I did something really stupid the other day. I was colouring my hair–
Colouring your hair is stupid?
No! What I did after colouring my hair was stupid. You see, some of the dye went onto my skin. My chest, my arms, my chin, my neck, my ears. I didn’t realize the product was that strong. Unlike some of the others that I’ve used before. Usually, with a little bit of soap and water, the stains will just come off.
So what happened this time?
Well, the stains didn’t come off so easily. And it was probably because the product was one of those quick-fix types. The box said it would work after 5 minutes upon application. So I assume, since it needed to work that fast then it had to be really strong.
How much was it?
It was one of the cheapest ones, wasn’t it?
Child, in your material world, whatever costs less will usually have a quality that is less as well. You have been, ALL of you have been, consumers since the day you have learnt to count. You should know by now that nothing is ever free in your material world. Whatever is free for the consumer would still usually be paid by someone else, that is, the source of the product. I use the term “material world” because I need to highlight to you our topic for today. We are now talking about tangible things. Things that you can see and touch and use in order for you to survive in your realm.
I understand where You’re coming from. I’m frugal. Well, sometimes. It really depends on what it is I’m buying. Like this external keyboard I’m using. When I first saw it at the shop the first thing that came to mind was Mum and how she was enjoying her iPad so much what with her Facebooking and Instagramming and all. I did not even hesitate when I saw how much it cost (Daughter: Mum! Are you sure? It’s 89 bucks, you know.) I was so sure Mum was gonna really appreciate it. Guess, I was wrong.
Like you were wrong with your hair dye.
Oh man. I didn’t know it was gonna be that strong! In fact, at the back of my mind I thought, Five minutes? Yeah, right.
And yet you still bought it?
Do you see it?
See the suffering mindset. The mindset of suffering? The mindset that it is noble to sacrifice oneself and splurge on someone else when it comes to material things. What you do for yourself you do for another. When you suffer, others suffer as well. When you uplift yourself, you uplift others as well.
Colouring my hair with a cheap product is making someone else suffer?
Before I answer that–is that the stupid thing that you were talking about? As in buying a cheap product?
No. It wasn’t that…well, it is a little…but it’s not that. The stupid thing that I did was to use a Magic Foam to try to rub off the stain on my skin.
It’s also called melamine foam. Wiki describes it as “a foam-like material consisting of a formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer. The foam is manufactured in Germany by BASF under the name “Basotect”. It has been used for over twenty years as insulation for pipes and ductwork, and has a long history as a soundproofing material for studios, sound stages, auditoriums, and the like. The low smoke and flame properties of melamine foam prevent it from being a fire hazard. It is also the component of Magic Eraser and similar cleaning products.”
Dear God. And you used it on your skin?
So what happened to your skin?
Um…well, it turned red then it broke out in bumps like a rash and now it stings like crazy, especially the one on my chest.
It’s a foam as you say and foam-like products are supposed to be soft in texture, are they not?
That’s what I thought. But Wiki says that “in the early 21st century it was discovered that melamine foam was an effective abrasive cleaner. The open-cell foam is microporous and its polymeric substance is very hard, so that when used for cleaning it works like extremely fine sandpaper, getting into tiny grooves and pits in the object being cleaned. On a larger scale the material feels soft. Because the reticulated foam bubbles interconnect, its structure is a 3D network of very hard strands, when compared to the array of separate bubbles in a material such as expanded polystyrene foam (for example, Styrofoam).
Dear God in heaven! And you only knew this after getting the rash?
Stop saying, Dear God, God! God doesn’t say that!
Aargh! I am definitely NOT gonna post this today! I’m gonna click DELETE when it’s done!
Now, who’s being stupid?
Aargh! Fine. Um…what was your question again?
You only knew the harshness of this Magic foam before or after you used it?
Before. I looked it up in Wiki when I first used it to clean stuff. You only have to use water with it and it gets rid of the most stubborn stains like those in pots and pans. So I wanted to know how it worked.
And you knew that it acted like fine sandpaper when you used it on your skin?
Well, yeah. Oh…
I just put a thought in your head. What is it?
The thought You put in my head is this: using Magic Foam on my skin is like inflicting pain on myself.
It may not seem to have an effect at first but later on the pain and suffering will manifest into reality. As in, it is something that may affect you for the rest of your life.
Well said. The mindset in your world that God is a divine being that suffers and welcomes suffering has got to change. I Am God. I Am joy. I Am love. Love does not suffer. Joy does not suffer. This world is my gift to all of you in order for you to live your life to its fullest. Your life is My gift to you. Why would I give you your life and then tell you to suffer in order to be divine? Yes, suffering exists. It has to exist in order for you to know what is joy. It is a misconception that in order to give joy to others you have to suffer. When you have joy, inadvertently you will give joy to others as well.
It’s happening now actually. There’s this unknown millionaire who stashes cash somewhere and tweets clues for everyone to be able to find it. Like a scavenger hunt. It sounds like so much fun!
There you go. Do you see the joy in that? And I’m sure that unknown millionaire is enjoying himself as well.
Yup. He or she did mention that he was having fun as well coz it’s just spare money for him. He can afford to give it away. And guess what?
Those who found the cash say they’re also sharing it with others. Like family and friends.
There you go. How about you?
How about me?
Are you giving away joy?
Um…I’m not a millionaire, God–
That is not what I meant. You have so much joy in you right now. I can feel it.
You said it!
So are you giving it away?
That’s what my blogs and tweets are for, right? These words are from You and You are joy. So I guess I AM giving away joy.
You are right. So let us end here.
No! Wait! You haven’t answered my question.
Is colouring my hair making someone else suffer?
No. Using the Magic foam was what made you suffer.
And using Magic Foam on yourself is metaphor for?
So when you inflict suffering on yourself do others suffer?
You say it does.
Here’s an example–your dad buys the fruits in your family.
Yup. He buys the cheapest apples that sometimes they taste like lemons.