Faith and Consciousness

Taking the Gaia theory (that earth is one self-regulating system) further – is consciousness one whole? What de Chardin called the noosphere? And our spiritual purpose is to lose the ego and find the deeper common self – God within? So our life’s purpose is to live to support God and the noosphere, not our personal glory?

Second thought on reading a book on Buddha – can one reverse Buddha’s First Noble Truth and say because we are born we experience JOY. Not suffering?

Later – doesn’t work as well for the later truths – except for the second (attachment and ignorance). We need to feel our deep rightness and inner joy, which is not dependent on what we have or want or what we fancy we are.

Which leads to the third truth – love and joy.

Monday, 29th August 2011

Live an examined life. Socrates said an unexamined life was not worth living. Not a narcisistic navel-gazing life, but reflective, aware and conscious of its consequences. I hope that makes a “graced” life. On holiday, felt strongly the bubble of God’s grace.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Reading Faith by Sharon Salzberg. An extraordinary story of overcoming a very unhappy childhood and resolutely searching for inner peace, which she found through Buddhism. Though, unlike the rest of us, she upped sticks at 18 and went to India, not knowing how or where she would find inner peace.

She emphasizes our ability, whatever our circumstances, to choose to have faith in generosity and kindness. “… that we are not cast out and alone.”

From her I get the core teaching: “Love everybody, serve everybody, always remember God.”

Friday, 2 September 2011

Musing on Faith by Sharon Salzberg: we are not in control of what happens in our lives. We want the centre of our lives to be firm but it never is. We try to make it safe and dowse fear, but we can’t. And when we are afraid, our vision narrows and alternatives and solutions are unavailable, just as when I am in pain, I cannot make a decision. She talks of the Buddhists’ “fixated hope” when we insist on OUR solution. We have to relax and melt into what happens. She quotes a friend: “I am not going to make an enemy of my own death.”

“Even as we fall endlessly, with faith we are held as we open to each moment.” – Christy in her moving testament to faith when fighting addiction.

Suffering is the “proximate cause” of faith – Buddhist for likely cause.

“Deep suffering, even the night of despair when all faith is gone, can be the means to arrive at faith, uncovered, renewed. The springboard to faith.” Sharon Salzberg.

She suggests, and found to work, Mindfulness – which is watching what is happening and letting it pass, without fighting it or gettingbattached to it. I have aways to remember that I can be steeped in pain and only able to access memories of pain, yet two hours later can be happy.

About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.
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