In my silent sitting (and silent listening) this evening, I was inspired to record these Infinite verbs:
- Sense, Feel, Realize
- See, Touch, Know
- Discern, Empathize, Care
- Listen, Embody, Act
Speaking, reading and hearing these words felt healing and comforting, as if providing a needed pathway.
As if they hold a secret key to a truer way of being.
Although I don’t think there’s really any secret. As my beloved Adyashanti so wisely states,
“Here’s the secret spiritual teaching: The secret teaching is – THERE IS NO SECRET TEACHING because there’s nothing that can take the place of you or I taking that continual plunge into the unknown inside of us. Nothing can take the place of that.”
Well I’ve been taking some deep plunges. It was an emotional day (maybe post chemo induced, maybe sheer compassion for the people in my life who are suffering).
Why is it that witnessing the suffering of others saddens me more than my personal suffering?
Is it because I feel so helpless about it?
None of us are exempt from experiencing and/or witnessing suffering: Our own suffering, our parents , our children, our friends, our mates, strangers.
Can I fix, repair, resolve, heal someone else’s suffering?
I certainly want to.
Is sincere love for another being a valuable antidote for their suffering?
I do trust that love has more powerful effects than we have yet come to realize.
But even with our love offerings, as heartbreaking as this realization is, I intuitively trust this as innate truth:
The “moment” a separate-self-consciousness is thinkable, the misunderstanding of who and what you are generates inescapable suffering.
And so many of us have realized this cycle of suffering for what it is –
So why do we continue to perceive/believe/endure this suffering?
(What would the masters from our ancient scriptures say? -Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu, etc., etc.).
Adyashanti brings some clarity to this question:
“When Buddha was asked what he obtained from his supreme enlightenment, he said ‘I have obtained absolutely nothing’. What does that mean? Clearly, something for him had changed, something very fundamental.
He called it nirvana. But he also said he hadn’t obtained anything. He had means of finding out the truth for himself. Didn’t really have a doctrine to take the place of whatever we think we know. It was really a means of realization and a means of living it. (And I’m not trying to propagate the Buddhist teaching). There’s something in human being that searches for knowable, conceptual terms, and feeling secure and solid and stable, yet it never works out that way.
Because living from a place of certainty and stability is destabilizing us. Because every moment of life is a flow. You never know what’s coming at you. If we’re living with a rigid conclusion, to that extent we’re not really flowing … there’s not You and Life … There’s just LIFE.”
Aha ….. So Buddha realized the Truth, but he had to be able to LIVE it: Listen, Embody, Act.
I am feeling less sad and more empowered already.
So can I Discern, Empathize, Care without the need to control the outcome?
Okay, it’s way past my bedtime. Enough mind chatter – let me end with some wisdom from Rupert Spira:
“It takes some time to understand that the essential cause of our suffering is the fact that we have overlooked who or what we essentially are.
Most people feel that the source of peace and happiness is to be found in the acquisition of some kind of objective experience, however subtle that experience may be. Most people need to be failed a number of times, over and over again, by objective experience before they are open to the possibility, either intuitively or by the suggestion of a friend, that the peace and happiness for which they seek doesn’t lie in objective experience but lies in the knowing of their own being as it truly is.
Now what is it that makes some people open to this understanding as opposed to others who no matter how much they suffer are still not open to it, I don’t know. Of course, the theory of reincarnation explains this but for some people they only have to really suffer once to realize I have invested my happiness in this object or this relationship and its let me down. Every object and relationship, sooner or later will let me down.
Some people only need to taste that failure once or twice before they are open to this new possibility. Other people suffer bitterly throughout their lives, and they’re not open to this possibility even when it is made available to them.”
This post dedicated to you, Dom, my beloved step-grandson. I love you.