As you are reading this, you may be experiencing a problem you believe you cannot overcome, so you sorely suffer.
Maybe your stomach is burning like it’s on fire. Perhaps you feel like you’ve been chained to the floor, with your movements being restricted and your head bent as you kneel down on the concrete floor and cry… Maybe you’ve even lived for decades just like this, with a scorching tummy, an aching heart, and self-accusations… Rest assured, I know very well what you’re experiencing, because what I will tell is what I feel in my inner world. As it lies in its jail cell, the ego pities itself within a vicious circle, and in order to ease its pain, it tries to hurt the people around you. At the same time, though, in order to not feel guilty, you inflict pain on yourself…
To put it simply, you have created this jail for yourself. You have enslaved yourself, and by repeatedly accusing yourself, you are constantly torturing yourself, Hasan…
But now I know the way out. I found it, and I want to share it with those who suffer like I did. First of all, raise your head, look at your jail cell and explore the inside of it. We thought we did this already when we were chained up and crying, but you know what? We didn’t. We were so full of our own anguish that we could not take a good look at our cells and its walls, floor, and ceiling, let alone our chains. Expressing our anguish, we scream loudly about whatever we held within ourselves, but only until that anguish is completely drained and we are completely weakened, until we run out of tears to shed. This is not to hurt ourselves but rather to release that anger. We can then see what this experience actually wants to tell us, what it has brought to us. Above all, we start to understand why we created such a scenario…
Did a person you love just reject you? Are you feeling badly hurt? What belief did you have when it happened? Were you thinking, “I can never be loved”? Alternatively, do you earn less than you deserve, because you work hard but struggle to make do? Could that be because you believe, “I am worthless”? Do you have dreams but never take the necessary steps to realize them? Are you stuck in a rut because of this? I could say this is because you say to yourself, “I am powerless.” The list could go on forever…
So then, in which period of your life, and from whom, did you choose these beliefs? I say “choose” because you chose to create your current situation. I also chose, and so we incorporate the most appropriate negative beliefs into our own lives. We also choose the most suitable people to further us along this journey, such as moms, dads, uncles, and teachers. We shout, “Damn them! They destroyed me!” but it’s to no avail. Instead, holding grudges, hating, cursing, and, above all, accusing others just strengthens our chains…
We should not point at the others around us all the time. Didn’t we create our chains to see how the responsibility lies with us? Yes, that was actually the motivation for chaining our hands up. We made those chains just to remind ourselves not to point at those around us, to take responsibility for all that we live through.
But why is there a chain around our necks? Is it so we can’t look around and raise our heads?” What about those walls? Didn’t we build them all by thinking, “If I find the infinite beauty in such a small cell, how can I enjoy the outer world to the fullest?”
What happened along the way? How did we become incapable of getting out of this cell? We forgot! We forgot that we chose our situations and created all of them, so we are responsible for everything… Yet the funniest thing is, we forgot we swallowed the key to our chains, just so we could live the experience and find the solution in ourselves. We have begged to be rescued, but the keys were inside us all along. No one can open those locks but us. This was the agreement we made with ourselves, and this is the game we play. This is a beginning to exploring our existence. In order to exist, we must experience non-existence… But we have so much that exists, so we exist even when we try not to exist. This is the beauty of creation…
So, it’s now time to look at our cells and realize the infinite beauty within them. Are you in a nightmare marriage you cannot make work? Do you or someone close to you suffer from a serious disease? Are you massively in debt and don’t know what to do? Maybe you are under heavy pressure and cannot share it with other people? You probably hate your job as well… We all live with these issues to differing degrees, and running away from them only relieves us for a while. Deep down, we are still chained up in that cell, and we eventually succeed in creating new circumstances even worse than the situations we escaped.
We should delve deep into what we are living. If we cannot manage this by ourselves, we should get help from a specialist. Based on which belief did we create this experience, and what do we have to see? It’s not in someone else but in the self we reflect to others.
“I have a damn wife!” you say. Now, see this curse inside yourself and discover what the damn part means. “What a crappy world this is!” you say, so discover what’s crappy within you. Discover it, and receive the gift of being crappy. “I hate everybody!” you say, so see the hate inside you and receive its gift.
Even if it doesn’t seem like it, every negativity carries a great gift, specifically a message. These have presented us with many delightful things that we would have never recognized otherwise. Carl Young once said, “Gold is hidden in darkness. A person cannot be enlightened through light visualization without bringing darkness into the conscious state.”
For as long as we seek and collect this gold, we will flourish immeasurably in every sense. We will realize that the things we previously cursed deserve to be thanked, and the more we thank them wholeheartedly, the more will we discover our paramount richness: our own being…
What happens next? Just for a moment, a sweet breeze will caress our faces. We then notice there are no longer any walls around us, and our arms can move freely again. Even if we have difficulty adjusting at first, we will be able to stand and find ourselves upon a splendid prairie. We will see countless beautiful beings and celebrate finding our own beings, accepting ourselves and others, even those we thought caused our nightmares, with an endless love.
From now on, there are no more walls or chains. Congratulations, you lovely being! You are free now!
This is the time to live your being, so come on then!
Hasan Sonsuz Çeliktaş
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