Believing something about life doesn't make life that way. Believing that the world is flat, even if we all do, does not make it so. That's the subtle but profound difference between principles and paradigms, truths and beliefs.
Knowledge, conceptual understanding, is a beginning, it is not a complete understanding. You haven't integrated your understanding, you are looking on from a distance, you are not involved with your whole being. True understanding is not merely conceptual, it is your life, you breathe it.
Life is one inseparable totality, the whole spectrum. This is what spirituality means: a love for life, a love for the whole phenomenon in its entirety.
A complete understanding of responsibility is the key to psychological freedom.
We are intelligent creatures. Intelligence is within the human being, it's in his nature. Just like instinct governs the animal world and is most natural to them, a human being is essentially intelligent.
With any and all experience, consciousness is right there. The possibility of an experience is completely dependent on it. Without consciousness, experience cannot exist. No sensory perceptions, no emotions, no thoughts, no dreams. Without consciousness, we don't exist. It is a prerequisite for existence. Yet we are so caught up in living and the gala of experiences... we may never become aware that consciousness is our God, that there's no life without it. Without oxygen we can live just a few seconds, but without consciousness life is not possible in the first place. Existence would not be possible for even a millionth of a second.
Thinking has become a habit to the point of addiction. We cannot stop it. We have turned into obsessive thinkers, incessantly thinking and worrying. But why think all the time like a chain-smoker who lights one cigarette after the other with no gaps in between? Thinking can be voluntary, it does not need to be compulsive. You can be a master of your mind, it need not be the other way around.
You can learn this attentive silence. This state of attentive silence is the true meaning of the word "meditation". Meditation has become a confusing word, these days almost everything is called meditation. Meditation even means contemplation, standing on your head, repeating words over and over, breathing exercises, you name it. Meditation is none of that, meditation is simply conscious silence, the state of silence in your brain while you are wide awake. You are fully conscious, but not thinking.
The truth of your existence is really the truth of all existence, because such is the nature of truth: it cannot be monopolized by anyone. Truth is just the simple truth of the whole existence, otherwise what truth are we really talking about? Truth is the truth of you, of me, and of existence. Like water is the truth of the entire ocean, of one wave and of the next.
Can you imagine a flower that's afraid to die? How do you think that will influence the way it grows? Somehow the whole flower will be inhibited. The flower will not be a natural and free expression of life. But flowers are not afraid to die, the beauty of nature is that it expresses itself freely, it is not inhibited by a constant fear. Fear has a function in nature, but it is not a way of life. This need not be different for human beings, we can mature into our natural state. Enlightenment is not an extraordinary state, it is our natural state.
Many things need to be taken care of, and it is natural to care and take care. There is no need for guilt, fear, or excessive thinking and worrying in order to take care of things. We need to have a love for life.
Without freedom, there is simply no peace.
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