This quote by Gurdjieff is sad but true. When I came out of my 21 day seclusion and fast in 1992 and went on a busy street I was shocked to see that every person was sleep walking. No-one was present. Everyone was in their head and in some kind of a movie that was playing in their heads. Yes, it is scary to know that people who are fast asleep have been running the affairs of this world since time immemorial and those who disturb their sleep are always persecuted!
In the late `80s, when I was living in India, I asked Osho the question below. I feel to share it here as it has been the centerpiece of my personal work, and now, my work with helping others with their transformation. Delving into the layers of the unconscious and transforming lifetimes of pain and suffering is also the central work of the Dalian Method.
Gurdjieff is reported to have commented: “Ordinary men never experience true suffering and sorrow, for they live mechanical and routine lives, and their troubles are routine, automatic and inescapable. But a man who has willfully undertaken the extraordinary and unnecessary burden of the work, he alone knows the taste of real sorrow and sickness of heart, for he will suffer pain and pressures that life does not ordinarily require.”
Even though you tell jokes and fill our hearts with laughter while silently cutting our heads with your invisible sword, I feel sometimes you suffer most, from our sleep and unawareness. Please forgive us.
“… Jivan Mada, your question is certainly of very extraordinary significance. Only Gurdjieff, a man like Gurdjieff, could have made such a statement. But it is in fact true. He is saying: “Ordinary men never experience true suffering and sorrow, for they live mechanical and routine lives.” It is not that there is no suffering, but they are accustomed to it. Secondly, their suffering is repressed. They live on a very thin layer of consciousness; underneath is the whole hell. Once in a while it surfaces, but mostly the ordinary man lives his whole life without knowing how much suffering, how much misery he was carrying within himself.
In a way he is fortunate, and in a way the most unfortunate, because if he had become aware of this misery and suffering then there would have been nobody who could have prevented him from getting out of this unconsciousness, this routine mechanical life, and becoming an awakened, conscious being. But I say on the other hand he is fortunate that he does not know that he is carrying a whole hell within himself. Just a little prick in his bag and you will see how much misery, how much suffering. People don’t even talk about these things, because even these words may provoke their own suffering to surface. People don’t talk about death.
From my very childhood I used to go to every funeral. My father used to say, “People go to somebody’s funeral who is a relative or a friend or in some professional way connected. You are not connected with anybody, but it seems that whoever dies is your relative! You won’t go to school that day, you will go to the funeral — and nobody has invited you, nobody has even informed you! In fact people try to prevent the information from reaching to you, because you are an unnecessary harassment. People think, “Why have you come here?”
But I continued to go to every funeral that I came to know was happening. Whatever work I was involved in, I would drop then and there, and I would join the funeral procession. Even the people would see me and wonder: am I following them?
I said, “I am not following you, I simply want to see what you do there.”
They said, “You have seen — so many times!”
I said, “I still want to confirm it. A single exception and I will drop the whole idea.”
But without any exception I found the principle to be true, that when people take a dead body to the funeral, even on the funeral grounds they don’t sit looking at the funeral. They sit with their back towards the funeral pyre and talk about a thousand other things — but not about death, which is the most important thing that is happening. A man is burning just behind them and they are talking of stupid things… ‘What movie is going on, have you seen it?’
I could not believe that people are afraid to face things, because to face them means to know intensely that every death is a declaration of your death; that today you are seeing somebody on the funeral pyre and tomorrow somebody else will see you on the funeral pyre. They want to avoid the fact. Even to visualize it, themselves on the funeral pyre, shakes their whole being.
That’s what Gurdjieff is saying: True suffering and sorrow never become the experience of the ordinary man. And by ‘ordinary man’… he is not condemning anybody. He is simply saying, every unconscious man is an ordinary man. He is not even aware of himself — what can be more ordinary? He has lived a life of seventy years and he has not come across himself.
But the reason is that people create a barrier between themselves and their unconscious reality, which contains lives of suffering, pain. They are afraid to face it. And unless they face it, they cannot face that which is beyond suffering, that which is blissful, that which is our very nature — our eternity, our joy, our dance, our flowers.
People cannot reach their own flowers. A great barrier of unconscious repressed suffering…
And you know how suffering is repressed. For example somebody dies and you start crying. Immediately some wise guy is going to tell you, ‘Don’t be emotional; death is a natural thing, it happens to everybody. There is nothing in it. And it is not manly — tears? are you a woman?’ Even small boys are told, ‘Don’t be girlish.’ Their father has died and they cannot cry because that will expose them: they are not a man, unemotional, strong, courageous, who can face everything. This crying and weeping is left for women.
But that does not mean that this statement is true only about men and not about women. It is more true about men, but it is also true about women. They also go on suppressing their sorrow, their misery, in different ways. Just the ways are different. They distract themselves in their jewelry, in the television, in shopping, in going here and there, just continuously talking yakety-yak, yakety-yak. They are avoiding something, escaping from something. They don’t want to see it; they want to forget the wounds that are inside.
So in a way they are fortunate, but not really. The real fortunate ones are those of whom Gurdjieff says, “A man who has willfully undertaken the extraordinary and unnecessary burden of the work…”
Just look at his words: no master has been able to make such statements; that’s why he was the most misunderstood man one can imagine. He is saying, “A man who has willfully undertaken the extraordinary and unnecessary burden of the work…” And by `the work’ he means digging into your unconscious, going as deep as possible. Unless you reach to the very living source of your life you will have to suffer much.
It is unnecessary, he says, because you can live like an ordinary man. Nobody is forcing you. It is extraordinary, because ordinary people go to the church, not into themselves. They read the Bible, they don’t read their own unconscious. They worship in a temple, but they don’t expose themselves in meditation.
Gurdjieff used to call it ‘work’ because it is undertaken only by very intelligent, courageous and strong people — for the simple reason that you can live without going into all this, you can just be a stationmaster your whole life, or a businessman or a clerk, or a priest. There is no need to go into such suffering and sorrow.
But you will not get rid of it. Even in your next life it will continue, and it will gather more suffering from this life. Each life, layer upon layer goes on collecting all that has not been lived, expressed, the unfinished, unlived, the repressed.
In Buddhism — and perhaps only in Buddhism — there is a technique to find out how many lives you have lived before. And the way is to count the layers, just as by cutting the tree you can know the life of the tree by the circles, how many years, because each year one circle is made. So if the tree has been two hundred years old, you will find two hundred circles in the wood.
Exactly in the same way, every life leaves a circle of suffering and sorrow within you. It can be counted, how many lives you have been repressing, how many lives you have lived before. But the longer you have lived, the more difficult it becomes to enter into your inner kingdom.
The ordinary priest, the preacher, goes on talking about beautiful things — about good work, virtue, charity, sharing, and you will enter into the kingdom of God. It is not so easy. First you have to be finished with your whole unconscious. And that unconscious is what the mystics have called “the dark night of the soul.”
Only very intelligent people will take this unnecessary burden, because, “he alone knows the taste of real sorrow and sickness of the heart, for he will suffer pain and pressures that life does not ordinarily require.”
You can live very superficially, you can avoid the dark night of the soul, but if you avoid the dark night of the soul, you are avoiding all your treasures. You are avoiding the very meaning of your life and existence. Hence the intelligent man takes the challenge and enters into the dark tunnel, which seems to be unending. But it ends one day. If you go on with courage, knowing that people have passed beyond it — that is the beauty of being with a master, because you know that at least one example is before you and with you, who is standing outside of the tunnel and who is constantly calling you to enter the tunnel… because unless you enter, you cannot get out of it. There is no way to bypass it.
There are thousands of frauds in the world and their work is to tell you how to bypass the darkness and the suffering and the sorrow and just become enlightened. Just a transcendental meditation, repeating a certain name, and you will become a realized soul. There is no connection in it, there is no authentic work. What will happen to your unconscious? What will happen to your collective unconscious? You are trying to bypass them, just to leave them. That is not the way.
The way goes through them. You have to cut them and pass through them, knowing perfectly that there is someone with you who has already passed beyond it. Not that you need, as an absolute necessity, the presence of a master — if you have the heart and the trust, even a Gautam Buddha, twenty-five centuries back, will do. It depends on your trust, because there have been people all over the world who are confirming it: “Just enter the darkness of the unconscious watchfully, awake, alert, because that is the only way to pass through it.” Awareness is the only bridge between you and your ultimate flowering.”
~ Osho, Yahoo, the Mystic Rose
Congratulations USA! Thanks to the selection of Donald Trump as your next president the WW3 will not happen and the blood of innocent people will not be spilled!
This is the manifestation of the vision I had in 1990, which I had posted last week from the epilog of my book “In Search of the Miraculous: Healing into Consciousness.”
Just like in my vision, I knew that Trump will win the US presidential election and it will be a last minute surprise to everyone!
Russia and US, the two superpowers, can now work together toward the common good of mankind and to benefit the human race by creating a fresh new ground for brotherhood amongst nations.
I predict that Trump’s presidency will last 8 years, followed by the first US female president, Ivanka Trump. There is more that I can say here but that’s later.
Even though I do not agree with all of Trumps ideas (building a wall for example), I understand his blind spots and frailties as a human. But I can also see that he has been chosen as the right vehicle for the next phase of our evolution. He is the right vehicle because he has the vision, know-how, and sincere intention to correct what has been corrupt and only serves the elite. He has the sincerity of heart to create a ground for prosperity for all and a balanced growth in distribution of wealth.
Trump cannot be bought because he has a proven ability to create his own wealth. This is very significant because he will not be tempted to sell his soul for money and power! I also see Trump as someone who is capable to humble himself and learn, which is a great asset for any human being!
My personal sense as to why most politicians who have failed and fell into the hands of the power hungry war mongers is partly because they did not have the business skills and vision of how to create wealth on their own merit. They were puppets in the hands of the few, who preyed upon their human frailties. The war mongers don’t like humanity. They view humans as weaklings to be used and possessed.
We don’t need to create wars to boost economy and to live happy and healthy lives. This model has outlived itself! What we need now is for each person to transform their own insecurities and attraction to money, power, and control or to pain and suffering.
We must begin to live with consciousness of common good. The consciousness that understands that this planet is tolerating and sustaining everyone unconditionally, regardless of their actions, beliefs, and religious ideologies.
When we understand that it is our personal duty to do the same, and to care about the well-being of others the way we care about our own well-being, we can begin to deserve to be called human beings.
Now let me share what I feel are the three indications of when the Golden Age of Enlightenment will begun.
(1) When USA and all world governments acknowledge the wisdom of the First Nations elders and their critical role in being the keepers (sustainers) of this earth. (The first sign of this could be around the corner if Trump stops the Dakota Pipeline project and implements clean, life-affirmative and non-invasive energy alternatives instead);
(2) When China frees Tibet and the world acknowledges the wisdom of the Tibetan Lamas who are the chosen keepers and sustainers of life on this planet;
(3) When the few rare mystics who visit this planet are not persecuted but honoured with reverence and respect as the great teachers who have come to help with our spiritual evolution.
When all these things happen and integrate in the mass psyche, we will see the beginning of the Golden Age of Enlightenment.
To help nurture our common future, everyone must begin to self-reflect on what is false and unkind within themselves, and begin transforming their manipulative and controlling behaviour into honesty, integrity, kindness, and self-responsibility.
I love this planet and I love the people who don’t just flatter with words but walk their talk without compromising their integrity and truth. I love the people who don’t just live to benefit themselves but also live to benefit others. And I bow down to all the Buddhas who have visited this planet, and suffered greatly from our unconsciousness, while courageously and tirelessly working to help us wake up.
I am grateful to be alive at this critical time in history, and to witness the beginning of Grate Change. I feel that the time of preparation for the Golden Age of Enlightenment will now be lighter and easier.
We, the inhabitants of this beautiful planet, can truly turn this Earth into Paradise!
To shine some light and hope into the the bright future of our human evolution out of the shackles of heavy dark forces I feel compelled to share this vision from the Epilogue of my first book In Search of the Miraculous: Healing into Consciousness.
We are actually in this situation right now, and I feel strongly that the WW3 will not happen with mass bloodshed! WW3 is already happening on a scale never known before. This time it is between each person’s inner as well as our global consciousness and unconsciousness!
In January 1990, a few days after Osho’s death, I had a vision. I was within a boundless cosmic darkness, waiting for something to happen. Suddenly, there appeared a small ball of light shining brightly in the darkness. The Light was like the Sun, illuminating the surrounding darkness and giving life to everything in its sphere. The energy of Light was the collective consciousness of all the enlightened beings that had, at one time, lived on the planet Earth. They were now united as one source of energy, light, and consciousness.
The energy of Darkness was the energy of all the unconsciousness within the universe, including the unconsciousness of all humans living on the planet Earth. Light was aware of Darkness and conscious of itself, and Darkness was aware of Light but it was unconscious of itself. Darkness was threatened by Light and thought that Light was its enemy. Light knew it was once part of Darkness and wanted Darkness to know that they were not separate. Darkness, however, was afraid of Light’s power to expose things hidden in the darkness.
Feeling threatened by Light, Darkness tried to suppress it in order to maintain control and rule the Earth. The Light, attempting to grow in size and brightness, was patiently waiting for other beings to awaken and join in its endless celebration of Joy. Suddenly, within seconds, many small light streams emerged out of Darkness and at the speed of light began entering into the ball of Light from all directions. As the light of each awakened being merged with the collective Light of the Awakened Ones, it lost its separate identity as an “I” and became one with the collective consciousness of Light. Light quickly grew in size and strength.
Then, all movement stopped just as suddenly as it had begun, and everything came to a standstill. Light, though visibly smaller compared to the Darkness that prevailed on the planet Earth, was now as powerful as Darkness. A question stood hanging in the air: Who would win the battle and tip the scale, to determine how humanity would live for the next 2,500 years? Who would rule life on Earth? Would it be the creative and compassionate consciousness of Light or the destructive unconsciousness of Darkness? Darkness struggled to maintain its power, while Light, with its now greater size and strength, almost forcibly pulled one more light stream out of Darkness. As this last light stream entered the Light, it tipped the scale of power and Light became victorious.
This vision filled my heart with joy. Deep in my soul I knew that in spite of the much-talked about coming doomsday that the unconscious powers are preparing for, the Light will overcome Darkness and humanity will enter the Enlightened Era of greater consciousness – a consciousness that cares for all fellow humans, the Planet and all its creatures. Although it may seem like life on Earth is becoming grimmer, I believe, as do many others, that the foundation of our collective consciousness is strong, and the new dawn of a more aware and loving humanity is just around the corner.
Every one of us can make a difference in our common future by courageously transforming the unconscious darkness of our own ego-mind into consciousness. Conscious people don’t create wars – they strive for unity. Only consciousness can help us live in peace, freedom, love, and brotherhood, and make this planet a better place for ourselves and the generations to come. I hope this book is an invitation and a supportive guide in your journey from Darkness into Light.
~ Love & Blessings Mada
If your decisions and actions are coming from your mind and not your being then they are superficial answers and are based on the conditionings of the mind. Decisions and actions based on the conditioned ego-mind are different from those that arise from your inner being.
Your being is original, your trained mind is not! Hence, only actions arising from your innermost being can be of true benefit to yourself and others because in your being you are on the same page as your Inner Knower / the Universe!
As you look deeper inside and continue peeling away the layers of conditionings and fears that block your inner vision, you will begin to see what the Universe is intending for you to do with your skills and abilities.
To Your Being!
With love, ~ Mada
Find Answers to Your Questions, the first release in the Dalian Method Accelerated Transformation Series, is finally here! I am thrilled that this short 17 minute version can be now used by people to help them quickly find answers to their questions without using their mind!
Use Find Answers to Your Questions for anything; be it health, decisions you must make about school, work, career, relationships, or simple things about your daily life situations or challenges.
Our home in the infinite blueness of the empty sky is eternally there waiting for us once we break our identification with the clouds, no matter how beautiful they may be ~ see this and other quotes on Mada’s Facebook page
Another recognition for Healing the Body & Awakening Consciousness with the Dalian Method: An Advanced Self-Healing System for a New Humanity as a finalist in the Indie Next Generation Book Awards.
“Do you want to take the Blue pill or the Red pill? See how powerful the DM is. Society now has the tool!” Victoria Veldhoen, Air Canada Pilot, SHDM Facilitator http://www.doctorswithoutlimits.com/?page_id=216
“Healing the Body & Awakening Consciousness with the Dalian Method: An Advanced Self-Healing System for a New Humanity” has received yet another award, this time it is the prestigious Nautilus Award! The Living Now Book Award was received earlier this year.
“It is our pleasure to welcome you to the honored and respected group of Nautilus Book Award winners. You can be justly proud of your book’s selection as an Award Winner in the 2015 season, which brought a record-number of entries and a magnificent diversity of high-quality books.
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~ Mary Belknap, PhD., Director of Nautilus Book Awards