Carl, a spiritual man; was relating a story to his friends. Carl was able to “forgive” an ex business partner from his wrongdoings.
Richard stole from Carl in a business transaction. Moreover, Richard reacted in a violent way towards Carl when he claimed his money back. Richard threatened Carl and drove away in his pick up truck.
Carl said to his friends: “ I forgave him for what he has done to me, because I know the Universe will take care of him for what he has done. There is no way he is going to get away from it. It is his karma. When I went to the police to report this incident, the officer asked me if I wanted for Richard to go to jail. I said No! I want for him to complete an anger management class. The officer said to me: “That is great of you.” He needs to take care of his anger before he does the same to someone else. Now, whenever I see a red pick up truck, I remember that incident and him, but I have forgiven him.”
Carl’s friends perceived his anger while he was relating his story.
Carl’s mind believes that he has “forgiven” Richard, although anger is hiding between his words.
Many times, we can use our “knowledge” of karma or some other mental teaching to hide our true feelings. That is the danger of knowledge. We could be ready to give the “other cheek” to someone as Jesus has taught; but that action which could be perceived as “great” by outsiders, it is truly “show business,” for the feelings underneath, what we truly ARE is not considered.
Yes, we could hear “great job. That is how Jesus would have done it” and our ego is caressed in such a way as to believe that we are closer to sainthood.
Because of lack of AWARENESS we cannot see our inner dishonesty.
Carl, what are you going to do with that energy of anger that you have in you?
“Anger? I am not angry. I have forgiven him!”
The ego knows “I have given the other cheek. I have been a good Samaritan. I have gotten the law’s approval confirming my greatness.”
The mind could create wonderful excuses. The mind could create “Godly words to live by,” however; what we FEEL will remain stuck with us. Knowledge cannot take that away, for knowledge is only mental.
Everything happening to us is an experience that is worth for us to go through. The labeling to judge our experience such as “good luck or bad luck” is of no consequence. We may need to act according to the law, but hopefully that action is not another cover up to build self-righteousness around us.
The mind could use any “knowledge” to protect the ego. When this happens, we cannot acknowledge our feelings.
Spiritual knowledge is a tool to help us become aware of ourselves. If we do not use it to see ourselves, we use it to judge others; in light of the information we “know.”
That sense of lacking something is what triggers our search in life for meaning.
The meaning of life then, is to be happy.
Happiness is not something that we can achieve. Happiness is not something which happens when we “do” something.
Happiness is a state of being which has no dependency.
Happiness does not depend on an outside being or circumstances around us which will eventually change at a given time.
The meaning of being spiritual is nothing else but to be happy. That is how a spiritual person does not necessarily live in a temple or professes a religion.
The trademark of a spiritual person then, is happiness.
That happiness has “good karma.” 🙂
It does not matter what you believe in. That will change.
It does not matter what you think that you possess, for that which you have now, will go away.
Nevertheless, happiness shall remain.
Happiness is a natural state of being which has been lost primarily due to our continuous separation from the totality of life.
Too much individuality and zero totality. 🙂
If the above sounds too “mystical” or “metaphysical.” Let me put it in “real” words: We have separated ourselves from Nature, from our natural habitat and replaced that with a “virtual” world of walls, concrete and too much thinking…
We have invented something called “positive thinking,” to help us deal with this issue; but peace and harmony does not depend primarily on our thoughts but our feelings.
Clear your thoughts, empty your mind from thinking, so you can be in the moment.
I hear: How can I do that? It is very difficult to slow down my thoughts, forget about clearing my mind…
Go back to Nature. No religious beliefs needed there. No punishment waiting for you if you don’t do this or that…
Learn to appreciate the harmonious balance in Nature. Let yourself be moved by it.
Leave the office behind. Leave the so called, “money troubles” away from you. Allow yourself to enjoy the moment.
Give yourself the gift of sheer enjoyment of Nature without paying fees or vacationing to exotic places…. 🙂
Everything needed is in the temple of Nature. By listening to its sounds and being delighted by its beauty; that is how that rigidity, that tension in the self could be removed, then naturally as we are part of Nature again, those cloudy thoughts will go away.
Once the being has inner balance, then it can be in harmony with everything else.
This is not about going far away into the woods to live as natural as possible, no! This is not utopia!
A 7-Eleven store will be near you along with a Pizza Hut wherever you go nowadays… No escape from that! 🙂
This is about learning to BE in balance so I can BE in balance everywhere… even at the office, even with the kids, even with God… 🙂
This happiness is not a faked one. A smile will naturally appear. Your face will lose its tension, your forehead will not frown that often… so you will get a natural face lift! 🙂
When we learn to be in tune again with the sounds an cycles of Nature, we will recuperate our balance, our health our “good” feelings… our happiness.
Our thoughts playing its competitive, fearful and obsessive 24-7 show, are coloring the otherwise blue, pristine sky in our minds.
Those cloudy colors do not allow for the rainbow of peace and happiness to appear naturally, without being called… by itself, without effort.
Happiness is more than a song or a dance or a smile.
Happiness is what we ARE when feelings arrive and the mind goes away… for a walk in the park… 🙂