Layer by Layer
We are aiming to go back branch by branch, complexity by complexity to greater simplicity, ever greater unity, ever greater single purpose, to align our life into one point, one central point of discovery and awareness, dissolving time along the way. We are radically simplifying. We are resolving. Hence the concept of the stripping away of layers.
Not too easy, not too hard
Rounding your character
- Excessive selfishness
- Lack of consideration for family
- Lack of consideration for others
- Determined to push others out of the way to get material things
- Manipulating others
- Bullying others
- Out of control addictions
- Chronic anger
- Violent tendencies
- Lack of self confidence
- General timidity
- Excessive selfishness/ practise loving kindness to others
- Vanity/Stop spending on yourself. A day without a mirror.
- Lack of consideration for family/revise your thinking, open yr heart
- Lack of consideration for others/as above
- Determined to push others out of the way to get material things/let others win
- Manipulating others/as above
- Bullying others/embrace Ahimsa, non violence
- Out of control addictions/explore your psychology, find inner strength
- Chronic anger/as above
- Violent tendencies/as above
- Ruthlessness/practice of Daya, compassion and empathy
- Lack of self confidence/courage, Virya
- General timidity/as above
- Cowardliness/as above
- Hypochondria/loving kindness, metta bhavana
2. Financial and Material Crises
There is nothing inherently wrong in asking Bhagavan for assistance and help, so lets not get too high-handed about this. Many saints were born on this earth, for example, only because their mothers prayed and did penance for offspring. And as many people understand, that saying "there are no atheists in a crisis" really does hold true when you are in a life threatening situation. God wants us to know Him, to merge with Him, to come home. And we are humans with all our weaknesses and failings, so we do need help. The thing that is not really very praiseworthy is hypocritical prayers for material possessions, then ignoring God until our next point of desire.
You will feel overwhelmed, but try to get clear in your own mind what is most pressing and necessary to do.
The storm will pass eventually – that is the cosmic law.
Spiritual practice does not mean wearing rose-tinted glasses at all times,
but facing reality fairly and squarely.
As Buddhism teaches us, the truths of human life are rooted in impermanence and “dukkha”, suffering or discomfort, being birth, sickness, old age and death…
If you feel utterly overwhelmed and suicidal, just pray intensely
“This burden is too much. Please help me, I can’t carry it!”
the courage to deal with the challenge in hand. Do not knock this great quality.
You may have filled your mouth with flowery phrases, which you cannot sustain in a time of trial.
Be honest, and simple.
Just a word, a feeling, a simple turning of the heart is enough.
Imagine your heart as a distress beacon beginning to flash in a stormy sea, crying out for God.
This beacon will be picked up. Help WILL manifest.
But in my experience it seems to take time for an urgent prayer for help to be answered,
and often our return to fortune can take much longer than we might feel is necessary.