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Teal: How Can I Help Reduce Suffering on This Planet?

By Teal

When we look at something across the world that causes suffering or when we look at something in someone else’s life that causes them to suffer, we feel powerless. Being empathetic, we want desperately to do something to improve the situation. But we don’t know how. The most crucial thing for us to understand is that we will never feel good about the world we live in, or about ourselves until we stop addressing suffering in terms of specific, isolated incidents. We will only reduce suffering if we treat suffering on this planet as a whole.

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If We Create Our Own Reality, How Do You Explain Suffering?

By Teal Scott

TealScott2Suffering is the biggest issue for those of us who are trying to align with the spiritual truth of  “you create your own reality” and “the purpose of your life is joy”. And who blames us? Who the hell could say that the child who was kidnapped and raped created their own reality and live with themselves? How could we say that life is about joy when people are losing their loved ones to cancer or war?

Our entire reality is being arranged around us like a 360 degree mirror reflection of our thoughts. Our senses perceive this reflection and translate it into a physical experience for us. And so, you can think of it like a learning hologram. When we are born, we know we create our own reality by virtue of what we are paying attention to. This is why it is so easy for babies to ignore you. But pretty soon, we get more flack for ignoring things we do not want to pay attention to than we do for paying attention to them, and the minute we pay attention to them, they begin to manifest in our reality. And we feel like victims. We forget that we create our own reality. 

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Bentinho: “If You’re not Happy, You’re not Helping”

By Bentinho Massaro

Photo: "What is the Purpose of Life?"Dialogue excerpt from the April 2011 India Retreat taught by Bentinho MassaroQuestioner:  What is the purpose of life?Bentinho:  If causality feels very real to us, meaning if form and relation feels very real to us, very solid, very external as if it is really existing apart from awareness, then you can appoint meaning and purpose to everything, like “I had a vision” or “I had a sign” or even simple things like, I don’t know, everything has a purpose from the perspective of duality, from the perspective of causality.I’d say the only purpose is to wake up to what’s beyond causality.  So like I’ve told you before, every experience you can consider from two sides, like two sides of the same coin, one part of the experience seems to project a story, a causality, a reality.  So it might be a story “I am angry” or “I am sad” or “that person has hurt me.”  So the sensation of “she has hurt me” may arise and that projects a story, that’s one side of the experience you can perceive.  But if you regard it purely as an experience, purely as a sensation that arises without believing in the story that it projects, then for that moment there is no causality, and the only purpose of the experience is to confirm that awareness is prior, that awareness is present, and that the experience is inseparable from awareness. So the only purpose of life, when you’re still half believing in duality and causality and you want to wake up, then the only purpose is to regard each experience as a confirmation of awareness, as a confirmation of existence rather than a story projecting a reality, and from the natural peace of awareness, there’s no purpose even in that, it’s just spontaneous appearances inseparable from its source, so its source is the appearance, and the appearance is the source of the appearance, and it’s like a causeless game with no past, future or even present, just completely spontaneous, as it is, completely causeless, completely purposeless, there’s no purpose or cause unless we think it into existence, and thinking is completely secondary, is manmade you could say. So what remains without thinking about anything?  Surely causality does not appear.  A story about a you vs. me does not appear.  A purpose does not appear.  So all of that is optional. It does not have to be denied. Questioner:  I’m asking because there are some teachers who kind of emphasize on the side of joy, let’s say, life is just to enjoy, or your natural state is happiness, but even this seems to me to be a bit out of balance, you know.  Of course that’s part of the experience, but there’s also the other part, so sometimes I’m not sure whether that’s really a completely neutral point of view, that’s why I was interested in how you look at this.  Bentinho:  Well it’s very simple, actually, you can just see that whenever a purpose arises it’s only due to thinking about it, so if you stop thinking about it for a moment, where’s the purpose?  And reality doesn’t necessarily think about anything, that’s purely optional.  And every thought perceives from a particular perspective, it projects a particular reality, but it exists only within that thought.  And when we stop thinking for a moment, we can see the thought as it is, so we’re not thinking about what it projects, we’re not denying the thought, but we’re perceiving it as an experience arising, rather than seeing from its point of view.  Alright, so the story “I am angry” is a story, but you also can perceive it as an experience that arises, as a sensation.  So that’s the two sides of the coin, the two sides of the experience -- you can either emphasize the story and the causality it projects, or very simply you can stop thinking, or you can allow the thought but not believe in its story, and just see that it’s an experience that can only be there if awareness is here.  So it’s confirming awareness, that‘s the only purpose it has. But even that is a perspective. Bentinho Massaro www.free-awareness.com - Bentinho Massaro's websitehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOFGq7ydDs8 - video that was transcribedhttp://www.facebook.com/#!/bentinhomassaro - Bentinho's Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/#!/FreeAwareness - Bentinho's Free Awareness Page

Always remember when it comes to your idea of world-suffering and your sense of having responsibilities toward it:

If you’re not happy, you’re not helping.

It’s that simple, and it’s really really true. 

Contribute to yourself and ‘the world’ in a way that makes you overwhelmingly happy on a regular basis.

Don’t just suffer ‘for them’, complain about ‘they’ and sign petitions. BE what you are meant to be by following your inner resonance guide. 

Joy is the signal that you’re thinking or doing something in alignment with your spirit’s original intention.

Teal Scott: How Can It Be?

AngelicView: Yes! Yes! Yes! And Yes!  (Okay, I’ll calm down now). Many thanks to Teal Scott for this wonderful article. 🙂

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Question:

How can spiritual teachers say that everything (even our deepest pain) comes to bless us? Why do we worry if we know it creates bad things for us? And how can it be that spiritual teachers can simultaneously say that we are all one, while at the same time saying that we create our own individual realities where no one can impose themselves upon us? It is because of how the physical dimension was designed!
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