The Five Poisons

Ignorgance, Egoism, Attachments, Aversions, Fear

Ignorance

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To understand the healing process of wellness practices we first must cover the five mental afflictions and corruptions that are the root causes of all suffering. The Five Poisons are obstacles to awareness that keep us from knowing ourselves. They block our personal development, create an unclear view of ourselves and the world around us, generate negative emotions, disrupt mental clarity, decrease awareness, cause physical and mental imbalances, and prevent you from living a peaceful, purposeful life. Having one or all of The Five Poisons present in your life induce mental states like anxiety, depression, fear, anger, desire, and jealousy. When we begin to recognize The Five Poisons and how they show up in our lives we can relieve ourselves from the suffering they cause in our lives. 

 

 present in our lives we can begin to heal 

 

Wellness practices return you to the state of knowing who you are. When we connect to our state of consciousness we open the door to acceptance, quiet the ego, let go of attachments, face aversions, and liberate fear. These causes of suffering can be overcome by becoming more aware of our truth and the truth of others. 

Ignorance

 Ignorance is misunderstanding or lacking knowledge about yourself or other people. Misconceptions of true reality arise from perceiving the world incorrectly. Healing from ignorance is welcoming in true reality. When we begin to welcome in acceptance then we can begin healing from the other four poisons. Ignorance is the gateway that welcomes the other four poisons.

Egoism

The ego is the sense of our self image and tends to grow and shrink in size. When the ego grows, overall awareness shrinks, and people become shellfish. Big egos usually act in the interest of themselves. They feel that they always know best in their thoughts and actions. They ask for advice but rarely follow it, never admit that they are wrong, and view others as being beneath them. They act out because they view themselves to be unfavorable compared to others. Due to their own insecurities, they have the ability to see their own beauty and only the ugliness in others. Big egos are typically blinded by pride, deny pain, and typically insist that nothing is wrong.  These people have an overpowering sense of "Me, Myself, and I". People who are egotistical are typically unfavored because they view themself so high that they treat others poorly. They occupy the center of their own universe without space for anyone else. Walking around with a big ego causes mental and emotional suffering because it leads to decreased emotional intelligence, broken relationships, self-isolation, and a lost sense of purpose. Our ego is a perception that does not always mirror the truth.

 

 When the ego shrinks, awareness increases, and people come selfless. Small egos thrive in life through awareness by caring about the opinions of others, admitting when they are wrong, and viewings others as equals. They experience pride not only for themselves but others too, and they can acknowledge pain and suffering. They view themselves favorable compared to others, and this is because they have the ability to see their own ugliness while recognizing the beauty in others. Healing egoism is letting go of an overpowering sense of 'I' and inviting in the sense of 'you'.

Egoism is the relationship to the ego. Unhealthy egoism is the constant exacerbated identification of oneself without the ability to see others the way they see themselves. If egoism is suffering, we can heal it by changing egotistical behavior and welcoming in humble tendencies through wellness practices. The first step is awareness. This quiets the big ego so that it will continue to shrink until it completely disappears.

Attachments

Attachment is the need to possess our desires. attachment to our senses and their objects that bring us pleasure. attachment to loved ones, objects, and places

Aversions

keep us from achieving what we truly seek that stem from unpleasant memories and our own preferences. strong dislikes or aversions.

Fear

Fear of death and the willingness to live. loss, death. We discover deep down there is nothing to fear at all.

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