Apply, Apply, Apply

April 1, 2009

I have been going through some interesting experiences during the last few weeks.  I have been putting to use a lot of the concepts that I have been explaining on this site.  Today we look at a few of those concepts.

 

Remembering the lessons

In February we published a post entitled “Ghandi Said to Practice.”  We talked at length about the importance of putting into practice the spiritual teachings that we learn.  I also recounted that my teacher was – and still is – constantly urging me to apply, apply, and apply!

 

Well – I have been doing that intensively for the past few weeks.  I am working on a new venture and keep falling out of the moment.  Many times I am more out of the moment than I am in the moment.

 

Teaching what we need to learn

In our post “We Teach Best What we Need to Learn Most” I talked about how we often are teaching the things that are our most important lessons.  That idea could very well describe my experience of the past few months.

 

As I look back at all of the challenges that I have been facing, I see that I have been writing about them.  Here are some of the recent posts that have become the lessons that I need to be learning right now.

 

I have been forgetting to “Relax and Enjoy the Ride”.  I have gotten too caught up in the issues that I am creating.  At times I have forgotten to enjoy myself despite the apparent challenges.

 

I have also forgotten on occasion that “What We Resist Persists”.  I have been resisting some very old lessons.  Some of these lessons I have been resisting for many years.  I am gradually learning not to resist them.  The habit of resisting is very ingrained.  However, I am gradually learning to let go and allow.

 

It was brought to my attention today that wanting control is keeping me from getting it.  Evidently this was another post that I wrote in an attempt to learn from what I am teaching.

 

Does this mean this stuff doesn’t work?

Not at all.  All it means is that some of us have a lot of stuff to work through.  Remember – it is the journey that is important.  There is no actual destination.  Anything that we perceive as a destination becomes a resting point where we review what we have learned since the last destination.  We then gather ourselves up and start off for the next destination.

 

Another aspect of this is that the farther we go the lessons become much more subtle.  Even though I am working through lessons that I first encountered many years ago, I have a lot more experience with the process.

 

Thirty years ago I had no experience and no tools with which to resolve my issues.  In the intervening years I have gained a great deal of experience and gathered quite a few tools.  I am now able to deal with more difficult and more subtle issues.

 

I have made a lot of progress – but there is always so much more to learn.  I just need to remember to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

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What We Resist Persists

March 10, 2009

I was thinking about this statement today.  I was also thinking about the tiger analogy that we learned about in the post “Don’t Bother the Tiger.”  I saw that I could use the tiger analogy to further explain why what we resist persists.  We discuss that today.

 

The tiger analogy

The basic idea of the tiger analogy is that the false self thoughts that go through our mind are like a tiger in front of us.  As we watch the tiger go by it does not pay any attention to us.  As soon as we reach out to push the tiger away the tiger realizes that we are there.  Now we have a tiger by the tail.  That rarely ends pleasantly.

 

The point is to allow the tiger to just keep walking.  It is the same with our false self thoughts.  Those are thoughts such as sadness, anger, violence, attachments to possessions or people.  When we just let those thoughts go through our mind without grabbing them – they cannot hurt us.

 

Resisting

When we grab onto the false self thoughts we are actually resisting them.  For example, we notice the thought that we feel sad.  When we observe that thought we have two choices.  We can either believe that thought or we can just quietly watch it pass though our thinking process.

 

When we choose to observe and allow the thought to go through our thinking we do not resist it.  We observe it and eventually it goes away.  We are not sad.  We are in the moment and observing.

 

When we choose to believe the thought that we are sad, we have now engaged the thought.  We believe that we are sad, but we do not want to be sad.  That subtle action becomes the seed of resistance.

 

That seed of resistance grows a little bit every time we try to do something about being sad.  We decide to watch a funny movie to cheer us up.  All that does is create more resistance.  We are saying that we are so sad that the only thing that will cheer us up is a movie.  This causes us to expand our belief that we are sad.  We are resisting our sadness and thereby causing it to persist.

 

The solution

As we mentioned earlier, the solution is to not engage the thought that we are sad.  As long as we stay observant we are able to watch the thought go by.  Therefore the answer is to stay as the observer, not the participant.

 

It always gets back to being in the moment – staying in the now.  When we are observing our thoughts we are in the moment.  When we resist them we are the participant and we are not in the moment.

 

I hope this has helped everyone to understand a bit more about resisting and persisting.  Tomorrow I hope to talk about external situations and our reaction to them – and how that reaction can also cause resistance and persistence.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

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