Struggle

 

When I take stories as true, there is a sense of struggle. Of something being off. Of working against situations, at least slightly.

And what this sense of struggle comes from has several aspects…

There is a clash between my stories of what is and what should be.

There is a clash between what I (try to) take as true, and what I – somewhere – know is more true. (Grain of truth in the reversals, no story is really true, and cannot know.)

And there is a clash between what I take as true, and the layer of wisdom and intelligence.

When it can function more freely, this layer of wisdom and intelligence uses stories as tools, draws on whatever is available (stories, experience, insight, kindness, intuition), and offer direction and a course of action. But I may be so caught up in beliefs in general that attention is not available to this layer. Or I may be caught up in particular beliefs and fears that prevent me from noticing or acting on the directions from this layer of wisdom.

And there is also a clash between what I take as true, and the layer of wisdom and intelligence. I may be so caught up in what I take as true that this layer is not much available to me. Or I may be caught up in beliefs and fears that clash with the directions from this layer of wisdom and intelligence.

This layer gets covered up when I take stories as true and get caught up in beliefs and fears, especially when these beliefs and fears prevent me from noticing and acting on its directions. And it is more available when there is more clarity, or no or few beliefs and fears clashing with it. This inherent wisdom and intelligence uses stories as tools, draws on whatever is available (stories, experience, insight, kindness, intuition), and from which direction and action emerges.

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And there is also a clash between what I take as true, and what is (could be) available to me from the layer of wisdom and intelligence.

The layer that uses stories as tools, draws on whatever is available (stories, experience, insight, kindness, intuition), and from which direction and action emerges. Unless I take stories as true, and get caught up in beliefs and fears that prevents me from notice and act on that direction.

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Initial outline…

  • when take stories as true, struggle
    • clash between stories of what is and should be
    • clash between what know is more true, and what (try to) take as true
    • clash between what take to be true, and what is (could be) available to us from the layer of wisdom and intelligence

Whatever happens in the layer of stories can be taken as true or not. When it is taken as true, it tends to obscure take attention away from the layer of wisdom. We act on beliefs and fears, rather than the guidance from the layer of wisdom. And when stories are taken as tools only, there is clarity for the layer of wisdom to take over and use whatever it has available to it to set a course of action.

In the first case, there is often a sense of something being off, struggle and working – at least slightly – against situations. In the second case, there is often a sense of clarity, guidance and navigating and working with situations.

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2 thoughts on “Struggle

  1. I like to look at ourselves as living in a bubble…in our own personal universe. And within that bubble we have facts, thoughts, unresolved feelings, and attachments that we borrowed from some past moment. And within this bubble of energy that we hold onto, we make a story out of it. We can only see what relates to the information that is stored in the bubble. Everything else is invisible. However, over time we grab onto more facts, drop other issues, and the story changes. The bubble is a dream…an illusion as the universe is a bubble and a dream. It’s a great place to explore, but it goes to show it can’t be taken seriously. If taken seriously, we suffer, and we therefore struggle.

  2. Thank you. Yes, that makes sense to me as well.

    I enjoy seeing how different pointers work for different people, and for each of us at different times.

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