by robert cinque
The Happiness of Aliveness precedes and supersedes all lesser pleasures. No amount of sexual pleasure, satisfaction of appetites, money, fame or power comes even remotely close to the Passionate Pleasure of Life Itself. This Happiness does not come and go. It is not dependent on circumstances or conditions. Like the Sun which is always shining above the clouds, Happiness is the structure, foundation and trajectory of Existence.
People say, Oh really? What about all the starving children, victims of rape and torture, homeless refugees and casualties of war? Are they happy? How could they be?
This is an extremely valuable and understandable question. Here is my answer: The poor children, the refugees, the homeless, the dis-enfranchised, the forgotten are all suffering terribly. They have been marginalized and ignored, even blamed for their terrible situation. Their situation is the direct result of what happens when we ignore the Truth of Reality, which is Absolute Love. When we ignore Reality we become ignorant. When we are ignorant we suffer. When we suffer we search. When we search we do not find because what we are looking for is not lost. It’s like looking for my feet, as if they are lost. I cannot find something that is not lost.
In the same way, I cannot find God or Happiness, no matter how hard I search. I can’t see my own eyes either. Nor can I bite my teeth or take a single step towards myself. The door to my prison cell is wide open but I prefer to paint blue skies on my ceiling instead of seeing that I am always already free.
The search for God and Happiness is sexy, dramatic and exotic. It promises an end to my suffering, an end which never comes because the search itself is born from suffering. While the Vision Quest and the Ordeal of Understanding are valid and valuable, they hide a deeper secret: You already ARE that which you seek. That’s right. Who and What you are seeks Itself. Life’s overwhelming Passion for Itself drives the Cosmos. It can’t find Itself because It is not lost, so It obscures Itself and plays a Game of Hide and Seek.
God hides in the ego and waits to be found. God hides in plain sight and bursts into laughter when discovered. This is literally true, and children who play Hide and Seek are reflecting the deepest dynamic of the Universe.
Therefore, give up the search and rest in the Beauty and Magnificence that permeates everything. Take off the dark glasses of your spiritual, emotional and cultural conditioning. Take off the clothes of your ideas, concepts and beliefs and get into Bed with the Great Lover (You). Understand that your beliefs are stifling you and amount to nothing more than a prison sentence in solitary confinement. When the false premise of separation from Love and Happiness is incinerated in the furnace of the grueling ordeal and meatgrinder we call human existence, the scales will fall away from your eyes and you will see Life as it truly is, free from your projections of lack and despair.
The refugees, the poor, the starving, the helpless and hopeless are in the position they are in because of the position we all IMAGINE ourselves to be in: inside a body and mind in a vast, cold and heartless universe.
Oh, really? Says who? All of us. All the petty dictators, the tyrants, the low life wannabes, the glittered intelligentsia, the hollowed out cynics and nihilists, the scientific materialists, the superstitious, the atheists, the skin deep intellectuals who claim without a shred of evidence that consciousness emerges from matter, the experts, the authorities, the schoolteachers, the nurses, the doctors, the carpenters, every single one of us.
Every single one of us has made an extremely dangerous spiritual error. The proof? The terrible state of our world.
I can say this for certain: loveless acts and heartless attitudes have all but ruined our world. If love and caring were at the center of our lives and every decision used love for its criteria, there would not be a single homeless or hungry person anywhere on this planet. The suffering we see comes directly from the spiritual error we continue to make and nothing will change until we stop our monstrous abuse of the Beauty and Sacredness of Life.
Who are you or I to proclaim that Life is limited to our puny ideas? Our vanity and arrogance amount to cosmic rape, what I call spiritual pedophilia. The sorry state of the world is a perfect reflection of our default upon ourselves, our betrayal and neglect.
It’s not just the governments and the psychopaths we elect to rule us. It’s everyone, all of us are guilty of malpractice and malfeasance and its way past time to stop.
It starts with the individual who refuses to tolerate abuse in himself and in others. It starts with repentance and a return to the power of love.
It ends with an authentic human culture that celebrates love as the core of existence.
This is not only possible, it is immanent. The whole world is pregnant (and overdue) with the Divine Child. The Mother probably won’t survive the birth, but the Child will.
The Child is holding back and staying in the Womb, impatiently waiting for humanity to grow up so that She can be born into a realm that respects Her. She is drowning and choking in the amniotic fluid and growing way too big for her poor Mother to bear.
She will die along with Her Mother unless we return to love. This is literally true, not figuratively or metaphorically true. The Mother and Her Divine Child are near death and it is up to us to save her from ourselves. This is the most important task for every single individual. Forget your petty concerns and fantasies of survival and fulfillment. Replace everything you thought was important with what actually is important. Throw away every thought and every thing that does not Recognize and Acknowledge the truth and the power of Real Love.