What is the origin of suffering, dear reader?
If you understand it, things are just what they are. If you don’t understand it, things are just what they are.
As dictated by our ego, we experience cravings for things, things that will help our ego grow, things that compliment the seperateness that the ego teaches, that we are not one, and the need to show this to others in order to feed the ego.
It is all around us, everywhere we go. Our ego based society has come a long way - so many people are busy following orders from the ego by proving seperateness. Think of practicing sports (“winner mentality”), think of traffic, how many people are always looking to cut you off just to be first, and so on.
Take a moment to think about this. I am sure you can come up with behaviors that fit this description, which you encounter on a daily basis, and if you dare to be honest with yourself (the Second Virtue), you will know and recognize certain behaviors on yourself. This is good. If you recognize it, you can stop it.
Our ego shows us certain behaviors. It tells us we need to own certain things, and by all these it keeps us from our true path. The objectives of the ego are the exact opposite of the way to enlightenment, as oneness is denied and seperateness is promoted.
So let go.
“How do you let go? You let go by letting go! Have I let go yet? How do I let go?”
If there is a certain thing you wish for yourself, or for others, for that matter, there is a certain way to receive it. The ego will show you a way, often filled with certain behaviors, such as using your elbows to get ahead (notice how “ahead” is trivial here? In oneness, there is no ahead, as you are one with God and all other people), or “buying your way into a position”, and so on. These behaviors will not lead to enlightenment, as they are intended to develop a desire to the outcome of the desire. This is key. Wishing something is a good thing, however, the way to get to where you wish to be is by putting your belief into your wish, being ready (not getting ready) to receive it, however, not being attached to the outcome. God will show you the path by opening up doors for you, that unlock the path to your wish. But if you focus on the outcome, if you get attached to the results, you will push them away from you, instead of attracting them.
In your life you may have collected many things that were dictated to you by ego-centric behavior. While it is totally okay to enjoy certain things, it is wise to examine the reason for owning or obtaining them. Every time you are getting something, use the simple yet wise question, keeping the Second Virtue in mind: “Do I really need this?” Even if you are taking a decision to act or behave in a certain way, ask yourself this. A certain way of behaving could lead to hurting someone else, allowing for that simple question to be true - do I really need this? Or, do I really want to find myself in a situation that I might not like or wish for, but, I have created by my behavior, and therefore, wished for?
I leave you with this question. Take a moment to think about it. Have a wonderful day.