Believe in what is. Anything else is denial.
Even if you want to change things, to be most effective you must start with what is.
Strive to discover what is. Even feeling what is really in your heart and going with it can be most challenging and elusive. It is often not so easy to do. Go whereever it leads.
Believing what you choose to believe (what you are afraid to not believe, what you are told to believe, what you feel you should believe, or even simply what is familiar to believe) and projecting it on to the world is common.
Seeing what is actually there within you and before you for what it truly is… that is rare.
This applies to everything from the most mundane to the most profound. Believing what you want to believe instead of what is… that is the stuff magic tricks are made of.
It is what prevents you from inheriting your birthright… liberation. It is what shrouds your true nature. It is what keeps the world spinning ’round. It is Maya.
Very interesting. I’m a little concerned with that word “believe” however… There seems to be so much conviction around peoples “beliefs”… I just saw this quote posted on FB today that seems to speak to what seems to be a required humility (or self-honesty), apparent sacrifice and a razors edge process of discernment in order to clearly see “what is”… I wonder if you would comment further Brahmarishi ?
“In a commentary on his work, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald said about himself: “I am not a great man, but sometimes I think the impersonal and objective quality of my talent, and the sacrifices of it, in pieces, to preserve its essential value has some sort of epic grandeur.”
yes, ‘believe’ is a touchy one. it, like faith, implies not really knowing. I therefore sometimes say I strive to eradicate faith. People should know God, not just believe in God.
I hope I didn’t seem too picky or sensitive with that word ‘believe’… I find a lot of my dear friends are searching and tell me they reallyyy loveee “The Knowledge” you are speaking of and from, but our conversations get really tricky and we quickly lose the thread of the deeper knowledge or meaning when they hear certain words… Yet we look at each other and know there is or was something very pure we were touching on, while we’re looking at each and wondering how to untangle the confusion of our communication and get back to the meaning.
“Elusive” is an understatement it seems. I was working with a friend of mine, an experienced and gifted counselor, about anger. It felt like I had to keep wrestling to get back to the heart of the topic – to keep him focused on the core feeling or ‘heart’ of my issue, while he seemed to want to take a trip down some intellectual pathway. Simply finding someone you can have an open and curious exploration with is even more elusive…
You must look beyond the words if you are to find truth. The emptiness of longing will never be filled with words. It will never be filled by another. If your interactions are falling short, look to the SELF, not the interaction. What all beings long for lies within. Yet the wise teacher can facilitate the awakening to that if the student is willing to receive it in the manner it must be given. Choose your teachers wisely let they tie you up further into the knot of limitation, even if they speak in the name of what they believe is truth.