To feel in control and secure, we identify with experiences of what is here. I experience through this body-mind so it is me. This is my job. These are my possessions. These are my friends, partner, etc. This expands into stories for the mind that support the agenda.
This identification emphasizes two qualities: inertia and sustaining. These maintain the experience as it is, even when life is changing.
Yet the only constant in the world is change. Things are always changing, dissolving, and growing. When we resist change, we experience pain. Pain is a signal something is wrong.
And yet oddly, we spend our life fighting change so we can feel in control. The ego knows it’s faking it but it creates stories and claims authorship of events to support itself. We also project our pain into our possessions, making them more like us.
While this may sustain our fake sense of security, we grow little this way. The desire to keep things the same means we hold on to what is giving us pain too. We invest in it and reinforce it. We learn to tolerate pain as a fact of life, often suppressing it under layers of resistance and denial. Our emotional body becomes a pain body.
That sustaining power and inertia keeps the agenda going. We reinforce the karma that shows up to be resolved. This adds another layer of resistance to hide how we feel about life. We build this mass of… mass, this weight of resistance, this lead onion of pain.
All of this keeps us tied to being a me, suffering, and going through the same experiences, relationships, and traumas over and over. This is the wheel of karma.
And it’s all a series of choices. Determinism of the present is past free will.
All we need is a little understanding and clarity. Then we can shift the trends. By transcending, we go beyond the mind and all the entanglements. We add a different style of experience that is safe and peaceful. Gradually, this softens the bonds of identification and they let go. Life eases.
As our approach to action shifts, we resist less and allow more. Then experiences that arise can complete, resolving the burden and lifting the load. With good experiences, we gain a confidence that life will support us. Large burdens can be resolved, freeing up the energy once used to sustain them.
That power of sustaining shifts into a transforming fire. It roasts the inertia, clearing the way for free flow. Out of the fire comes purity and clarity. That brings peace and joy, then Self Realization and the blossoming of enlightenment.
The difference is in our approach to life and our ability to step out of entanglements. Small but key things make all the difference. Each shovel of sand is a thousand grains.