How to Keep Your Heart Open in Crisis

A message from Yuan Tze, April 2020
 
How do we keep our hearts open when the world is in turmoil? You see all the suffering and you feel the pain.
 
‘It is a dilemma’, you may think, ‘when I open my heart to the world, I also invite vulnerability and suffering to myself’.
 
Let’s examine this further.
 
What would your reaction be at this time?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed and anxious?
  • Do you feel angry and wanting to blame?
  • Do you feel hopeless and fall into despair?
These reactions may seem reasonable or even ‘natural’.
 
However, in looking closer, do you see the possibility that the pattern of Avoiding and Hiding could play a part in it, especially in directing us to find ‘refuge’ in patterns which lead to these common reactions?
 
Why can’t we face reality?
 
Because it is difficult and we need to close our hearts and divert ourselves in order to feel better and safer....
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Why Seek Enlightenment?

As one develops greater self-realization (realization of the 'True Self' as opposed to the 'false self') and wisdom, one of the the first major milestones of this ongoing growth is reaching the state of consciousness often referred to as 'enlightenment'.

So what is the purpose of reaching of enlightenment?

Well, it's not the end-goal itself: As with many goals, it's the 'precessional effect' of the goal which is of real value*.

The precessional effect of self-realization is a state of understanding and wisdom which is to be found far beyond normal human cognitive function. It's a giant leap beyond, in fact so far beyond that it is incomprehensible to describe or experience until one has reached this state.

As self-realized master Eckhardt Tolle says "the finger pointing at the moon is not the same as the moon". The reality is we will not have a full comprehension of this state until we reach it, but that doesn't mean we cannot and should not strive...

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