A long time ago you were a small child born with hopes and dreams. You wanted to love and be loved, to laugh, to play, and to make a difference in the world. The family that you were adopted or born into shared with you a structure and a way of understanding life, which was probably very different than what you understood as a pre-born spirit. Your family had ways of thinking and being that were a response to what they had experienced in their lives. They probably wished to save you from the suffering of the world- and so they taught you many things they believed to be useful. Then, you became your own person. Maybe you even believed you were not like everyone else in your family. But the truth is no one really believes they fit in, belong, or are OK just like they are.
In the end no one fits in because there is no truth to the world of mind. It’s all an illusion of thought. Mind is full of notions and ideas; most of which make money for someone. But making money is not a Truth…it is an experience of illusion. The mind’s purpose is not to help you be who you truly are or to live as Divine Spirit. Its purpose is to evaluate, categorize, judge, compare, and remember.
The Truth of Spirit Mind is: We are beloved children of Divine Spirit. This means we have a great light within us. We have a great love within us. The potential for sympathetic joy exists within us, and the energy of peace is also within us. We cannot earn this. We cannot create it. It just exists. It exists as our Tarai (spirit) mind- the mind that remembers who we truly are. Coming to rely upon the Spirit Mind we will be able to know and remember why we came into this world.
The part of us that does not know purpose or believe this truth is ordinary thinking mind. That mind is preoccupied with memories, judgments, rewards, anxiety, need, anger, fear, pain, grief, I want it- I don’t want it, depression and guilt. In other words the ingredients of suffering.
The seeds (thoughts) we are sowing in our mind, into the ground of our spirit beingness, determine our experience of this world.
No one can make us feel anything we do not decide to feel. Over and over again individuals have demonstrated that they can hold to Divine Spirit truth even if their body is tortured and killed. No one can make us commit an evil act…it is ourselves who choose to be evil or to be noble and virtuous.
When we find someone we are afraid of, or who has insulted us, and declare them to be the cause of our suffering we have created an enemy. It is usual to feel that the enemy must be destroyed, left behind, or gotten rid of somehow. When we believe others are controlling our experiences we are outside of Spirit Truth.
As spirit’s people we, therefore, speak for right action not against the actions of others.
How can we avoid enemy consciousness? It begins by understanding that we are in enemy consciousness within ourselves. There is often a part of us that we hate. This is the inner dialogue that tells us we are stupid or that there is must be something wrong with us. This is our personal demon. We all have one. This demon was created by the words of people when we were small, or the words of people who were trying to educate us.
The demon is always a voice from our past.
The demon makes a lot of noise and we feel that we have to respond to that voice. So, we engage in an arguments with ourselves. We may be constantly defending against this voice. Arguing with the demon tends to make the self-hate and judgment more real, stronger, and less easily defended against. It seems like we always lose. It’s like a court battle with a corrupt attorney. And this demon voice doesn’t always stay in our head, it might be voiced by the people around us, those who feel it is their right to share negative opinions with us.
Most suffering is caused by the voices in our head.
When we have made a mistake of some kind we begin to be ashamed, then guilty, then angry. When we are angry we blame someone. If we blame others we become victimized. When we blame ourselves we become depressed or hopeless. Neither of these two options help us move from suffering into joy, peace, or love.
What if there was a tool? The tool is Laughter….laughter can set us free!
Now there are some songs that say love is the key- but actually that rarely works. How many times have we managed be loving but still felt sad or upset inside? It’s impossible to suffer and laugh at the same time. However this will not work as long as we are determined to believe that everything we say, think, feel, and do is deadly serious.
We could begin to let go of taking life so seriously. We could cultivate a sense of humor about ourselves and others. We could begin to play at life instead of striving to conquer life. We could discover beauty, grace, and the joy of seeing others happy. We can find deep joy in service.
Liberation is possible if we truly understand that in life there will be suffering, and that mistakes are inevitable. Let us hope that we will be willing to make mistakes for the remainder of our lives. If we cannot make mistakes we will have ceased to learn, grow, and expand into the more. It helps to accept that we will never arrive at a place when everyone will love us, everyone will agree with us, approve of us, or even like us. Even we don’t give ourselves that consistent kind of attention.
Mistakes are inevitable, and suffering will happen- But laughter can set us free!