Those Times You Absolutely Hate, The Divinity Within You Might Be Finding Interesting: Experience Is Divinity, Part Fifteen — Easily Ungrateful Humans
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There is a Beneficent Face of Tragedy, a Rebirth on the Flip Side of Suffering: The Magnificence of the All That Is … Infinity of Experience ~ Infinite God
At this point many of you are thinking about how cruel people can be and the tragedy that ensues from that. You are thinking there is tragedy because once experience has happened it cannot be changed, either in this life or in any afterward time, in any no-form state.
Easily Ungrateful = Human
But, you see, you’re already forgetting. I understand, it’s harder when you just have it in your mind. But, think: In bemoaning the tragedy of your life you have already forgotten those times when you felt grateful for those experiences. Initially you were not, of course. It’s nearly impossible to be grateful for tragedy when it happens or even for a while afterward.
But given time, many of us see the beneficent face of tragedy, we realize the rebirth that is the other side of suffering. And we are grateful, then. We know this is true from some of our painful experiences, let’s entertain the notion that the ones we still feel are tragedies will be seen differently some time as well … whether in this life or later.
In fact, you might look back at the sum total of all those hellacious experiences and ponder that if you had not had them you would not be who you are today, you would not have the good that you currently have in your life.
You might be doubly grateful, even, thinking that without those unwanted experiences you would not have learned as much as you did in life and would be much further away from the Liberation you ultimately want.
Long Peek-a-Boo .. Increase Pain, Increase Motivation
All in all, it might occur to you that it is kind of like a very long peek-a-boo experience in which, where the face of God is the most hidden, it makes you want it more and more and more and to strive more and more and more to change that. And, well, it’s actually true, you know? We take any kind of experience of misery or discomfort. And when you increase the pain of it, you increase the motivation for dealing with it and going beyond it. So in the end you would be really thankful for all these experiences because you would find you are super-sensitized to experiencing the opposite of them, the bliss, to the nth degree. Tragedy magnifies the comedy of life and maximizes the bliss of it as a whole.
Sorry to Hear About Your Animal-Killing Toejam
And that’s the thing that’s beautiful about it. You know you’re God when you can say you’ve got chronic fatigue, you’ve got flatulence disease, you’ve got up-the-wazoo inflammation…you’ve got all kinds of…phlegm cancer, y’know? Or you’ve got a really bad toejam that’s cancerous and, uh, killing off your animals… You know?
You know you’re really coming from your Divinity when you can accept any of that as being good for you and, though you’re not seeing it at the time, you are calm in your knowing that you will find out at some point, maybe some day, or even after this life, that you were lucky to have those experiences…. The point is that experiences are just experiences. Since there is no death, really, and all pain is temporary, and Ultimate Reality is Bliss-Beauty-Awareness, then every experience in the Universe is at least interesting and often a whole lot more. The good stuff is delightful; the bad stuff “seasons” the good stuff, making it that much richer and more intense.
Trusting What God Gives Me… That’s Faith
And what is really bad is something we imagine but does not exist: That the suffering that happens is meaningless or is overwhelming. I’ve just dealt with the idea of it being meaningless, and we see that is not true. As for it being possibly overwhelming, I’m seeing that you can say, “I can’t handle it.” But actually, what we usually say is, “I won’t be able to handle it.” So right there is an indication that we are prejudging what it will be like; in fear we are magnifying ahead of time what something unpleasant will be like and minimizing our ability to handle it.
But the insubstantiality of those fears has even become common knowledge in some circles. It’s one of those truths that people are starting to pick up on a lot if they have a lot of experience with pain. Like alcoholics, for example. Of course there are many other kinds of people who suffer a lot but just as an example we know that alcoholics and drug addicts are folks who have had a lot of negative, painful experiences. And yet they’re the ones who, after going through all that hell … and I’ve gone through it … they’re the ones who are saying, “God only gives me that which I can accept…” In their 12-step programs, their AA and so on, you will hear, “God only gives me that which I am able to handle at any particular time.” Now, that’s faith.
Now to some that might sound macho or cocky. It could be taken as “Oh, I’m cool. This program ain’t gonna get the best of me. I’m gonna be handling this, man. I can take it!” And while that is not true in terms of what that saying means, still, accepting the pain can be done with a kind of dying strain of determination, a kind of self-flagellation to ward off the fear one has that unless one toughens oneself, future pain will be even more overwhelming. And that is hardly faith.
An Interesting Experience, Anyway
This faith I’m talking about is trust. It’s trust, but it is something else. It is an awareness, however dim, that pain is not all painful, is not 100% painful. That a part of us, the part that is Divine, is at least finding it interesting. It is at least making for quite a story, and in that way it is better than a lame boring life story in which all pain is somehow kept away.
It is an awareness that Reality does not contain irreconcilable extremes of heaven and hell, but that, as the Tao symbol indicates, even in darkness, in pain, there is a seed of enjoyment; and in light, in pleasure that allows no darkness, there is indeed a seed of darkness. For, yes, as God, the part of us that’s God, these distasteful experiences are kind of like eating an anchovy. You know? It’s like your Divine self is going, “God! This tastes like shit, man! But you know, it is that the more I chew on it…it’s a more interesting experience than I’ve had for quite a while, y’know?” And then our divinity is going, “Hell, I might even try some godawful fish eggs or something some time…. Just to see what it is like, just to have the experience of it.” You know what I’m saying?
It’s just something different. Something different … and therefore, interesting.
Infinity of Experience ~ Infinite God
And in an infinity of experience…. Why can’t there be an infinity of experience? Don’t you see? For when does God stop growing? Why does there ever have to be an end? Why does there have to be an end to the variety and possibilities of experiencing, the possibilities of existing, of Existence!
I am not saying why does there ever have to be an end to human life. I’m saying when does God stop growing? Cause I’m saying that God is all knowledge.
The Magnificence of the All That Is.
But She’s infinitely experiencing, and She has for all time. So, with an infinity of experiences, there’s always going to be newness…. Newness, interest, fascination, poignancy … magnificence. The magnificence of the All That Is.
Continue with Four Falls from Grace … And Back Again — Becoming Human Is Love’s Supreme Act of Recklessness: Experience Is Divinity, Part Sixteen — Existence Is Fun
Return to “You Lose Your Form, You Lose Your Fear”: Experience Is Divinity, Part Fourteen — The Dream Is Over, Liquid Memories, and THE TRUTH
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