Chapter  7:  Stories

Resolution of Suffering

Stories are created as a reaction to your fear, separation and personalization. They are the walls of justification and judgments, attachments and aversions you build around you for protection and in your search to regain peace. Think about a recent painful emotional circumstance. There’s pain, but then there’s also fear and separation and personalization. Then your mind kicks in and creates a story around it that is mostly a personal, reactive judgment and justification. It moves from a situation, a circumstance, to a full-fledged novel around one occurrence. It becomes life doing something to you, which reflect your personalization. This story is a reflection of some truth and also a reflection of your fear and separation. It is the ego protecting itself.

It isn’t necessary to create the story. You have the option of accepting the situation for what it is without writing the book. You can act appropriately in response to the situation, but not create the story. The story only serves to support the ego through justification and judgment formed around your attachments and aversions. It matters very little how much of the story is true or false. The effect is a dissonant monkey mind.

Life is always unfolding for your expansion but you have accepted the agreement to suffer and you have been conditioned to write your book of suffering. Dropping the necessity to write a story in every circumstance allows you to end judgment and end the mental exhaustion that comes from the monkey mind that arises in the obsession to always write those stories. This is one more step into peace.

When your story reflects what happened to you it will reflect victimhood and fear and is false and unnecessary. When it reflects how life has happened for you it will reflect gratitude and it is generally true. In resonance or dissonance, either way, the story only creates a flurry of mental activity that is unnecessary.

You can ask many questions around the veracity of your story if you want to analyze it. You can ask if your story is true, if you are justifying the ego or if you were the victim. But if you were peaceful, fulfilled and happy would a story be necessary at all? No story would be required. Stories arise out of reactions to fear, separation and personalization. In creating stories you are writing a book that wants you to be right, justified, honored and victimized. You are attached to this outcome because the story justifies your egoic position and supports worthiness. No story is ever necessary.

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