Obviously there is a matrix, a construct, a cause and effect organization of energy that maintains life–gives it sustenance–keeps feeding itself–and keeps us alive.
No one knows (or they’re not telling) and perhaps no one will ever know if life had a beginning or has always existed (belief and faith don’t count). Yet the universe and man exist, NOW, which is as good as starting point as is available since no one knows or is saying why the matrix exists (and though theories abound, they don’t count either).
According to some people’s opinions, the matrix doesn’t do a very good job–too much suffering and death. Those people have merely not taken the time think about it, or have failed to think it through to its logical conclusion.
Once upon a time there was a nirvana, Valhalla, Elysium, paradise, heaven, Shangri-la world–there was no pain and no suffering. One day a space ship landed, and the visitors toured the paradisaical world and talked to a man named Sam.
The conversation went like this:
“Nice world you have here,” said the visitor.
“What does ‘nice’ mean?” asked Sam.
“You know...a paradise, where everything you could ever need, want and desire is yours without will or effort,” said the visitor.
“I don’t understand your words,” said Sam. “‘Paradise, need, want, desire, will, effort?’”
The visitor turned to his companions and said, “Woa...we’ve stumbled onto a world of innocence...their eyes are not open....they have no knowledge, no understanding. They are ignorant. They are as children. They ARE children. There are no opposites here. And we shouldn’t be here.” So they left, wondering how they had entered a pre-mortal world in a non-mortal dimension.
The above “fairytale” vaguely demonstrates how people who have not experienced opposites might answer to someone who has. Like a child who is warned, “Don’t to touch the hot stove!” The child asks, “What does ‘hot’ mean?” And the parent answers, “Touch it and you’ll find out.”
The fairytale story of the Garden of Eden is such an example: “...The man has become as one of us, knowing good and evil...” or, The man has become as one of us, and is able to experience opposites (obviously in the ‘Garden’ story, Adam and Eve would have naturally already experienced the opposites of up and down, in and out, one side or the other ... as would the people in the “fairytale” paradise world.
Life is about YOU
Chaos (mortal life) is merely the stage facilitating YOUR progression. Be thankful for it. If life did not challenge you, it would have no value.
Think of what you are and how you came to be. Are you not a conscious intelligence gaining knowledge, understanding and wisdom? How are they to be acquired in the absence of opportunity? Opposition (opposites) opportunity, choices, all are required for conscious self-aware intelligences to move from ignorance to understanding.
YOUR quest has always been and will always be to move from ignorance to knowledge. THAT is the purpose, the reason and the intent of life.
Experience is the teacher. A mere theoretical or philosophical understanding will not do. Life is about entering the trenches, descending into the mire and getting hands-on dirty and muddy.
It’s the challenge, the unknown, the quest, the hunt, the chase, the anticipation that makes life worthwhile (the having, and the result, the accomplishment, not so much). Life is about the new, the next, the future.
Life is but a stage, a construct, a matrix and a fabrication designed and built for YOUR benefit. See it that way, and YOU will pass through life like a knife through soft butter.
When your perspective is accurate and true, when you come to full realization, when your understanding is ‘perfect’, EVERY EXPERIENCE is a ‘joy’, a cherished adventure, a marvelous opportunity and a valued gift. And your gratitude will know no bounds, and you will be able to walk through the valley of the shadow of death and know it is no less than a great blessing. And until your dying-day, everyday will be joy, peace and happiness.
So what is it like living daily life with the accurate and true perspective? What thoughts and feelings will you have. What do you do? What do you say? What do you feel? What do you think? What are your thoughts, really? What are your reactions to life’s challenges? How do you respond to people, situations, conditions and circumstances? What is your attitude? What is your walk and talk?
THAT’S PART TWO
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