Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Endurance by Resting is Liberation

This 11th day is a perfect time to ponder about inner confrontations and liberation, since 11 expresses the power to find truth, force and inspiration inside, from the Soul Self that encompasses and frees the lower personal ego.

Tertön Sogyal, the Tibetan mystic, said that he was not really impressed by someone who could turn the floor into the ceiling or fire into water. A real miracle, he said, was if someone could liberte one negative emotion. (Sogyal Rimpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, p.124).

Don´t say "I will avenge this evil". Wait on the Eternal Being and He will save you (Proverbs 20:22).

The miracle of liberation comes only when we cease to fight fiercely against what bothers or hurts; letting go of the attachment to negative thoughts, self-deprecation, fears, insecurities, resentments, dualistic views that see evil all over...

Of course, this becomes far easier by becoming familiar with contemplative meditation, also known as centering prayer...

In it one does not run away from distress nor tries to push away negative thoughts, but simply observes them and uses them as an opportunity to stop holding distractions, returning over and over to the loving heart, resting on the cloud of unknowing, the silent, infinite, inclusive and serene space of the Soul, the Christ-Buddhic Mind, the true wise Master, our inner savior, which is a spark of the Eternal One. 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:30 ESV).

Desist and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10 Jewish Bible)

Cast out the [inner] scorner and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease (Proverbs 20:22 KJB).

But I tell you, do not set yourself against the one who is evil. But whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also (Matthew 5:39 NHEB)

These words of the Christ have always been misunderstood, since it does not mean to let anyone tread on us. It rather points to an aspect of inner work: the non manifestation of negative emotions or violent reactions before tortuous situations (ponêrô).

me antistênai is sometimes translated as do not resist, but always in the sense of not turning oneself against something, indicated by the prefix -anti.

And the only way to accomplish that is by developing the capacity to endure the inner fire, but without generating repression, liberating the load in the humble space of the heart. This alchemy fire cooks our ego, turning it into light.

Curiously, sometimes the term antistênai is used to expressed this "humble resistance", as in the passage of Jacob:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James/Jacob 4:7 ESV).

In other occasions, we find the term to express a strong confrontation, as when God plays the role of Satan, Adversary, turning pride and violence against themselves:

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5 ESV)

Therefore, let go of grasping negativity and endure by resting on liberation.

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