The Story Goes LIkes This

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Shiranda Deerwoman ~ May 5, 2017

Siddhartha  (Buddha), grew up living the life of a prince within the walls of his  father’s kingdom.  As a young man, age 29, he ventured out into the  world one day, and was distressed as he beheld those in poverty,  sickness, and other forms of suffering. He immediately went  out, seeking  for an answer to  what  he had seen.  His seeking culminated with his experience of  enlightenment after meditating under the Bodhi tree, after which he  declared simply, that the suffering he had perceived was “illusion”. 


Admittedly,  the concept of illusion can be confusing as we’ve grown up in the world  with our identity bound to this self that functions in the illusion—the  physical world.  For the most part, we are unaware of ourselves as God  created us. This self we know consists of our personality, our body and  all our perceptions of people and things as apart from us. That’s a key.  The illusion is where we live in our belief we are separate from each  other and from God.  It is from this “reality” we are taught we need  awaken and remember ourselves as God created us—to Remember God.  In  that remembering we can experience reality that is established in the  eternal and that is in alignment with the will of God.


What’s  confusing is how real this physical experience seems. The body gets sick  or experiences pain and it seems real, with some diseases threatening  our very existence.   We experience loss or emotional hurt and what we  feel seems real and sometimes devastating in its effects.   We hold core  beliefs such as “no one is there for me” and we believe it to be true  as we then have the subsequent experiences of feeling alone with friends  and family.   Again, most of us grew up believing we are our physical  body and the concept of self in the world that we have developed with  maturing.  In order to know ourselves – to awaken, we have to let these  all go and clear a space in our minds where we can be taught and given  experiences that demonstrate who we really are.


Looking upon the  chaos and suffering of the world we, like Siddhartha, may experience  pain upon seeing it. Can we agree that God, Being Love, did not create  this world or will that it be thus?  How could such suffering come from  love? This can be a foundation to strengthening our ability to accept  this experience as illusion…a dream.  While I learned these concepts  back in the 70’s, I’d never worked to undue my beliefs that uphold my  experience of life in this world. Before A Course in Miracles and New  Thought Churches, I never had the tools for it--nor had I yet studied  Transformational Kinesiology (TK) whose purpose is to loosen our beliefs  about our identity in the world so we can live as a soul. Holding firm  to our beliefs of this world, we will never have more than the ups and  downs it can offer.  Fortunately, there is great support for our  awakening -- both seen and unseen.  It offers everything we truly want.