if you want to understand why you suffer you’ll need to want it a great deal

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This morning, after so many sodden days wrapped in mist, the mountain emerges under the gaze of the great Shining.

A verdant world is revealed.  Greens of every radiant tone, still heavily wet, sigh under skies of powder blue.  The grass, dotted with little red mounds of ant-work, is alive with leaping jumping whirling insect life, and seven fat guinea-fowl are busy breakfasting.

The cottage is named Bliss.

~

We really don’t have a clue what we do.  Life acts and we assume responsibility – praise, blame, satisfaction, regret, guilt.  If you still imagine that you ‘know’ what you do, that you drive your Lifeboat, no doubt you’ll still be suffering one way or another.

If you want to understand why you suffer you’ll need to want it a great deal, for it will take all your powers of choiceless observation.  That involves patience.  It means being able to endure not being sure of anything.  It means no conclusions.

If you can bear to look for yourself at all the ways you sabotage the truth of your non-existence, you’ll understand the root of suffering.

~

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10 thoughts on “if you want to understand why you suffer you’ll need to want it a great deal

  1. Bliss Cottage – a delightful interlude house-sitting a friend’s property on Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast hinterland.
    ~ ml

    1. Oh it is for this bell to thank the ears that hear, dear gentlybe.

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      In mindfulness and with love

      ~ ml

  2. With your permission (and credit given), would love to re-post this on my page. You manage to say what no one can say, in different words than most use in the attempt. It’s somehow clarifying. Thank You.

    1. You are welcome to share this *echo* dear karmiceraser – the copyright belongs to emptiness!
      Acknowledgments are appreciated – and so is your comment. 🙂

      Thanks to You!
      Love ~ ml

  3. If you can bear to look for yourself at all the ways you sabotage the truth of your non-existence, you’ll understand the root of suffering.

    Is it by assuming( believing) that we exist and have roles to act upon that we create our suffering?

    Thank you once again..

    1. You are on the right track dear carmelo. It is indeed this assumption of a separately-existent self-entity with all its confusing and contradictory agendas that causes our distress. But it’s not enough to accept this as a spiritual idea – one has to find out for oneself whether the apparently autonomous self has real existence. That’s the hallowed and very challenging task for us all. The realization that there’s no such separate self but one single sacred Selfing is what I call waking up to savage wisdom. Others use other terms – a rose by any other name …
      Thank you dear one for your comment.
      Love ~ ml

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