The One Power Greater Than Any Inner Disturbance
The One Power Greater Than Any Inner Disturbance
  • Posted: May 4, 2004
  • 189 words
Key Lesson

Part 1

Blaming others for the pain we feel each time someone fails to live up to our expectations is no different than burning our tongue on coffee that's too hot to swallow, and then calling our cup an idiot!

Part 2

What we should seek in life is clarity, not comfort, for what is made clear becomes pure. Such purity is the heart of peace, while those parts of us that search out ways to comfort our pain keep us in the conflict of serving two masters: the suffering we fear and a pleasure-born peace that always fades away, leaving us to run after it.

Summary

The next time you feel as though you just have to talk to someone about something that's making you uncomfortable or unhappy, don't do it. You can learn to use that pressure to free yourself from all such feelings that want to push you around. Here's the explanation: finding relief is not the same as finding strength.

That disturbance within you, whatever its reactionary nature, isn't real. It's really nothing that just feels like you. That's why you mustn't do what it urges you to do, or you'll unconsciously lay claim to its weak and self-compromising nature.

From this moment forward, consciously challenge the right of any dark disturbance to direct your life. Stand your inner ground until its demands drain away. Negative states have no real life of their own, so consciously withdrawing your life from theirs is the same as commanding their dark presence to fade. Once the pressure is off, you can then choose to say something, or not, about the conflict that was in question because, at this point, you'll be in command of yourself and the situation, instead of being unconsciously commanded by it.

Excerpted From: Freedom From the Ties That Bind, page 115.

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