life. Life is as it is and it is only our lack of understanding that drives us to our territorial desire for the many and varied manifestations of suffering hidden by our own design. When you understand you free yourselves a little and then a little more to move through this conscious dream awake and ever more aware. So, we need not worry so much about the state of things. It is better yet to remain ever curious, ever hopeful and ever compassionate with self and the whole of life. Take heart this dream – your life – has purpose. You matter. This dream matters. Take the lessons to heart and love yourselves even more deeply. Blessings for higher love and greater understanding.
© 2016 Jaie Hart