Writing blog which has global appeal must have at it’s core a subject which is universal such as suffering and freedom from it.
This blog touches on different sources of suffering: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual and goes on to give techniques which can assist to reduce or eliminate suffering in holistic fashion.
I am not religious yet feel a deep connection to Christ consciousness and the aspect of the Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When one speaks or attempts to understand the Christian Trinity one must go beyond the literal definitions or meanings and transcend to the metaphorical and symbolic or archetypal levels of meaning and understanding.
Christ is the Son, as are all Humans, the Father is the Creative Essence, the alpha and omega, the Essence and the Substance, perfect and yet evolving; the Holy Spirit is the aspect of Divinity which is the creative aspect. The Father represents the intelligence and will and the Son represents the love or ananda.
Our suffering, according to Buddha, is part of being human, of being a spiritual being in a physical vehicle which has attached to it an emotional and mental dimension of perception and expression. Buddhism has a different path to Divinity than does Christianity.
While Christ leads us to the Father through the heart and the love aspect of our being, through compassion and surrender and forgiveness; the Buddha leads us to freedom from suffering by detachment, surrender, acceptance, and principles of inter-being, emptiness, impermanence, and non-being. In both Christianity and Buddhism there is the notion of living in the moment, in the present, and yet there is also this notion of impermanence, because of karma, cycles, and consequences there will be an end to the suffering, just like there may be an end to good health and to continual happiness.
Buddha spoke of the five certainties: illness, death, grieving for loved ones, an end to suffering, and freedom from attachments. The four noble truths contained in the five certainties are transformed by the eight-fold path which embodies accurate perception, correct expression, wholesome thoughts, actions and lifestyle, and reflective practice and meditation on detachment from cravings.
Christ spoke of ” not living from bread alone” here making reference to the need for a spiritual life which is the fire that burns within our hearts and which turns us towards the Father, which is the Higher Soul, the Parabrahman, the Paramatma, the Supreme Being which is the Supreme ‘I Am’.
The emotional and mental aspects of our being are attached to our souls and travel with us when we die. These aspects contain our inter-life karmic baggage which we must deal with in every incarnation and contain our positive and negative feelings and thoughts.
Freedom from our negative and destructive feelings and thoughts is achieved through forgiveness of ourselves and others, acts of goodwill to neutralize and dissolve past lives karmic debt and build future karmic credits as future insurance; the closer we are to achieving enlightenment and climb towards the higher Divine Realms the easier it will be to live without karmic consequences.
Spiritual poverty is abounding on this planet within the minds and souls of all those Humans who have forgotten that they are spiritual beings in physical vehicles having emotional and mental states. We need to look after the health of our physical vehicles, our emotional and mental states, and connecting to our inner sanctuary sacred space and increasing the heat of the spiritual fire which burns in our heart and crown chakras.
I am that I am, not the thoughts, not the emotions, not even the mind, I am the soul. I am a Being of Divine inspiration, intelligence, love and power, I am One with God, I am One with All.
Blessings to all, until we meet again.