To continue yesterday’s post.
Why do people make (or think ) the path to enlightenment (is) difficult.
It’s simply a reflection of a person’s life.
When making a personal life to be complicated… in reflection typically a person will then make the path to enlightenment to be similarly difficult.
It seems that people make an unconscious choice that the path to enlightenment should follow the path of one’s life… this is a pretty simple and direct relationship.
However, if we already are connected , having the “light” within us, then actually no path is required at all to embrace it, all a person has to do is relax and accept it as it is… Since it’s there for everyone already…
So here is the trick of the situation: the path of enlightenment… is
(a) the path to become the light…
(b) the process of coming to acceptance that one is the light.
the core answer is (b) but 99.99 percent of humanity choses answer (a) to get to answer (b)
A fine difference in grammar. This is the “trap” most people fall into. While option (a) is a perfectly valid choice to explore… it’s the path that takes 20 to 30 years of purification and simplification, practice, reduction, personal rebirth and finally acceptance to reach.
The true “trap” here is not everyone accepts that the light is already within themselves, or they don’t accept that the light is readily reachable. This is trick of ego, ego has to let go of control in order for the light to shine.
Taking path (b) goes straight to acceptance. However, path (b) will not work, if you hang on to ego… Ego is a very sticky beast indeed. It’s sticky for a reason, if it were easy to rejoin to the light… then most of us wouldn’t stick around to experience all the hard parts of life either… (I hear a few people going “ah” and getting the connection now)
Seems too simple? That’s the point, it is too simple for many people, so instead many people take the harder path for the journey itself. Thats why path (a) is perfectly fine and nothing is wrong for taking it. In fact by taking it, a person does get to experience a whole lot of neat practices along the way to help make the journey more interesting.
This is a core reason why many enlightenment practices teach a person to simplify and reduce down their life to be as simple as possible.
Is this required?
Not absolutely… However, the majority of people who have issues with attachment, typically do require to follow such practices, over quite a few years, to get to the point where they can focus on their inner nature and light.
As I said yesterday. The path to enlightenment is not a matter of dogma, it’s a personal choice of direction.
Dogma merely provides guidelines and practices to follow to help a person along the way. For this reason Taoism teaches many dogma’s and paths to enlightenment.
I myself prefer option b, which lets me laze under a tree as I watch life bounce about. I have poked about many of the practices within path (a) to help sand down aspects of my nature. Which brings up a point… you can mix and match (a) and (b) also. Live, explore and enjoy life.
Don’t worry about the answers, it only comes together once you let it all go… And there is no rush to do that since we have our entire life to play around within to “get it”.
I’ll be under the tree if you have questions.
Imagine sitting down, beside an old maple tree.
Close the eyes.
Feel dappled sunlight dancing on skin,
Leaves eclipse stray beams
as shadows tango to the light across the body.
Listen to leaves whisper
as the wind tussles them
into the air.
Smile as branches complain
in creaking strains
as younger leaves bounce in play.
PS: more tomorrow.