October 15th -
Refusing to accept something that is not true is just good thinking; whereas denial of the truth is just delusional. Delusion is the part of our thinking mind that is fooling us into thinking that our self-absorbed pursuit of pleasure is going to fix us. Delusion also tells us that the avoidance of pain is the same thing as healing the pain. Defensiveness guards the threshold of our awareness, doing its best to keep the truth from entering. There are really two levels of truth that we are concerned with here: first the truth about what is happening in the material world, second the truth that transcends the world. The problem is that if we deny what seems to be happening to us in the outer, we will never be able to come to the Greater inner truth. So today let us release the delusions and stop denying any unmanageability in our lives, so that together we can overcome it.