We All Need A Feeling Of Success
Life has become so diverse that we no longer have time to become an expert, or feel satisfied. We look at the world and it’s confused, and always seems to need an upgrade! We think that we have to start at the bottom and work our way up in order to be successful or to understand something. Not so; we can start at the top and know success in one instant.
In the Dzogchen tradition of spirituality, we are introduced to the ultimate truth, and life becomes fruitful and successful as we now know what it’s all about, and everything we do has a purpose. The ultimate truth isn’t something we have to work at because the ultimate truth is the reality of our very own nature.
Dzogchen is Tibetan for the direct realisation of ultimate reality of empty cognisance. This is not a practice: it’s what we are. It is consciousness that recognises that, in reality, there is nothing other than conscious awareness. That isthe reality. It doesn’t matter what happens in our life, this ultimate consciousness is always present.
The feeling of success is that we now know and see. We see what others do not: they may have money, power, intellect, and a lofty view of themselves, but their consciousness is lost in favour of their acquisitions. We see that their happiness is reliant on conditions, and for them, we have compassion: for those who are unhappy, we have empathy.
All the suffering we have ever experienced adds to our ability to be empathetic and compassionate because we know how it feels. Do you see how powerful you are? We no longer react in the same way as others, and all we have to do is remember our ultimate reality of empty cognisance.
With this understanding comes genuine confidence and self appreciation. This isn’t being proud of oneself: we merely appreciate our bundle of confusion and inadequacy … I just think, “Well, it’s not much to hold onto anyway!” 😀
The point of meditation is that we become more familiar with this natural emptiness. Thoughts and emotions seem to get worse, but the truth is that we are noticing more.
Thoughts and wisdom arise simultaneously:
we are therefore free in the moment of seeing.
That is the real success, and our life has become worthwhile.