15 Sep What Is The Cause of Your Suffering?
One of my dirty little secrets is my recently fostered addiction to the news. Never have I had so much interest in modern politics as I have in the last 10 months.
I love watching the seemly endless cycles of conflict and drama because I use it as a vehicle for my practice.
When I am not paying attention to capital “R” reality, I feel overwhelmed by the degree of needless suffering on this planet, and right now there is a TON of needless suffering going on!
The repeated and seemingly increasing natural disasters as a result of global warming, the compassionless legislative and humanitarian issues worldwide, the wars, the hatred and violence, the pain and agony that we humans inflict upon one another on a daily basis.
It all makes me wonder why? Why all this pain and suffering on this planet?
In the great words of Rodney King…“Why can’t we all just get along”?
And then I remember the root cause of all suffering… The five root poisons of human emotion.
Anger, attachment, pride, jealousy, and most importantly, ignorance.
These five root poisons give rise to over 84,000 different kinds of afflicted emotions.
For example, there are 22 thousand different kinds of anger and there are many thousand different kinds of jealousy, ignorance, arrogance, and attachment.
These five root poisons run rampant in our minds’ every single day. Coloring every perception, influencing everything we see, think, and feel about ourselves, each other, and the world we live in.
It is estimated that an average brain has anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 thoughts a day. When I was training as an Ishaya Monk we were shown studies that declared over 100,000 thoughts per day!
Here’s the thing though, these tens of thousands of thoughts per day are generally not shiny happy thoughts about how to make the world a better place.
Most often these thousands of thoughts are conflicting. In fact, studies have shown that 70% of these thought streams are in fact negative.
Now imagine for a moment that what ancient mystics and modern quantum science says is true. That we create our reality with our thoughts.
Is it any wonder then that the world we have created is an absolute cesspool of suffering? It is merely a reflection of our own minds’!
The golden rule in Tibetan Tantric Buddhism is,” inside-outside- same”.
What happens in our minds’ is projected onto the world and literally becomes our physical reality. So the chaos we are seeing in the world is simply a result of the five root poisons running rampant and unchecked.
But here’s the thing to celebrate! These five root poisons have an antidote, a medicine if you will, which has the power to not only soothe and pacify them but to also transform that emotional poison into useful, beneficial energy.
This medicine is found in the Tibetan Five Element Practices, which are lineage based meditations which work directly with the elemental energy in our body and mind, to transform or ‘antidote” these toxic emotional energies at the very root of our consciousness.
And get this, once you learn how to do this as a sitting meditation practice, you can learn how to apply this “medicine” to your sexual experience, using the power of your sexual energy to transmute these poisons, transform your mind, and heal your body.
This is the power of Tantra. And this is the power of the Tibetan Five Element Practices.
The Tibetan Five Element Practices are literally the antidote to the root cause of all the suffering we see on display in the world today, which is merely a reflection of the suffering we experience in our own minds.
The path to healing the world truly begins with each and every one of us taking responsibility for our own emotional suffering, and having the insight, wisdom, and discipline to apply the proper antidote to the root cause of our own indviudal and collective pain.
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