Knowing The Suffering
What is Suffering?
Suffering is the negative states of the mind.
I.e. the states of anger, fears, jealousy, doubts etc.
To simplify, Suffering is Unhappiness.
What is the Cause Of Suffering?
When we only look outward for the cause for our unhappiness, we will only be able to arrive at external answers. For instance, we may end up blaming the person in front of us who had said something rude as the cause for our misery, or we can blame the job interview for making us feel uncomfortably nervous.
However, to find the deeper Cause, one will need to explore the cause that lies on the other side—To look inwards into the world inside—for that is the true place from which the states of Suffering emerges.
Like solving a problem, the more you know its Cause, the easier it becomes to solve.
So, to properly address one's suffering, instead of just looking outwards, one must also look inwards for the cause.
For instance, one can wipe a wet floor thinking that it will solve the problem.
But without Knowing the Deeper Causes of the wet floor, i.e. without attending to the broken pipe inside the wall, the floor will simply become wet again no matter how dry one scrubs the floor each time.
That is why developing Self-Knowing is so crucial on the journey of Self-Transformation as it will help one to address their sufferings in the most efficient and safe way.
Without Knowing the Deeper Causes of our Sufferings, one can end up addressing it in an unconstructive way, much like trying to fight fire by attacking the flames. By Knowing the deeper cause, one can then address their Sufferings at the wick—at the Source—rather than wasting time fighting to achieve nothing but pain.
To extinguish our Sufferings, our Fears, our Negativities, we address it at the source so that it will not ignite again.
Thus the importance of developing the Knowing Of The Self cannot be stressed enough. The more you Know yourself, the more you will know the Cause of all your negative states of the mind. Developing Self-Knowing is how you can become your own teacher, the master of your own mind.
The Journey of Self-Knowing will take time and effort.
But the results will be Life-Changing.
The quickest way to develop Self-Knowing is through the practice of meditation.
However, a diagram has been created below for you to understand the cause of Suffering from a linear perspective, which can help you on your journey of developing Experiential Knowledge.
The Creation Of Suffering
The Creation of Suffering can be likened to The Creation Of A Tree.
Beginning with a Seed, emerges the Roots and then the Leaves of possibilities.
Negative Idea (The Seed)
(Negative Self-Declaration - "It is not ok....")
The True Nature Of the mind is that it is Infinite in Potential.
"You are what you believe."
Suffering begins when that Truth becomes Distorted with one's attachment to certain Beliefs.
These Distortions can be best transcribed and understood as Negative Ideas.
And what makes an Idea Negative?
It is when we become attached to an Idea that promotes the Rejection of The Self.
"I am a horrible person if I am selfish."
"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 be selfish."
"It is not ok to be arrogant."
"It is not ok to be fat."
Negative Ideas are Ideas that Reject the Truth that One is Infinite In Potential by declaring that only certain parts of The Self are acceptable.
This Rejection Will Create Distortions in the Consciousness
The Distortion/Confusion will be experienced as different forms of Negativities by the varying levels of the Consciousness/The Self, as follows:
Negative Thoughts/Emotions (The Roots)
(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 / Thoughts.
The severity of the experience will depend on how deep one is attached to the Negative Idea.
The Negative Idea "It is not ok to be lazy" can create Negative thoughts towards oneself, i.e.-
"I should not be lazy"
It can also create Negative Thoughts towards Other Selves, i.e.-
"That Person should not be lazy."
And from these Negative Thoughts sprout the Negative Emotions such as Anger, Frustration, 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 also experience different kinds of fears, i.e. such as being judged by others for being lazy.
Negative Physical Manifestation (The Leaves)
(Hands sweating, irregular heart beating, confusion, tension, etc.)
The Negative Thoughts/Emotions will manifest themselves on the Physical Self as Negative Sensations on the body.
i.e. Discomfort in the belly, heat, increase in heart rate, tension on 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. To experience these subtle vibrations, one can use the practice of meditation.
Also, what one will discover eventually is that prolonged generation of Negative Energy can give rise to both Physical and Mental Disease.
How one expresses this Negative Stress outwards will depend on the individual. For example, out of rejection towards The Self for being lazy, one may be subconsciously compelled to always work hard, or to put up an appearance that one is always working hard and so forth.
It's only when we realize how much our Suffering States of the mind have been controlling our lives, we realize just how little we have ever been in control of our lives.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
The Diagram above was a linear illustration of the Cause of Suffering. However, at the experiential level, Suffering is a state that is experienced by all levels of The Self in One Time.
What do we do with all this information?
What you can do now is to simply realize that whenever you experience the negative states of the mind, i.e. Fears, Stress, Disease, Negativities, and so forth, it's simply a manifestation of the Negative Ideas you carry within.
But again, you are encouraged to validate the Truth from your own experience.
So next time you experience a Suffering Experience, for instance, if you experience anger towards someone, you can try to find the Negative Ideas behind the experience by asking yourself—
"How can I transcribe this Suffering Experience into Negative Ideas starting with "it is not ok..."?
"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."
However, it can be difficult to locate the Negative Ideas when we are in a Suffering situation as it can make the mind quite chaotic. That is why developing Stillness is important.
As a side note, if you wish to develop Experienced Knowledge of the negative effects of Negative Ideas, once you have discovered your Negative Ideas, you can declare them strongly in the mind to see how it affects your happiness.
The free course Balancing Energy Through Self-Acceptance can help you to understand this from experience.
Having explored the Cause of Suffering, let us look at the ways to transform it.