It’s always Darkest before the Dawn
In his lecture on Nichiren Daishonin’s teaching in the May-June
issue of Living Buddhism, President Ikeda states that the devilish
function in life, known as The King Devil, works to disrupt our practice and erode our faith. This Devil “can work in extremely subtle and insidious ways and freely manipulate others”.
From the Gosho: The Three Obstacles and Four Devils
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
There is definitely something extraordinary in the ebb and flow of the tide, the rising and setting of the moon, and the way in which summer, autumn, winter, and spring give way to each other. Something uncommon also occurs when an ordinary person attains Buddhahood. At such a time, the three obstacles and four devils will invariably appear, and the wise will rejoice while the foolish will retreat.
to see entire Gosho:
From the book “Living with Joy” by: Sanaya Roman: pg. 183
Manifesting is a matter of trusting and believing in yourself, and holding that vision in front of you. There are many reasons to stop believing and trusting in the universe and yourself, but there are also many reasons to continue. You are often tested by the universe to see how much you believe in your vision.”
From page 191 of this same book by: Sanaya Roman
“Life change and transition are often preceded by confusion, by a sense of loss or pain, or by a sense that things are falling apart.
And from page192 (which in my opinion refers to what the Gosho states about the wise rejoicing)
“Honor every setback, every single challenge or difficulty, for it strengthens your purpose. It gives you opportunities to be even more committed to your vision, even clearer on your intent. If life were too simple, most of you would be complaining of boredom.
Honor your challenges, for those spaces that you label as dark are actually there to bring you more light, to strengthen you, to firm your resolve, and to bring out the best in you.”
Also from the book “The Game of Life” by: Florence Scovel Shinn
“Getting into the spiritual swing of things is no easy matter for the average person. The adverse thoughts of doubt and fear surge from the subconscious. They are the “army of aliens” which must be put to flight. This explains why it is so often “darkest before the dawn.” A big demonstration is usually preceded by tormenting thoughts.
Having made a statement of high spiritual truth one challenges the old beliefs in the subconscious, and “error is exposed” to be put out.
This is the time one must make his affirmations of truth repeatedly, and rejoice and give thanks that he has already received.
Also on page 19 of the same book by: Florence Scovel Shinn “Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding a vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.”
This discussion continues on page 50:
“One of my students asked me to explain the “Darkness before the Dawn.” I referred in a preceding chapter to the fact that often, before a big demonstration “everything seems to go wrong”, and deep depression clouds the consciousness. It means that out of the subconscious are rising the doubts and fears of the ages. These old derelicts of the subconscious rise to the surface, to be put out.
She further states something once again very akin to the above Gosho (The wise rejoice etc.)
It is then, that man should clap his cymbals, like Jehoshaphat, and give thanks that he is saved, even though he seems surrounded by the enemy (the situation of lack or disease).
I saw a spiritual video once and forgive me as I do not remember the title nor the author, but in this video there was drawing something like this:
When we are releasing negative energies, negative thought patterns from the subconscious; it comes up through our bodies and out!
This makes absolute sense to me as I realized while watching this video.
All my stuff is now “in my face” so to speak!
This is the precise moment to let it go.
We can relax and let it flow out of us like the flu,but the unfortunate norm is: Wanting to avoid this discomfort, we do the nonproductive thing which is to pull it back into our lives.
Perhaps this is the why many times we have this wonderful opportunity to lighten our lives,we are just on the verge of changing our entire vibration and we don’t because of the discomfort. We pull back into our lives this negativity because it’s familiar,it’s our “normal” comfort zone regardless of how unhealthy it truly is to our lives. Therefore NO CHANGE occurs, NO TRANSFORMATION.
Any addict can tell you about going through withdrawal. It’s uncomfortable, it’s a deep Detox.
Why should it be any different releasing toxic thoughts, toxic beliefs?
This is why it is so helpful to study. This is why I read and write, to use this wisdom to hang on during this process.
As Florence Scovel Shinn said way back in 1925:
“This is the time one must make his affirmations of truth repeatedly, and rejoice and give thanks that he has already received.”
Thank you for these obstacles for they are truly the answer to my prayer!
I am now vibrating as high as my dreams!
I am stronger than this!
I’VE ALREADY WON!
The quickest way to transform these feelings or attitude is to keep chanting until you realize the cause of these uncomfortable feelings.
Sunday, March 13th, 2011
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