Antidote: A Temporary Spiritual Medicine
An antidote is something that counteracts an unpleasant feeling,
as in ‘laughter is a good antidote to stress’.
But this does not get rid of the cause of the stress.
Chanting, singing, praying out loud does relieve stress, but this is only a temporary measure as we need to come back for more. We like it, we become dependent on it, we are addicted to it.
As with the previous article, “Quietism”, the inner realisation of pure consciousness cuts through emotions as soon as they are recognised. We are free in the moment of seeing. We don’t have to shout “Alleluia!” or “E Ma Ho!”
If we are not told – or do not recognise – that we are free in the moment of seeing, we will remain dependent upon others.
Of course, there are moments where the emotions do explode, and that is when we need anything that works to bring an end to this karmic outburst: I splatter my mind with extremely fast, inner chants of “Om mani peme hum” to drown out my mind worms, and then drop.
Thinking that we are doing something when we apply an antidote feels good. That’s fine, but temporary: chanting, singing, praying out loud may feel euphoric, but has no stability. Realising pure consciousness feels neither good nor indifferently neutral; we just remain open as we no longer need the dopamine fix of an antidote.
Peace begins when expectation ends.
Antidotes lead to anecdotes:
short amusing or interesting stories we can talk about.
In the realisation of silence,
there is nothing to discuss.
We, merely rest in inner peace.
If a thousand Buddhas then said, “You are wrong”,
we remain unmoved.