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Overcoming the Fear of Loss from Jesus Speaking: On Overcoming Fear and Developing Trust
Overcoming the Fear of Loss from Jesus Speaking: On Overcoming Fear and Developing Trust
Loss is a natural part of life. A more truthful way of saying this is “change is a natural part of life.” This is because “loss” is actually a story: “I’ve lost something.” It’s a subtle way the ego turns change into a sad story. The ego makes the impersonal experience of change personal by thinking of it as “my loss.” Change naturally happens, and it happens to everyone; it isn’t personal. You aren’t being personally persecuted, which is often how the ego feels. It feels victimized by change: “That shouldn’t have happened! Why me?”
This is not to deny the sadness in a loss. It’s natural to be sad over the loss of something or someone. But it is the ego that creates the kind of sadness that lingers and hurts so much. The loss of something or even someone doesn’t have to feel sad to the extent that it does. This may sound blasphemous. Many feel they wouldn’t be honoring the passing of someone or something if they didn’t feel sad. The amount of sadness someone feels over a loss is often taken as an indicator of their love for what’s been lost. But that simply isn’t true.
To even question this belief stirs up a lot of feelings in people. But I am here to free you from the unnecessary pain and misconceptions behind pain, so I must tell you the truth—what is possible in the enlightened state. I’m not saying that someone who is enlightened would never feel sad, but that that sadness is different from what most people feel, because the enlightened person’s relationship to that feeling and to all feelings is different. Sadness and other feelings created by egoic thoughts linger and affect the ordinary person much more than these feelings affect someone who is enlightened.
In the enlightened state, feelings arise, as they always have, but they aren’t identified with in a way that causes suffering. I’m making a distinction between sadness that is experienced as painful and sadness that is not experienced as painful in the same way. In the enlightened state, when sadness arises, you feel it fully, but it doesn’t become the sadness of the ordinary human being.
It’s difficult to describe that difference if you’ve never experienced it, but I will try. Those who are enlightened experience the feeling of sadness as a set of sensations, a sense of sadness, an experience. This experience moves into their awareness and becomes prominent, and then it passes, like a rainstorm. And like a rainstorm, there may even be tears, but those tears aren’t connected to a story. They feel clean, cleansing, and leave no residue. Then the sadness, like all storms, naturally ends, and other experiences take the place of that sadness. Once the storm has passed, that feeling isn’t carried over into other moments. Sadness may arise again some other time, and then it’s experienced simply and purely again for the relatively short while that it is present. In this way, feelings are not strengthened but healed.
I grant you that enlightenment is relatively rare and you have few models of it. I was but one. And yet, enlightenment is everyone’s destiny. So, you might as well know what that destination looks like so that you can point yourselves in that direction. What I’m talking about is not denial or suppression of feelings but, rather, the natural evolution of feelings within the human condition.
Ordinarily what happens with this very natural emotion is that the pure feeling of sadness gets attached to stories, which turn the feeling into something personal: “I’m sad.” Your language expresses this personalization of feeling, which helps to maintain your identification with sadness. Who is the “I” that is sad? It is the false self, for it would be impossible for the true self to be anything. The true self just is. It is only the false self that can be sad. Once a feeling has been identified with in this way, the experience of the feeling moves into the realm of suffering.
Sadness and other emotions, in fact, give life to the false self: Who are you? “I’m sad,” and so now you know who you are. You have defined yourself. The false self has been given definition. The true self’s experience, on the other hand, is an ongoing sense of wonder, love, gratitude, and joy in existence. If the true self is anything, it is the experience of these higher feeling states.
The ego both wants to be sad, since it seeks to magnify the sadness through stories, and it wants the sadness to go away. The ego pumps up feelings with stories and urges you to act them out, which further strengthens them, making them seem more real and meaningful than they actually are. Then the ego is unhappy with the feelings it has created.
Acting feelings out and giving voice to the stories behind the feelings is one of the ways the ego tries to get rid of feelings. Many believe that by telling their stories, they are processing their feelings, but mostly this just reinforces those stories and fortifies those feelings. Even many psychotherapists accidently cause more harm than relief by attempting to help people process their feelings this way.
This is one of the things that enlightened people don’t do because they don’t have a need to do it, since they don’t tell stories that turn their sadness into feelings that supposedly need processing. They stay with the simple experience in the moment of whatever sadness is present, which naturally dissipates as one’s attention remains in the here and now.
Even in a moment of sadness, there is so much more going on than the experience of sadness, including other feelings, such as love. The enlightened person is in touch with love and the perfection of life, which swallows up any possibility of resisting the sadness or telling the story that the loss shouldn’t have happened or any other story.
When you don’t resist a feeling that’s present but just experience it, the feeling naturally changes, and life moves on. That feeling of sadness may arise again, even frequently, but then it’s noticed, and in so doing honored, and that honoring of it allows it to relax and release.
If no stories are being told about the sadness, then it won’t remain any longer than its natural lifespan. Stories, even the story “It shouldn’t have happened,” keep feelings alive. Such stories create unnecessary emotional pain. This is clearly seen and understood by those who are enlightened, and so they naturally choose to forego all stories. That’s what makes them enlightened.
As I said, enlightenment is relatively rare, and you may not reach this level of detachment from thought and freedom in this lifetime. But it still seems important to point you in this direction, especially since your understanding and way of working with emotions so often only makes your feelings more difficult and unmanageable. You can learn to practice what those who are enlightened do. This is how you become enlightened, by understanding what they understand and then practicing what they do naturally.
So here is the understanding: Sadness naturally arises as part of being a human being. It naturally arises in times of loss, and it must be experienced, honored, by allowing it to be felt without telling stories about it: by noticing it, and then letting it naturally dissipate, as it will. Every feeling has a lifespan, and you must allow it to live and then allow it to “die” its natural death.
Letting it go, as it naturally will, is what’s difficult, because the ego wants to turn that sadness into something more. It wants to get something out of the sadness: It wants to get an identity, and it wants to get other feelings to grow from it! Anger, resentment, guilt, self-pity, revenge, hatred—these are the feelings you don’t have to experience if you don’t let sadness take on stories. Initially, sadness is just sadness. Then sadness takes on stories, and those stories create other more negative and damaging feelings and then more stories to defend those feelings. Feelings snowball into more feelings. This is what you can learn not to do.
Loss is part of life, because life is constantly changing. Nothing stays the same. You are constantly changing, and so is everyone and everything else. You have to go with the flow of life, as they say, in order to be happy within this flow. You have to accept that change does and will happen, including many changes that you naturally won’t like.
If you truly saw and knew the perfection of life, you wouldn’t experience much sadness. And the sadness you did experience wouldn’t be experienced as yours, but more like humanity’s sadness, the bittersweet experience of being a human being on this plane of existence. Within that sadness would be a sense of beauty, sacredness, and gratitude for the gift that life is.
Every loss is an opportunity to experience the wonder and preciousness of life. The fact that life changes and loss happens is all the more reason to love and be grateful for whatever is here now, because it isn’t a given that it will be here in the next moment. This is the state the enlightened person lives in, a place of gratitude for what is given, for what is now.
Living in Presence, in touch with your true self, is a celebration of what is, not a dwelling on what is not. What is not, is not here, so it isn’t focused on. How can you suffer over something unless you focus on it? If you focus on the fact that something or someone isn’t here, you will surely suffer. If you focus on what is here and celebrate that, you’ll never be unhappy.
This is why those who are enlightened can’t suffer over loss, because loss is a story about what was lost in some past moment. They don’t carry the memory of those moments into the present moment, and so they don’t suffer in the present moment.
They live in gratitude for the Now, which has everything you need to be happy, since it is always possible to feel gratitude for what is. There’s always so much to be grateful for. Those who are enlightened are grateful simply for existing, for the opportunity to be alive and experience this life however it is showing up. That is the enlightened state, so how could you suffer if that was your experience?
The fear of loss, like all fears, is a fear of something happening in the future. You can see what a waste of time such thoughts are, when the future you imagine doesn’t exist and will never exist as you imagine it, and your thoughts can’t affect it anyway.
Those who are enlightened are happy because they stay in the present moment and drink it in fully. They aren’t lost in ideas about the past or the future, which is where suffering lies.
What would be the point of contemplating possible future losses? Why would the ego do that? Does it serve in any way? Can you come up with one reason why someone needs to do this?
It’s quite easy to see how unnecessary it is to dwell on such possibilities, how this doesn’t serve. And yet people do this and even become obsessed with fears of some future possibility. Why? Because if you let your mind run wild, that’s what it will do. The egoic mind isn’t rational. It isn’t serving you. It’s the primitive part of the brain, not the part of the brain that is helpful to you in your life, the part that stores helpful conditioning and thinks rationally.
It’s important that you realize that the voice that you believe is your very own voice is actually a voice that brings people down, and it does this in ways that are quite insidious and not so easy to see through. My purpose is to expose the ways that your very own mind, by presenting you with fearful thoughts, causes you to suffer. This, then, prevents you from tapping into the inner resources you’ve been given to deal with life’s challenges—resources such as courage, patience, acceptance, wisdom, and love. The suffering caused by your fears is bad enough, but your fears also keep you from knowing who you really are and living as that.
The fear of loss is just more resistance on the part of the ego to the way life is. The ego doesn’t like life the way it is. It’s afraid of life, and it makes you afraid of life. The fear of loss, like all fears, pretends to be helpful by pointing out something you should be afraid of, something you should look out for. Such thoughts imply that there really is something to be afraid of, when there isn’t. They suggest that you be afraid of loss, and so you are.
But what good does it do to be afraid of loss? Even if loss were something you could predict, what good would it do to be afraid of it? Fear doesn’t protect you from loss or prepare you for a loss. Nothing can do that, and nothing is needed for that. Fear of a future loss is an imagination, so why would you need to prepare for something you have only imagined? Your true self is well equipped for dealing with any loss that might actually occur, when it occurs.
All fear does is make you unhappy with life. When you believe your fears, you are seeing life through the ego’s unhappy eyes, which means you aren’t looking out through your true self’s eyes, the eyes of gratitude, peace, and love. What’s wrong with the ego’s perspective is that it is not only negative and life-denying, but incomplete. The ego doesn’t acknowledge what else is going on besides things or people passing away. Yes, in life, you lose things and even people, but the whole truth is that you also gain things and people.
The process of life is one of constant birth and death. Life’s changes are taking away things and people as they are also bringing you new things and people. The flow of life is like traveling down a river in a boat: The scenery is constantly changing, as what you just experienced is left behind and new scenery is taking its place. If you’re always looking behind you in the boat, you won’t enjoy the ride and the new scenery. It will be there, but you won’t experience it as fully as you might.
Life unfolds in just this way, always moving forward, always changing, always something new, always things being left behind. Things and people passing away is a natural part of the flow of life.
If you get stuck in sorrow and grief over what you’ve lost, you’re likely to miss what life is bringing you. Life doesn’t take without also giving, and life is very wise in what it brings you. It brings you what you need and what your soul wants. When you celebrate what life is bringing you, happiness is always possible. Celebrate what is!
Overcoming Negativity from In the World but Not of It
Overcoming Negativity from In the World but Not of It
Greetings! This is the one you have known as Jesus the Christ. The key to transcending the egoic mind’s dualities is recognizing them as dualities and learning to hold them lightly. As always, the first step is awareness: Be aware of the duality and untruth represented in your thoughts. Thoughts do not tell the truth. When you see this very clearly, your thoughts lose the power to make you suffer. As the children’s nursery rhyme so wisely asserts: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”—unless you believe those words. When you stop believing your thoughts, they stop hurting you, and you’re less likely to hurt others with them.
To be aware of your thoughts, you first have to want to be aware of them. This may sound obvious, but your intention is important. You have to have that intention and then be curious enough about your thoughts to investigate them: What’s going on there? Are they really the source of suffering? How do they do that?
The only thing that wants to be aware and can be aware and curious is the divine self. Yes, it is that close to you! It is what is curious, it is what’s willing to look and willing to ask questions and discover the truth. It is all that is wise, good, and honorable in you and everyone else.
It takes no time to access the divine self because it’s always here. It lives in the timeless dimension of Now, the only reality. The divine self is eternally present. If it weren’t, you wouldn’t be able to experience life, for although you appear to be a human, you aren’t really a human being. Your human, or egoic, reactions to life are not your real reactions but your programmed reactions. You’re programmed to behave like a human being, but you aren’t one really (you just play one on TV). You are the curious, attentive, aware Presence that is experiencing life, including your human self. That’s about all you can say about who you really are without getting into lies or distortions.
At a certain point in your evolution, this curiosity and willingness to question is activated. Then the false self begins to be deconstructed. Arriving at this point is Grace; you can’t make it happen before its time. Fortunately, those who haven’t reached this point aren’t interested in making this happen, and those who’d like to be hit by Grace have already been. So here you are, and it’s too late to turn back. The false self is doomed.
So let’s take a look at some of the dualities that uphold the false self and its mental reality. One of the dualities that is most important to see through and transcend is the concept of better than/less than. Such comparisons play an important role in shoring up the ego. Like all dualities, this one is a lie and lends itself to a lot of stories and, consequently, a lot of suffering.
Better than or less than is always a point of view, a story. It is the point of view of the ego, whose agenda is to make you feel either inadequate or superior. If the ego can get you to believe in better than or less than, it will have succeeded in generating feelings of one kind or another. To the ego, the particular feeling isn’t important. Feelings are important, however, because feelings are what make better than and less than seem true. Feelings give substance to the illusion spun by these words.
If, for example, you believe your mind when it tells you that you aren’t as popular, good looking, intelligent, or spiritually advanced (all concepts) as so-and-so, you’ll feel bad. Feeling bad is proof that you’ve bought into that lie (but not proof of the lie). Your belief in the concept of less than and in the concepts of popular, good looking, intelligent, and spiritually advanced creates the experience of being less than someone else in these ways. So then you have that experience until your mind or someone else’s tells you the opposite. Then you have that experience. In this way, people bounce back and forth between feeling bad about themselves and good about themselves.
The feelings generated by believing such thoughts put flesh on the false self, making it seem real. Who are you? “I’m less than.... I feel terrible.” “I’m better than.... I feel good.” Who is this “I”? It was created by thoughts. The false self is nothing but thoughts. If you stop believing your thoughts, you drop into the Silence of just being: the divine self. The ego is designed to keep you apart from the divine self, and it does this by telling stories that produce feelings.
Once you see this, such thoughts don’t have as much sway. They still might affect you a little or for a little while, but not in the same way as before. Once you begin to see the truth about your thoughts, you keep seeing the truth. They can’t fool you as they did before. You begin to see through more and more of the mind’s lies. Little by little, the illusion is exposed, until it has big holes in it, which reveal the blue sky.
Dualities are transcended by recognizing the truth:
The duality of better than/less than is transcended by recognizing the truth that everything is perfect just as it is. Everything is as it’s meant to be and serving its purpose in the Whole. You are exactly as you are meant to be in this moment, because you can’t be any different than that. Given all the circumstances that created and led up to things being as they are, things can only be as they are, and that is perfect from the standpoint of the soul—perfect because it can be no other way. This is not perfection as the ego sees it. It is also not predestination, because although things can’t be any way other than the way they are right now, they are also unpredictably becoming what they are. Nothing ever needs to change, and yet everything is constantly changing and evolving.
The duality of like/don’t like is transcended by holding your preferences lightly, by noticing your preferences but not necessarily letting them drive your actions or decisions. Instead, the divine self determines your actions, which may sometimes take you in directions that go against your conditioned preferences and desires.
The duality of want/don’t want is transcended by holding your desires lightly and by letting everything come that comes and letting everything go that goes. You lay the small will at the feet of Thy will, trusting that the divine self knows best and that “I want” and “I don’t want” have little to do with what is naturally unfolding according to divine will.
The duality of good/bad is transcended by recognizing where those opinions come from and that they serve only the ego, and then holding them lightly or letting them go.
The duality of emotional highs and lows is transcended by coming into right relationship with life, which is experienced as equanimity. The integrated emotional state is one of being neither overly happy nor depressed, neither bored nor excited, neither hopeful nor despairing. Equanimity is the midpoint between the emotional highs and lows caused by believing your thoughts. This equanimity is sober, steady, okay with everything, at peace, and content. It is a state of causeless, subtle happiness, or inner joy.
The duality of taking too much (selfishness) or giving too much (not taking care of oneself) is transcended through selflessness. The “self” that is absent in “selflessness” is the egoic self, which tends to take or give too much, both for the purpose of getting what it wants. Selflessness, on the other hand, is giving appropriately, which is only possible when the egoic self is absent. In its absence, what’s given is exactly what is needed in that moment and nothing more. The integration of this duality is the divine self moving in the world, doing or not doing, according to a greater will that knows exactly what action to take and when.
What happens when you become more aware of your thoughts and start questioning them is that space, or distance, is created between you and the thought-stream. Where once you automatically believed, gave voice to, and acted on your thoughts, now you notice them first, if only for a second. That second eventually lengthens, as you spend increasingly more time witnessing your thoughts, more time in the spacious Presence that is the divine self.
In the space that has opened up, there is now room to notice what’s going on internally, where before there was no room, no space, to notice this. The bigger that space gets, the more room there is for questioning your thoughts. And the more your thoughts are questioned, the bigger that space becomes and the greater the distance between those thoughts and what’s witnessing them. This distance eventually becomes so great that your thoughts seem like they don’t belong to you. They’re just one more thing arising in the field of consciousness.
With space, comes choice: You can choose to go back to thinking and believing your thoughts or not. Going back to your thoughts isn’t as rewarding as it was before, though. You don’t “enjoy” the egoic pleasure you once got from thought as much as you enjoy the equanimity of not entertaining thoughts. Sometimes you’ll go back to your thoughts and sometimes you won’t, but it will become increasingly apparent that you have a choice and that something is making that choice.
What is that? What can choose to go back into thought or stay in the spacious awareness of the divine self? This is where language fails. You could call it The Witness or The Chooser, but what is witnessing and choosing is not an object or a person like the things and people in the world of form. What you are is not an object that can be observed or quantified or understood. It can only be experienced.
What you are notices, experiences, chooses, moves, speaks, and does all the other things you think you are doing as a human being. But these things have never been done by a human being but, rather, by the force of life that you are, which operates through the human being.
You have always been this force, but you pretended to be human; and most of the time, you still pretend to be human. That’s fine. Pretending is fine when you know you are pretending. It’s only a problem when you don’t know you’re pretending. When the divine self is more integrated into the human being, you know yourself as divine while pretending to be human. Before that, the opposite was true: You thought you were the human being you were only pretending to be. Thank you for being here. I am with you always.