We are not any of the labels that others ‘give’ us, or that we take on all on our own.
We are not a dis-ease, or a job title. We are not mom, dad, sister, brother, lover, husband, wife, daughter, son, President, CEO, janitor, teacher…whatever it might be…either…
These are either conditions (which are multi-factoral) or roles that we ‘play’.
When we point to ourselves, we point to our hearts. In Buddhism we talk about our heart-mind, and say that the mind rests in the heart -not our physical heart- but the point in the middle of our chest.
We might wear our job titles or other titles as ‘who’ we are, but when those fall away, we are lost if we have not realized that those are not who we truly are.
We all have Buddha nature, natural perfection at our core.
We would not even know that there was something better, something more than ‘this’, if that was not so. It is not something new that we have to create — all we have to do, is to peel away the covering that obscures that natural perfection.
One analogy is that of a precious stone -a diamond perhaps- that when taken out of the ground may be covered by all kinds of dirt and grime. At first we may have to use certain tools to remove stuff that covers it. Then we can use a rough cloth, and after some time we can buff it with a softer cloth. The ‘nature’ of the diamond was never gone – only covered over. It is the same with us. We first have to remove the gross stains, so that we can then, little by little, remove the more subtle stains.
This takes effort, discipline and patience. But is it not wonderful that we don’t have to create a masterpiece from scratch!? All we have to do is remove our wrong views and afflicted emotions…that is all!
Love & Light!