Week 7: Check-In

Our Four Noble Truths, and quest for enlightenment through the Eightfold Path, reminds us that we must let go of all of the mental distortions that weight us down and keep us entangled/attached in the perpetual cycle of suffering that is inevitable for our species when we cling tightly to distortions that cause us to over-identify with our physical bodies, ideologies, identities, and our impermanent creations in our lifetime.

This, however, does not mean that we abandon care for our bodies/life vessels, or that we recklessly go around creating havoc in the world instead of consciously and diligently taking actions/performing “right” karma in order to manifest and bring about “good” things for ourselves and others while we are alive.

Letting go of our clinging to illusion, simply means developing awareness of what we are creating in our bodies, lives, and world through the landscape and tool of our minds, and being unattached to both the illusions that allow our resulting creations to manifest, as well as being detached from the outcome of what we manifest from our place of purity.

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Human Potential To Be Better

Although there is a framework of thinking that states that all people are inherently “good,” it is more accurate to say that all people have the potential to be or do “good” based on their choice to do so…Behaviors are simply behaviors, and there is always a choice on how we act no matter how ingrained our automatic responses may feel in any moment.

All human actions are derived from different states of being and the intentions, motivations, an drives that fuel these actions. If these states are “pure” and “good,” then, naturally, “pure” and “good” actions result from them. But even “bad” actions (please notice that all of these words are in quotes) can be transformed into something “good” as well with intention and further corrective action.

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