"As consciousness reveals what the truth is, and you shift from dismissing it to accepting it, suffering subsides. "
Inside The Recovery Process
The search for truth is actually the search for the origin of our suffering. Truth, once recovered, exposes the dynamics of suffering. Truth exists, and its residence is consciousness itself. Consciousness includes 1) what the truth is, and 2) how we dismiss truth as false to defend our preferred rendition of truth. Consciousness reveals why we fill time with the fiction we can prove truth is false. ‘Waking up’ happens as consciousness expands. The more we retrieve the truth, the faster we identify how we fill time dismissing truth as false in order to defend our preferred rendition of truth.
If truth exists as a non-negotiable fact, then nothing we do has any chance to prove truth is false. This means the vast majority of us fill time engaged in a parody: we can only be who we are even when we fill time defending the fiction we are who we pretend to be.
Suffering serves as a reliable diagnostic index of where we are with what the truth is, somewhere between living with it knowingly, and filling time pretending it’s possible to prove it’s false. This takes you to the origin of irony because truth features how we fill time trying to prove it is false. We can’t defect from what the truth is, and time displays the sum of all the ways we defend the fiction that’s possible.
The more you reconnect with what the truth is, including how you fill time pretending you can prove it is false, the faster suffering subsides. This is testable. You don’t have to ‘believe’ this, only display a willingness to find out if this is true by identifying what the truth is, so you can identify that all your suffering stems from how you fill time pretending what you do will prove truth is false.
As consciousness reveals what the truth is, and you shift from dismissing it to accepting it, suffering subsides, sometime immediately. Suffering stems from defending the imaginary gap between what the truth is, and the degree to which you fill time pretending you can prove it is false. This imaginary gap is referred to as “duality,” and truth reveals it doesn’t exist.
We suffer from defending the fiction there is a real gap between what the truth is, and what we want it to be. It can’t be what we want it to be: it can only be what it already is. Suffering subsides exactly as fast as we accept the fact there is no such thing as duality: consciousness includes 1) what the truth is, and 2) how we fill time pretending it’s possible to prove truth is false by defending the fiction the two are not part of “The Big Picture.”
“Waking up’ is all about retrieving the architecture of “The Big Picture” by expanding into “the rest of the story,” which is warehoused in consciousness itself, upstream of our limited view of reality. Consciousness reveals why truth is stranger than fiction because it includes fiction. We suffer from defending fiction as if it is fact, and this isn’t possible. Everyone displays the degree to which they fill time treating fiction as fact, and dismissing fact as fiction. “The Big Picture” makes it possible for you to view this accurately as comedy. What makes us funny is the degree to which we defend fiction as fact and dismiss truth as fiction, with little or no awareness that this is what we are doing. As “The Big Picture” comes into focus, humor replaces ‘seriousness’ because we know truth is what ‘everything’ is, and why that’s so!
Clients call me to begin the process of ‘waking up’ because they wonder what life would be like minus the suffering that goes with pursuing ‘The Great Unwinnable Game.’ We suffer from the fact the game we play with truth can’t be won, and, in most cases, we refuse to surrender to the fact that’s the absolute truth. Truth captures the sum of what we do to pretend we can prove truth is false. Suffering disappears once it becomes obvious why that’s not possible.