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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

From darkness to light


By Frances McGonigle, February 2024





Bliss is not easily described. It is necessary to experience it to understand what it means. But, it's possible to outline the sensation it brings and the positive traits it creates.


By another name, bliss is Grace, after which we consciously or unconsciously strive, through religious devotion, spiritual practice, or a yearning to be happy or better.   


Bliss is heaven, with an awareness of hell; understanding that both are within.    


Bliss is the destruction of ego, a loss of self, yet complete in itself and its truth. Where not defined by a label or job role, all limitations dissolve.   


Bliss is surrender to nature, and kindness to all living things. It’s a state in which senses are heightened, bird song has meaning and the breeze speaks through trees.


Bliss is flow, like a cleansing in rain. It's a river or swim in the sea.


Bliss is an expression of pure life in motion, a cloud in the sky or sunshine in your eyes.   


Bliss is wonder, humility and learning; a yearning to grow and evolve.   


Bliss is energy that's ecstatic in nature, which can surge through your body and mind.   


Bliss is no fear, and a sense of adventure, but in calmness; at ease with your path. It’s an appreciation of beauty, of which the world is abundant, seeing life as a creation of art.    


Bliss is an opening of the pineal gland, a portal to wisdom, intuition and truth.   


But, bliss is also forgiveness, seeing cause and effect as a stream of events. It understands that humans don't always know what they do, and goes forth with compassion and calm.   


Bliss is an influence, a role model for change, with gravitational pull, like a magnet.   


Bliss is enjoying just breathing and existing, or immersed in a pastime that's loved.


Bliss is living with purpose, helping others and taking the responsibility to act.    


Bliss means not caring, but to also care deeply, whilst not being bogged down within judgement. It sees empathy as kindness, directed where needed, and to care for one's own self with love.


Bliss is order in a geometric sense of the word. Not obsession with neatness, but balance. It is oneness with all things, a closeness and pattern that bring peace to a chaotic world.


Bliss is expanded awareness, an openness of mind that has pure conscious form. It’s an unblocking of forces that misconstrue and deny, and a questioning of all social norms.   


Ignorance is none of these things. It is darkness; closed to the world and a purposeful life. Whereas bliss is a light field of knowing, to be One and to fill up with light.


(c) Frances McGonigle, 2024

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