Action & Reaction
"Our Reactions are our Teachers, reminding us constantly of who we really are"
Defining Actions and Reactions
An action is defined as the outward expressions of our beings.
i.e. We can use actions to express who we are through the use of words and body language.
We use actions to Create things such as a piece of artwork or to construct a building.
Actions thus is something that can be "seen."
In contrast, Reaction is something that we cannot "see" but rather "experienced."
Thus it is something which can be a bit harder to understand.
Simply speaking, our Reactions can be said to be composed of our Thoughts/Emotions - Our Inner State.
And Reaction is often defined/perceived as an Intense Experience of Emotions/Thoughts.
Here we will just keep it simple and define it as an experience of thought/Emotions whether they are intense or not.
Reaction thus do not have to be "Big" to be categorised as a Reaction.
Reaction thus can be as subtle as the mellow reactions we have towards the soft breeze gently blowing against our skin.
And as we develop the Knowing of The Self one will Realize that in every moment we are experiencing some sort of Reaction,
Because in every moment deep within we are creating some form of Thoughts or Emotions.
Relationship Between Action And Reaction
Behind every action there will always be a Reaction. This is because in every moment we are experiencing some sort of emotion or thought (however subtle or gross).
I.e. as we yell at someone for doing something wrong, we will be able to find some sort of emotions/thoughts within that experience.
I.e. as we sit there doing nothing, we will be able to find some sort of emotions/thoughts within that experience.
However a Reaction won't necessarily be accompanied by an Action because whether or not there will be an Action will depend on one's own choice.
I.e. as someone says something rude to us we can always choose to remain silent and actionless despite the Negative Reaction happening within. And yes, Our Reactions will always push/persuade us to do certain actions but whether or not we do them will always ultimately boil down to the choices we make.
Hopefully this clears up the difference between Action and Reaction.
Action & Reaction In Depth
Action and Reaction in relation to The Self
Action comes from the verb "to act". And throughout life we have picked up ideas from around us on how to "Act" and often we would choose to act in the way we think is most Ideal on the "stage" that is life.
Thus going through life, we have learnt different ways of eliciting the applause and avoiding the boos from the audience.
One can say that most of us have truly become great actors and actresses.
It thus can become second-nature to us to act differently than who we really are on the inside out of the desire of meeting expectations, convenience, greed, fears, our ideas of what is loving and what is not and so forth.
The point here is not to say that there is any right and wrong in doing so but rather to bring to the attention to those who are wishing to develop a Deeper Knowing of The Self this can be detrimental. Because that continuous "acting" can block the Knowing - i.e. we can end up fooling ourselves and come to believe that we are the person that we "portray" ourselves to be.
I.e. we can come to believe that we are not an angry person just because we have become an expert in hiding it from view.
I.e.we can come to believe that we like our jobs because we have convinced ourselves that the money is worth it.
To Know the Deeper and Truer Selves will involve us to see beyond our Actions and begin understand our Deeper Selves at the level of our Reactions.
It is through looking beyond the cosmetic layers that we have put up for ourselves for other people to see that we can develop The Knowing of The Self even deeper.
And in life it can be quite difficult to develop The Knowing of The Self.
This is because in society much of the focus and emphasis is placed on our Actions rather than our Reactions. For instance no matter how much Love and Compassion you have inside as long as you do not portray it through actions or in an "ideal" manner then it's valueless in the face of society. People will only applaude you if they "see" what they want. Thus even if you are always angry to the brink of explosion on the inside as long as you smile all the time people will see you as a calm person.
Transformation however takes a different path in which the importance/emphasis is placed on the level of the Reaction rather than the Action. This is because to be truly Happy it has to come from our State Of Being.
What is the point of acting Happy when we are miserable on the inside?
"You can be great at being an actor or you can be great at being yourself."
Path Of Creator
Action And Reaction In Relation To The Path Of Creator
The Path Of Creator is about Creating Everlasting Happiness through Transforming and Releasing our Sufferings (And this includes all forms of Negativities i.e. our Anger, our Fears, our Worries and so forth).
And to address our Sufferings we need to begin looking at things from the level of the Reaction rather than the level of Action.
In life, much emphasis is placed on the importance of Actions rather than Reactions when we deal with Suffering situations.
As a result, whenever there is a problem to do Suffering, the resolution most people always look for are often always at the level of the Action - an outward solution
I.e. if someone makes us angry, then to address the Suffering our solutions would commonly be either make them say sorry to us or get them to stop doing what makes us angry. Thus instead of addressing our Anger which comes from within us we end up looking for external resolutions/alleviations.
I.e. if someone is experiencing Fear from public speaking, then to address the Suffering our solution would commonly to avoid making public speeches rather than trying to address our Fear which comes from within us - i.e. to explore the Fear, to explore The Self, to go in deep Within to find the Root/Seed Cause and release oneself completely from it.
The common tendency for us thus is to always look for outward solutions rather than to address our deeper problems. And this type of mentality can be seen from the ways we deal with our health problems too. i.e. to just treat the symptoms with medicine rather than looking for the cause.
Here, the point is not to say that we should abandon all forms of outward resolution to our Sufferings, i.e. to stop going to the doctors, to stop apologising to each other, to stop running away from our fears.
The point here is to say that when we only address the problem by trimming at its grass, the Roots/Seed will be left untouched and as a result it will surface again and again no matter how carefully we trim it every time.
Thus without addressing the deeper Cause of our Sufferings, the Sufferings will always be there.
We can "act" forgiving and "happy" every time someone hurts us,
But this won't address the Hurt inside.
We can "be smart" to avoid everything that we Fear,
But this won't address the Fear inside.
We can develop our intellects to always win all arguments.
But this won't address the Anger inside.
And likewise, we can find "quick solutions" to our health problems.
But this won't address the Disease inside.
Action and Reaction in relation to Knowing The Self.
When we come to believe that we are who we are through our Actions rather than our Reactions it can create blockages to one's journey in Knowing The Self.
I.e. we may think we have patience because we are always acting patiently every time despite the impatience brimming from within.
I.e. we may think we have a lot of love and are not angry because we know how to hold back our anger.
I.e. we may think that we have a lot of trust just because we know how to pretend to act trusting to other people but inside we are doubting everyone around us.
But realize as long as you experience Impatience, you are Impatient.
As long as you experience Anger, you are Angry.
As long as you experience Doubt, you are Doubting.
To Know Our Truer and Deeper Self, one learns simply to define themselves through their Reactions rather than through their actions.
Ouur Reactions will never lie.
If we are happy, we are happy.
If we are unhappy, we are unhappy.
Our reactions will always represent ourselves at the Raw unfiltered State.
Thus to Transform and release Sufferings we need to begin developing the Knowing of The Self beyond the surface of our personalities to discover The Deeper Self at its most honest and Raw state and this will involve the development of Knowing at the level of our Reactions
Develop Experienced Knowledge
One of the ways to develop the Knowing of The Self is by becoming constantly aware of the Reactions behind our Actions.
Question The Self
"What are my Thoughts/Emotions/Intuitions behind my Actions?"
The Creator's MeditationLink here
When you sit quietly in Meditation you are in fact putting your Actions aside. What then will happen is that your outward attention will be turned inward, turning away from seeing The Self as the Actions and towards seeing The Self as the Reactions. In that state of Meditation then it is when you begin developing the Knowing of how you really Feel, how you really Think, how you really are Reacting. That experience can be intense and confusing at first as witnessing the reactions come and go can feel like being thrown into a stormy sea. But with time as you develop Stillness and the ability to observe that Sea with a calm mind, all will become clear.
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