Awaken Conscious Creation!
by Tom Razzeto
© Copyright 2007 - Tom Razzeto
(In this skit, a new customer orders lunch.)
Customer: Oh, Hi.
Waiter: What can I get for you?
Customer: Well, let's see . . . Let me take a look at your menu here . . . Hmm, lunch specials . . . I've never eaten here before so I ah . . . I don't know what to try . . . Do you have any suggestions?
Waiter: Oh . . . Well, you know . . . I've got a lot of repeat customers and most of them pick umm . . . pain and suffering.
Customer: Oh, really? Pain and suffering? Pretty popular?
Waiter: Oh yeah. Most of my customers come here over and over again. Every day, as a matter of fact. And that's what they get.
Customer: Hmm . . . What do you got on the special board? Ah! . . . happiness. . . . How is it?
Waiter: Well, you know . . . it's not bad, it's not bad. Some people get it. Not too many. But some people do.
Customer: I think I might try that.
Waiter: Well, before I bring it, I've got to caution you a little bit.
Customer: Really? Why? What's the problem?
Waiter: Well, you know, . . . happiness is fattening.
Customer: It's fattening?! I don't know if I'd be happy if I was fat!
Waiter: Well, I know, it doesn't look like you'd be happy if you were fat but sometimes it works out. But I still have to caution you. You know the Buddha? You know the Buddha, the big fat Buddha? Yeah, he found happiness. Look what it did to him.
Customer: Oh yeah . . . I see. Fattening. Hmm. Well, OK. You talked me into it. I'll take pain and suffering.
Waiter: Very good, sir. It will be here in just a minute.
We all want to be loved and accepted by our family and our society. Yet some people are only comfortable loving and accepting people who are like them. People who think like them, act like them and believe like them.
I find the skit funny because it shows what many people actually do. They choose something because that is what everyone else orders and they don't want to be different and risk being rejected by the group. Everyone else is dealing with pain and suffering and they are at least surviving from one day to the next. It's not a high quality of life but it's a known quality of life.
The new customer wants follow his heart and order happiness. But he ends up falling into a trap.
The waiter's short statement about happiness being fattening has several layers to it. On the first layer we find something that is simply not true. It's not true that happiness is fattening. The Buddha is held up as proof but it's not really proof. Just because the Buddha is both happy and fat doesn't mean that one causes the other. But the new customer does not want to take the risk that happiness might cause him to be fat and does not want to examine the question more completely.
When we peel back the next layer of the statement we start to uncover a source of fear. People are afraid of being fat for several reasons. Being fat is unhealthy and might lead to health problems in the future. Perhaps even more importantly, people are afraid of being rejected because they will no longer be seen as attractive. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the social issues that are at play.
In the skit, happiness carries the risk of not being loved or accepted. For most people, this is too big of a risk to take. The new customer can join everyone in their pain and suffering or be happy and take the risk of being rejected for being different.
Now, in the skit, happiness is actually a metaphor. No one will reject you just because you are a happy person, although they might wonder how you do it so well. No, I am talking about beliefs, ideas that make it easier for you to be happy more often and in a deeper way.
And the popular dish, pain and suffering, is also a metaphor. It stands for false beliefs, limiting beliefs. These unexamined false beliefs lead to irrational choices and result in unnecessary pain and suffering.
The topics that I have presented so far, such as out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, talking to spirits via psychic mediums, the existence of past lives and choosing your own emotions, all point to a nature of reality that is profoundly different from what is commonly believed. They point to the power of your consciousness to create your inner experiences and much more.
In the next chapters, I will go into the use of this power in more detail but for right now I want to make a point.
Although we just cannot know the events of the future, it is certain that it will bring what we commonly call good news and bad news. But if we know how to handle both the good and the bad, no matter what it is, we will not fear the future. When we do not fear the future, we are free to be alive and adventurous in ways that we couldn't when were were afraid of the future.
So when it comes to your choices, be adventurous. You will not always be happy, but you will be very alive.
That concludes this chapter.