Enjoyment with intensity
Ananda was looking at the spectacular display of “natural” lights on a late afternoon during the summer.
The sky was displaying a unique palette, which no human artist could ever imitate.
As night was approaching, those colors were displaying different hues with such intensity that anyone could feel the liveliness of that moment.
The clouds were displaying unique, fashionable shapes thanks to the doings of a graceful, cooling breeze blowing from the east, which combined with the whole Totality of that moment, gave the seer a unique perspective on the art of appreciation.
Ananda realized that as long as he had no thoughts in his mind from past or future, he was able to enjoy.
As that moment became all there was, the idea of having a “seer” (Ananda) separating himself from that which was seen, did not exist.
That is called integration.
Nevertheless, because Ananda is able to describe all of these details, there had to be an observer observing. That is the sense of self.
As that “self” dilutes, enjoyment naturally appears and with that, the intensity and brightness of the moment enhances the experience of being part of all.
The understanding through an experience is extraordinary, because if we ever thought that “ego” was “bad,” now we could see that it is not.
Ego is merely not allowing a different experience, which is to be integrated with all.
Happiness does not reside in manifesting ego, although; there could be moments of happiness in that consciousness… 🙂
A pond could be a source of great joy for some who do not know about the Ocean or a Lake.
It is relative to our consciousness.
That is why, the art of enjoyment is not related with comparisons. It is not related with having things or being in the “right” circumstance.
It could be in being… nothing.
Reality= Vision + intensity
Zach: “The Earth is flat. Everywhere I move, the land underneath my feet is always flat. I cannot be otherwise.”
Mary: “Life is suffering. Everyone is suffering in the whole world. There suffering and more suffering and then… you die. It is over.”
Paul: “ My job is filled with incompetent individuals. They are a bunch of backstabbers.”
Margaret: “My dog is very kind. “Precious Pup,” is incapable of biting anyone without a “reason.” “Precious “is a smart little dog.”
Richard: “ The Earth is a sphere. NASA has taken pictures of it. “
Zach: That is a lie! I don’t experience it like that.
All of the above phrases are beliefs. Once we set our mind in a particular belief, our vision becomes stuck in something. That stagnation in the reality of movement, becomes our “reality.”
Please see that even Zach has some “reason.” His experience is different. To intellectualize something as the Earth being a sphere is beyond the experience of a “normal” human being. However, we believe in the proof beyond our experience.
The same is with everything in life.
There are 3 levels of internal information, which come together into “The” experience.
1) The mind has images 2) Our eyes or senses “see” and believe 3) Our heart feels.
The mind experiences a quick movement of images. When we “process” those images according to previous experiences, we form a belief.
When that belief acquires some intensity, it becomes part of our feelings.
Our feelings in turn, will give us an experience. That is what we call “reality.”
As your vision, so your attitude.
Please bear in mind that our vision is constantly clouded by beliefs about something, someone, ourselves, etc.
When we are constantly “feeding” that belief with our feelings, that belief becomes stronger; the experience becomes stronger as well, until “reality” shows us a different “picture.”
Our belief could be a source of stubbornness and obstinate behavior, which could be only changed under the intensity of the flames of suffering.
“Falling in love” is one of those experiences. There is a vision made up of beliefs about someone. Due to our circumstances (loneliness, needs, wants, expectations, desires) we perceive someone with those beliefs; (Mr. Wonderful or Ms. Beautiful) we create a prejudice in our minds based on the images being displayed in our minds.
We could hang on with those beliefs until the experience of living life brings suffering to an extreme.
That extreme pain has to be stronger than the intensity of our belief, for us to be able to change.
That intensity will be part of our feelings and those feelings will manifest in our bodies as emotions which could be detrimental if we had a very intense belief.
That is the equation of “reality.” 🙂
On the other hand, when expectations are out. When we let someone or something change according to its nature rather than our wishes, we are in a continuous state of acceptance. That is the “natural” state of being.
Because everything is changing.
The world, Nature, our lives, our bodies… except our beliefs.
Those beliefs are our vision. Our world will manifest as the intensity of our feelings increases.
There is continuous change and timing in life which is not about “me” and what “I” wish to happen, but always… will be what is required to happen for “me” to continue on….
That acceptance, that surrendering to life and living will allow us to see the reality of life itself without the color of our own beliefs.