Suffering arises in the mind through perceptions and judgments of the world, in particular when those perceptions conflict with the world as it truly exists. A surprising amount of human thoughts follow this pattern of suffering; how we think we should be treated versus how we’re actually treated, or how others should be treated, how the world should be, and so on.
In other words, suffering requires the clouding of our awareness to reality; a division, created in our mind. These divisions become conflicts of expectation, ideology, and all the usual moral, political or aesthetic value judgments.
It is the very function of the rational mind to divide, to be dualistic, and this process is extremely useful in technical and mechanistic actions (such as writing, driving, playing a piano, etc).
But is this rational process useful outside of mechanistic actions?
To answer this, let’s put the question differently: can wisdom exist when the mind reacts to ideology and belief, at the expense of being aware of the world as it is now?
Wisdom can exist only in actions, not in theories, actions not born of thought, but action born of awareness of the here and now, such that rational thought becomes a filter onto action (and not the cause of action).
There is no value, none, to being governed by moral, political, or aesthetic values. These attitudes which dull the mind and inhibit wisdom can be discarded entirely. What wisdom is it otherwise? Wisdom is not born of a dull insensitive mind that unconsciously reacts to conditioned ideologies and beliefs.
See the world as it is, holistic and free, beautifully independent of every judgment and opinion.
And rather than have occasional moments of clarity and bliss, can we sustain this from moment-to-moment?
Perceptions happen naturally, and between perception and reality there is often desire. Desire to cease being the reality and become the perception. This is, more or less, the cause of suffering, despising the world as you see it (often unintentionally) and comparing it to the world as you believe it should be — and more importantly, this desire can also be the key to the cessation of suffering and the experience of endless bliss. In other words, within the cause of suffering is also the solution.
Transform the desirous energy that usually leads to suffering into awareness of the here and now.
In this awareness, the energy of desire is transformed, and rather than increasing our dissatisfaction, it can destroy the very cause of our dissatisfaction.
Simply put, with awareness of the world as it truly exists, suffering ceases. And interestingly enough, bliss emerges, choicelessly, when the mind is so aware.
The experience of bliss that arises from desire expands the mind, more and more, so that we overcome all self-imposed limitations. Our mind reacting to the here and now is not the same as it was reacting to opinion and belief, it is a truly free mind.
If the mind is to be alive, flourishing in wisdom, not dull and mechanistic, then you absolutely must understand and do what you love (that which excites and arouses you most); and do so with the fiery awareness of what is, and not the clouded smoke of what should be.
Every moment is an opportunity to feel awe.
Live with such profound blissful awareness that there is not a moment to spare for the sufferings of ego.