Friday, March 20, 2009
All of us go through challenges and trials in and throughout our journey in life. When one begins a new phase of it, it is important to remember that these things are rites of passage and necessary to cleanse the karmic baggage of our past lives. These rites of passage can then be viewed as opportunities to grow and be liberated from the bonds of samsaric consciousness which keep us locked in hell.Life has given us all tremendous freedom and potential. Freedom of thought, speech, and action. What we do with these gifts depends heavily on the perspective or viewpoint we enter into when we think, speak, or act. This perspective is a direct result of our level of consciousness which can be either samsaric (dualistic) or nirvanic (unitive). Dualistic consciousness creates a world of hell for our experience and unitive consciousness creates heaven for us. It is our free choice. Hell is not where God sends you when you die! It is where you wind up if you have created it in your own experience and existence while you are alive. Heaven has given us the tools for our own salvation, but it is up to us to use them or not! This is our great blessing and ultimate responsibility, to choose heaven or hell. May the light of love and compassion lead you on your journey!!!
For most of us who live in samsara ( dualistic consciousness ) the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain is central to our existence. Somehow we mistakenly believe that it is possible. We believe that if we try hard enough, or if we have enough money, we can eliminate pain and live totally emersed in pleasure, sipping mai tai's on a beach in the Carribean, or any other fantasy that our samsaric minds can conjure up. Unfortunately, this is pure illusion! It is in essence building a tomb for ourselves. It is like a kind of psychological prison that makes the fulfillment of this illusion our master and our consciousness a slave to the almighty god of pleasure and leisure. As someone who has work with, and known many rich people as clients and friends, their lives are anything but happy. The bigger and more complex their lives become in this endless pursuit, the grander and more difficult a tomb or prison they create.Real happiness and freedom become impossible in this lifetime and have to wait until a future life.