Some realisations hit hard, like being knifed in the heart. Others flood your being with relief. It is the latter in which we – as a sentient people – find refuge. That refuge for a time provides respite, it strengthens us against the next onslaught of negativity. Negativity is bound to come and go, it is persistent in its attempts to contaminate the everyday. Let it come. Watch it go. That is how to build up your resistance. Practice does not necessarily guarantee perfection, but it gets you a lot closer to it than sitting wishing for expertise to strike you like lightning.
You will have realisations that cause you pain in this life. I suppose that is the sad reality. The happy reality is that one day you will come to realise that the pain was not a waste of time. Nothing ever is, if you do it properly. Your happy realisations will depend on who it is that you are. What makes us wholly happy as individuals is quite specific. What makes us sad is usually group therapy. As it happens.
Realisations, both good and bad, are vital for the growth of our understanding – they are never to be used for overstanding. When you learn something new, or you are shown a different way to do or improve something, you share that knowledge with those you know who will benefit from it. You do not waste time sharing it with those who do not need to know because for them there is no benefit in repetition. In fact, there is no point telling those people anything even once, but do it anyway. Their deafness is not your problem, but it will save you sleepless nights in your future past.
The estimate is that 5% of the world’s population is evil. Another 5% of it is saintly. That is equilibrium. The rest is a mixture of good and bad. Good far outweighs bad on this planet. Therefore: Good and Evil are an effective collaboration when it comes down to balancing the scales. In every good person there is the potential for saintly behaviour and the ability to realise this is the only obstacle to actually realising it.
The reverse of evil is live. That is what life is for. The ability to realise this is the only hindrance to actually realising it. It does not matter what the reverse of good is because good never goes backwards. Good goes better, and then best.
It would make sense – for the maintenance of equilibrium – to address the issues of evil with as much enthusiasm as is allocated to the assessment and assimilation of all the aspects of good. The problem with unaddressed issues is that they fester. Unless you are equipped to manage them with sensitivity – objectively – from a distance, in which case they can be quickly assimilated and used to further your understanding of yourself as an entirety.
At times we are all plagued by issues in life. Some are deep-rooted. Some, are not. This is fortunate because we are easily able to relieve ourselves of the lesser issues and focus on those that obstruct us. Issues are not insurmountable. They just take some patience and understanding. We develop issues for a reason. Usually, that reason has something to do with a past hurt left unresolved. Hurts should never be left unresolved.
Issues are best dealt with whenever you become aware of them. Left unattended, they fester. If it is not possible to address the cause of your issue(s) personally, it is best to be sure that you deal with its/their impact on your internals. You can get over your issue(s) when you spend time working with its/their actuality. When you resolve your issues with yourself, the object of your issue(s) becomes unimportant in your days. That is a good place to be.
If you can give yourself enough space, it is possible to laugh at yourself and your issue(s) sometimes. Of course, there are times when nothing is funny. That is how it is. The object is to get through the things that cause you discomfort, not to suppress or repress them. If going through discomfort changes the way you perceive yourself and the world, then you can know that your issues – while they lasted – were worth themselves.
The bottom line is that it does not matter what you have faith in, as long as you do have faith in something. Perhaps in these fractured times the only thing you feel comfortable having faith in, is yourself. If that is the case, know that that is enough. When you believe in what you can do – in your individual capacity, and as part of a collective – you harness a power that will surprise you with where it can take you, and others. Should you wish to believe in a power higher than yourself (which is all relative, for what you find in yourself is what has existed for centuries in all of the gods, God, Allah, Dreamtime, Nature, etc, feel justified in doing so. You are a reflection of what you find admirable in your chosen deity/deities.) You can believe in more than one deity, if you so choose. All the ‘good’ characteristics that you try to adopt, emulate, exist inside of you already so it matters not which ‘good’ you ultimately choose to follow, it is all the same thing, really. That should be a comforting thought.
Faith means dedication. It means understanding and application. Simply believing in something and trusting its say-so is not enough, you need to do something with your faith. Make it work for you. That is what it is for. Faith is not there to subjugate you, to cripple your progress, so if what you choose to believe in makes you lesser rather than greater as a human being, then perhaps you need to shuffle your belief systems a little, or change your faith.
Faith is a symbol of hope. It keeps you striving for better, going forwards. Faith should have no boundaries, no restrictions. Nor should a person’s faith receive criticism or judgement from another person. You should be able to open wide to the understanding that placing your implicit trust in something is not a weakness. It is a strength. For one reason or another, humans go far further in life when they believe they are supported somehow, by something, in this world. Perhaps what you believe in is not ‘of’ this world, technically, but faith means you know it is out there and it makes a difference to your everyday, the knowing. Faith has extraordinary power, and this power – when properly directed – can change an entire existence.