By Chandra Alexander –
Rather than leave this earthly realm of pain and suffering for a place of perfect peace, the Buddha chose to remain here. He was not deluded-he was enlightened.He could feel so much what it was to be human that that feeling intimately connected him to all living beings. As the Boddhisatva, his infinite compassion sprung from the realization that our common denominator is our humanness, and it is only through our humanity that we can know God and our true nature.
We can transcend our physical limitations, but we cannot deny them. Our human body, with all its components, adheres to all the laws of nature. I remember someone asking Swami Muktananda about Jesus and the resurrection. “Is it true,” they asked, “that Jesus ascended to heaven from earth?’ “Even a leaf falls from a tree,” said Muktananda.
When we are born as human beings it is not a fluke or an accident. It is the form we take to learn the lessons we need to learn. No matter how much we study philosophy or practice various spiritual disciplines, if this knowledge takes us away from our humanity, it is doing us a disservice.
Truly understanding this life is a result of being real, and we can only be real when we accept our human existence and all that it entails. We cannot decide it is too painful or too ugly and simply go around it. Nor can we decide to exist in some altered state that removes us from life’s nitty-gritty. The more we run, the more reality runs after us. For life is everywhere – there is simply no escape.
Every moment we have the opportunity to choose. Our choices determine the quality of our life-our joys, our sorrows. When we put our joys in the accept basket and our sorrows in the reject pile, we are cutting our life in two, never allowing ourselves to be whole. To be whole requires all of it-the good, the bad and the ugly. Our allegiance must never be to the immediate feeling, but rather to the process, the wonder of being human.
It is only through that wonder that we are able to experience our divinity. Our joy is not simply a momentary high, but rather a solid feeling that anchors us through this earthly existence. We have faith in ourselves, in our own evolution.
We are not afraid of being real or of where that might lead us. As we go deeper and deeper into our humanness, we feel the expansion happening. Each pass fills the heart with joy and creates energy to once again plunge into the human experience. Accepting our life with all its quirks and shady days can set us free.
And at our most human moment, we are truly Divine.
Chapter 11 from Reality Works Copyright © 2002 Chandra Alexander
ABOUT CHANDRA ALEXANDER, MSW
Chandra Alexander, MSW, has been living and teaching authenticity for the last thirty years. Selected by The Oprah Magazine as the Life Coach to deliver twelve coaching sessions to the grand prize winner of their Toyota Moving Forward contest, she also spent five years on NBC/TV/
Daytime giving a weekly “Reality Check.” Her blog, http://www.ChandraUnplugged.com is a real find for any true seeker on the path to authenticity. Along with a private practice in Tampa, FL, she coaches clients all over the world in the areas of relationships, work and consciousness. To learn more about her books and CDs, visit her website at http://www.Coachgirl.com