Transforming The Suffering
How to release the Sufferings?
Let us remember again that the Seed Cause of all forms of Sufferings begin with Negative Ideas.
Negative Ideas are Ideas which Promote the Rejection Of The Self.
Thus to release ourselves completely from our Sufferings we need to release ourselves from our Attachment towards the Negative Ideas.
It is important to realize that when we deal with emotions/thoughts/Ideas we are dealing with "Energy" - Consciousness energy to be more precise.
Energy cannot be "destroyed" however they can be "transformed
Thus when we talk about releasing ourselves from Sufferings, we are talking about Transforming the Negative Ideas.
But what are we Transforming the Negative Ideas to?
We Transform the Negative Ideas towards the opposite of what it is.
And that is towards Potentiating Ideas.
Potentiating Ideas are Ideas which promote the Acceptance of The Self
Negative Ideas and Potentiating Ideas
Negative Ideas are Ideas which promote the Rejection of The Self.
This is what Creates Negativity, Fears and Limitations on our Potential etc.
This is what Creates Suffering.
Conversely, Potentiating Ideas are Ideas which promote the Acceptance of The Self.
This is what Creates Power, Freedom, Creativity, and Potential.
This is what Creates Happiness.
So simply speaking, the journey of Self-Transformation is about transforming the state of Self-Rejection into Self-Acceptance.
Let us look at the following diagram to understand it more.
The Process of Transformation
Negative Idea ---> Potentiated Idea
Let us use a Negative Idea as an example to understand the process better.
i.e. "It is not ok to be lazy" ---> "It is ok to be lazy"
As the Negative Idea transforms towards the Potentiating Idea, Potentiation will be experienced throughout the different levels of the Consciousness/The Self.
"I should not be lazy" --->"I can be lazy"
"That Person should not be lazy" ---> "That person can be lazy"
The Fear of appearing lazy will gradually be released.
The rejection of Laziness in Oneself and Other selves will gradually be transformed. Thus all Negativities pertaining to the Negative Ideas will no longer be experienced.
Through the transformative process, the Negative Sensations on the body will also dissipate as well as the physical diseases.
The Self will also have more freedom To Be,
i.e. Instead of working excessively out of Fear of being lazy, now The Self can choose to work hard and choose to be lazy whenever it desires to. I.e. The Self is no longer making choices out of Fear/Suffering but rather out of their Freedom to Be - i.e of one's own choice.
As the Negative Idea is Transformed,
All Levels of The Self will be Transformed.
With Less Fears there will be more Freedom and Creativity to express ourselves.
With Less Negative Thoughts comes more Clarity/Stillness and less Confusion in the mind.
With less Negativity one will experience better Health and Vitality.
To raise the quality of The Self at all levels - from the Physical level to the depths of the Soul and Spirit - such is the Greater Work to be done Within.
How do we Transform The Negative Ideas?
When we discover the Negative Ideas behind our experiences, we can simply invert it.
i.e. "It is Not Ok to be lazy" -> "It is Ok to be lazy"
Usually by simply declaring the intention to move towards the Potentiated Idea in our mind i.e. by declaring the Potentiated Ideas, one can experience an instantaneous relief from one's Sufferings. This will mark the beginning of the Self-Transformation. If it is a deeply rooted belief, then one will no doubt encounter forms of Inner-Resistance.
However such relief will often only be temporary at best due to the complex nature of the Suffering Experience, i.e. The Negative Ideas are often deeply rooted in the consciousness and there can be a combination of Negative Ideas driving one sufffering experience.
That is why the safest and most efficient way of addressing one's own sufferings is to simply address it step by step, layer by layer. And this is done through developing Stillness and the Knowing of The Self gradually. So one can simply work on what one currently Knows, and as the Knowing progresses deeper, one can then do deeper work on the mind.
Let us observe how Stillness and Knowing can work hand in hand to turn the Wheel of Self-Transformation.
The Power Of Stillness and Knowing
Let us look at the two areas of the Mind that will need to be addressed if one wishes to Transform their Negative Ideas
Suffering is Created from our Attachments towards Negative Ideas.
Thus the more we believe the Negative Idea to be true, the deeper the Negative Idea will be rooted in our consciousness.
Thus for the sufferings to be released, we have to release our attachments towards the Negative Ideas / Negative Beliefs.
Although this sounds simple - It can take time due to the lack of Intention we have towards transforming it.
The lack of Intention can come from Lack of Inner-Awareness. For instance -
1. We are not aware that we are Suffering
For instance, if we have not developed the awareness that Worrying Creates Suffering in our lives then we will simply not address it and allow the Suffering and Unhappiness to continue. i.e we will continue to worry about this person, about our work, thinking that we're doing the right thing not Knowing that we are achieving nothing but creating inner misery.
It is by developing Self-Knowing i.e. from meditation that we can become aware how worrying affects happiness through actual experience. Naturally this will create the wisdom and intention within to release these thoughts.
2. We are not aware of the Deeper Causes of our Sufferings
When we only Know the Outer Cause of our Sufferings, we will only develop the Intention to move away from the Outer Cause of what is making us Suffer i.e. the person who made us angry or the situation that made us fearful.
It is by developing the Knowing that the Deeper Cause of our Sufferings come from our Beliefs sustained by Negative Ideas that one will naturally develop the Intention to move away from the Inner Cause, i.e. through releasing one's attachments towards the Negative Ideas.
That is why developing Self-Knowing is important.
2. Negative Energy
The more we react negatively the more we are becoming attached to the Negative Ideas which will allow it to take deeper root in our consciousness.
For instance, whenever we exaggerate or even try to suppress our Negative Reactions everytime we experience it we are in fact feeding the Negative Idea Negative Energy. (Yes, by suppressing one's Negative Reactions will only feed Negative Energy. This is because the act of suppression will always be done with negative judgements which only creates more negative reactions.)
Thus it is important to have the right attitude when we face our Negative Ideas.
We are not trying to "Destroy" It.
We are "Transforming" it.
Realize that are not trying to "Destroy" Parts of The Self that we hate. We are "Transforming" The Self with Self-Acceptance.
Thus the attitude in transforming Negative Ideas is one of Love & Acceptance.
The Difficulty Of Not Reacting
However it can be difficult to not feed the Negativity when we are in a state of Suffering, i.e. in a heated moment when we are experiencing a Negative Emotion such as Anger it can be too easy to just let it blow up out of proportions.
Thus we develop Stillness - our ability to be Still and Equanimous in every moment. By developing this faculty of the mind we can then develop the strength to observe the negative reactions with Stillness - i.e. not letting it blow up or suppressing it, letting it come and go.
By the attempt of reacting less and simply observing the reality as is, the intensity of the reaction will become less and less. What one will also find is that the next time one encounters the same experience, the negative reactions will be felt less.
To be Still in times of Chaos can be very challenging. But realize that it is through the attempt of trying to be Still when the mind does not wish to be Still that can create the friction for Self-knowing to be developed naturally from within. Because through that process, one will naturally question the deeper mind for the cause of the Inner Resistance experienced.
That is why developing Stillness is important.
The Wheel Of Potentation
With Stillness Comes Greater Knowing.
With Greater Knowing comes Self-Acceptance (Self-Transformation).
With Greater Self-Transformation Comes Greater Stillness.
This is how the Wheel Of Potentiation Turns
And it is through this cycle that creates the forward movement on the Path of Creator. Stillness will allow you to develop the Knowing of the Seed Cause of one's Sufferings and this will take you to face the spiritual lessons to do with Self-Acceptance.
Ultimately on your journey of Self-Transformation, you will begin to realize that there is no difference between developing Self-Knowing and developing Self-Acceptance. Because the more you know about yourself, the more you will become aware that you are a part of everything which exists in the Universe - outside and inside. After all, you are Infinite in Potential. So as you develop this Self-Knowing, you will naturally come to Accept all there is - Inside and Out.
We now Know the process of Transformation
How do we put it into practice?
Are there ways to accelerate it?
Yes, with the help of Catalysts!