Wednesday, 2 February 2011

This Too Shall Pass

The famous saying, 'This too shall pass', is generally used to console someone or oneself during times of distress. Taken at its superficial meaning, and manipulated to suit one's needs, it means, 'Don't worry, things will get better soon'.

This can be comforting but it misses the true meaning of the saying, plus it makes little if any use of the moment.

'This too shall pass' applies to everything. Good times are just as transient as difficult ones.

If you are the type of person who clings to clichés, you probably have more negative experiences than positive, because you have not yet awoken to how life is. You are still stuck in duality where you run from one experiential pole, and hanker for the other.

You are still a victim of ego-based existence and have only had the occasional taste of transcendence. At best, you have a kind of empty pleasure, with pain always nipping at your heels.

The famous saying actually means that everything soon shall pass. Wake up to what is eternal! Don't depend on external factors as much as you do your inner connection with your being.

Get into the part of yourself that does not go up and down or swing left then right. Understand how life works and watch it with mindful awareness. Everything shall pass but awareness keeps watching.

Your whole life soon shall pass. Are you wishing it away? We need both sides of experience to make sense of being alive. Are you missing the big picture?

When you can say 'This too shall pass' during a happy moment, you are starting to grow up. When you can say it during a distressing time and not wish that time away, you are starting to find your way into the now.

Ecstasy and agony both come and go. When you use experiences of either to bring yourself into the moment, you are making the most of duality by transmuting it into eternity. You are employing the transient to access the transcendent.

'This too shall pass', like everything, should take you deeper into presence.

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