The Practicality Of Negative Emotions Being Wisdom
Q. How is this practical?
A. It brings a situation back to sound health,
rather than making it worse.
This question was asked: “How do we recognise the unity of negative emotions and wisdom in daily life?”
To even look at this question, we have to become town yogis, and this means being a ‘practitioner’ rather than philosopher.
We live in a collective, samsaric state of confusion, which is a vicious cycle of imprisonment. A practitioner realises the relevance of breaking out of this prison by seeing the illusion we are in. A philosopher will argue about the architecture on the door.
So, how dowe recognise the unity of negative emotions and wisdom?
Simple answer: We are disturbed, to remain in equilibrium.
Simpler answer: When someone in front of us is annoying,
we don’t make the annoyance worse.
We allow the other to rant so that they have space to be and to see.
They know what they’re doing, and have to be allow to do it.
Rant:late 16th century (in the sense ‘behave boisterously’): from Dutch ranten – ‘talk nonsense, rave’. 😀
To be honest:
For me, I have questions about things that bug me … I mean, really reallybug me. I love spiritual teachings but I have a problem with rituals, and the use of cultural terminology. Pure awareness is in ordinary, daily life at every moment, in our own culture, but we can become fixated and addicted to another’s rituals and terminology.
It was because of this confusion over terminologies that I wondered about the three kayas and the three poisons, and whether there was a connection … “Oh, eureka! My goodness!!!” Why hasn’t anyone explained this before? Was I just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Is this the right place at the right time?
Some have paths of flowers, some of thorny bushes. Mine is a path of ‘nice’ and ‘not so nice’ demons, playing all sorts of games. The real Dharma is practical. Being practical is letting go of the collective influences and seeing for oneself.
Now I know what the practice is; to empathise with a disturbance, whether its an attraction or a repulsion! Here, we are reminded of the final challenge for the Buddha before enlightenment, when demons attempted to attack and seduce him (fear and hope).