Why is it easier to advise others than to apply our wisdom to our own lives? And at the same time why is it that other people’s advice always falls on the deaf ears of our own soul?
By that I mean I’ve been told the same advice by countless people in countless different ways and yet it only ever ‘sank in’ when I actually sat down and figured it out for myself – at which point all their words came flooding back in one huge “Ooooh, so that’s what they were trying to tell me!”
Why is that dynamic so out of whack?
And yet all that advice, I’m certain, is still what allowed me to get it – had I never had any guidance, I don’t think I would have figured it out for myself.
Definitely a broken system…
That sounds like a platitude. Indeed it might be.
It’s just an expression of my latest understanding and once again my ‘obsession’ with the way Reality keeps consistently ‘boiling down to’ Sameness and Difference. I’m quite astounded that what I had until now thought applied metaphysically and physically, also applies emotionally/spiritually.
Continue reading “Suffering is Difference, Bliss is Sameness.”
I’ve been talking with my older brother who’s having difficulties from being, in his words, ‘very judgemental’. Various Eastern philosophies hold that personal unhappiness and ‘suffering’ stems from attachment and having a judging mind.
Continue reading “Judgement or Discernment? Is There a Difference?”
Many people (atheist and theist alike) see ‘having real faith in God’ as the complete and utter surrender to [its] omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence – to know in your deepest core that [it] exists and works its work in the world for you and through you. The epitome of this ‘real’ faith should allow us to leap off a cliff and if we have ‘enough’ faith, God will find a way to intervene – be it by bringing a gust of wind that will press us against the cliff face and slow our fall (we may break many bones in our body as we bounce off rocks etc. but at least we didn’t reach terminal velocity and splat on the ground. We’re still in a state where doctors can helps us recover), or cushion our landing (we may hit a very tall tree, and every branch on the way down, but again, at least we’re alive and can recover), or if we’re really faithful, even make us fly!
That’s not what faith should be. That’s not how it works. Jumping off a cliff and ‘having faith that it will all work out’ is stupid, and irresponsible. God will let you fall to your death – after all, you’re the one who jumped off a cliff ya dumbass!
I don’t know whether God exists or not but I deliberately choose to believe [it] doesn’t. Yet I am not faithless. Why? Let me tell you how I see it. Continue reading “Real Faith is No Faith”