Life is like a huge container. It is so big that there are no limits.
Humans have mentally gathered into a small glass of water, to place limits. There, images are created: A car, a house, a job, fame, fortune, health, beauty, power, immortality…
Humans have divided themselves under countless labels as to make the game of “achievement” harder. It becomes a “fight.”
Those images of achievement, become the “purpose of Life.”
But Life is more than a belief in images, greater than a small glass of water!
As a person matures; to become entangled in that game is considered to be sound and “normal.” However, no matter what is “achieved,” there will be un-fulfillment.
Do we know why?
More images will be created. It is never enough. “Achieving” one image is only the beginning into “achieving” another.
Our minds are conditioned to see “Life” under the perspective of “achieving images,” ghosts of conditioning.
We live as if death will never come. When it arrives, a trauma is created; fear arrives and the mind desperately looks for something to hold onto: A belief. It has to preserve the game of achievements: Eternal heaven, to be an angel in the kingdom of God, etc. Stuff that we are used to, because after all, we believe to be the center of the Universe.
We are so naïve.
Life is so big, but to us; very small.
Our “realities” are only images, dreams.
Our achievements are only busy work. Entertainment for the mind; just like watching TV.
Where is the light?
Learn to play another game.
Some individuals want to be “better” spiritually speaking.
Here some “reasons:” Because they may be causing problems to others without knowing. Because they want to be admired if they obtain some sort of sainthood. Because they are not satisfied with who they ARE.
In their minds, these individuals already have a “role model” to imitate. They have a goal to achieve through “hard work.” They are constantly comparing with others and feeling unfulfilled. There is something lacking in them, something to “improve.”
These individuals cannot realize that those pursues are simple mental abstractions and their “methodology” to reach their “goal” is plain conditioning from society’s ways.
Here is how the “system” works: If we want a “good” job with a law firm, we need to work at it. We think, once we become senior partners, we have “arrived.” We are someone in Society. “Role models.” We have a story to tell: How we went from our modest beginnings and rose to the top in no time… through hard work, dedication and discipline… Very familiar story, indeed.
That selling story is what we have been conditioned to believe as the “method” to achieve anything we want in Life.
However, BEING a fulfilled individual in Life has no relationship whatsoever with the above “method.”
“Achievements” are of no value when it comes to BEING fulfilled.
It doesn’t mean that “we shouldn’t achieve anything in Life.”
That is a gross misunderstanding, typical of individuals trapped in the mind: These individuals will go from one extreme to the other. Go ahead and “achieve” whatever you feel like, just don’t expect to feel fulfilled…
Enjoyment and fulfillment in Life are not “goals” or “achievements.”
Those are consequences of BEING harmonious in Life. There is no recipe to “achieve“ balance in Life.
You just play it by ear. What you ARE will give you a state of harmony or lack of. No way to fake it ‘til you make it….
Many would like to have an infallible recipe such as: One cup of rice, ¾ teaspoon of salt, etc. and “achieve” results without further involvement. That will not happen: In Life, we need to reinvent the wheel, for the outcome will shape who we ARE. Moreover, to reinvent the wheel is how we truly KNOW in Life. The “Office world” sells “shortcuts” so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. To save time, for “time is money.” 🙂
Basically, don’t cook. Microwave what someone else made and believe that you are a great cook…. After all it tastes good. You bought it!
Act like a saint. Copy your role model. Believe that you ARE that.
That is the conditioning that may need to go away before, Living Life in joy is entertained without the idea of “achieving” something.
It is a matter of plain OBSERVATION, AWARENESS.
When we ARE NOT AWARE of who we ARE, we need for others to tell us about ourselves. Because we cannot OBSERVE what IS inside, we need a magical dictionary word to pursue from the outside: Such a “compassion” or “peace.” Once the thing is labeled, we can “work to achieve that.” Moreover, we need to buy a “method” to be “right,” after we have carefully followed the “instructions.”
That is the state of many human beings; slaves of their own conditioning manifested through their minds.
The easiest way to decondition, is to get out from society for some time. Then with a clear mind, we could be able to recognize and OBSERVE the conditioning of our own minds. Society is not the “bad guy.” There is conditioning any time there is a group. All we have to DO is to be AWARE of that.
From that point, achievements will be achieved, without trying to achieve.
Betterment will arrive, without trying to be better.
When we cease to strive, we achieve, without the thought of achievement.
The above may not work in the “Office world,” but that “recipe” will work in Living Life in Joy.
To be at Peace is to let go of self without trying to “do it.”
When we truly feel that there is nothing to achieve, nothing to prove, nothing to work for or work on, nothing to do for a particular reason such as to “improve” something or to “gain something,” at that moment, we could say that we are complete, and because of that completeness, we could observe, participate in the Totality without actively trying to “change the world,” “change myself,” or “change others.”
At that moment, we are nothing. Whatever is outside is also inside. We are One with that Totality by being nothing; thus we are everything.
For the “office world” and societies pampering the “I,” the above is the description of a loser; “you are a nobody” is the common label or insult. For a mind full of duality, there is a “winner” and a “loser,” a “somebody,” and a “nobody.”
“You must do something, achieve something, show others who you are.” That is the conditioning.
Even if we don’t accomplish stuff here on Earth, we could shift the pressure to the “afterlife.”
“You must do something to earn heaven, paradise, God, etc.”
Being a complete “nobody,” is meaningful to know Peace.
This is not the “peace” gained through a moment of meditation or through a spiritual “experience.” This is an on-going natural state.
We cannot experience natural Peace unless the need to become “someone” or achieve “something” is set aside, as a natural consequence of “having been there, done that.”
This does not come by telling a follower to “abandon all pursues and goals in Life, to have disinterest of worldly things for these are distractions.” Neither is the onset of laziness or depression or fear to act.
Peace comes as a personal realization through the assimilation of Life experiences and not as a hand me down “knowledge,” or as a rebellious reaction.
Peace is not an objective of the “I” such as “becoming one” with God, Life or whoever. That state does not happen by wishing to obtain it or by “working on it.”
Peace is not the absence of war. That is called truce; and truce happens when the ‘natural’ state is to fight, to wage war.
Peace is a state of fullness, completeness and enjoyment in no-action.
“No-Action” does not mean that there is no energy to act, but it is the activity in the absence of that “I.”
We could sleep, eat and rest in the enjoyment of it, rather than by being compelled to do something because it is supposed to be “good” for us.
In Peace there is acceptance and nurturing of our body and our presence. Appreciation of our own presence.
Naturally in that state, the mind does not have anything to think about, no place to go or something important to “achieve.”
It is a state of contentment, where the heart is able to feel and observe with appreciation and gratefulness.
Inhale love. Exhale gratefulness. That could be the mantra.
Being at peace comes through the dissolution of the “I.” It comes through the departure of fear in our being and thus, the departure of the busy and chatty mind.
“What do I have to do to get Peace? I want some of that too!”
If that is “your” desire, it cannot happen.
The first paragraph of the article may have the answer.
Peace is to be alive in awareness of Being that which we are looking for.
Once we find peace, we will find love…