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The Harder You Try The Worse It Gets

The harder you try to change, the worse it can get because the more you resist something, the greater power you give it. That’s what Jesus meant when he said: “When someone strikes you on the right cheek, offer him your left as well.” You always empower the demons you fight. If you flow with the enemy, you overcome the enemy. You deal with evil, not by fighting it, but by understanding it. By understanding, it disappears. How does one cope with darkness? Not with your fist. You don’t chase darkness out of the room with a club, you light a candle . The more you fight darkness, the more real it becomes to you, and the more you exhaust yourself. But when you turn on the light of awareness, it melts. Say this piece of paper is a million -dollar check. The gospel says, I must give it up if I want eternal life. Are you going to substitute one greed—a spiritual greed—for the other greed? Before, you had a worldly ego and now you’ve got a spiritual ego, but you’ve got an ego all the same, and one more difficult to cope with. When you renounce something, you’re tied to it. But if instead of renouncing it, I look at it and say, “Hey, this isn’t a million -dollar check, this

is a scrap of paper,” there is nothing to fight, nothing to renounce.

As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality

fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life. But life has no meaning; it cannot have meaning because meaning is a formula; meaning is something that makes sense to the mind. Every time you make sense out of reality, you bump into something that destroys the sense you made. Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.

People are always searching for objects to adore, but people aren’t awake enough in their attitudes and convictions. How happy we would be if terrorists would adore their ideology less and question more. However, we don’t like to apply that to ourselves; we think we’re all right and the terrorists are wrong. But a terrorist to you is a martyr to someone else.

Loneliness is when you’re missing people, but aloneness is when you’re enjoying yourself. George Bernard Shaw was at a cocktail party and someone asked him if he was enjoying himself. He answered, “It’s the only thing I am enjoying here.” You never enjoy others when you are enslaved to them. Community is not formed by a set of slaves, by people demanding that other people make them happy. Community is formed by kings and queens . You’re a king, not a beggar; you’re a queen not a beggar. There’s no begging in a true community. There’s no clinging, no anxiety, no fear, no possessiveness, no demands. Free people form community, not slaves. This is such a simple truth, but it has been drowned out by a whole culture, including religious culture. Religious culture can be very manipulative if you don’t watch out.

Some people see awareness as a high point, a plateau, beyond experiencing every moment as it is. That’s making a goal out of awareness. But with true awareness there’s nowhere to go, nothing to achieve. How do we get to this awareness? Through awareness. When people say they really want to experience every moment, they’re really talking awareness, except for that “wanting.” You don’t want to experience awareness; you do or you don’t.

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