You Must First Empty Your Cup In Order To Be Filled With Wisdom
As I was coming out of class last night, I stopped one of the students to give her some advice. As we were talking, I told her that I didn’t want the class to know that I was an advanced student…even though the teacher let the cat out of the bag the other week.
She said that the class was actually very happy that I was going through each step with them. It helped them to understand in practical terms what they are being taught. They don’t just have a sister teaching them the path. They have someone that has lived the path and has applied it to their life and saw success. They need someone who is out there in the world just like them. They need examples from real life that this stuff actually works.
I recommended that she pick up a copy of the Tao Te Ching in order to understand the lesson, as well as the lessons going forward. The reason why I recommended this ancient work has a lot to do with seeing life principles through new eyes after you’ve created a connection with God and yourself.
It’s a bit of a wow factor to read the Tao, a work written centuries before Christ was born. For those who have been spiritually enlightened, going back and reading the texts from your own holy books take on a whole new meaning. It brings you closer to its original meanings.
For instance, the way I read Biblical texts is completely different than the way my father reads them. My brother once asked me to read a certain scripture and tell him how I read it. I explained my interpretation to him. When he told me my father’s explanation, my response was…that is so like a modern day Christian to twist the original language into something that benefits themselves rather than adhering to God’s true message.
It didn’t end there. I Googled the exact scripture on my phone and compared it to the Bible I’ve had since I was 8 years old…it was completely different. The meanings were not even alike. Why? They took the word “SOUL” out of the new text…as if the soul was unimportant.
Some Christians believe that changing the text isn’t really changing the text…it’s bringing the language up-to-date. That’s not what I saw. The language turned into the political propaganda language we hear spouted by the Tea Party and the Republicans. It did not match the language or the meaning from a Bible published 30 years ago.
It’s realizing that, you can’t help but feel sad for people. They are flowing farther and farther away from the original meaning… i.e. what Christ and his disciples originally meant all of those centuries ago.
Last night’s class discussed how the original meaning of a religion dies out as we are introduced to new ages. When religion was at its finest…it was at the beginning when the leader of that religion was alive, conveying his truths to all who would listen. It was still strong when the witnesses and disciples carried his work on, writing them down or repeating the things they learned while in the company of their teacher.
But as they died out and the true meaning and tales were spoken from one generation to the next…the story changed. The original meaning changed. God’s word never changed…it’s out there. What ended up happening…man changed God’s word to benefit their own ego.
As each prophet came, their religion suffered the same fate. God’s message was changed by the hand of man. Corruption ensued. Sects broke off. Doctrines were created. New interpretations were developed. New rules were made on how YOU are supposed to believe. Rituals came into play.
And so…people forgot who they were and how to connect with God. They forgot about their soul…the one piece of energy that inhabits a body and moves on after the body no longer works. It cannot be created or destroyed. It continues on.
The soul was forgotten…or completely taken out of the texts of the holy books as if it never existed.
For thousands of years humankind has heard of how the soul struggles between the playing field of good and evil. We’ve heard of how souls go either to heaven or hell after we die. Even to this day, neurosurgeons are writing books about how Heaven really exists…as well as the soul.
So why take the reference to the soul out of the holy book?
Technically, it’s no longer God’s holy book. It is man’s holy book. That book is what allows for the evils in the world, instead of the truths. It takes meaning away from how we should live in a positive loving way, instead of with hate in our hearts.
As the true meaning of each teacher’s works became watered down, manipulated, and re-written over the centuries, we’ve lost God’s truth. This religion thing…this isn’t God anymore. It’s man’s religion.
We all know the telephone line example. As the original message is passed from one person to the next, by the time it reaches the last person, the story is completely different than the original story. It’s the same with religion, as it goes from one generation to the next, the original meaning becomes completely lost and changed into something that is unrecognizable. Yet, people prefer to put their blind faith into that something unrecognizable, because they want to believe that God would not allow it.
What people forget is that humans have choices. They don’t always listen to God. Everybody knows this. If someone in power wants to change the word to benefit their sins…the holy book will be changed. We all know this. Why pretend like God will save us all from this? If a holy book was truly sacred and God’s word…why are there so many religions? Why are there so many different faiths instead of one religion? Why do people believe differently? Why does today’s Bible read differently than it did 30 years ago?
Because humans have choices…including the choice to change something because they think it will make God’s word better.
I do have to laugh at that. Since when was man’s word better than God’s word? Since when does man actually think he can make God’s word better? Does man know better than God?
You have to ask yourself which word is more important to you…man’s word (which is everchanging) or God’s word (i.e. what he originally told the teachers)?
If that made you think…”Then what am I supposed to believe in?”…try meditation.
Meditation is an act of silencing your mind and going within. It’s learning how to reconnect with your soul…that direct telephone line to God. You don’t need someone else telling you how to believe or what to believe…you just go directly to God and learn from him. Let him tell you the story. Let him fill you up with every good and innate quality that you need to cleanse your soul. Let him show you the true way to peace, happiness and love.
You can find those things with God only and the only way is through your soul.
Everyone knows that in the end, all that matters is your soul. Is it good? Is it evil?
One thing I learned from Death…you have to look at what you carry within your soul. When you carry resentment, anger, and an unwillingness to forgive someone that’s hurt you, you doom your own soul. These are not qualities of God. These are qualities that do not come from God. When you hold onto these things…you shut the door to Heaven on yourself.
This week I had to work through learning how to forgive. I had to look at each person in my mind and say to them, “I forgive you for you know not what you have done to me.” I recognize that even though I am willing to forgive, it doesn’t mean that I have to have that person in my life again. They don’t have to be part of my present or my future. Forgiveness just means that I am packing up that anger and resentment and saying that I am done with this pain. I will not entertain it anymore. What is done is done. It cannot be changed. There is no reason to hold onto the past when it hurts my present.
You have to let the pain go. You could die today. Why would you want that bad stuff still within you when the good and bad in your soul will be weighed? Let it go before it works against you. You are not guaranteed the next minute in life.
It’s always best to spend this lifetime working on yourself. No single person has all of the answers. Even Buddha had to learn the hard way to reach enlightenment. He tried different things in order to understand our being. It was from the bottom that he worked his way to the top…i.e. from suffering to enlightenment. It was upon enlightenment that he established the Four Noble Truths: 1. Life means suffering. 2. The origin of suffering is attachment. 3. The cessation of suffering is attainable. 4. The path leads to the cessation of suffering (which leads to the Eightfold Path: Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.).
Each teacher that humanity was graced with all had a mission to help us understand ourselves and God. They tried to bring God’s path back into being by helping people find their way back to God again.
Every teacher’s true essence from God is there. It’s not for anyone to judge just because your religion tells you to. Going within through the diligent practice of meditation will lead you to these answers…that many of these original teachers from the vast religions around us were right. They were all pieces in the puzzle to this greater universe.
Most importantly, every single one of these teachers practiced PEACE. They practiced non-violence.
In this day and age, every single one of us practices some sort of violence. It doesn’t have to be towards others. It could simply be violence to ourselves. How many of us have criticized ourselves? Doubted ourselves? Said horrible things to ourselves? Every single one of us has.
The only time I ever experienced how unimportant the way my body looked was in Morocco. People looked at your soul. They didn’t look at what was on the outside. They looked within you to judge whether you were beautiful or not. They didn’t care about the body. They cared about your soul…the true essence of who you are.
In our society today, we put too much emphasis on things that do not matter. We care more about temporary things…temporary happiness. We focus more on a body that changes from day to day. Our looks fade. Our body grows older. We get sick. We can become disfigured. We become wrinkly. Our hair turns gray. This body is not permanent.
We attach ourselves to the things that don’t matter…and that creates suffering.
Internally, we wage a war against ourselves. We criticize everything about ourselves ALL OF THE TIME. We hate on ourselves all of the time.
This is violence against ourselves. As Buddha learned, detaching from ourselves and focusing on making ourselves better internally by focusing on the things that truly matter will bring us true beauty, happiness, love and peace. That is the path to God.
You have to first empty your cup in order to be filled with wisdom.
A wise person knows that every step of the way, you are learning how you can become a better person. You don’t shut yourself off from the possibilities that abound. God didn’t give one person the word and that was it. He gives those who seek him the knowledge they need in order to be sustained by His word. His word for you is not written in any book. You can only read his word within your soul.