Week 26 – No Consolations

What if God does not exist, does it make any difference? What if there are no angels or archangels does it matter? What if the divine energy of Christ and Kwan Yin are made up to help us, does it matter? The answer is always no, it doesn’t matter. What if there is no afterlife, no heaven, no bodhisattvas does it matter? Does all this work become pointless? Do we try to change and persuade people to reinforce our beliefs? Does it matter? The answer has to be no. If the answer is anything other than no, then we are using them as a consolation, a pretence, to justify and support what we do.
Is there a God? We truly experience an oneness and we recognise the creative ability that can be tapped into. Therefore it seems that God is true. But if God isn’t true does it matter, does it lessen the experience? This is not a question of right or wrong, nor just a question of interpretation, this is fundamental. If Jesus, God, Kwan Yin, Michael, Raphael, Reiki guides and many others do not exist does it matter? These are just interpretations we put on experience, to justify and share our experience and to help others to learn. As this they have validity but they are just interpretations. No consolation is accepting the experience in its rawness without the need to play mind games and interpret, to be here now, to go with the flow.
No support, every buffer is removed, no angels, no masters, no significance for anything. We look at the spiritual images and their meaning is meaningless. Christ, Kwan Yin, the Ganges, candles, stones and crystals, nothing has meaning, nothing exists. There is only rawness and the rough surface to lie on. The rough surface is us, unprotected by belief.
There is still part of us that believes that objects will cure and solve this. Clear the clutter, not of objects around us, but the clutter of the mind, the ego and beliefs. Here is the real clutter that we give value and meaning to.
All the books and nothing to say, there is no truth in teaching or words. They all lead different ways. There is only us, direct and raw, because there is no buffer or beliefs to pretend with. This is how it should be. We have given everything the meaning it has for us. We choose to face the world without any buffer, no consolation. The buffer is not needed.
We may not believe in angels and archangels, masters and guides but we do believe in the support. The image we give this support may be made up, a consolation, but behind this pretense is a real presence that supports and guides us. We give it a name in order to involve it, but no more names or lies. Is the belief in it just a pretense? No, support but is it real? The experience, guidance, direction and growth are real.
“No Consolations” what does this mean? No back up, no pretense, present moment awareness without any spiritual content, this is a strange concept, as it seems to be denying something that is real, but perhaps that is the idea. What seems to be real is not absolute i.e. we use the pretence to arrive at an idea of what truth is and give that value. In present moment awareness we are not only being present and alert but we give the experience no value, other than as an experience. This means that we do not give the experience an image, no connection to something, no divine presence, no guardian angels, no spirit, no energy, no God. It is just as it is, plain and raw, a direct experience. We do not try to give it a pseudo belief or a pseudo science, just plain and raw.

“Do not attach yourself to any particular creed so exclusively that you disbelieve all the rest; otherwise you will lose much good, nay, you will fail to recognise the real truth of the matter. God the omnipresent and omnipotent is not limited by any creed, for He says, ‘ Wheresoever ye turn, there is the face of Allah’. Everyone praises what he believes, his god is his own creation, and in praising it he praises himself. Consequently he blames the beliefs of others, which he would not do if he were just, but his dislike is based on ignorance.” Sufi philospoher Muid al-Dim ibn al-Arabi

Feeling the Pain of the World
Now we need do nothing, just raise our prayer to God and ask for healing. Healing for our soul, so that we may be our truth. We need do nothing more. All else is done for us. We raise our prayer and all we need is given to us. We give ourselves, wholeheartedly, with complete belief, to God and everything else is done for us. We pray with the heart, raising our song to God. We sing with the heart and reach up within our heart to God. Our soul reaches out to be at one and we are healed.

We seek nothing else because there is nothing else to seek. Everything is within us and we are part of everything. We want to cry for the pain inside us all, still unforgiven, for we do not forgive ourselves or ask for forgiveness.

Life is so easy in its simplicity and so hard in our striving. We are filled with the Yin and Yang of emotions, as so it should be. We are filled with peace and beauty and joy. We are filled with sadness, because there is so much to do. Here is the cry of pain of our human existence. We seek the Peace of God, yet to experience it we also experience the pain of human existence. This sadness is our reminder of the totality that we are not one but all. That we are not apart but one part of the whole. We cannot feel the joy and peace of completion unless all parts are complete. It is only in the oneness that we share the pain.

We choose to feel this pain, this sadness because it is our motivation. We understand why the great Spirits remain until all beings are healed, because they feel the pain.

In the depth of the soul we feel the peace and the joy yet we also feel the sadness and the pain, not with our mind, but with our heart. And as our heart goes out to others we make our choice, to stay and heal. We choose to feel the joy of the world and the sadness of the world within us, because it makes us whole. If we only find the joy then we are apart and not whole.

We seek perfection and oneness, and we find it in completion for all. There is joy in the pain. As we accept this sadness inside of us all, as we recognise it as part of us and it is lifted off us. There is a joy in accepting the pain. There is freedom in it.

This is so important. We have to find the pain, not seek it, but experience it as part of the depth of joy. Accept it as part of the whole and as part of us. As we realise it and own it, as we chose to go on for all, the pain is taken away from us. Our prayer is answered. We are as one in our human existence, peaceful, joyful and prayerful. Our heart is filled with love and joy and we go into the world to fulfil our role for God. The sadness is taken from us and with gratitude we release our fear and take up the sword to free the world from its chains.

Do not consider compassion to be feeling sorry for, by feeling sorry we do not see the truth. We can see that people are in pain, no matter how that pain manifests itself. Sometimes in a physical way, emotionally or mentally, but their anger, jealousy, fear are also signs of pain. Even the way people behave, their rigidity, pomposity, their unresponsiveness are all signs of their internal pain. Their pain, no matter how manifested, is a reflection of lack of wholeness. They cannot see, at that moment, their wholeness. They do not recognise their true nature or their spiritual connection and are unable to see their perfection.

We can see their pain, yet compassion is not to join them in that pain. Our compassion is to recognise their pain but see their wholeness. We know the pain, because we have experienced it, but we have also experienced wholeness. Compassion then is to see their wholeness while knowing their pain. Our heart goes out to them, but our mind does not play their game and we do not join them in the story. We give them love, but do not console them. We give them love without judgement. We embrace them with our joint perfection and we let Spirit join us in our hearts.

Religion and Morality
There is a deep sadness which comes from a deep longing to be whole again. That sadness manifests itself as desire. We try to fill that longing. We find so many ways to console ourselves.

People find ways to rationalise the situation. Life is difficult . We all suffer, we find ways to cope. This is what consolation is, a rationalisation or a belief that helps us to cope, but it is not awakening, it is not real joy, it is a pretense to hide behind.

Within religion we find consolation. Religion is not always about truth and spirituality, it is often about consoling people. It helps people to face pain and suffering, by offering consolation. It says there will be something better later. It says you are still loved. It is not there to find truth, it is there to console.

Is it good to help others? Yes without question. Yet we need to understand our motivation. We can help others because it makes us feel good. We can help other on moral grounds. There is nothing wrong with helping for any reason. If the question is “Should I do good” for whatever reason the answer is yes. Yet it is a much more difficult question to know what is good.

What we are trying to get to is not to act morally but to act from a place of wholeness. We are not separate, nobody else is separate. We want to act from an the knowledge of that nobody is separate from us. Their pain is our pain.

The only basis for action is knowledge. We, individually, do not know. We sense our oneness. We don’t care for others because we feel we should but because of the certainty that they are us. We feel compassion, we know their pain but sense their light.

For us there has to be personal investigation. If religion limits us, prevents us from experiencing and discerning for ourselves, then we must move past it.