From Suffering to Surrender

The heart beat. The lungs breathe. The mind think. The mouth speak. The body moves.

Such is the paradoxical nature of reality, that even though there is no one here to make any of this happen, it is happening. Right now.

It’s not that easy to wrap the head around. And thus, when it comes to the understanding of this, it’s perhaps a helpful thing to map out some ‘levels’, in order to see where one are and could still go.

There are basically three levels. The first is where there to some extent is believed that there is this thing called “someone”, doing at minimum the last three activities mentioned up top. Why exactly these “someones” aren’t doing all of the activities is a bit unclear. But none the less it is basically known that the someones are most definitely doing at least the last three, if not four, of the above mentioned activities. To some degree that is almost 100% probably the case. Depending on how one look at it.

The second level is where the logical validity of the various scientific and philosophical arguments against the idea of free individual will/control have been studied and verified first hand. But there isn’t yet a felt clear seeing, surrender and peace.

The third level is where there’s felt clear seeing, surrender and peace.

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To get from the first to the second level one need to read and think about this. Get them hands dirty. Somehow sort out all question and concerns. Whatever it takes. Because if this is to work, there cannot be any confusion or doubt what so ever about what the actual state of affairs are.

To get from the second to the third level one need to contemplate and/or suffer. Basically allow life to go through the possibly painful process of turning suffering and a hollow mental understanding into a directly perceived, living reality. To just stay with it. Day-in. Day-out.

For how long? For as long as it takes.

So what are the obstacles to watch out for? Well, that’s the funny thing. There are none. And that’s really the beauty of this kind of thing. There really is no such thing as a true obstacle. Anything one could argue to possibly be an obstacle, one could inescapably argue to possibly be a key. That’s just the nature of this kind of process. Nothing is given. Everything is down to what life makes of it.

Accept. Flow. Be angry. Whine. Fuck it all. Pray. If you want my advice: just be what you are at this very moment, and the next, and the next, ad infinitum. Whatever is meant to be, will be.

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