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The End Of Suffering
1 month ago · · Thoughts
Others (family members, friends, teachers, etc.) label and judge us starting at an early age. This continues and along the way we accept and adopt descriptions like; ‘ I am ugly, pretty, handsome, rude, strong, weak, sensitive, special, worthless, worthy, popular, determined, indecisive, sad, smart, stupid, scared, cautious, reckless, etc.’ We learn to see ourselves as this defined and limited ego character (a separate self) and our thoughts and actions are in the service of this idea. The ‘separate self’ feels incomplete and imperfect and tries to get what is missing and get rid of problem areas to correct its inadequacies.
From the ‘separate self’ perspective, when the unwanted happens to us or the wanted does not and every time the effort to fix our self fails, we suffer. It comes in the form of agitation, irritation, boredom, disappointment, jealousy, regret, anxiety, depression, fear, loneliness, anger, grief, pain, or some other unwelcomed feeling or sensation.
Each of us is self-aware to an extent but when this knowledge is not clear, our true nature is hidden. A close look reveals that the common element found in every experience examined is my presence - ‘I AM always there’. When I am sad, I AM present there. When I am happy, I AM present there. When I am scared, I AM present there. When I’m in love, I AM present there. When I am angry, I AM present there. I AM the always present AWARENESS that has no size, shape, gender, race, age, weaknesses, needs, or demands. This undefinable unlimited AWARENESS can’t be harmed or diminished by anything and resists nothing.
The dance (the joy) of creation is all of God’s creatures just experiencing each other and surrounding things. For humans, however, even enjoyment from successes is short lived. We spend a lot of our available time wanting or trying to make our current situation different than it is. I finally realize that preferred objects, states of mind, wealth, circumstances, substances, activities, and relationships will not deliver lasting peace, love, or happiness. These feelings are not earned, provided, produced, achieved, or possessed. They are simply aspects of my true nature that radiate from my being and energize my actions when I show up as I AM - undefinable unlimited AWARENESS.