Truth and reality are not what you think. They are, rather, what you are.
I like to think of a Buddha as someone who learns to act and live completely free from doubt.
It's not that they don't have any doubts, it's that they've learned to detach their actions and needs from those doubts.
They don't question their wants from five minutes ago, and they don't try to guess their wants five minutes from now.
In normal life, we’re taught to use the mind as a tool for doing and for resolving problems. Every single problem we encounter, we treat as a problem to be resolved by the mind.
Humanity has therefore grown to be obsessed by the mind. We identify with our minds — thinking that *it* is what we are, the Great Controller behind it all.
“The universe is one grand cosmic symphony, and it’s all happening directly through you. You are the maestro, and everything around you forms this great boundless orchestra of a myriad instruments.
Your role as maestro is not to control the flow of music, but to direct it and to bring more harmony to the melody of the universe — a melody otherwise known as life.
When we allow the experience of life to flow freely through our beings, then we are in meditation.”
“Ego dissolution is a thing a lot of people get totally obsessed about. Everyone talks about it as if it’s the holy grail of spiritual achievement. Spiritual enlightenment, in all its glory, is touted as passing directly through the death of the ego — the freeing of one from the simple suffering of this life as an individual constantly fighting for assertion.
But what happens if we’re to actually dissolve the ego? What happens if we’re to truly lose our sense of self?
If the ego disappears, then the animal instincts and the social conditioning will take over. We’ll become wild animals chained by the shame and guilt inherent to the moralistic programmings we all inherit from our beloved ancestors. But wait — animality, shame, guilt — aren’t those the things we’re trying to fix through spiritual pursuits? Aren’t these what spiritual liberation is all about?”
“Faith, what does it mean?
In modern society, we’re educated in trusting our rational minds. We’re taught that emotions are unreliable, that dreams are just childish fantasies, and that important life decisions need to be made by carefully weighing all the logical arguments in favour of everything.
Now, right on top of that, we’re taught that to “have faith” (in the religious sense) means blindly believing someone else’s story about something they don’t actually know for themselves, but which they’ve chosen to blindly believe from someone else. In other words, we’re taught a version of faith that’s one fancy telephone game.”
“We are taught to treat some emotions as positive and others as negative, yet from the point of view of your deeper self there is only positive — for emotions are the harbinger of self-love.
No, there are no negative emotions. The only potential problem comes from resisting or ignoring the beautiful messages contained within these emotions. Should we resist the flow, should we impede the fluidity of our emotional energy, then frustration sets in. This frustration is what ultimately leads to the really and truly dark places we’re generally so afraid of: anxiety, depression, and anger.”
“Meditation is a spiritual practice used to open ourselves to the true nature of reality. It’s in sorts a scientific process of introspection, set with an intention of looking at the world in a manner as objective as possible — free of judgments, free of the mind which would judge and categorize anything and everything.
Meditation is not about feeling calm and enlightened — although it can bring about these two experiences as very welcomed side-effects. But if one chooses to practice meditation, in a serious and profound manner as would be the case in a week-long Vipassana or Zen retreat, with the sole intention of relaxing as in a glorified form of vacation — then one may have a bad surprise.“
Spirituality is a path that aims at the resolution of the inner conflicts society instills within us. Where society would have us obey and follow in other people’s shadows rather than becoming the true masters of our own destiny, spirituality gives us the tools for finding strength and harmony in embracing and expressing our individuality — in becoming all that we are meant to be.
Religion would have us provided with ready wisdom and all the answers to the fundamental questions of being, but in doing that it only serves to create a great divide within us. The mind will accept dogma and beliefs and strive to live by them, but the deeper intuitive self — the non-rational part we might refer to as the subconscious — knows these beliefs to be in conflict with its own truth.
“Your best friend, your most faithful life companion, the only one who will always stand by your side, is you. How will you choose to treat yourself today? Will you choose to listen — and I mean really listen and aspire not to criticise or belittle the voices within?
Those voices within might be saying all sorts of crazy things — they might dream of flying high in the sky or spreading magic through the universe. Those are not mere childish fantasies — they are the longings of your soul, and they deserve their voice.”