The joy of a happy learner is such a beautiful thing. To be happy about all that we learn is to be grateful.
“You who are steadfastly devoted to misery must first recognize that you are miserable and not happy. The Holy Spirit cannot teach without this contrast, for you believe that misery is happiness.” T.14.II.1:2-3
“The Holy Spirit cannot teach without this contrast, for you believe that misery is happiness.” This is so profound, yet we see it truthfully all around us. We see it in the world and it bothers us.
I don’t remember the talk or the exact words the Dalai Lama used but he said once something to the effect of; that as long as we still feel that twinge or pang of shock at anything negative in the world it means that we are aware. We are aware of what is not happiness. We are aware that misery is not happiness. That jolt of empathy assures us that the Holy Spirit is with us. It is when we become deadened to it, that we have gone to that place where we believe misery is happiness.
This also points to that everything that happens is to be used for our good. As hard as it sounds.
In Matthew and In Luke, Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will teach us in this very situation. I love the version in Luke 6 of the NRSV.
“They had come to hear him and to be healed of their disease; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them. ”
And then he looked up at his disciples and said:
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God
Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh
Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.”
What a riddle that must have seemed to some. To be filled you must be empty. We come into this world knowing spirit, and that is all. And to that we must return. It is when we recognize the misery that we seek and we find, the deepest peace, joy and contentment. The Holy Spirit was promised to us as a comforter. Yet, we cling to our misery to our lack as if it is a thing that can fill us. Nothing cannot fill emptiness. Emptiness is not there because nothing can not be something.
“As long as we believe the created is stronger than the creator, this misery of our own projection will always be able to chase us down if we run from the truth.”*
Truth shows us that there is a Higher Power. The created can only be more powerful if we worship it; If we make it an idol. A work of art created by God through us cannot be the God that created the creator. When we worship the creation more than the creator when we worship the misery of our creation and believe us to be smaller than it, less powerful than it, we also make a lie truth, that God is less powerful than ourselves. Oh how foolish we are. We are part of God, He is not part of us, All of our being is of God, and so it is inevitable that we bow to him. For there is no part of us that is not Him.
“As long as we continue to believe that we are seeing correctly, that there is separation, as long as we continue to believe that the projection of lies or deceit that we make is truth, and that it is inescapable, we continue to believe that the created is more powerful than the creator.”**
If we continue to believe our misery is inescapable. It is because we believe we have knowledge. Seek to be a happy learner. That everything is possible with God, for we are created in His image He is not created in ours.
*This phrase came to me in entirety.
** This phrase came to me in entirety.