Impressions! Imprints! Cyber-footprints!
I don’t think about that often enough. Or so I recently realized! I tend to work through my rough days on my blog, hoping that as I do so that a reader out there somewhere may be helped through the insight that I, myself, seek. But before going further, there must be an understanding conveyed. One that I don’t convey as often as I should; one that should go without saying but that I forget to say–perhaps even forget to say to myself! But look, it’s not easy to stay awake sometimes! Life is full of … well, the most efficient way to say it is through one word SAMSARA.
Let me get an official Buddhist definition of that word [SAMSARA] and this from Wikapedia seems as good as any others from Google: Saṃsāra (Sanskrit, Pali; also samsara) is a Buddhist term that literally means “continuous movement” and is commonly translated as “cyclic existence”, “cycle of existence”, etc. Within Buddhism, samsara is defined as the continual repetitive cycle of birth and death that arises from ordinary beings’ grasping and fixating on a self and experiences. Specifically, samsara refers to the process of cycling through one rebirth after another within the six realms of existence where each realm can be understood as either a physical realm or a psychological state characterized by a particular type of suffering. Samsara arises out of avidya (ignorance) and is characterized by dukkha (suffering, anxiety, dissatisfaction). In the Buddhist view, liberation from samsara is possible by following the Buddhist path.
I use divination to help me find peace because the process of looking for insight puts one in the mental framework wherein one shifts or better said begins to detach from the mental affliction long enough to look for insight. [My profession involves divination after all; its a habit. LOL.]
I’ve been conversing through private text on my Facebook account with a blog follower who summarized the last few years of my life in a few lines that made me startle a bit, thinking ‘Man o man, my life really sucks!” But of course it doesn’t, and it is full of just as many ups, downs, attractions and aversions as anyone else’s here in Samsara! No better or no worse, at least potentially, as anyone else’s life who is aware of their mind where it is all located anyway!
Here’s the last bit I wrote this morning, sharing a paragraph from the communication that I’ve been having with a reader:
I think one comfort is that we are never alone in what we experience since the human condition seems very universal… in that no matter what kind of dilemma one is in, one can always find so many others going through the same illusion or experiencing the same dream (or nightmare); so that on some level there is comfort when we can do as the Buddhists do which is Tonglen … basically to say, ” May all of us, may we join together , all of us, and may I be the one to gather it all up here, now; and then may we all be free of our delusion and wake from the dream and be liberated! And how does the liberation happen”?
What kind of liberation? Mental–for that is how it all occurs anyway, in the mind. So, to look at life and hear, see, experience it without aversion or attachment, either one… to just say “Oh, now it is this and now it is that or now it is ‘not’ this and now it is ‘not’ that… hmmmm… okay… and that’s how it is or isn’t…. and now I notice that there is a regret thought, or a memory thought, or a judgment thought, or a happy thought, or a silly thought, or a sad thought, or whatever it is.” Just looking at the mind. Well, that’s pretty simplistic sounding, but most Buddhist teachings are and that’s why I, for one, like them. LOL I may blog this. Don’t be surprised if you see this text again!
Some last thoughts: IMPERMANENCE! This is a good one to reflect upon too. That helps put it all in perspective as well… the Buddhist perspective of the “precious human life.” I have to often remind myself not to become caught up in self-cherishing; this, too, being the source of difficulty and suffering. And then if all else fails, I hit the pool and go swimming to focus on my kick, stroke and lap times while everything else falls away!