Our misery can generally be traced to the three fires of aversion, craving and clinging.
Every time we suffer mentally, note and investigate what goes on in our mind.
What is it we are averse to?
What is it we are craving?
What are we trying to cling on to?
The three fires form a furnace that keeps on producing karma which affects the automatic system of our mind.
It is similar to the psychological concept of conditioning.
We are semi-liberated when we are in that alert state of clear, easy awareness – which isn’t easy to maintain though.
Full liberation is only attained through nirvana – complete extinguishment of the three fires and the complete extinction of personal karma.