Looking Inward to Eliminate Attachments, Rather Than to Solve Everyday Problems
(Clearwisdom.net) I used to mistakenly believe that looking inward could solve every problem, and I used this approach to solve my problems in everyday life. Whenever I encountered a problem in my day to day life, I looked inward. I later realized that for a cultivator, the purpose of looking inward is to discover attachments and to eliminate them, and to elevate xinxing and cultivation levels. It also keeps us on the path arranged by Teacher toward consummation, for Fa-rectification and saving sentient beings.
For example, when we have an attachment to money we might run into financial difficulties. Once we eliminate this attachment we will find ourselves free of great burdens, our xinxing improved, ad our cultivation level elevated. However, this does not mean that we will then all become wealthy. In many cases, we have numerous attachments. We recognize very clearly that we have attachments, but we don't want to eliminate them. We often refuse to hold ourselves up to the requirements set for a practitioner. When we run into problems in everyday life, then we remember that we have to look inward, although at the time, the goal of looking inward is actually to solve an everyday problem. This is the same as pursuing self-interest, and this intention is already very bad. We have positioned our intentions incorrectly, because we are focused on selfish interests.
The above is what I enlightened to while studying the Fa. Kindly correct me if any part is inappropriate.