Striving for Permanence in an Impermanent Reality

...When we insist on holding on to the illusion of fixity in an unfixed, ever-changing world, we are setting ourselves up for a fall, for a hit to our physiology and biology that creates entropy and ultimately, death...

Our life on Earth is presented as a paradox where we strive to make permanent what is absolutely impermanent in this impermanent time-space reality.

Our early incorrect conditioning together with our miseducation drive us us to make this uncertain world -- that is changing, within and before us, almost moment to moment -- to become certain.  To reinforce the false certainty principal, we are driven to make the future, that is definitely uncertain, certain.  In this attempt we are conditioned to focus on outcomes, results, endpoints, consequences, and goals.  In doing so we also tend to hang onto fixed ideas, thoughts, beliefs, feelings, beliefs, habits, ideologies, and the like, internally; and hang on to material possessions of many sorts, in the world around us. 

All this hanging on we may call attachments that come and go endlessly.  The going is experienced as separation, loss, death, with their consequent effects on us physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, behaviorally.  We are called on to adapt to the consequences of these losses while we are able to do successfully or not, depending on our resilience, flexibility, mutability, or not. When we insist on holding on to the illusion of fixity in an unfixed, ever-changing world, we are setting ourselves up for a fall, for a hit to our physiology and biology that creates entropy and ultimately, death.

This impermanent reality is, rightly so, the world of death. However, there is a permanent reality, that of the invisible world, full of invisible beings, spirits of various sorts, those on earths who have since departed, an aspect of this reality called “soul,” existing within us and around us, that needs our nurturance.  This permanent reality is ceaseless, endless, without boundaries, full of never-ending life force, energy, love, always here to lend assistance to us, be there whenever we turn our attention to it, knowing we can count on it.  It is fixed and unchanging.  It provides a continuous explosion self-organization, greater complexity, expansion, and, thereby eternal life and no death.  Unlike the entropic impermanence, this entropic one is governed by faith, not doubt! 

Faith is the driving principal and practice of this reality, where its counterpart, doubt, does the same for impermanent reality. Faith has us act and choose in the immediacy of what we face here and now; unlike doubt that has us face what’s beyond the truth of the moment into an uncertainty that’s not real.

Faith plus truth rather than doubt plus falsehood, that’s the equation.  Getting our heads and hearts around this paradox is a worthwhile struggle from where I sit.  Do we want to sit in uncertainty and try to make it certain and wear out our physical existence, or do we take an uncertain step into the certainty of a permanent reality of truth and love?  Personally, I have found through my own experimentation that choosing live over death is a non–zero sum game where everyone wins.

To sum up, a paradox forms from the foregoing:  accept without question the inevitability of death, or integrate to the impermanent reality.  No need to try and make it a permanent reality.  By accepting impermanence without fear, leaving it at that, we can now turn our attention to permanent reality that is the soul, spirit world.  Here we come to accept the inevitability of life, that may likely motivate us to change our pattern of living to embrace a new pattern featuring our taking the path of life that shall extend itself far beyond our individual life to recapitulate all human existence,  one existence at a time to begin with.

 

Excerpted from my forthcoming book We're Not Meant to Die