Knowing The Suffering
"Why Do We Suffer?"
Why do we experience unhappiness?
When we look outward to find the answers we will only find external answers. I.e. we would simply point to what we see in our line of sight as the Cause of our Suffering - Maybe we'd blame the person in front of us for making us feel hurt, or blame our nervousness on the job interview.
But how can we ever be Happy if we are constantly blaming each other or external situations for the cause of our miseries?
Realize that for our Suffering/Unhappiness to be completely addressed we need to also look at and address the other side of Suffering.
This is the "Inside" - because it is from Within where the Deeper Causes of our Sufferings are found.
Like solving a problem, without Knowing the Deeper cause, only a part of that problem will be addressed.
For instance one can wipe a wet floor thinking that it will solve the problem,
But without knowing of the Deeper Causes of that problem, i.e. without discovering and addressing the broken pipe inside the wall, the floor will become wet again and again no matter how much one wipes it.
The Path Of Creator is about developing the Knowing of One's Suffering through discovering the Deeper Causes of it until we can address it at the Seed Level.
Realize that Developing the Knowing of the Cause of Suffering is the Most Efficient and Safest Way of addressing it.
Once the deeper causes of a problem are known, one will Naturally begin to know how to address it..
Without develop the Knowing of the Deeper Causes of our Suffering, we can end up focusing our energies in an unconstructive way such as fighting the fire by attacking the flames.
But through Knowing the Deeper Cause of that flame, of knowing what is fueling that flame, we can then safely extinguish it at its wick rather than wasting time to fight the fire only to burn ourselves.
And likewise, to extinguish our Sufferings, our Fears, our Negativities we address it at its wick and transform it so that the Suffering will not ignite again.
Thus the importance of developing the Knowing Of The Self cannot be stressed enough. Without Developing The Knowing Of The Self one will not be able to create any progress in addressing their Sufferings.
To this day there are many "Techniques/Methods/Psychological Consultations/Self-Help Courses/Religious Practices/Scientific Practices and so forth that promise some sort of results in addressing one's Sufferings. But how many of them actually talk about the importance of developing discovering the cause of why the suffering is there in the first place?
It is important to develop Self-Knowing. This is how we can become our own master, rather than And this will take time and patience to develop.
The Hard-Truth is that there are no "Magic-Pills" in life where one simply can take to cure all Disease and Sufferings Permanently. There may be quick techniques to alleviate suffering quickly, but the results are often temporary.
The Journey thus can take time and patience.
But the results will be Life-Changing.
The quickest way to develop Self-Knowing is through meditation and you can find the practices on the courses page.
And on your journey of Self-discovery you will gradually discover how the mind works and how suffering is created in the mind. Below is a a guide which you can use to piece the puzzles together.
The Creation Of Suffering
The Creation of Suffering can be illustrated in the same way as The Creation Of A Tree.
It Begins with a Seed, then from that seed comes the Roots and then the Leaves of possibilities.
(Negative Self-Declaration - "It is not ok....")
Suffering begins with Negative Energy.
This Negative Energy can be best transcribed and understood as a Negative Idea.
And what makes an Idea Negative?
It is when we have an Idea which promotes the Rejection of The Self.
"I am a horrible person if I don't live up to my own expectations"
"He is a terrible person because he is arrogant"
"I look too fat to be liked"
Negative Ideas are can be simplified as Self-Declarations beginning with
"It is not ok...."
"It is not ok to underperform"
"It is not ok to be arrogant"
"It is not ok to be fat"
When we Create a Negative Self-Declaration we are Rejecting The Self.
The Rejection Creates Distortion in the Consciousness
The Distortion/Confusion will then be experienced Negatively by the varying levels of the Consciousness/The Self as follows :
(i.e. Anger, Fears, judgement, doubt, worries, and so forth)
The Negative Idea will be experienced in the Level of the Emotional and Mental Self as
Negative Emotions and Thoughts.
The severity of the experience will depend on how deep one is attached to the Negative Idea.
The Negative Idea i.e. "It is not ok to be lazy" can create Negative thoughts towards oneself i.e.-
"I should not be lazy"
The Negative Idea can create Negative Thoughts towards other Selves i.e.-
"That Person should not be lazy"
And from these Negative Thoughts sprouts the Negative Emotions such as Anger, the need to control others and so forth.
The Creation Of Fears
Because The Self has declared that "It is not ok to be lazy"
The Self will Create different forms of Fears such as the fear of appearing Lazy in front of others.
Negative Physical Manifestation
(Hands sweating, irregular heart beating, confusion, tension, etc)
The Negative Thoughts/Emotions will be manifested on the Physical Self as the Negative Sensations on the body.
i.e. discomfort in the belly, heat, increase in heart rate, tension in the body, heartache , sweat and so forth - the intensity of which will depend on the overall Negative Energy.
NB: Even the subtlest negative energy will trigger a negative sensation on the body.
Without higher awareness, one will not be able to feel these subtle physical sensations on the body. What one will discover eventually is that Negative Energy is the Primordial Cause for Physical Disease to take place on the body.
And the ways in which one will express this Negative Stress outwards will be up to the individual - i.e. out of rejection of The Self for being lazy, one may push oneself to always working hard, or out of Fear, one can push oneself to have a hard-working appearance in front of people and so forth.
Realize that most of us can think we are in control of our lives without being aware just how much of our lives are actually been driven by our Sufferings.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
The Diagram above was simply created to help one to understand how a Negative Idea can be experienced as different forms of Sufferings in the many levels of The Self linearly.
Naturally, as one Develops the Knowing of The Self one will reach a similar conclusion and discover that all forms of Fears, Stress, Disease, Negativities, i.e. all forms of Suffering/Unhappiness Experienced Within will always recede back to Negative Ideas.
But instead of simply believing what is written here, one has to validate the Truth of it from one's own experience. Next time you experience a Suffering Experience, you can discover the Negative Ideas by asking yourself "How can I transcribe this Suffering Experience" into Negative Ideas starting with "it is not ok..."
For instance, Next time when you encounter someone who makes you angry, you can simply ask yourself -
"What is not ok? And maybe you'll find Negative Ideas such as
"It is not ok for him to be rude to me."
"It is not ok for him to be arrogant"
"It is not ok to be embarassed"
The more you are Aware and Still the more Negative Ideas you will be able to discover within the Suffering Experience. Without Stillness we can lack clarity and end up focusing too much on the Outer Cause - i.e. on the other person who has made us angry - and forget to turn our attention inwards to the Seed Cause of our Sufferings.
To develop Experienced Knowledge of the effects of Negative Ideas you can also declare them strongly in the mind to experience how it can affect your happiness
So now we know how Suffering is Created.
How do we transform our Sufferings?