Our problems are never the problem; it is what we do that counts! Our problems are really meta-problems. Whenever we feel annoyed, anxious, depressed, or we are generally in a negative mood, it is because we are not using our time, skills and attributes to the best of our abilities!
At least, this is my latest perspective on life, and an incredibly useful and powerful mindset to adopt, even if it may not be 100% true in all cases.
Sometimes the best way to look at life is through the lens of simplicity. We all have the power to affect others, and they have the power to affect us. Some effects are positive, some are negative, and most of life is a battle between love and fear. What else is there?
Buddha once said, “Be a light unto yourself; betake yourselves to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Truth. Look not for refuge to anyone besides yourselves.”
William L. Watkinson said, “Yet is it far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.”
And Dumbledore said, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
I’m starting to notice a pattern. What if the solution to all our problems was to just connect to the spark of life within us all. Could it really be that simple?
Not religion, not politics, not ideologies, not tribalism, and not even identities; just connecting to the spark of life that is within everyone. Then why do so many people find it difficult to achieve this?
Because introspection, shadow work and experiencing the dark night of the soul is a helluva trip, and the average person would rather be the eternal prisoner of Plato’s Cave, than to break the bonds of illusion, crawl through the tunnel of darkness, and embrace the sun of truth once more, it seems.
Everyone’s soul contains a divine spark, which really should become the central theme of their life. We should then build our character, identity, and the rest of our life around this spark.
Of course, life isn’t easy, other people may hurt you, and you may become tempted by sin and corruption, so you must try twice as hard during trying times to remain connected to this inner light.
Whether a person is able to remain connected to the spark of their soul, or it becomes extinguished from the darkness of the world is potentially the difference between heaven and hell, and history is full of far too much of the latter.
Well, until next time, from one spark to another, have a good day 🙂