THE TRAUMA THAT JUST KEEPS ON GIVING!

The Trauma That Just Keeps On Giving!
The subtle suffering of early life
and why we feel insecure and misunderstood in later life.

We need to take a closer look at the maintenance of suffering; it’s a two-headed beast. Our early years intensify our own karmic tendencies: due to the law of attraction, like attracts like.

The prayer of compassion (the mantra of which is OM MANI PEME HUM representing the six perfections*), goes through the six realms of neurotic states that beings experience, wishing them release from unendurable suffering and for them to be reborn in a higher realm.

Here is how part of the prayer goes…

..from beginningless time, beings experience, as the result of the force of hatred, the suffering of heat and cold by being born in the hell realms

…from beginningless time, beings experience, as the result of the force of miserliness, the suffering by being born a hungry ghost

…from beginningless time, beings experience, as the result of the force of ignorance, the suffering of stupidity by being born an animal

…from beginningless time, beings experience, as the result of the force of desire, the suffering of excessive activity and constant frustration by being born a human

…from beginningless time, beings experience, as the result of the force of jealousy, the suffering of dispute and quarrel by being born a jealous god

…from beginningless time, beings experience, as the result of the force of pride, the suffering of decline and fall by being born a god…”

We can see that all beings – including ourselves – suffer from one or more of these afflictions, and these dominate our lives. We need to be aware of and have compassion for those stuck in the mud of habitual tendencies. Like attracts like: we are reborn (by the driving force of karma) into a family that has similar tendencies to our own, more or less. If our family cannot bring about balance to counter these tendencies with kindness, then we are stuck with a certain family personality – a trait. That is until we decide to change and seek help! So the tendency of the family may be to hate, to never be satisfied, to have no humour, to engage in excessive activity, to quarrel, or feel that they are above others.

Later on in life, when certain situations present themselves, our ‘button’ gets pushed and we explode or break down. We all have an undercurrent of insecurity, feeling misunderstood and a victim, but this is the cycle of existence from which we are breaking out.

We need to recognise and be aware of the forces weighing us down. When knowingness is present, release is possible. Then we can be kind to ourselves and to others.

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*generosity, tolerance/patience, perseverance, discipline, concentration/meditation
and transcendent wisdom/meditation.

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