The admission that you and I don’t know anything is what I call learning.
In looking back, one might see that he was always walking through the cathedrals of the forest of his own mind. I see this now because of much trial and error with the retraining of my mind.I seek not to be esoteric nor to confuse, but I would invite your mind to stretch to the borderland of possibility.
You do not ask too much of life but far too little
Each time we look outside ourselves for some person, place or thing to save us, to make us happy, to fulfill us we ask too little of life. We think that pills or fluid inserted with a needle and pushed into our veins will save us. We believe that little green paper strips will sustain us. The high of getting that new thing will inject a little short term happiness, so we become like drug addicts looking for the next hit of endorphins. We will never get the rubric cube of the world to line up. I believe you and I know this, the issue becomes unwinding our mind from these beliefs. We need to take an in depth microscopic look at these things and run some experiments out in the laboratory of life and decide for ourselves. The issue therefore becomes can you focus like a laser beam long enough to carry out one experiment from start to finish without falling asleep. And then take the results and hold them against your beliefs to see if they indeed hold up.
You will undertake a journey because you are not at home in this world. Search you must for this you came. But no-one can tell you for what you must search for. And you will search for your home whether you realize where it is or not. If you believe it is outside you the search will be futile, for you will be seeking it where it is not. You do not remember how to look within for you do not believe your home is there.
The fundamental mechanism of the ego is a striving machine. The motto of the ego is to seek but do not find. The belief that we need seek something comes from the “idea”, not fact, that we are lacking. That we must add something to a self in order to fit in, succeed and be of worth on earth. Within this mental construct lies the fallacy that we can add to ourselves and therefore we can experience the opposite which is loss. If in some way one can grasp this idea that the Who-man earthling believes it is an entity that can gain and lose and that this is not true- you will take a giant leap toward freedom. If we believe we are only a body here on earth, to live a little while and die, only to be eaten by the worms, then we will think it possible to add to the little self, for at least a little while. However, if the door is cracked to the possibility that this life is one one page in a great and shining series of novels, then the journey towards freedom is begun. If we were to fly over all of your lives from above you might ask where this current life is located and I would tell you it is back a little ways, you blinked when we flew over it. And so what is the purpose of time. The purpose of time is for you to learn to escape from it. I’m talking about psychological time. Clock time will appear real as long as we are in this body. This body is merely a learning device to be dropped one day when it’s usefulness is no longer needed.
Escape from Psychological time could be thought of as a state in which there is no longer any need or desire; only satisfaction, fulfillment, contentment would exist. Striving and struggle only arise when one thinks right here and now is not good enough. Ask yourself, what if this now, is as good as it gets. Ultimately one will come to see that this must be true, and in that moment he embraces this moment forever for it is the only happy choice.
Here then is a experiment that one can conduct to form conclusions to hold up to the light of the truth about held beliefs. At the very root of the discontent problem, down deep in the mind is the belief that it can be better in the future, or that it was better in the past and that past can be brought forward and lived again. If we seek outside in the world for solutions in the ever changing shifting world of dreams, where nothing is certain but change- then we will be doomed to seek but never find. We merely follow the ego into oblivion. Let go of that eggo.
Those who seek the light are merely covering their eyes, the light is in them NOW! –ACIM
Sit and watch the thoughts of the mind machine. To quiet the monkey mind and then analyze the thoughts in which arise, follow them back to the root of belief and hold them up to the light to dispel the darkness of falsity.
Q: Why do I want to be CEO of this company?
A: To get the girl, Ferrari, 401k
Q: What girl is it I want to get?
A: The one who wants a rich man
Q: Is this really what I think will make me happy
I know this all to be true from my own experience. I’ve had it all several times to no avail. Some will say that each must experience having it all for ourselves in order to find the truth, and I suppose there is some truth to that. I suppose the danger is that some never have what the world calls “it all” and therefore spend all of their lives chasing a delusion or in dissatisfaction of giving up. We are lost, we need to find our way home. If you ask, you will be led home, you will lose your way again, and you will be led home again. By losing and then finding your way enough times you will memorize the way home, home being a state of mind. A sweet spot within your mind. There is a purpose to forgetting-that purpose is to remember. Forget and then remember, into chaos and out of chaos until you make a choice to stay home forever.
I teach on the basis of what I need to learn or hold dear, because what I teach is teaching me. Therefore I merely share my experiences with you now for you to take or leave.
I would invite you to rise above the battleground and examine life from a larger perspective. Perfection is not a future state. Happiness is a state of mind and can be experienced regardless of external life circumstances. Mahatma Gandhi, while jailed for several years wrote books, learned to cook and brought joy to all of those around him. Surely we all have the same possibility within us. Remember it is a state of mind, that state is within your mind now, it is merely a way of thinking. Enlightenment is the freedom of concepts. Therefore empty your mind of everything you think you know, forget this article, forget this world, lose your mind and come with holy empty arms into the Universal mind. Let this be your permanent domain. Let your light shine.