January 29

All There Is

All there is:

1. Subjectivity or Noumenon,
2. Phenomena both mental and physical, and
3. The narrative created to organize and make sense of the phenomena and the body’s responses to them.

The center of this Organizing Narrative, its referential point, is represented as “me”.

Objects and actions are categorized as mine and not-mine. The pseudo-I has usurped the authority of the authentic I, Subjectivity. In so doing, the idea of ownership and doership has been born.

It should be noted that all other forms of life lack this narrative component. As such, they also lack problems because problems only arise in the narrative.

January 26

In Here

For those who are pursuing the discovery of our essential nature, it is vital to distinguish between thinking and watching the mind. Witnessing the mechanism of the mind is vastly different from being fixated by thought.

When we are in thought, we are absent to what is present, but when we watch the mind, without getting involved, we can discern our very own beingness.

We have for a long time had the benefit of a microscope to be able to explore, in minute detail, what’s “out there”. The investigation I am suggesting is essentially a microscope for what’s “in here”.

Over time, we discern that we can exist without thoughts, but thoughts cannot exist without the energy we provide them. When we are no longer chained by our beliefs and our mechanical responses, we are autonomous, free.

January 23

Sitting for Non-Attachment

It has been suggested to me that I practice Buddhist meditation to develop non-attachment. What are your thoughts about this?

Before I respond, I want to make clear that what I say is in no way a criticism of Buddhism. However, certain Buddhist “tools” have been misinterpreted due to linguistic translation and oral transmission.

That now out of the way………………………..

Sitting in meditation to develop non-attachment creates the attachment to the meditation. Clearly, this can’t be the solution.

One can engage in contemplation without a compulsive purpose or a rigid discipline. In my experience, clearly discerning what is false works better. It is an introspection wherein you subject every aspect of what you seem to know to ruthless scrutiny and reject what doesn’t pass the test.

Realize what is timelessly, endlessly, present here and now. It may seem like an attainment, but it is not. You gain nothing, but only lose what wasn’t yours to begin with.

One word of caution: the experiencing of stillness is not it. The experiencing of silence is not it. The experiencing of complete peace is not it.

The experiencing is it.

One must have immense patience to discern this. The discernment appears in an instant, but when it appears cannot be dictated.

January 23

Stream of Consciousness on Self Consciousness

The activity of thought is to interpret that which the senses take in by dividing the impressions into relative elements. This is done to better leverage one element against the other, for physical survival or the continuity of the genetic material.

All that is personal appears and disappears. What is not yet fully clear is that what is perceived is a self-generated world, a mirage. Once you have seen the mirage to be mirage, only one with weak conviction will continue to go to it to quench their thirst.

This relative point of view begins with the arising of self consciousness. Prior to that, all phenomena were registered. None were categorized, labeled or compared. With self consciousness, everything that is taken in is weighed against how it relates to “me”. This is seeing from a fabricated center. In this fashion, you impart your reality to whatever you perceive.

The world you think of is in your own mind.

The brain’s response to a conjured image is initially the same as its response to the real thing. Unless contradictory evidence is presented, the imagined is taken to be real. We construct our world out of memory and imagination and thereby become confused.

Confusion is the conflict between a fact and what we believe is a fact. An action that is rooted in confusion must, by necessity, perpetuate the confusion.It should be obvious, therefore, that in the absence of a point of view, a referential center, facts can be seen clearly.

In that absence, there can be no confusion between what you are and what you appear to be.

We clearly see that we are much closer to “human becomings” than we are to “human beings”. Being has no agenda, no intended outcome. It is passive whereas becoming is all about actions to provide outcomes.

So much of our conditioning takes the form of self-improvement, which is really the perpetuation of the “me”, in different forms. Essentially it is the continuance of the “me” as a new and improved, a refined, “me”.