Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Monstaville Book II. Chapter 25
“Never grumble. All sorts of forces enter you when you grumble and they pull you down.”
- The Mother (Seeds of Light).
Osho: Beloved of My Heart (Chapter 7, ‘The First Door is Acceptance,’ 9 May 1976, Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Rajneesh Foundation, Pune, India, 1978).
A sannyasin says: “I've got piles. I want to die sometimes...Sometimes I'm so high and singing, and all of a sudden, zoom! I would welcome death.”
[I have omitted the beginning of Osho’s reply]
“Somebody is dying and goes on clinging to life, does not want to die. Somebody is alive and wants to die. That is non-acceptance. Accept whatsoever is there, and once you accept unconditionally, then everything is beautiful. Even pain has a purifying effect. Even piles are divine. So whatsoever comes on your way, just be thankful. God knows better and if He gives piles, perfectly okay! One has to be thankful. One has to live through all sorts of experiences - pleasant and painful, sweet and bitter.
[Osho said that to be swinging from one pole to another - from highs to lows - simply indicated an aliveness, and that both experiences were 'gifts from the same hand'. He said that if one held back from unpleasant or negative experiences, one could not be fully into the positive].
But we have been taught to choose - to choose between the two - so our minds are completely poisoned. We go on choosing, while life is a choiceless thing. It does not depend on your choice - it simply goes on happening. Whether you choose or not, you create your choice by your own miseries - which are unnecessary. One should simply be ready to accept whatsoever comes - sometimes the enemy, sometimes the friend. Both are your guests and both have to be respected. From this very moment start respecting your piles and they will disappear sooner or later. Respect and treat them as friends, as guests, not enemies. Just drop that concept of fighting with them. That antagonism has to be dropped.
Pain is there, I know. Suffering is there, I know. Suffer, and just accept. Don't ask for death. When it comes, it comes. One should simply go on enjoying whatsoever comes on the way. Non-asking will give you a state of non-desire. Not complaining will make you more contented. This moment is all. Never go beyond this moment, but whatsoever happens, be true to it. Be authentic to it. With the body, with age, many illnesses enter. They are natural. They can be very great opportunities to grow - and they are meant for that. They are not purposeless...nothing is. The purpose is that you can accept the pain also. One who can accept pain becomes incapable of being unhappy.
To be happy is not much. It is happening - sometimes you become happy; everybody sometimes feels happy. But to become incapable of unhappiness...that is the goal of all spiritual effort. And this comes through understanding - that you accept pain also with no complaint. Just see the point: if there is no complaint, the pain is not like pain; almost ninety percent of it has disappeared. It was your interpretation. By and by a distance comes between you and the pain. It goes far away.
One Mohammedan mystic, Abraham, used to pray to God every day, saying, 'I don't ask for pleasures and I don't ask for happiness, but always give me a little pain. Always continue to give me a few gifts of suffering.' He was staying with another mystic, and the friend heard Abraham praying. He said 'What nonsense are you asking? You know God is compassionate' - Mohammedans call God, Rahim - and He is so compassionate, that if you ask He will give! What are you asking?' Abraham said, 'Because I came to God through my pain, through my suffering, and because when I am happy I tend to forget Him, I ask for a little pain. When I am in pain I remember God. When I am happy, I tend to forget.' He was saying a great spiritual truth.
No need to even ask, I say to you. If Abraham had been here, I would have told him, no need to ask. Because whatsoever you ask - even if you ask for suffering - you are asking for something pleasurable. Maybe in suffering you remember God and that's your pleasure. So man cannot ask for suffering. Whatsoever he asks, even if he asks for suffering, his innermost desire will be of pleasure. So even if you ask for death, you are asking for a better life. You say this life is worthless, these piles and this age, and the body is becoming old so now take it away. You are simply saying that you would like those things not to be there or that you don't want to be with these things. But either way you are showing a discontent. Just accept that whatsoever is, is, and by and by you will see things are changing. A very subtle change happens.
Once you have become capable of accepting pain as a guest, you become incapable of pain. Pain comes but it cannot be painful to you. It comes, but somehow it misses the mark. It does not hit you hard - it cannot - because by and by you become unavailable to it. You rise higher and higher. It moves around but cannot penetrate to the centre and a distance arises. So this is what I would like to say to you - just accept it and then see what happens.”
Listen to your pain and allow it to wash over you. Be silent. Don’t run away from it. Ask why it is here and listen very calmly and quietly to your angst, your pain and sorrow. Don’t medicate it out of existence or try to silence it because it’s got an amazing story to tell you. Suffering has much to teach us.
The person who has murdered their masculine side or the feminine side of their own selfhood - well, how do you think they’re going to operate outside? How do you think they’re going to relate to everyone else? Out of that comes masochism - just a fancy word for cruelty, sadism to the self. This violence to the self must end if there’s ever going to be change in the world. You must observe it not in others but ion yourself. How do you censor yourself. (I don’t know who said all this - Slavoj Zizek? - but I have added a note: ‘But he doesn’t believe in self-development systems. He says it is just sadism to the self, allowing more authorities to control us’).
“The simple act of caring is heroic.” - Edward Albert.
Repression: forgetting something and then forgetting that you forgot about it. Hiding all the film you don’t want to deal with, to see in your unconscious, so it becomes your shadow side. The skeletons in the closet. The dumpster. We need it to survive. For you to be integrated, you’re going to need to integrate your shadow because those are aspects of yourself that you’ve thrown away and they’re preventing you from getting to the light. (Notes from a book, but didn’t note which one).
“Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.” - Carl Jung.
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” - Carl Jung.
“The ego says, ‘I shouldn't have to suffer,’ and that thought makes you suffer much more. It is a distortion of the truth, which is always paradoxical. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it..." - Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth).
Various spirits are present in our lives, some very close to us. While I have seldom seen them, I feel them around me practically every day. I have therefore felt obliged to set my attitude towards this truth for when I am indulging in sexual activity in particular. Like: rather than deny the spirits existence or be so acutely embarrassed that I feel a need to dismiss them or push them away, or hide from them, or whatever, it is, for me, simply a matter of adjusting one’s perception. They withdraw during such times anyway (no doubt more carnal, negative spirits tend to draw closer too!). I just have to remind myself occasionally that I don’t care and, if I feel that I might be bothered by the situation, I just push myself slightly to actively not care and then the feeling itself follows. It is a conscious choice, a small coping strategy, a decisive stance. I am in a certain ‘position’ and I accept the reality, the truth, even though I am by no means perfect and understand that my activities are not, at the time, spiritually motivated nor bringing me closer to realising my divine self. It is more like throwing oneself into the realm of illusion with wild abandon and escaping from the whole dichotomy of being a spirit in an animal body waiting for an awakening from the limited ego self...when all the ingredients have been added...love, patience, strength, wisdom, self-esteem, purpose and determination, as well as will and faith.
“So, I’ve seen through the darkest places on the planet. I know what it’s like to hurt. I know what it’s like to bleed. I know what it’s like to cry out in the middle of the night…We go through the worst so that we can become our best.” – Dreaming Bear (on the Bridging Heaven and Earth Show, No.237, www.heaventoearth.com).
Transformation, as a friend reminded me recently, can come suddenly after months or even years of nothing appearing to shift in the right direction no matter what one does to attain one’s goal - like the light that appears at the end of a long dark tunnel and the butterfly that suddenly emerges from its chrysalis state. Similarly, by accepting and enduring the pain that our circumstances might be causing, we do not allow ourselves to yield to negative thought. By remaining positive, it is just a matter of time before the results we want arrive. I am struggling to learn this but it is worth mentioning here.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Unknown.
"A tree is best measured when it is down - and so it is with people." - Carl Sandburg (Lincoln in the War Years).
The Great Wall Of China, written and directed by Nic Young for Discovery Channel (October 2007), is an epic docu-drama which tells the story of how the largest man-made structure in the world was built. The great General Qi Jiguang “was inspired to protect his nation after the Mongols had invaded and reached the Forbidden City...Built with the blood and sweat of millions of its citizens, Qi created a structure 3000 miles long, using 100 million tons of earth, 15 billion bricks and countless lives, that stretched all the way from the vast Gobi Desert in the West, to the roaring coast in the East.” The achievement was made in spite of Emperor’s meanness and impossible demands. In 1583, Qi Jiguang was dismissed unfairly, relieved of his duty on the northern frontier. Despite his dedication to the biggest construction project in history, he was suspected of sabotage or something if I remember correctly. He received regular visits from the Emperor’s eunuch secret police who would sometimes ask him if he resented the Emperor after he had once enjoyed such a privileged position. “Rain, wind, frost, dew,” he replied, “they all just teach you to be a better man.”
“How about the circumstances of your life? Do you accept personal responsibility for everything you don’t like: the car accident, getting laid off from work, the leaky roof, the row with your mate, or the lack of a mate? You create every minute event from one level or another of your being, and the contents of your mental and emotional bodies plays a very large part, whether you know it or not. There are no random elements in the universe. At some level, be it Spirit or personality, you create every second of your life. If the universe didn’t work like that, it would mean either that people could put their stuff in your fields without your permission, or that things were happening to you that weren’t in resonance with your field. Let me assure you that the universe doesn’t work like that.
Now I’m not saying that you consciously want everything that’s in your life, but just that you brought it in and put it there, so some part of you wanted it at some time. Maybe you took on imprinting that said that life’s a hard taskmaster. If so, you would have a series of demanding jobs in order to prove yourself right, and that may have been appropriate at some point in your life. You create your own reality because the universe faithfully rearranges itself in order to manifest your blueprints. Your life is a perfect mirror of the blueprints you created from your beliefs. The reality you experience today reflects your reality picture. If you stop and think about it, it has to be that way – otherwise the universe would be random.”
– Serapis (channelled through Tony Stubbs, An Ascension Handbook, World Tree Press, Lithia Springs, GA, U.S., 1991, p.92).
“Sit now for a moment and call your guides and the Angelic Kingdom to surround you, speak with them and say that you are ready to accept yourself as they see you and allow the vibration of light that they view you as to infuse and awaken within your being. This can be very powerful, allow yourself the time and space to experience it fully.
The main obstacle that will hold you back is fear; this is something that the Creator is asking all on the Earth to face up to now. It is time to conquer your fears and to move into enlightenment. Remember that fear is not true. For every fear you have or create you can create a positive energy, siltation or experience in your mind. You can then look at them side by side and choose which you wish to energise and manifest. It is this process that allows you to conquer your fears and to move into moments of enlightenment, accepting and experiencing the truth and love of the Creator.
If you wish you can adopt this focus into your reality, let yourself notice how it changes your outlook and the reality you experience.
I am always hear to love and protect you, if you wish to go forward and accept the challenge of conquering your fears then call upon me to assist, guide and protect you at all times.
With deep and eternal love, I am Archangel Michael.”
- Archangel Michael (channelled through Natalie Glasson, ‘Moving into Enlightenment,’ 7 February 2011, www.omna.org).
“I want people to understand that everything that you’ve lived in your life, every experience you’ve had, is awesome. It doesn’t matter what it is because it’s led you to this moment. But you have to begin to understand how those experiences work and then, when you appreciate them, you actually transform them.” – Sonia Barrett (a lecture at KRST Unity in Los Angeles. From a YouTube video posted by sovereignmindradio on 31 May 2008).
“Turn loss into victory, terror and tears into laughter.” - Ken Dodd.