Right effort and the power of struggle is the second source of transformation in John Bennett’s book, Transformation. There are countless writings on right effort from the Zoroastrian tradition to Buddhist teachings. We all struggle with something, but much of that is avoidable, if we learn the deeper meaning of right effort. To intentionally struggle with our own negative states is the path, but this gets completely misunderstood. This article is an attempt to clarify the meaning of conscious labor and intentional suffering. We are familiar with the saying no pain, no gain, but many frown upon this in the … [read more]
Sometimes life’s common occurrences knock you right back into knowing there is always work to do.
The present moment is a portal of Understanding, ripe with possibility and potential. Through it, I can enter a world of hazard in the form of pure potentiality and access what was previously inaccessible. In other words,the present moment brings about choice. Divine Will enters through choice. If the true ability to choose facilitates Will entering my world as action, then I work to enter into those present moments of understanding in order for that to happen. The present moment allows me to see my own conditioning, and gives me the opportunity to act in advance of the take over … [read more]
Most of us are familiar with inner struggle. It occurs when we have a hard time making a decision or experience something that weighs on our conscience. We are also very familiar with the notion of will power, wanting to do one thing and then sabotaging it for no apparent reason. We struggle as a result with the resulting guilt that comes over us. None of these scenarios really have much to do with consciousness or self transformation. They are a result of our unconsciousness. Liken it more to living in a reactional world in which things are constantly being … [read more]
Intentional suffering conjures images of monks wearing hair suits and practicing self flatulation, kids cutting themselves and people with masochistic tendencies. That kind of suffering has nothing to do with intentional suffering. It is the ego manifesting our inner suffering in very dark ways. Nevertheless, those words intentional suffering are not very appealing at first mention. This kind of suffering is our means to transformation. Gurdjieff talked a lot about Conscious Labor and intentional Suffering. His entire body of work could be boiled down to this idea. It is our inner work. It is carrying forth our aim through inner struggle. … [read more]
I recently was inspired by an interview with Marianne Williamson who spoke about depression, human suffering and the Dark Night of The Soul. There is so much to say about the collective suffering to which she alluded. If we are at all sensitive, we will feel the pain of terrorism, destruction of our ecosystem, hate crimes, and mass shootings. If we are feeling that pain and turning our heads, we are indeed becoming immune to the darkness around us. “When a storm is coming, buffaloes don’t run away from a storm, they run directly into it” Williamson states. This struck … [read more]