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Contradictory Forces


hand redirecting water“Enlightenment” and “want,” or “desire” are two contradictory forces. Whether these desires include the desire for material gains, worldly gains, or whether they include the want for peace, wisdom or knowledge, they distract from that which is. A desire for change is not necessarily bad, though that is often based on judgment dictated by our upbringing and expectations.

The act of wanting something is like a great hand being placed in a river and trying to redirect the flow of the water. The water will continue to flow. Which direction it flows is not by our choice. We may try to change the flow of the water by placing boulders in its path to prevent or redirect it but no matter what we do, it will keep coming. In some cases we are more successful than others, and what we desire comes to fruition.

However, what comes as a result of our actions is not necessarily what is meant to be. We are allowed that choice nonetheless. The water that was once flowing may stop and all that lies beyond may go to waste, or a new path may be created and what was once dead or inconceivable is given life. But what happens when we are gone, or there is more than one person or being who tries to exert their will on this river? Whose choice is the right choice? Whose choice prevails? Our desires may lead us in the same direction, or they may have us at each other’s throats.

Regardless of these desires, the river that is life continues long after we are gone. So although we may want some form of enlightenment and we may think we have a method of achieving this, the very desire that leads us to it, and the inclination that brings it to our attention, are the very things prevent us from understanding it. With each desire we change the very thing we seek.

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  • watcher01 October 20th, 2011 at 6:20 pm #1

    Dennis
    Can you please delete putting your blogs on my facebook page, You are trying to teach me that which I know, remember I play both sides of the fence and that which i write is to get people thinking about themselves?

  • sidewalk_bends October 20th, 2011 at 6:48 pm #2

    Will do. For the ones that did get posted, you should be able to hide them or delete them.

  • watcher01 October 20th, 2011 at 6:21 pm #3

    I am not playing a game but asking people to think about themselves and how they would want to be treated in their lives?

  • watcher01 October 20th, 2011 at 6:22 pm #4

    if they were in the same situation

  • watcher01 October 20th, 2011 at 6:24 pm #5

    A true Carer has to ask questions, A true Carer has to be strong, but they also seek solace in others, by telling what they see and feel, I do not expect you to understand this because you have not gone through what I have had to over the years, one knows, but without experience one does not know?

  • sidewalk_bends October 20th, 2011 at 6:53 pm #6

    No worries. My posts are not directed at you or anyone in particular btw. The recent ones have been a personal reflection on trying to be me without compromising myself, at work, at home, etc. The most recent one came when I saw few words pop off the page when I was reading an article about Tibet.

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