You Can Be Stronger Than Any Dark Spirit
You Can Be Stronger Than Any Dark Spirit
  • Posted: November 29, 2002
  • 202 words
Key Lesson

Bitterness towards life, or others, is a self-prescribed pill that when taken daily proves to the person drugged by it that he is wise for taking these regular doses; after all . . . seeing the world around him as he does, with it being such a sour and despicable place, he would be foolish not to keep his prescription current!

Summary

We value negative states because of the strong sense of self we get from them. This may be very difficult for us to see, but a strong light will show us the freeing facts. No one wants to believe that he or she values things like self-pity, anger, and depression. We would insist we don't, and as evidence we point to the fact that we fight against them, but the struggle gives us a false sense of life and importance. It focuses attention on us and makes us feel like the center of a great deal of activity. The more we struggle, the more valuable these states become, because the more interesting and exciting they make us feel. We never feel ourselves so strongly as when we are furious, or hurt, or depressed. Of course, this self is a created self, a false self. But it feels real, and that's why we cling to it. The power in the state is that by giving it our life, it feeds back to us a false sense of life and power. And as a result, we miss out on the Real Life we could experience if we were not filling ourselves with the false.

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