In short, they represent the Buddha’s basic teaching that liberates people from suffering. These four truths could be outlined as follows:
Even if things seem peaceful externally, we don’t experience permanent satisfaction in anything but might feel an undercurrent of inner anxiety and uncertainty. This is the inherent problem of presence.
The cause of suffering is craving which stems from ignorance. We suffer because we have a tendency to blame our problems on things outside ourselves. We resist the fact that life is impermanent and change is constant – rather, we grow frustrated once the world does not act the way we believe it should and life does not conform to our expectations. We try to push some things while grasping others.
Since we are ultimately those that cause our own suffering from perpetuating the cycle of craving and immunity, we also have the ability to end our suffering. Even if life is unpredictable and impermanent, we could change the way we react to it. By awakening to the true nature of our classic souls, we could end the chase after outside satisfaction and permanence, and so end the suffering. From the awakened mind, it’s not the suffering that stops, but the urge.
4. There Is A Path From Suffering
By adopting the path of right living, we can wake up to our Higher nature. This route involves ethical living, developing wisdom and discernment, and adhering to a private practice that affirms our emerging consciousness. This personal journey of awakening frees us from suffering and finally contributes to enlightenment.
Our human tendency is to avoid all suffering and pain, which only perpetuates our battle.
Instead, I suggest we look at the Four Noble Truths as recommendations for proper living; tips to help us navigate life’s challenges more efficiently. By introducing the Four Noble Truths as practical guidelines for living, they become powerful tools to direct our responses to life.
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When we respond to these Four Noble Truths in proper ways, they will indeed expand our internal field of spaciousness and peace, and finally expand the area or extent of our Authentic nature.
We no longer interpret everything that doesn’t go our way as a personalized attack on the ego selves; rather we recognize it for being a part of life. When we experience a setback, we could view it as an opportunity for growth and learning; not as something unjust to be judged or averted.
The Course in Miracles teaches that it is the meaning or interpretation we give to things, making them appear as bad or good; in fact, it simply is a part of life. Embracing the very impermanence of life may foster in us a deeper appreciation for the fleeting and precious character of every moment.
Individual neurobiology makes it almost impossible for us to always maintain a state of internal equilibrium without religious awareness. Our perceptions are always providing feedback through physical symptoms, emotions, thoughts and feelings. Equilibrium requires us to be with reactivity in another way: learning how to react instead of to respond. We stop the cycle of reactivity by recognizing that sensory feedback loops are valuable messages to react to; not hindrance to respond to, judge, resist or prevent.
When we experience physical symptoms or pain, our innate reactivity may prompt us to resist the symptoms with drugs or to grasp for some miracle cure out of ourselves. Rather, maybe it would be meaningful to dialogue with the symptoms for a deepened understanding of what they’re trying to tell usand once we know the deeper message, we will have the ability to react appropriately so the messenger could be published. This process of responding rather than reacting allows us to create more internal space for expansion in consciousness.
it is vital to learn how to react to life’s difficulties having an open mind, free from the conditioned behaviours of judgment, fear or craving. The Sedona Method puts it this way: “Embrace that which you fight, and concede that to which you cling.”
Positionalities are actually nothing other than learned behaviours and limiting beliefs, so relinquishing them opens up space for us to flourish.
In shamanic traditions, proper action is known as”right living.” Proper action requires conscious awareness of our inner motivations, reactions and beliefs. It nurtures the growth of the observer/witness, or our Soul self. It’s in aligning with this greater aspect of being, that we are changed to live from our entire potential.
The further we fine-tune our answers to life suitably reflect our Higher nature, the more internal freedom, peace and joy we experience. This is the heart of personal growth. Developing a path of proper action nourishes us all degrees and honors our true purpose in life – the embodiment of our Higher nature.
The end result is much more inner peace, harmony and joy.