Rev. Terry Trawets
What really has taken place is that there is a change in the arising and vanishing states giving the impression that it’s the same person. Its not the same person but neither an entirely different person, just like a candle flame lit from the first candle, it is not the same flame and neither an entirely different flame, but it depended on the original one. If I walk through a doorway I am not the same person who walked through the doorway a few moments ago, but we must not forget that its not the same doorway either; in each moment the experience has changed. When sound arises sound consciousness arises then passes away with the sound. It is the same with sight consciousness that depends on sight, and the other senses also; there is no underlying unchanging consciousness. It cannot be any other way. It’s only through our intellectual accumulated knowledge that we are unable to see that what has created the ego or an idea of substance that has distorted our perceptions. Accumulated knowledge is the culprit that stands in the way of any real intelligence or perception. Intelligence requires a special type of looking. A looking that is free from the looker, a seeing with no one who is seeing, this intelligence has no beginning or end and is free of interpretation and knowledge. Is so clear it doesn’t require any content – it is unconditioned and not dependent on anything created by the mind.
As I carry out the action, one seventh of the charge of the action is deposited in the thought stream and will return in this very life. This is called immediately effective karma - some of the charge will return in the next life. Subsequently effective karma and the rest in future experiences - this is called indefinitely effective karma. Our arising and vanishing experiences are the results of our own actions and not some outside force. It is the mental states that are present at the time of action that cause this psychophysical phenomenon to arise in future states. Put all this together and consider how we treat the animals, insects and other humans - how can we ever be free of self-perpetuating suffering? We are the masters of our own fate; the worlds we take birth in moment-to-moment are none other than our own creation caused by our own actions. We are perfectly free to create a peaceful world amongst good society or a world torn with violence and war.
I have seen two collegues of mine both solutions focused therapists work magic in a single session using these methods. We are totally free to work towards changing our karma and producing a happy existence for our self and others. We are the slaves of the past but the masters of the future and are perfectly free to bring happiness joy and freedom to ourselves. Some poor people suffering from mental or physical pain and unable to work and earn a decent living, as well as the greedy suffering from the want of more, have been following all this stuff going around about manifesting what you need in life. These teachers are coming up everywhere, even falling out of the skies; deluding people into thinking they can visualize and manifest what they desire. A lot of people become very depressed and disappointed when it just doesn’t happen. Our actions and the law of nature doesn’t allow us to destroy the happiness and security of our self and others and then allow us to visualise and manifest the satisfaction of our own needs. If we want to be part of the school of manifesting shouldn’t we be considering that in some way we are responsible for creating the world around us, the wars, the sick and suffering, if we are a soldier may we need our enemies, if a doctor are we creating all the sick and suffering that have to come to us or as a therapist needing those with problems? At least there is one doctor that thinks so. The school of manifesting is not as easy as it seems, it needs a lot of deep thought and responsibility, but of course we wouldn’t want that. The law of nature will allow our actions of kindness to produce happy states of freedom to arise for us all, as I work as a cleaner I meet a lot of people I come in contact with many managers nearly broken and some on happy pills going through terrible stress from the management above and resident picking on them in the work place, this is happening in most departments in the country at present. Bullying is very much on the increase everywhere. I am constantly listening to all the medical tragedies, practically every one I meet has a story to tell about their family member or friend misdiagnosed or dead from a mistake, or bullied by the threat of being struck of if they question their diagnosis. People wouldn’t believe what I hear on a daily basis and the amazing thing is I hardly meet any body who complains about it. Lets not fall our self that our society is producing a friendly movement. I continually come across cases quite the opposite. A lady I have known for many years can only be moved by a hoist but she always greets me with a smile and kind word. She understands how the mind works and where freedom lies.
Due to this way of thinking her future happiness is assured, in actual fact it has started arising already. When I clean her windows I am able to send her loving kindness and good thoughts. May she become well and happy may she be free from all afflictions? Could you honestly imaging a greater privilege than to be able to send good thoughts at the same time as cleaning her windows? If we inflict pain and unhappiness on other beings .at the time we may not be aware of the extent of their suffering, in other words we don’t experience their sensations. There is a delay in us being able to feel their sensations in the present moment but the charge of our actions has stimulated the same feelings and sensations to arise in our own experience in future wonderings, really we have harmed our own self and what we thought was their feelings is none other than our own awaiting to arise in future states of mind and body. If we sit quietly reducing sensory stimulation the karma of past actions will start to arise within this very body every thing we experience is interdependent and interrelated. If I willingly harm one ant it has an effect on the whole universe. Through ignorance we don’t see this process and continue conditioning unhappiness to arise in future states. There is no good and evil in Buddhism only skilful and unskilful action. If we look closely all beings seek happiness and do not like to be harmed. That which makes others happy and secure is good and that which threatens their well-being is bad.
By Rev. Terry Trawets
Universal Life Church