Be honest with yourself – What is important to understand is that the view you have of yourself and the view you have of your environment are based on your own mind: they are a projection of your mind and that is why they are not reality.
Self-deception seems always to depend upon the dream world, because you would like to see what you have not yet seen rather than what you now seeing. You will not accept that whatever is here now is what is, nor are you willing to go with the situation as it is. Thus, self-deception always manifests itself in terms of trying to create or recreate a dream world, the nostalgia of the dream experience.
~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
A blogger friend of mine, CM…wrote about ‘Our Voices –and Speaking the Truth to Power’ today.
After reading her post, my words will probably make more sense. At least I hope they do.
My comment was – ‘Many pov. And each has a slice of ‘truth’ . Sometimes an aspect of truth gets lost in the torrent of ‘outraged’ voices.’
Just because you are outraged does not make the words/action/object true. My point of view…does not mean you have the same point of view. My aspect of truth does not negate your aspect of truth. Nor should your aspect of truth override mine because your are ‘outraged’ or louder than me.
It is easy to get caught up in the rush and emotional roller coaster of the many voices.
Right Speech (one of the Noble Eightfold Path) “In every case, if it is not true, beneficial and timely, one is not to say it.”
Thanks CM for the spark of this post. Enjoy and Be well all.
*Saga Dawa Düchen (Wyl. sa ga zla ba dus chen), the ‘Festival of Vaishakha’ — one of the four major Buddhist holidays. It occurs on the full moon (the 15th day) of the fourth Tibetan lunar month, which is called Saga Dawa in Tibetan. It celebrates Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment andparinirvana. At the age of thirty-five Buddha attained enlightenment at Bodhgaya. This day also marks the anniversary of his parinirvana at Kushinagara.
*information from Rigpa Shedra site
May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all sentient beings never be separated from the happiness which is without suffering.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free from both attachment and hatred, holding some close and others distant.
A few nights ago I was speaking with a friend…who looks this way and then that way….for answers…so I thought ‘if she/he would only’….then I caught my thoughts…I was making a judgement on what was best for them spiritually.
No….I cannot do that. And I certainly would not want someone to make a decision for me how I ‘should’ or ‘should not’ believe/feel.
What I did say was …’when you stir water that has a muddy bottom….your view is clouded…when you stop stirring the water becomes more clear and you can see where you want to go. And I am happy with the path I take’. She then asked….’so these things I am showing/telling you are wrong? ‘ ‘I am not saying they are wrong. What I am saying is…I stopped stirring. ‘
When I said those words (or close to them) I felt at peace with all. No judgement. no pressure. Just being.
Be well and Enjoy,
(as a comment to The Hubris of a Life Lived . )