Pain and Defense

Came across these today, and I think they apply to what I've currently been going through.

"The ego adopts the viewpoint of matter, and therefore is constantly
trapped by matter—trapped and tortured by the physics of pain.  But
pain, too, arises in your consciousness, and you can either be in pain,
or find pain in you, so that you surround pain, are bigger than pain,
transcend pain, as you rest in the vast expanse of pure Emptiness that
you deeply and truly are."

-Ken Wilber, One Taste

"You who feel threatened by this changing world, its
twists of fortune and its bitter jests, its brief relationships and all
the “gifts” it merely lends to take away again; attend this lesson
well. The world provides no safety. It is rooted in attack, and all its
“gifts” of seeming safety are illusory deceptions. It attacks, and then
attacks again. No peace of mind is possible where danger threatens thus.

Defenses are the costliest of all the prices which the
ego would exact. In them lies madness in a form so grim that hope of
sanity seems but to be an idle dream, beyond the possible. The sense of
threat the world encourages is so much deeper, and so far beyond the
frenzy and intensity of which you can conceive, that you have no idea
of all the devastation it has wrought…You are its slave. You know not
what you do, in fear of it. You do not understand how much you have
been made to sacrifice, who feel its iron grip upon your heart. You do
not realize what you have done to sabotage the holy peace of God by
your defensiveness. For you behold the Son of God as but a victim to
attack by fantasies, by dreams, and by illusions he has made; yet
helpless in their presence, needful only of defense by still more
fantasies, and dreams by which illusions of his safety comfort him.


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  1. This interests me greatly, especially in how these quotes have affected your faith. These passages — especially the first one — speak to ideas that many Christians do not dare to consider and I am quite curious, in light of where I've been personally headed lately, as to where they might lead you. Judging by their titles, I must go back and see the previous couple of posts you've made.Great quotes. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. When one boardy told you to move on… I couldn't think of that as something you'd do. Heh.. 🙂
    Paradoxes and whatnot.
    These would be connected to why I think that.
    I really do hope you feel better. :0)

    Does this seem vaguely wrong to you?
    "Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows"
    -Helen Keller

  3. Great quotes- I may co-opt them for myself one of these days 😉

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