"You get to identify what happens to your suffering as you shift from the lie to the truth."
Consciousness and Suffering
If you can consider that consciousness is what right now is, and it is the context for this dream we refer to as "reality," then you are awake enough to take a new, objective, look at suffering, as content in this dream. The problem is, so to speak, consciousness features the vast majority of us busy in the dream defending the fiction it is real and not content in consciousness.
Objectivity happens in the dream when a dreamer in the dream shifts from the fiction nothing is content in consciousness, to the awareness that everything can only be content in consciousness. If everything is content in consciousness, including where the dreamers in the dream are with that fact, then every dreamer is eligible to make the shift from the fiction to the truth; from nothing is content in consciousness to consciousness is what right now is.
This shift can occur spontaneously. One day you are in the dream stuck in the fiction nothing is content in consciousness, and then, for no apparent reason, it's obvious right now is consciousness 'gong on' as "reality." At this moment in time, consciousness features 'you' awake and one with the truth. When this happens, you realize you always knew the truth, but you were in a deep trance, busy defending the fiction nothing is content in consciousness. This observation triggers laughter because you realize, in retrospect, consciousness featured you defending a fiction as if it was a fact, and defending a fiction as if it is a fact is indefensible.
The next insight is really startling: suffering is the disparity between the fact and defending the fiction as a fact. You suffered because it isn't possible to defend a fiction as a fact. This meets the definition of insanity: "doing the same things over and over again, expecting a different result." Most of us fill time waiting to prove truth is false, as if that's possible. Suffering is proof it isn't possible.
I call the work I do, "The Recovery Process." The goal of this process is to assist a client to identify that suffering persists as long as they fill time 'trying to prove truth is false.' I assist a client to consider that truth exists, and that because it is absolute, it isn't possible to prove truth is false.
It is from this vantage point the client can look at what the truth is, where it is with what it is, and how time displays how they fill it 'trying,' unsuccessfully, 'to prove truth is false.' Suffering reflects where everyone is right now with the truth, and the degree to which they fill time, 'trying to prove truth is false.' Waking up happens when it becomes obvious that 'trying to prove truth is false' is a waste of time. Literally, what we get in consciousness is time, and everyone displays how they fill it, somewhere between accepting the fact consciousness is what right now is, and deep in trance, desperately engaged in the fiction it's possible to prove truth is false.
This work is testable. You get to identify what happens to your suffering as you shift from the lie to the truth; from the fiction nothing is content in consciousness, to the fixed fact, truth is absolute. Consciousness displays exactly where everyone is right now with the fact truth is absolute, somewhere between 'rejecting' and 'surrendering' to the truth.
What if it is true that all of our suffering stems from how we fill time 'trying,' unsuccessfully, 'to prove truth is false?' I work with clients who are eager to test this out. The question is, what happens to time when you stop trying to prove truth is false?