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Life Force In Everything, Powering Everything

“The basic creative energy of life—life force—bubbles up and courses through all of existence. It can be experienced as open, free, unburdened, full of possibility, energizing. Or this very same energy can be experienced as petty, narrow, stuck, caught. Even though there are so many teachings, so many meditation, so many instructions, the basic point of it all is just to learn to be extremely honest and also wholehearted about what exists in your mind—thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, the whole thing that adds up to what we call ‘me’ or ‘I.’ … No one else can really sort out for you what to accept—what opens up your world—and what to reject—what seems to keep you going round and round in some kind of repetitive misery. …

“The message is that each of us has all that it takes to become fully enlightened. We have basic energy coursing through us. … Because we are decent, basically good people,we ourselves can sort out what to accept and what to reject.” ~Pema Chödrön

Life Force, Life Energy

Chödrön says that life force, or life energy, flows “through all of existence”. That is a powerful statement that each of us should stop and consider for a moment. If life energy flows through everything, then that that mean that on some level, everything is alive? I think it does.

Electrical energy flows through our bodies. That makes us electrical conductors, whether we like it or not. We might even say that we are more than conductors of electricity, we are generators of it. Some of the electricity that come from us didn’t come from outside, but was generated within us. When we have too much electricity in us, we may get shocked when we touch a metal doorknob. Which means that to some degree, we have affected that doorknob. We have altered it with our electrical energy. It, in turn, has affected us with that shock we received.

Negative and Positive Energy

It is correct to say that this life force is neutral energy. It is neither positive or negative. It can do good or evil. As long as it is in it’s natural state. Where things get complicated is that humans can take in some of that energy and send it back out filled with their own thoughts and ideas. That is how it can become negative or positive. A person who is full of anger, fear, and jealousy sends out energy full of those negative thoughts. That is why it may make you feel uncomfortable being around that person. On the other hand, a person full of love and joy send out positive energy which can also be felt by sensitive people. We often find ourselves attracted to those people without really knowing why. Continue reading “Life Force In Everything, Powering Everything”

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A Better Life of Truth, Wisdom, and Constant Growth

“There’s a common misunderstanding among all the human beings who have ever been on the earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. You can see this even in insects and animals and birds. All of us are the same.

“A much more interesting kind adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring whether the object f our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet. To lead a life that goes beyond pettiness and prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our terms, to lead a more passionate, full, and delightful life than that, we must realize we can endure a lot f pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks.” ~Pema Chödrön

Misunderstanding

It’s true, of course. Most beings on this planet, including humans, seek comfort and pleasure as their only goal. Some animals spend all their waking hours seeking food. It is their only comfort, their only pleasure. Some more advanced animals can put up with a little pain if they think it will bring them comfort. A horse will tolerate people riding it because it will get food and a comfortable place to sleep from those people.

But pleasure and comfort shouldn’t be the goal at all. If it was, we are in the wrong place for that. No matter how hard we seek comfort, we will still end up getting diseases, being involved in wars, and eventually dying. We can’t hide from the pains of the material world. Instead, we can choose to accept those painful experiences which will lead us to spiritual wisdom and truth.

A Better Life

A better way to live is to accomplish. Whether you accomplish on the physical level, the spiritual level, or both, we need to accomplish. And in order to truly accomplish, we need to learn. We need to learn about the world we live in. Most of all, we need to learn about ourselves. In order to do that, we can’t live a life of comfort and ease. We have to face challenges. Hiding from pain is not the goal. Both physical and mental pain must be accepted. It is part of the growth process. Continue reading “A Better Life of Truth, Wisdom, and Constant Growth”

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Death Fear Becomes Fear of Life

“Our greatest fear is that when we die, we will become nothing. Many of us believe our entire existence is limited to a particular period, our “lifespan.” We believe it begins when we are born—when, out of being nothing, we become something—and it ends when we die and become nothing again. So we are filled with a fear of annihilation. But if we look deeply, we can have a very different understanding of our existence. We can see that birth and death are just notions; they’re not real. The Buddha taught that there is no birth and no death. Our belief that these ideas about birth and death are real creates a powerful illusion that causes us a great deal of suffering. When we understand that we can’t be destroyed, we’re liberated from fear. It’s a huge relief. We can enjoy life and appreciate it in a new way.
“When you lose a loved one, you suffer. But if you know how to look deeply, you have a chance to realize that his or her nature is truly the nature of no-birth, no-death. There is manifestation, and there is the cessation of manifestation in order to have another manifestation. You have to be alert to recognize the new manifestations of one person. But with practice and effort, you can do it. Pay attention to the world around you, to the leaves and the flowers, to the birds and the rain. If you can stop and look deeply, you will recognize your beloved manifesting again and again in many forms.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Death Fear

Fear of death is indeed one of the greatest fears for most of us. More accurately, we fear that there is no afterlife and we will just cease to exist. Or perhaps worse, that there is an after life and we will end up in hell. All of those fears can be overcome in one way or another.

As for the fear that there is no afterlife and we simply end when the body dies, what is there to fear in that? Not that it is true, but if it was, so what? You end, it’s over, no more pains, no more worries. It is not something we have any control over so fearing it and worrying about it is useless.

We have people who spend a great deal of money searching for ways to extend their physical life by a few years. Why? If you believe that physical life is the only life, you except that you life will end. Spending much of the limited time you have searching for ways to extend your time here is just wasting what time you do have.

Fear of Hell

If we fear death because we fear going to hell, that is actually a reasonable fear. But it is a fear that can be overcome by doing what is necessary to prevent that from happening. Knowing what that is can be confusing.
There are many churches and religions teaching many different things about hell and how to avoid it. Our own soul knows the truth. We need to trust our intuition. We also need to awaken our souls. Only a fully awakened conscious soul can alleviate our fear of going to hell. The awakened soul knows exactly what must be done to avoid that fate. The awakened soul doesn’t fear hell and it doesn’t have death fear.

Birth and Death

I don’t think we can say that birth and death are not real. They are unreal for the spirit and soul, but very real for the physical body. Of course, if you think of the body as pure illusion that doesn’t matter, then we can say that birth and death don’t exist. But matter is not imaginary. It is real, but not what it appears to be. While it can be argued that matter doesn’t cease to exist, it simply changes form, that is death as far as that form is concerned. Unless that form is human and has gone to the trouble of uniting with its permanent spiritual self thereby becoming immortal. Such a united being has no death fear.

Conclusion

In short, fear of death really becomes fear of life. By operating from a level of fear, and avoiding things that might result in death, you never really live. Even if life is temporary, and the afterlife is a fantasy, that is even more reason to live life while we can. In reality, life is permanent and the physical stage of it is just the beginning. The spirit and soul are immortal. The catch is, you experience that immortality only if you unite your physical, mental and spiritual self while still alive on the physical plane.

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Immortal Life of Spirit and Soul

“Even supposing life could be described as a condition imposing upon matter,still the source from which this condition entered the matter must necessarily admitted to be immortal simply b being unable to take into itself the opposite of the life which it conveys.

“Of course, life is no such mere condition, but an independent principle, effectively living.

“A further consideration is that if every soul is to be held dissoluble the universe must long since have ceased to be: if it is pretended that one kind of soul, our own for example, is mortal, and another, that of the All, let us suppose, is immortal,we demand to know the reason for the difference alleged.

“Each is a principle of motion, each is self-living. … The soul then must … itself be eternal.” ~Plotinus

Life is not Death

Much like the somewhat comical saying that the leading cause of divorce is marriage, some will say that the leading cause of death is life. While at a superficial glance, that may appear true, it isn’t. The difference is that divorce is the end of a marriage. If no marriage happened, there can be no divorce. On the other hand, death can exist where there never was any life. So death is not the end of life, but the absence of it. The difference may seem subtle and irrelevant, but it isn’t.

Immortal Life

So Plotinus tells us that life is not death, and can never be death. If the life force carried death within it, life itself would die, and that isn’t possible. No matter how much the universe changes, life will exist and create living beings from the substance of that universe. So life itself must be immortal. And Plotinus wisely argues that if life itself is immortal, than the gift of life that it brings to us and other beings must also be immortal. Yet we know that some things die. So what gives? Continue reading “Immortal Life of Spirit and Soul”

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