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It is regularly said that the Universe provides the lessons we need to face. Or the abundance we need…
March 31st, 2013
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It is regularly said that the Universe provides the lessons we need to face. Or the abundance we need. We might for example repeat mistakes, until we finally "get it": the Universe provided similar relationships or contexts, until we learn.

This is unlikely. What is a lot more likely is that Reality provides. Full Stop. We share the Universe, how could Reality be subjective for you and for others at the same time? Reality is not subjective.

So we pick the same lessons again and again, out of habits and views and preferences, until you get it that such habits and views are not the 'truth' or even a truth… We bias what we perceive. So it looks to us like Reality is only providing one thing or the other, but it's only because we're blind, we're stuck in our mental constructions (karma), we're clinging to our views about what Reality supposedly offers, what Reality supposedly is.

The spiritual idea of 'abundance' is subjective: it is about what Reality provides to me… I am the 'measure' of a past scarcity and of the current or future abundance… While this correctly questions some biases, it doesn't address the fundamental weakness of a self-centric approach. 'Abundance' requires an experience (of a comparison), it is a notion inherently subjective.

Seeing that Reality has no agenda and does not follow a teaching method, that it simply provides all (most of which you blind yourself from), is the key to freedom.
Seeing this is also understanding that nirvāṇa is not separate from saṃsāra: it's the same Reality. What you pick sets the experience of it up. Reality has no agenda and does not follow a teaching method, you do. You are the one who distinguishes a foreground from a background, e.g. a lesson from a context, and who appropriates the lesson as 'yours'.

Obviously, this doesn't deny causality or even time (it does not affirm them either…). This doesn't affirm Reality provides all contexts, all the time, with no boundary and no condition: this would be naïve since it would basically affirm that Reality does not provide conditions, relationships, constraints, etc. Naturally, Reality provides these too.
It simply does not provide these phenomena in the inherent, intrinsic forms we believe they take ('objective' forms?).

Reality is neither subjective, nor objective.
Pay attention!


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(image: "dark matter" distribution, http://www.astro.phys.ethz.ch/Brutus/ )