Difficult experiences which distance a human being from others
and from the whole of Life, can cause a person much suffering.
And if he suffers much, this takes all his attention and all the
energy which he could, otherwise, use to see the world which surrounds
him clearly and in creating his life in a freer manner.
A human being’s contact with love throughout his life is
of great importance. This contact makes him feel proud, worthy
and self-confident, and gives him a sense of liberty and plenitude.
It fills him with happiness and it fulfils the emptiness inside
him and the sense of inner void which sometimes gnaws at him.
It soothes his pain, it provides a light in the dark and illuminates
his way. It makes him feel present to the world and its beauty.
Love being that powerful feeling that comes with genuine and beneficent
contact with others, with oneself, with the whole of Life…
The human being is here to experiment, to experience everything
that he feels inclined to try out. From the most limiting experiences
to the most exalting, sampling the simplest along the way. He
is here to live what he has the task of living, as well as what
he wants to live. He is here to learn, to evolve. And, ultimately,
he is here to become aware of his freedom and his true nature.
When he has had enough of being taken and seized by all the games
of human existence, he turns towards change. He realizes that
he does not want to be subjected by life’s difficulties
any more or to be a mere victim of life. He releases himself from
the wounds of the past and from his old beliefs about what life
and he himself are. With his new knowledge, he decides to create
his life according to his new needs. He no longer lives according
to that which limits him, but according to that which brings him
closer to his deepest aspirations.
The human being comes into the world… he has a body, he
feels things, he observes, he learns. He experiences relations
with others and with his surroundings. He develops beliefs, he
develops his vision of the world, his system of thought. He experiences
wounds, he lives pleasure. He develops fears and desires. He makes
choices and makes decisions based on his experiences and his own
discoveries. He wants to be happy and he is afraid to suffer.
He wants to possess and he is afraid to lose, he wants to exist
and is afraid of disappearing. He needs to be loved and is afraid
of not being loved. He needs wholeness and is afraid of emptiness.
Gradually, out of these elements, he creates a person, a character
with which he identifies himself entirely and to which he bonds
and holds on: the ego.
To wholly benefit from the human experience, he seeks pleasure
in all its meanings. He often makes this quest his only goal and
he seeks the feeling of satisfaction.
He needs to be healthy, he needs the basics of food, lodging,
clothing… He has the choice not to want these things and
he has the choice to want more of these things.
He sometimes seeks power and control and this makes up a part
of his relationships with himself, with others and with the world.
Respect for self and others is one of the great difficulties which
he encounters and that makes relationships in the human community
Human beings use this planet like a vast terrain for experimentation
and they are constantly questioning the choices which they make
regarding the proper ways to treat people and the planet itself.
They question constantly the ways in which they employ their own
freedom to act. This is a part of this need for experimentation
and is a component of human development.
One of the great fascinations we have is that fascination we
feel before the creations and infinite manifestations of life.
Fascination when confronted by the spectacle of children, when
observing the theatre of men and women… before animals,
before all matter and its colors, in the face of the visible and
invisible universe… faced with the great Game of Life.
I believe that, as in life in general, spirituality, philosophy
and psychology have often played out such that human beings identify
themselves with theories that are too complex, with concepts that
are unrealistic or with false images of themselves. In spite of
the sense of security that that these could give them, this has
often in the end made them more confused and led them to live
with restrictive views of themselves. Human beings seeking liberation
have often ended up submitting themselves to new-sounding principles
invented by their own kind. Rather than submitting to them, spirituality,
philosophy and psychology should be tools used to serve the human
being in his search for happiness, freedom and truths about who
he is, and of a general knowledge of the world.
To believe that our personal and limited notion of ourselves
and of the world is the single and only reality can cause us to
To identify ourselves as separate from others and from the rest
of the world can cause us suffering.
Faced with his need for change, the human being is often afraid
and does not always know how to leave behind that which he knows,
how to leave behind that which limits him and prevents him from
changing. Realizing this need for change, a person can find things
difficult in the face of his attachments to his old values, his
old beliefs and the many ways he has been conditioned. He wants
to change, but he is accustomed to seeing himself, to knowing
himself and to living according to how his life has been shaped.
He has been forming for a long time, from the things he learned
from his parents and others, and from experiences and events,
a personal way of seeing life. He operates in accordance with
these reference points, and often without knowing that there are
other ideas and points of view beyond his personal concept of
In spite of the entrenched habits and attachments that secure
him, even through times of pain, he can come to realize that he
is more than this identity which he has formed over time. He can
realize that he is not simply an accumulation of experiences,
events and beliefs. He can realize that he can be free of all
this baggage full of memories and that he can become conscious
of his true self.
Experiences affect us and transform our way of seeing life. They
fill up our memory and our thoughts, and they are transformed
into personal beliefs and conceptions of the world. Because this
is all that we know, we take these beliefs as unique and unarguable
truths and we make use of them to decide both how to see life
and how we should live our lives.
We can realize and become aware of this process and we can turn
ourselves towards change, towards a more gratifying and fulfilling
life. We have the choice to create out of ourselves something
It is good to be aware of what we really want.
We are creators. We create our lives in relation to the whole
of existence. We carve our own path and we walk this path. We
live the life which we create.