“To straighten the crooked you must first do a harder thing- straighten yourself.” This was the thought we used to start out the noonday meditation this week, just a little thought provoking statement that will hopefully get us all to turn within. It was the Buddhist that quoted – the mind composed of ignorance or wrong view suffers from spiritual disease, it sees falsely. Seeing falsely causes it to think falsely, speak falsely and act falsely. To me this solidify that we must first straighten out our minds.
In Pali ( the ancient source language of Buddhism and Hinduism) the word for mental illness is defined as “wrong view”. It is no wonder that the Buddhist would conclude that everyone without exception suffers from the spiritual disease of false seeing. You see we all have unavoidable passages of imbalances and blurry thinking in our everyday lives. We all inevitably carry false perceptions that ultimately lead to a sense of alienation from the Source of Life.
When we commit to a moment by moment practice of seeing all life as ONE, we clear the inner lens of our minds and souls. By utilizing spiritual technology such as daily meditation, affirmation and prayer we are able to continually re-establish and rejuvenate our profound relationship with what is divinely sacred. Our well-being: spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically is directly proportional to the clarity and completeness of our view of reality.
When we remember that no matter what pain or challenges we may be experiencing, life is always right where we are and God is all there is. Underneath the spiritual disease of wrong view is the ever-present, undistorted truth of life seeking to emerge as our awareness.
Let us all join together in the holy ritual of clear and complete seeing and thereby manifest a world of peace and love, a world that works for all.
Affirm:- I commit to the continuous cleaning of the inner lens of my mind so I may more clearly and completely see and know that sacredness of life.