Thoughts happen. Do ‘they’ ever need to be ‘owned’ ? Do thoughts really ‘need’ an ‘own-er’? If thoughts do not have an ‘own-er’ then what becomes of their status?
Thoughts are ‘things’. ‘Things’ that are not ‘own-ed’ do not become unattended orphans. We give ‘our’ thoughts so much status that more often than not, they are like our children, belonging to us and identifying as us to a greater extent. Our relationship with thoughts has a direct impact on our quality of life.
Thoughts, all too often, are clearly more important than anything in our lives, even precluding a good relationship with our own family. This over- identification results in an identity that is based on a rigorous compliance to ideas and concepts, thereby trumping the freedom of just ‘experiencing experiencing’. Alienation from some family and some friends, is often based on a rigidity of our identity ‘to concepts’ rather than the free ‘use’ of ideas and not locking into conceptual frameworks.
Separation of ‘self’ into conceptual frameworks even alienates ‘us’ further into a disunity of ‘me’ among other ‘me’s’. Dualism arises easily into an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ coalitions, fracuturing the more natural ‘unity in diversity’. Thoughts, especially attachment to thoughts, are over-played tools gone amok. The ‘me generation’ is all too real.
As ‘real’ as this may appear, it really is pretty much ‘fictional’. There is no ‘us versus them’ unless we artificially create this dynamic. The ‘me’ can never be found to be existent because it never has existed. Newborns do not have a built-in fictional or any other kind of ‘me’. The ‘me’ has the existence and relevance of just another idea. Moreover, our continued identity with the ‘me’ seemingly changes all that.
When we ‘own’ our thoughts a ‘me’ is invariably created. Having no ownership ‘to’ thoughts allows thoughts to fall away on their own. The creation of ‘me’ creates an owner that corrals thoughts to support the ‘me’. Sustenance is given to thoughts by a fictional ‘me’ reinforcing both the ‘me’ and the parade of thoughts being attracted and identified with the ‘me’.
What a dysfunctional system! The parade of thoughts, led by the ‘me’, obscures the subtle silence and stillness that is the true sustenance of Being Being. The Seeing of ‘no view’ of Nothingness is seemingly overridden by a fictional character that has no real existence but does have a tiny viewpoint based on an artificial insemination of identity ‘after’ Beingness. This ‘owner’ of these thoughts has no more of a ‘hard’ reality than the specious thoughts that support ‘it’.
What experiences the object of the ‘me’ and thoughts associated with the ‘me’, is ultimately Consciousness. Consciousness is always the underlying presence to any object despite the ‘seeming’ obscuration. Consciousness cannot be touched by any obscuration.
There is no ‘ownership’ in Consciousness as ‘that’ would supplant ‘All That Is Is All That Is’, creating an impossible ‘two’. Emptiness has no content, objects, ideas and/or forms of any kind. It just ‘Is’ effortlessly. Consciousness Is Awareness Is Emptiness.
When we realize that there is no ‘one’ to own anything to include thoughts, ideas, and/or me’s, we stop stopping for those appearances that normally would drag us into the rapport that always ends badly -i.e. un-fulfillment. Not engaging by no longer ‘believing’ in a separate and false self, is ‘Seeing’ from the underlying Presence of just Being. ‘This’ Being has no stops because there is only Being becoming only Being ad infinitum.
The timeless/spaceless space of where It happens, Is forever the aliveness/fullness of the eternal Now. There is no ‘other’ to own anything, especially thoughts. Nothing owns nothing but Nothingness.