IT’S JUST A THOUGHT
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
― Salvador Dalí
It is only a thought, I believe. It is one of many to come and go. How many of these thoughts do we react to, when we even bother to see them? “I think…” is the beginning of another thought. How many times have we heard that being said to ourselves? Do we see that we started the sentence with “I think”? If we see we innocently started with those two words, does that beginning give away the fact that we are probably coming from our mind? Do we even care to discriminate the mind from the reality?
Do we believe in our thoughts? We respond as if they are real stimuli. Unchecked,thoughts cause untold stress and uncontrolled reactions. How many times were we wrong in reacting the way we did? It is a recounting we do not relish.
Can we think of a snowman with coal eyes and carrot nose? Was that a reaction? Was that real stuff in our cerebral cortex? What emotions, if any, were evoked? Were they real?
The external phenomena is bound to create a response because we are in this world of matter. The question comes in as to whether we should have the response dictate to us what we should do, based on the value of the trigger’s reality. If it’s a tv show we are disinterested in, then we don’t care and the responses are meaningless. On the other hand, if there is a drama in the ‘hood’ (gunshots fired) that compels us to move off the couch and react with vigor, we are fully embedded.
Even when there are dharmic reasons for reacting, do we trump our connection to who we are and get caught up doing one reaction after another?
We do, when we do not see the value of ‘Being’ first and ‘doing’ subsequently. Abandonment of who we are for thoughts, let alone reality’s actual events, is the idolatry of worshipping false gods i.e. thoughts, and the slings and arrows of life.
We worships these thoughts, beliefs, ideas, these mind-based temporary phenomena, adding no value to the sometimes difficult world events, that need no more acceleration than they inherently have.
A response may be to hide out in the ephemeral but that is practicing the dualism of half the Tao. This is to suggest that there is a commitment and practicality, to being in the world. However, it is also to suggest that there is an egregious over-commitment when we believe things are real when they are clearly not. And it suggests that abandonment of who we Are cannot be justified, either.
Here and Now, we are always fully bound in the permanence of Being. To suggest, for frivolous ’thinking’ reasons, that we must attend to the trivial temporary, is to demean Ourselves and exacerbate our suffering.
We cannot think ourselves out of the non-reality of suffering and pervasive thought. We would be using a vehicle, the mind, that does not have any capability to go past itself. To use the mind to go past the mind is not possible. Only when we see outside the mind without thinking and without trying, we can become. The pushing of the ego, the running of thoughts and the belief in our thoughts, binds us blindly to limit ourselves artificially.
It is natural for us ‘to Be’ without the seeming necessity of thoughts and thinking. Being who we always are, is ‘what is’ without the obfuscation, regardless of our belief in thinking thoughts, professing beliefs, seeking better ideas, and expressing hope (that it can change anything).
Overriding of ‘Being’ by thoughts, ego, and thinking is exactly that. Struggling with the overriding is more of the same. Non-acceptance of ‘what is’ is choosing unskillfully.
To use the analogy of the ocean as the vastness of Being, may perhaps facilitate the point. When we take a straw and drink directly from the ocean and the drink becomes identified with whom we think we are. It is no longer (in our minds) the ocean. The ocean is now separate (in our minds). We ‘think’ that it is separate. We believe it because we see it as separate. The sipping through the straw is pulling (another form of pushing) away from the ocean. This is the ego finding separation.
The tension of pulling away from the ocean or Being state is why the ‘I’ is never comfortable. When we stop pulling away, the tension stops, and the ocean is no longer separate. We naturally experience our mergence in the ocean, again, upon ‘letting go’. The pushing/pulling that we constantly do with our ego is damaging to the effortlessness we would naturally experience, otherwise.
In order to get clarity, the media of the false self/ego/mind, must be identified relative to the Silence and backdrop of the Emptiness. Staying with the mind is staying with a ceiling on how far we can evolve. The full autonomy of the Moment is not facilitated nor can be aggrandized by a lesser vehicle (ego/mind/thought, belief). ‘What Is’ does not need belief to be validated. Nature does not need to be validated by us believing in it. It just Is.
See the uncomfortableness of ‘I’ with the unassuming background of life itself. The big stuff has no smallness to it. Know effortlessly what is Real. It is right here right Now, always.
This Iz Daddy’O