How to create what you desire and deserve: Alchemy 10

Don’t wish for an easier Life, that’s illusion. Wish for greater capacity and capability to get through the challenges Life brings

Growth, expansion and prosperity don’t come from a seminar, a church service or a book. These things can be helpful in pointing the way, but ultimately growth, expansion and true prosperity come only (when and if they do) through Life and experience itself.

Pain is not a signal to suffer, it’s a signal to grow.

Pain is the mother of all growth.

Last week we began discussing the archetype of suffering. By your responses many of you are ready. For others it pushed some long indoctrinated buttons. Let’s continue…

The archetype of suffering most often comes out to play with our desire to control our environment and our circumstances. We can’t. We have influence, but no control. Once again, I’m sorry to burst your romantic bubble if you’re living in one, but the fact is that the only thing we can control is our experience of our environment and circumstances. Please make sure that sinks in.

All great entrepreneurial, business, and life achievers develop the ability to utilize everything to their advantage in this way. Please realize that often this strategy gives the appearance of controlling circumstances… when in fact you’re having an influence primarily on yourself; and subsequently an influence on your circumstances. Do you follow?

The desire to literally control circumstances is traditional personal development and pop-spirituality delusion 101.

Please understand… I’ve never said that we must suffer—only that we do and will suffer. And the harder we attempt not to, the more we do. What you resist, persists.

All current as well as ancient wisdom (when properly understood), tells us that the only control we have is the control of our will; and the will properly controlled gives the faith to not fold under pressure.

If you’re an entrepreneur, a business person, or you want to be, and you think that ancient wisdom has nothing to do with these things—think again. I love all things practical and everything I share with you will be to this end. No matter how it may appear. (reference Alchemy 9)

Please don’t assume that to control the will we must put a “positive spin” on what’s going on around us (as is so frequently propagated). Sometimes what’s going on is miserable! And no amount of spin is going to change that truth.

When I was sitting in a 12X10 shit-hole that smelled like piss and excrement, I dare you or anyone to tell me that it was a palace. Believe me… my own denial and illusion died slowly. I’ve always been persistent. It didn’t work. If you think you can do better, by all means, knock yourself out. Maybe you can. But I’ll tell you straight up that I wouldn’t wish that experience on my worst enemy. Never. Ever. I kid you not.

My only salvation was to finally accept my fate and the suffering that came with it. To see the situation clearly—exactly as it was. A nail is a nail; and no amount of chocolate and smiley faces will turn it into candy. (reference Life or Fantasy series).

No amount of “everything happens for a reason,” (man I hated that one). No amount of “God never gives you more than you can handle,” (that one pissed me off); would do the trick. Do I believe those things? Yes, yes I do. Did I want to hear them in the moment? Do you want to get smacked?

In the moment I despised those clichés! A shit-hole is not a garden.

Isn’t it always easier to quip these and other clichés off to someone else, when we’re not in their situation?

Oddly enough, when I finally accepted the glaringly obvious, it somehow was different. Transmutation began. My surroundings didn’t change, I changed. My need to control them and my perception changed. That which you resist persists. Think about it.

True positive thinking is not expecting the best…

True positive thinking is accepting that what is happening IS the best

For your future development, advancement and growth.

I could teach an entire seminar, or write an entire book on that one statement alone (maybe I will). But I submit to you that in those three lines are the proverbial keys to the kingdom. For the highest use of the will is to continually utilize your own consciousness such that you surrender all plans of the small personal will to the grander plan of Universal Will. To know beyond appearances that you’ll be okay, and that you’re on track, no matter what’s happening.

Please be very clear… this use of the will is not about changing what is in your consciousness (such as natural human emotions like anger, fear, doubt, suffering and all the other demons we do our best to avoid) that’s the illusion we’ve been spoon fed for far too long. It’s time to spit that stuff out like a baby does when you give him pureed liver! Maybe all over the pressed and starched shirt of the one who’s feeding it to you!

Proper use of the will is about acknowledging these feelings as they arise and allowing them their existence as perfect tools to help you fulfill a grander plan. Did you get that? Man this is heavy. It’s awakening. Are you tracking with me?

“Father if you’re willing please take this away from me;

yet not my will but thine be done.” ~ Luke 22:42 (emphasis mine)

Unfortunately for many, we’ve turned the powerful myths of the past into literal news reports about actual happenings… versus powerful messages and roadmaps to living a fulfilling and expansive life.

Mythology properly understood is not a literal history book.

It’s a history book of the journey of the soul.

In this story the prophet anguished in the garden of Gethsemane prior to his arrest and crucifixion. According to mythology he cried and perspired great drops of blood. You want to tell me that’s not suffering? He did not want to do what he was about to do. He desperately wanted to be saved from it all.

I know those feelings all too well… do you?

But in the end he surrendered his small personal will (not by the way without passionately voicing his request—with much tears, anguish and pleading) to Universal Will. He had to “suffer” to get there. Could he have submitted sooner without so much suffering? Yes. Did he? No. Will you? Probably not. Are you getting this?

We must suffer until we finally give in and suffer no more; and the more stubborn we are, the longer we prolong our own pain.

Please be clear that surrendering to Universal Will is not passive withdrawal or apathy. It’s not laziness and pop-spirituality lack of responsibility and action. It’s not trusting some external God or savior to “save us” from life circumstances and challenges. It’s not magical visualizing and thinking. Quite the contrary.

Surrendering to Universal Will is an active intention while simultaneously surrendering the “how” to the grander plan. In more common terms its letting go of how; and focusing your intention and faith on what and why. Are you getting this?

It’s “thinking like God thinks;” and it takes the greatest courage and strength of all.

This is the focus and realization that no matter how badly something may suck in the moment, you’re going to find purpose; you’re going to utilize it to get where you intend to go. Whether in business, finances, spiritual awakening, or Life itself.

It’s beginning to “think like God thinks” which please be reminded is only and always toward further expression, experience and expansion. (reference Alchemy 3)

The purpose of life is not accumulation of material goods or comfort. The purpose of life is not to be comfortable. Please read those last two sentences again. If you’re one of my Western readers… please read those lines three times.

The sole purpose of Life is to learn, grow and live; and to live fully! Unlimited life energy and possibility is pulsating through you; and nothing can work contrary to its nature. Nothing. (reference Alchemy 3).

Truth be told, the individual who espouse that there “is no suffering” is actually a neon sign for suffering. And they’re either pretending, living in denial and positive spin, or currently just too asleep to see clearly. Their futile attempt to avoid suffering is only stoking the fire of suffering. Again, that which you resist persists.

As we discussed previously, attempting to avoid, suppress, deny, and disrespect any energy or entity within us is the most suffering of all… do you get this? Any aspect of God that is suppressed, disrespected and denied becomes a demon. You could ponder that one for days, weeks, possibly a lifetime.

This behavior of suppression and denial is a loud call to the Universe to reset and awaken us in ways that absolutely will not, and cannot, be denied. Oh, and please believe me—it will reset and awaken us!

When I finally accepted my fate and all its suffering… it somehow began to change. When I let go of my hopes and dreams and desire to be “saved” from my misery… somehow in some strange way I was. Suddenly I became more sober and resourceful. It was time to get down to the business of living.

No, my environment didn’t change at all. I was still in a disease infested shit-hole that smelled of excrement and piss… but I changed in relation to it. It still sucked… but it was okay; it was my life; and I slowly began to find meaning and purpose. I began to understand why I was there and how I had to be there! I began to learn things I’d never learned before; and probably wouldn’t have in any other way.

True mastery is to be awake;

and to be awake is to resist nothing and to utilize everything.

Mastery brings harmony not balance. Learn more about mastery here.

Emblazon that on the screen of your mind. Etch it deeply. You want to grow your finances? Memorize and live this. You want to grow your business? Memorize and live this. You want to grow spiritually and awaken? Memorize and live this!

The greater the resistance, the greater the sleepwalker; and the greater the suffering. Remember as we’ve discussed many times, that the sole objective of Universal Intelligence is further expansion, experience and expression; and it will most often take the most effective and expeditious way possible to get where it’s going.

IT is way more intelligent that we are. IT is all that is… and we are only tapped into a fraction of all that is. But we have access to more as we awaken and become more aware; and that’s the really exciting part.

Please be aware that more often than not, the most expeditious way to where we’re ultimately going is the most physically and emotionally painful and apparently destructive. (reference Alchemy 3). Because it’s typically only through great pain and suffering that we are finally forced to let go of our own BS about life. Please read that again.

But believe it or not… it’s in this apparent destruction that we actually find new birth and new creation. Quantum theory tells us that creation and annihilation are two equal and opposite poles of the same Universal dance. These are the laws of nature. These are the laws of Life. Both are endless and eternal.

Often when things appear to be falling apart… they’re actually falling into place on a much grander scale. More to come…

Stay awake and Love Life,



James Arthur Ray Signature

47 Responses

  1. “Don’t wish for an easier life…”

    One of the takeaway gems I’ve always remembered you saying. I like the change at the end where you mention getting through the “…challenges life brings.” It puts a more raw, authentic spin on it. Small thing that I picked this bit out of the entire awesomeness of this article, I know, but I think hearing you say that resonated with me in a big way back in the day. It was the beginning of being okay with what is, and changing my perception of unpleasant circumstance.

    I enjoyed reading this and love when you share your experiences in a heartfelt way.

  2. A lot of words to get to the point of surrendering to the Truth of life and you’re missing the point of Jesus’ suffering, otherwise I enjoy your blog to challenge my thinking…..

  3. Dear James.
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    How wonderful that you are free and
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    I would love to do a tv show on you
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    1. Marcielle, thanks so much for your kind words and your interest. I’ll have my assistant reach out to you for more information. Much love ~ JAR

  4. James, this was truly an inspired piece. It came at a perfect time for me. Thank you.

  5. Victor Frankl wrote the book Man’s Search For Meaning after years in a concentration camp. You had a similar traumatic experience and learned much through that experience. You both came up with the one thing that you can ultimately control. Now that you are looking forward (and back), would you consider the prison experience as a “positive”?

    1. Jim, yes for that which is truly positive is that which contributes to further expression, experience and expansion. I definitely don’t want to do it again, but it’s perfect and I”m grateful for it all. As a result I”m more awake, alive and compassionate to the human condition then I could ever could have been otherwise. BTW, Love Frankl’s work. ~ JAR

  6. Although you utilized your experience in more ways than you have, even now, come to “real eyes”, I soooo did not want that to happen to you. I love this article and I whole heartedly agree. My only difference would be that I am not a proponant of were here to learn as much as I stand with we are here to “remember” the truth that never changes within us and learning is fun and adventurous and exciting….. it you approach it with loving eyes. God bless Sunshine. Great to see you living outloud and sharing with all. As before, and always, you touch, teach, bless, empower, just to name a few, many, many lives. Thank you.

  7. thank you James, We or at least I have learned a lot from this post and it is indeed true that “True mastery is to be awake; and to be awake is to resist nothing and to utilize everything.”
    i have experienced a lot BadGood conditions and moment in life and only my way dealing with them that have changed and made all the difference.

    I do have a request out of this subject:
    How to attract the WOMAN to my life, the WOMAN i love and Like and already know her general trait, (maybe i have met her too), But how could i attract her, because love from One side is NOLOVE, (btw i have already read the “Harmonic Wealth” and have wrote down My insight in the 5 pillars…)
    Would you have an alchemy for this subject? or any advice?
    Thank you James
    BgS 🙂

    1. Bechara, thanks for your kind remarks. My suggestion… forget about attracting the woman. Surrender to Universal Will and when the time is right for her to appear she will. The fact that you’re looking is actually a lack of faith. Worked for me. Has worked for multitudes. I’m pretty convinced it will work for you. Much love ~ JAR

  8. Yeap– The ‘Key to the Kingdom’ is the Will (not ego); there is only One. And, then, there’s the Will to Forgive (let go?)of our illusions, including suffering, and allow God to do what God does best—-LOVE!

  9. “True positive thinking is accepting that what is happening IS the best.”

    I recently re-listened to a lecture I first heard over thirty years ago. The tape has not changed in those thirty plus years but I have. What you resist, persists… what is even more telling is whatever your resist, manifests! There are many courses today on ‘manifestation’. They all need to read this week’s blog post. The first step in having what you want, is wanting what you got. Not any kind of wanting, but your heart’s desire wanting, not my will but thine be done…

    I was raised where what, how and why were three worthless questions. [re pain] Obedience was all that was required to avoid pain. Pain and suffering while often entwined, once the pain is accepted, the suffering part may be optional or at least far less intense. Resistance to pain manifests more pain and often-intense suffering.

    There is a lot of evidence to suggest the concept of free will is mostly myth. This current time appears to ignore the source of action [always from the subconscious] and spends an inordinate amount of time using the conscious mind to justify the actions afterwards. ANY Justification was NEVER an excuse growing up. It was always considered a lie or at best, a fairy tale.

    The portion of Matt 7:21 that first called me as a child, “he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter” first made me wonder, how to discover His will. Remember, Heaven is not a place but an experience and you may have to go through Hell first. My purpose as I understood it early in life is to know, love and serve God. All three are one embracing His will.

    I began ‘following the bread crumbs’, the clues to God’s will for me, early. There is a clue or a key to ‘my will’. When ‘I am present’ to my will, it sounds like, this isn’t it, this should not be, this should be better, different, more fair… a HUGE list by the way and labeled ‘victim’, wise ass, willful or obstinate. When ‘I am present’ to ‘God’s will’ the ‘This is it!!’ resonates, ‘I am accepting’ ‘that what is happening IS the best’, the best for me right now. I looked for a point of view, a perspective to find the cosmic humor and there is one if you want to escape the moment. I have a suggestion however. Avoiding the pain and suffering with any mental gymnastics insures I will revisit the lesson again.

    When I forget ‘he who embraces the Will of God abides for always and all ways.. I am not being present to God’s will. AND even that gift I fail to notice all too often.

    Thank you James. This series is most poignant now. The posts set up the entire week and I look forward to Mondays and your next bread crumb in wonder and awe.

    1. Michael you speak with the clarity and conviction of someone who has been there and who knows. It’s always exciting for me to read your comments as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to share. Much love and respect ~ JAR

  10. Spot on, James and my favorite to this point! This reminds me of the saying “let whatever happens to be okay.” I heard it when I was going through my horrible divorce and when I started to “live it,” things were appearing to me differently. Believe me, things are not always hunky dory, but the suffering is easier tolerate knowing that it is supposed to be this way, because that is the way it is unfolding. I am so grateful for you, James! Keep it coming!!!

  11. I always anxiously await a new post and this one did not fail. Thanks for your transparency, it lends so much to the piece. A true teacher has lived what he teaches and therefore is clear about the material.

    1. Thanks Faydra! Nothing like putting pressure on me now (geez) I hope I can continue to raise to your standard. Keep the faith sweetheart. I’m proud of you and ALWAYS pulling for you ~ JAR

  12. Think like God thinks. That’s really good. Sign me up.

    I know that, once upon a time, you were a big fan of Dr. David Hawkins. He spoke a bit about the difference between the will and the Will, and I’m glad to see you also illustrating the point. It’s a key distinction to make. Being willful is stubborn and limited, willing is allowing and infinitely powerful, as I see it. There’s real courage in being willing.

    I’m always tuning into people who say they’re “not” something, ie. I’m not materialistic, or I’m not judgmental. Chances are, just like you said, they’re EXACTLY the thing that they claim NOT to be. Thus, I’m always on the lookout for saying that I’m “not” something. Yet, if I say that I’m not beautiful, or smart, or talented…can it work to my advantage?

    Keep writing, my friend-

    1. Hey Alissia, love how you think. Thanks for being here. Not sure about the not working to your advantage though. Does that mean I am sure? =) ~ JAR

  13. James. Have you listened to your self? Your lines are stronger…they have a different vibration. You are putting emotion in it… and we feel it in our heart!! Thank you so much for your Alchemy Blog, especially this one, I really resonated with it.

  14. Interesting read and very true yet so hard to accomplish ( for me anyway). Specially when ones default setting is to fight for what one desires. While it’s clear that what we resist persist, for me it’s almost like a redo day after day. Just when I think I’ve got it all figured out, I go back to resisting what will inevitably persist by my own doing. Back to the drawing board.

    1. Monica, welcome to the human race sweetheart. It’s good to know you’re human and not a droid =) Keep the faith ~ JAR

  15. That which you resist persists.
    True positive thinking is accepting that what is happening IS the best

    Second sentence is the approach for solving first, can you elaborate little more on this. Future how you go about in that situation.

    1. Lingesh, what’s happening in your life right now? When you accept that there’s a Universal Intelligence moving you in one direction and one direction only (further expression, experience, expansion) and that nothing can work contrary to it’s nature. Life to be the Life Principle must be only and always about more Life. Then you can relax and accept that no matter what things look like you can be positive about them (even the complete train wrecks) because they’re taking you in the only direction you can go which is development, advancement and growth. Hope this clarifies ~ JAR

        1. Lingesh, I appreciate you hanging in there my friend. Repetition is the second law of transformation. Keep reading ~ JAR

  16. Another total gem James! I just love the way you inject humour into the deepest truths. It makes them so much more powerful when they make you smile. Too many ‘aha’ moments in that blog to even comment on. Just loving it. xxxx

  17. Regarding the “grand plan”, one thing that this post reminded me is that it doesn’t unfold overnight but over time. And that is more than okay, it is perfect.

    Also, the accepting even of the things that don’t feel as good, the acknowledging that they’re part of it all, certainly makes them seem less scary, more neutral. Less like enemies, more like potential friends.

    Today I begin a four-month project for a company at which I dearly want to be hired permanently. Riding in the Five Boro event in NYC this past Sunday + reading your words = the perfect combination. I’m a little nervous but that’s okay…I know “the why and the what” and can trust “the how” to unfold. No need to resist anything at all.

    Thanks for keeping the faith and that wonderful sense of humor.

    1. Lisa, nicely said. Leave the “how” up to an intelligence that is far beyond our own. My personal opinion is that life should be playfully serious and seriously playful. At some point you have to have a sense of humor in the grand adventure. Much love ~ JAR

  18. In a nutshell – acceptance. When we accept what IS rather than fighting it, we get to see what it IS and therefore we give ourselves the opportunity to change our perspective, learn, appreciate and yes, utilize it. Note that we ‘give ourselves’ this opportunity. That is all based in taking responsibility – not for the circumstances necessarily, but as you say: how we experience them. I’m enjoying this road you’re on James. 🙂

  19. “In the middle of a surgery it looks like a murder”

    Lines I always try too remember when in the depths of struggle.

    Thanks again for your wise perspective.


  20. “Sometimes in life the greatest gifts come to us disgiused as tragedy.”
    Embrace and accept what is and when you’re ready ask: what can I learn, what is this showing me about myself and life, how can I grow etc. The key is, like James said, “resist nothing and utilize everything.”

    Hint: The gift only appears once the lesson is learned.


  21. I forgot to mention that English is not my first language, so I could select the wrong expressions to transfer my thoughts and could sound like you were pushing my buttons. Not at all! It is impossible for me to have negative feelings with what you write; this is a great opportunity! I am here to know how to clear the baggage of things that aren’t working for me, things that simply don’t serve my highest good… and then, be able to spread my wings and fly! Thanks James.

  22. James,
    I sometimes need to read every line at least 5 or 10 times! Then print them out and meditate on them!

    Your wisdom, insight and encouragement through your alchemy blog have been absolutely life saving to me during my personal soul journey of truth seeking. Yesterday I found myself in a cosmic meltdown, cursing the universe (which probably did not help my cause) for the tsunami of challenge and pain it’s been throwing my way since i started down this path… when i saw your post in my inbox. Literally moments after i was wishing for an escape, wishing i had never started on this journey, i looked down and saw the words… “Wish for greater capacity and capability to get through the challenges Life brings…” i literally laughed out loud! i’m putting that on a notecard and pinning it above my desk!

    I feel like your hand is always there to pull me out of the ditch and set me back on my way just when i need it.

    So glad you did not allow your experience to turn you off your path. I hope you know that there were many who stood by you and prayed for your safety throughout your dark sojourn. You are loved, and needed!
    Cosmic Love to you James!

    1. Marla, I feel your experience in this post. Thanks so much for your kinds words. I too have cursed the Universe and God and have come to accept myself for being human, and forgive my own weakness. Keep the faith sweetie. I”m glad you’re here ~ JAR

  23. James,

    Thank you for this great blog. Your words have helped me a lot in the past 6 -7 years.
    It is very interesting that I am finally finding answers to a lot of questions in my life through reading this. No person/book really helped as much as you did.
    One question:
    You mentioned that resistance lead to suffering and persistence. What do you think about people who don’t feel guilty for doing something bad? They seem to take it lightly and laugh about it. They don’t resist… It doesn’t persist .
    Are they “to a certain degree” a little bit of psychpaths? Or am I just over thinking this?

    1. Rami, I don’t know the answer and I would have to know the person. Let me ask you though… what really is “bad?” If all things in Life are for fuller expression, experience and expansion could it be that at least in the Absolute sense it’s ALL good? This is definitely deserving of a conversation regarding the relative plane of existence versus the Absolute. Something to ponder ~ JAR

  24. This may be a little off-topic, but I read this yesterday and immediately wanted to share it:

    “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky”
    – Rabindranath Tagore

  25. This poem is a little long, but wanted to share it since it’s so apropos to this blog series…

    A Brief for the Defense

    Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If Babies
    are not starving someplace, they are starving
    somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.
    But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants.
    Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not be
    made so fine. The Bengal Tiger would not
    be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women
    at the fountain are laughing together between
    the suffering they have known and the awfulness
    in their future, smiling and laughing while somebody
    in the village is very sick. There is laughter
    every day in the terrible streets of Calcutta,
    and the women laugh in the cages of Bombay.
    If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
    we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
    We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
    but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
    the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
    furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
    measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.
    If the locomotive of the Lord runs us down,
    we should give thanks that the end had magnitude.
    We must admit there will be music despite everything.
    We stand at the prow again of a small ship
    anchored late at night in the tiny port
    looking over to the sleeping island: the waterfront
    is three shuttered cafe’s and one naked light burning.
    To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat
    comes slowly out and then goes back is truly worth
    all the years of sorrow that are to come.
    Jack Gilbert, REFUSING HEAVEN

  26. To make myself clear, I was talking about people who steal, cheat, etc… And who don’t seem to feel guilty about it. They can always find a good excuse to doing that. They never resist guilt.
    I thought about everything you wrote, and probably you were talking about resisting life circumstances rather than resisting guilt. Maybe that’s a whole different topic.

  27. James, the most inspiring message of your series. The seeds you plant in my mind and heart will take root.

  28. This one hits hard – and deep! It may be the culmination of all the blogs I’ve read thus far, and the new knowledge and experience I have gained in the past few weeks, which has pushed me to make more life changes recently than I have ever made in my entire life! To wake up and to realize that it’s NOT UP TO ANYONE OR ANYTHING OUTSIDE OURSELVES to save us,or to whisk us away, or to do the work for us in order to get us to where we want to be in life.

    That does not mean NOT believing in “God” or the Living Universe, but rather believing in the God/ess within ourselves, in our own Wholeness and connection to the Universe, which is Divine. So, when we realize that we ARE Divine, not on a superficial level – as the sleepers may believe, but on a Living, Breathing level, everything begins to take on a new Light. And so we see differently, and breathe and meditate differently, and eat and sleep, and care for our bodies and our minds differently and work differently, and love and experience our loved ones and life differently. We GO ABOUT THE WORLD differently, because we have realized that 1) this is what the Universe wants and 2) There are no excuses! Once you’ve woken up you know that!

    The Universe doesn’t want to hear excuses. The Universe wants us to get up every day with our hearts beating madly because we are so inspired and excited to start another day. Because we are Alive and Awake enough to MOVE on our goals, instead of making excuses for them, or putting them off until later. The Universe doesn’t like laziness or apathy or inertia. The frog quickly jumps from the stagnant pond into a new one. If he didn’t he would die, and when we stay in a “stagnant pond” we too are dying.
    This is not to say that “Being Alive” means being “Happy” all the time. Quite the contrary. It means being whatever you are fully! Experiencing it and then moving on. Living in the moment.
    Many of these concepts are not new to me. I’ve been trying to get my head around them for a long time – my whole life really. I’ve even written about them. Positive, productive thoughts are great! But thought without practice is nothing. We could all talk ourselves blue in the face, but if we are not actually LIVING IT, it means nothing! It’s like you (JAR) say about the “pseudo power of positive thinking” movement ( to generalize). There’s no magic pill or potion. And if there is a magic formula it includes deep thought and feeling, inspiration, action, perseverance, and tenacity – buzzwords that mean nothing unless they are lived. There are so many pretty words out there today. But people look the other way when you talk about sacrifice, and hard work, failed attempts [push through it], and sleepless nights. People give up on being positive in the face of the very first adversity. They lose faith when it is needed most, whether that be in the personal or professional arena. They grovel and whine.
    The difference between the Novice and the Master, yes? “Faith is belief in things unseen.” The Master can keep his bearings in the face of anything. That doesn’t mean that he does not break down’ or feel the full extent of his anguish, pain, frustration, anger, or fear when he does experience it. He does. But he works through it instead of wallowing in it (Pain vs misery) and becomes the Alchemist by transcending and transmuting the so called negatives, and turning them into something he can use for his progress, for his betterment. The Novice makes the mistake that “thinking positive” means that we should proclaim that everything is good all the time 🙂 That’s just ridiculous. Nauseating really, because it’s so far from the truth. The truth of real life.

    But most people run from the discomfort. Avoid it at all costs. Because it is uncomfortable or painful. “Don’t ask for an easier life,” you say. Something to think deeply on. People don’t want “postponed gratification,” they want it now! But it doesn’t work that way. if you try to open a bud before it’s ready to blossom it falls apart and becomes nothing once more. Let it grow and do its WORK and it will become a beautiful lily or a rose.

    More thinking and feeling to be done for me. Much more. And more action. So that the real, living rose can bloom fully and give off the magnificent beauty and fragrance it was intended to. When it is ready….. And of course, bearing all its thorns, which make it complete and perfect and integrated whole.

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