In this event, we have been discussing the dark side of metaphysical practice. Today specifically we will discuss the temptations you may have heard mention of whenever you have talked with people about these things. I will open by asking, what do you perceive temptation to be?
Something put before me that I desire, but for some reason I have denied myself.
An opportunity arises that makes you consider doing something you wouldn’t normally do.
We all on some level would perform miracles if we could, yes? Yet any miracle we would do would still take place in this world as we know it. As much potential as we have, we also have a vast range of choices for expressing this potential. In any situation we are in, with whatever great work we would do, there is always the intuition that if things could just be made to go our way perfectly, we would eventually be rid of any and all of our problems.
This disposition is more a reflection of stereotypical thought than anything else. The same line of thinking that makes us structure our experience into concepts of problems and problem solving leads us to produce problems we didn’t originally have. This is the paradox of temptation. The more you put right, the more wrongs you cause. It’s also said be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.
The root temptation is to see ourselves as the center of our world. This is how and why we can reduce our experiences to minor advantages and disadvantages, privileges and problems. This in itself is the root of all our problems, and why human exercise of power tends to do more harm than it ever does good.
We live in a world where everything we encounter can remind us that we are alive. Our ever idea and feeling is inspired in us by one or more facets of the world itself. But then we gather these together in our focus and say “these are mine / this is me”, and in doing so ignore the forces that allow anything like us to exist.
Every perception, every possible revelation of wisdom, is distorted through a lens of this is me and that is not. With the reflexive attitude some might call self-possessed behavior, we consider the world around us and decide that we are only responsible for those things that are self or affect self, and yet, mysterious things keep happening to us that we cannot account for. Is this not so?
Yes. The force that birthed us in the first place is bigger than us and miraculous, and then we somehow think we can control it all. We will go into that as well.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.