In your awareness, pretty much all the time, there is the sense of suffering.
It comes from knowing subconsciously that you are not your true self.
In meditation we tackle this sense of suffering and confront it without our intelligence.
With ‘our intelligence’ means with your intelligence. You are the only intelligence on this planet. That should immediately tell you what intelligence is.
Intelligence is the life that you are, and it is stillness, awareness.
Because the sense of suffering is uncomfortable, we usually miss it, or avoid it, overlooking that this discomfort runs most of our life. Most of our decisions are made in an endeavor to get away from this dreadful discomfort that we are unwilling to face – but it’s only the falsehood of ourselves.
So in meditation we sometimes, not all the time, but when the need arises and is registered to arise, actually go into the discomfort.
We dive right into our own pain, discomfort, falsehood, imagination, wrong thinking, wrong idea, wrong positioning, wrong everything.
That’s how we gain power – by confronting our own ignorance.
So suppose you are aware of a slight (or perhaps severe) sense of suffering.
What do you do?
First of all, you look at it. You do not look away, you not run away into some distraction. You simply hold it inside your awareness.
This is called: intelligent observation.
This intelligent observation is beginning to dissolve the pain for you. Why? Because in the battle between the true and the false, the false can win only for a time.
And you intelligence is true.
Your belief is not.
So if you can only do that, that will do the job for you. Because the intelligence will always move and set everything right without moving at all, because intelligence is absolutely still.
But sometimes this discomfort is so agonizing, so gripping that you can’t look at it intelligently – which means to be the detached observer.
Then you have two options:
You either stop being a victim to this, and mesmerized by this, and you start being intelligent.
Or you can ask the next intelligent question:
“Who, really, is suffering from this?”
Then you look at who or what is really suffering this pain, this delusion.
What you should find is that an idea is suffering this delusion.
An idea is suffering for you!
What does that tell you? That you have identified with something you’re not. Because as soon as you see that it is only an idea that is suffering, you also see that it is not really you, who is suffering, and the suffering goes away.
Suffering without sufferer cannot exist.
Gain the clarity of understanding who or what really is suffering from this.
That’s what I call: Finding The Sufferer, and that’s your practice.