Many people will read this and immediately begin to think from a religious perspective and ignore the transformation that can be experienced from this mantra.
The politics of religion is about mind and crowd control, not freedom or spiritual growth. And perhaps this is where the frustration begins. Instead of viewing the glass as half empty people will view it as constantly starting over.
Those hard times are where you are burning to rise. Where you should allow yourself to come undone. Only to give birth to yourself again. Think differently… think spiritually.
“Every person you meet is either a teacher or a mirror.”
Beyond space and time, the stories that we participate in are influenced by karma and experience. When I say stories we participate in I am talking about the day to day emotions and words that drive our behaviors. These stories are not new. How we will internalize them today is the only thing that is new! What if we began with who introduces us to the stories? How can you react differently today? How can you show empathy towards a passionate person or sympathy towards a negative person? Today, decide if every person you meet will be a teacher to influence a different karma tomorrow or if they will be a mirror to garner you with strength.
speak on love,
from the root? from perception? from the experience? when does sugar become sweet?
For me it is from the experience. And it is probably this for most others since we are not physically sugar canes. Be that, when does art become good? When is a love affair over? When is enough enough? When am I a bad parent?
These are all boundaries I have created for myself. My own little box I keep painted and maintained to look like my body with smooth brown skin. Perhaps like my mother felt when rearing my sister, brother and I, she was doing the best she could. She was doing what she knew and felt best at that time. And at times her decisions were based on her personal needs and I encountered moments of disappointment. However, what made me feel this way? The root, the perception or the experience?
It is all.
My oldest niece lives with associate disorder. (I have accepted this is the nice way of saying early stages of schizophrenia.) She dissociates herself with authority. She is bold and impulsive and therefore dissociates herself with effect. I am her guardian and have experienced bouts of fear and anger and sadness with this realization. Even though my sweetheart is an honor roll student in middle school, she does not understand these conversations I have with her. I can tell by the narrowing of her eyes. She just knows she is being scolded for “something”. When does her sugar become sweet? At her root? Her perception? Her experience? Is there truly an impact for her to acquaint with when she, like everyone else, is simply living out her karma?
Fear is the unknown. And like any parent, I send myself in frenzied panic attacks over her future. But when free from ostentation, I can empty my mind and live with her sugar being sweet under all three possibilities. Therefore declaring her a whole person.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”
“This will work.”
“You have to go with what you have!”
I have said these lines to myself plenty of times! Somewhere during my life, I probably observed them being said in my household and eventually I was taught to accept them. Just take what you have and work with it. But what if I rejected what I didn’t want and something better came along? The fear then lies in not having anything at that second and the fear of not knowing when something else would come.
I remember when I first stopped eating red meat. The process was actually pretty easy because I had read all these books about the processing of meat and the task on our bodies breaking meat down in our system. I connected red meat consumption to various family ailments and thought I wanted something better for myself.
I can also recall the time when I decided to finish my book and spoken word cd because I wanted to travel. I thought that having product would allow me to continue to connect my art with the world while helping with the traveling expenses. Guess what? It was a seamless process!
We all have so many dreams and wants. So, how do you challenge yourself to change your mind? Change your perception of what you have and what you can do. Perhaps what is in front of you is not yours. Today will be a life course on your karma. Today will be the movie of what you think.
One day, as the big temple bell was being rung, the Buddha asked Ananda, “Where does the bell sound come from?”
The Buddha said, “The bell? But if there were no bell stick, how would the sound appear?”
Ananda hastily corrected himself. “The stick! The stick!”
“The stick? If there were no air, how could the sound come here?”
“Yes! Of course! It come from the air!”
The Buddha asked, “Air? But unless you have an ear, you cannot hear the bell sound.”
“Yes! I need an ear to hear it. So it comes from my ear.”
The Buddha replied, “Your ear? If you have no consciousness, how can you understand the bell?”
“My consciousness makes the sound.”
“My consciousness? So, Ananda, if you have no mind, how do you hear the bell sound?”
“It was created by mind alone.”
True form is without thinking. Truth is unmoving. Name and form, appearing and disappearing – these things never existed. Time and space are always moving. The world of name is the world of opposites. See, hear smell, speak, act and think clearly.