When we get to the point in life that we honestly ask ourselves, “what is the point”, is for many at a time of immense suffering and confusion. That place of self felt defeat were we feel empty inside regardless of how much we have on the outside and alone regardless of how many we know.
That experience of failure or defeat in the thought of who we “think” we are is a opening that can allow us the opportunity to let go of that self felt thought of identity we cling to as though we know who we are. That ability to let go of the minds desire to control and own us is the chains that hold us. So when we find ourselves in a position that we no longer want to cling to a idea of who we “think” we are. We then are able to be more then a “thought” we think. We can let go of that cage we hold ourselves in by our idea of thinking we understand who we are.
If you look at religion in a conceptual sense you can see that in practing it we find a way to let go of our thoughts and trust in something more then what we know.
The misnoma of religion is thinking we know what God is or isn’t. Whether our religion embraces the concept of God or one of no God either “thought” is a aberration as to think you can know what God is or isn’t is a fallacy of the minds ego wanting to think it can know something it never can. As the idea of knowing what God is or isn’t is something the mind can not do.
That is the fear of our “brokeness”. Our inability to think we can know what we never can. So then if we can grasp that idea conceptually which is something we can “see” more clearly then try to know, we can look at religion or the idea of God or a oneness to everything as a way to help ourselves “think” in a way that helps us and not hinders us.
The question we then would ask ourselves in life while attempting to help ourself is how can I best “think” in a way that helps me and not hurt me. The problem we find in attempting to do that is we often respond to life from a emotional level as though we believe that is serving our well being. Our emotions then tend to direct our lives. Our emotions, though, are born from our thoughts. As we think something good or bad we create a emotion that makes us feel content or uncomfortable. So it’s allowing us to not be a victim to our emotions that frees us of our thinking and allows us to live on a plain outside the thoughts we think. That in turn allows us to escape the Ferris Wheel of life that lives in a thouggt of good or bad.
“Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy. I live my sadness every day but I don’t resent it anymore. Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget, but to inhabit and enjoy for there own sake. It’s not easy. In fact I’d say it takes much more effort to consciously do then it does to just stay sad. But with all my heart, I cannot tell you how worth it it is” Zelda Williams, Robin Williams daughter.
It’s easy to “think” what that quote Zelda said means and absorb it. Which in many ways is helpful. If , though, you looked at it in a conceptual way and saw it instead of think it you would see how in looking at her thinking and her emotions and instead of being driven by them she took the empowering approach of overcoming them by not allowing her sadness to own her and find a reward in what others would see as sadness or the thought of good and bad. So her bad isn’t necessarly bad to her and her good is not sonething she thinks in conventional sense. So we in our tradgedy or failure can find a reward that far outweighs any thought of the idea of good.
“Most people are wanting to own the map in life instead of the land” Eckhart Tolle
Does life happen for a reason? Is everything happening for a purpose? Does my life have a meaning to it? How ever you answer that question with a yes or no is the answer to the question. That answer though is not sone angelic, esoteric fopa. Instead what happens when you answer that question is you either are looking for an answer to the life you live or you are simply judging it as good or bad. What happens though when you look for the answer in life regardless of how it makes you feel, you escape that mirror of existence that lives in your mind and transcend that limited experience of a thought and find the answer to the question which is not in a thought you think but instead the life you live. So as others think themselves and you in a concept of good or bad you how ever live outside that expression of reality that is a reflection of what you think or dualiry and instead embrace a relationship with life that allows you to see yourself in everything and everyone which in turn is the non duality all religion looks to share.
“In the tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings sometimes all of our thoughts are misgivin. Ohh it makes me wonder. There is a feeling I get when I look to the west and my spirit is crying for leaving. Ohh it makes me wonder. And it’s whispered that soon if we all call the tune, that the piper will lead us to reason. If there’s a bustle in your hedge grow don’t be alarmed now. Your head is humming and it won’t go in case you don’t know. And as we wind on down the road, are shadows taller then our soul. There walks a lady we all know who shines white light and wants to show how everything still turns to gold. And if you listen very hard the tune will come to you at last when all is one and one is all. And she’s buying a stairway to heaven” Zeppelin, STH