February 3, 2011

The Beauty Of Nasty Emotions~ February 3rd.

Filth is seen as beauty, and conflict ceases to be…

Beyond the commentary of the self-centered mind rests the realm of pure experience. If what “we think” about experience is transcended, and this pure experience is touched we discover the most powerful teacher imaginable, Truth— dharmata. This is the Tantirc approach to meditation in the Buddhist tradition; to awaken to the living quality of meditation right here- right now…

“We have the possibility of anger, of passion, and of ignorance— these emotions have to function somewhere. They draw energy out and redistribute it and draw it out again. A complete cycle, or circulation, takes place. That which provides the possibility for such a circulation to take place is the basic totality that we are talking about— dharmata.

This could hardly be said to be connected only with nirvana— that would be a one-sided view. In a totally awake situation, emotions arise and develop, but those emotions have unconditioned qualities in them. In that sense, the emotions have their polarities and dichotomies.

In actual practice, we might express our aggression, our anger by hitting someone or destroying someone or by being verbally nasty. Such actions and frustrations coming out of our emotions are the result of failing to realize that there is a total space in which these energies are functioning. In other words, suppressing or acting out both produce substitute emotions. Both are sedatives…” ~from Orderly Chaos by Chogyam Trungpa

I have never felt more at peace or in love with myself than in those silent moments when I see and accept as real all of the things in me that I hate, all those things that do not agree with my contrived self-image. In those moments insanity is transformed into sanity. Chaos becomes order. Hate is revealed to be love. Filth is seen as beauty, and conflict ceases to be.

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