The Library 13
THE BELIEF that we can rely on shortcuts to happiness, joy, rapture, comfort, ecstasy etc, rather than earn those feelings leads to legions of people who in the middle of great wealth, fame, business acumen etc – are spiritually destitute. Positive emotions experienced without the contrasting experience of negative emotions leads to emptiness and inauthenticity.
Conversely, positive feelings that arise from the exercise of learning what is right through the experience of what is wrong and then instinctively doing what is right is authentic learning.
If we continue to obstinately stick with shortcuts, the situation only worsens over time, preventing us from advancing, and if that be the case, at the end of this lifetime’s course, we will have missed an opportunity to progress, obligating us to repeat the same suffering next lifetime until we do learn. (Karma)
That is not cruel by any means, for it is our own soul that is the one who will decide on that specific course of action if it is warranted so that our physical self can learn and eventually rid itself of the egos influence and re-unite with the soul.
The old saying, ‘There but for the Grace of God go I’ has special meaning here, for we have all either experienced lives like the shortcutters in previous incarnations, or worse, those lessons in life are yet to come.
Our soul is eager to learn the whole gamut of human experience in one life or another. Remember that we (the separate person we think we are) are unnecessarily suffering here not our soul. If we can learn to discard the illusion of the false and embrace reality, the pain will stop.
So the next time you are criticizing a drunk, drug addict, sex fiend, shopaholic, gormandizer or such like, stop for a moment and realize that you were once in their shoes, or God forbid, you still have those shoes to wear…
Dan’s Quote: “Every person has the right to live their own life
______________without being judged by others.”