The basic principle of going from point “A” to point “B” is to know what and where point “A” and “B” are.
We usually don’t have a problem locating the point “B”.
We all want a better life; we all aim for a better point “B” whatever that might be: love, power, fame, enlightenment, etc. but very few of us know and understand where we are standing, or what our point “A” is.
That is the reason why so many of us are stuck in bad lives, bad careers, alcohol and drug addictions, depression and low self esteem, dysfunctional and / or abusive relationships and all kind of self destructive behavior.
Recognizing the problem is half of solving it.
Now, there are as many “A” points as there are people and it would be impossible to give a general advice, a magic bullet that would identify all and every problem possible but for our specific quest here is where we stand:
We are looking for enlightenment, which is our goal or point “B”
We are all ignorant, that is were we stand, which is our point “A”
I know it is very hard and many of you will reject this statements – I know I did it too.
Nobody wants to admit their ignorance but give me a chance to explain:
What ignorance is or better I should spell it ignore-ance, it is not a lack of knowledge or education, is not stupidity or lack of mental ability.
Ignore-ance is that inability to see a problem from our opponent’s point of view, it is that belief that we are right and they are wrong.
Ignore-ance is the belief in the illusion of our own thinking without questioning or doubting.
Ignore-ance is believing that we are doing everything right in our life despite the fact that our life, the result of our so called “right” thinking, is less than perfect, less than that what we have envisioned.
Ignore-ance is the colored glasses that we all wear and distort our view of reality.
Ignore-ance is the opposite side of enlightenment and if you don’t see it is quite OK. Nobody can really see the glasses on their nose!
500 years ago or so, people believed that the earth was flat.
They were ignorant of the many signs that pointed the other way until the day somebody went around the world and proved that the earth was round.
Now days everybody believe that the earth is round – well almost everybody.
We are all ignorant of all the many signs that point the other way.
I just came back from skiing in Utah and believe me the earth is not round.
The earth has mountains and valleys and a lot of canyons and volcanoes and deserts, you know the works.
The truth is that the earth has a unique shape and no other planet in the universe is exactly like it. The earth is shaped like the earth. It is that it is.
Being ignorant is believing that the earth is flat or round.
Being enlightened is to know that flat and round are just two different points of view.
Being enlightened doesn’t mean knowing more but knowing that what you know is just a point of view.
Being enlightened is to know that you are wearing the colored glasses of your ignorance and being able to take them off and see beyond the illusion.
Are you ready to take off your glasses and take a peak beyond the illusion?
Then stick around, there is more to come.