We Aren't Meant to Judge
We aren’t supposed to live with anger inside us, pushing us to do and say things we don’t want to do or say. We’re supposed to overcome the lash of resentful, negative energy and then never die from it. The problem is we aren’t being shown how. Parents are failing. The religions are failing. Self-reliance seems the only hope, but then that ultimately that falls short too.
There are some aspects of our human-spiritual existence that are axiomatic and there’s not a thing that we can do to change them.
In this world of feel-good pseudo-spirituality and pop-psychology clichés to the contrary, it can be a shock to realize the cruel reality of life in this world, that this too shall (never) pass. The best we can ever hope for is to adopt a style of living that makes us resilient to resentment’s inevitable force upon us.
That spiritual hardiness is discovered within by learning to simply step back from thoughts each time we find that we are lost inside them.
This suggests a solution that’s much simpler than any of the human aids provided by the psyche mechanics who may hold impressive degrees and paper pedigrees but who are meddling in matters they are ill-equipped to understand or control. Their own intellects and ambitions form barriers to real helpfulness.
There is no psychology behind the solution for the obsessive impulse of the alcoholic or drug addict. There’s no magic mantra or relaxation discipline that will remove a need for the relief supplied by nicotine. There's no uber-enlightened recovery group, life coach, pill, or body of knowledge that can help overcome a fixation with food.
There is simply letting go of resentment and anger. That’s what works. That’s all that works. Stop fighting anyone and everything. Give up anger. That’s all there is to recovery. Simple. It is not easy—but it is vital.
No one lives it until first consciously bonding with God through consciousness and then continuing to progress with that connection. Moments of awareness become seconds . . . become minutes . . . become days and years. It must continue for a lifetime.
The spiritual pain of conscience will save the soul in the same way that the physical pain of body will save it from injury. It is the very same protection mechanism, expressed from a different human realm.
One key characteristic of the guilty conscience is its relentlessness. It never stops pursuing us. When we think of a guilty conscience, we immediately think of the things we did and now regret.
Events of the past for which we hold remorse and that perhaps require amends (or in some cases, at the very least, an apology) come to mind. Our conscience bothers us, or hurts us, for our misdeeds, and it is easy to see how drinking to forget may help alleviate that pain.
A woman who has a guilty conscience concerning promiscuity in her early years, a man who in his youth stole money from his mother’s purse to go to the movies with his teenage buddies. These are simple examples of common aberrant behaviors that can produce guilt which later requires relief.
We might bring these behaviors to the conscious memory with relative ease and deal with them, say, through counseling or some form of soul-searching, as is done through psycho-therapy, religious counseling or a rudimentary Twelve-Step inventory process. A thorough rooting out of some events deeply lodged into the recesses of the subconscious will do wonders for discharging obsessive behavior.
But what about the subconscious mind? Are there events lodged deep into those recessed corners of the mind which even the best and most thorough intellectual analysis cannot reach?
Yes, there are.
There is a plane of conscience, existing on a spiritual level, that no secular practitioner can ever reach. This is a conscious and subconscious interaction with our Creator.
Conscious contact with God is the purpose of prayer and meditation. It opens the inner portal to our psyche, allowing understanding and the power to do His will enters. Jesus Christ himself proposed and demonstrated it for all. Every truly awakened man and woman since ancient times has engaged its practice as a way of life.
While we often speak of the pain of guilty conscience and how discernable agony throbs like an infected wound inside the conscious mind, we also need to include suffering that we are not able to bring to conscious thought and yet are somehow manifest in our thoughts, behaviors, and treatments of others.
You don’t typically recall these. You don't analyze them. They are largely unrecognized and only revealed through intuitive-consciousness by way of Non-Contemplative Meditation. Not TM. Not dharmic cultural hypnotism, not yoga or the religious muttering of platitudes and appeals to God––not even by trying to deliberately quiet the mind. Complete madness ensues that way. But it is discovered through conscious contact with Him––that only takes place outside of the thinking intellect, in stillness.
Only in stillness is it possible to truly realize that we are not God.
If you aren’t doing that, then you’ll never gain the objectivity necessary to see for yourself what is needed to survive resentments, fear and the bondage of Self. And you'll never know it. No human being survives the bondage of Self without accessing God through stillness. Only then is there ever perfect peace in life.
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