Q: Roy, does everyone need a teacher?
R: In an absolute sense, everyone is Self taught; there is no individual teaching another individual.
Relatively speaking, although I hesitate to generalize in any manner, most do need somebody to reveal to them that they don’t need anybody.
Some suggest that a teacher is like a doctor. This may be valid but it is quite clear that most are rejecting said doctor’s prescriptions. They go along only as far as their fears will allow.
I prefer to view a teacher like a friend who comes over to help you throw out all the unnecessary stuff you’ve amassed. In that sense, if you’ve got a lot of acquired junk, a teacher may be appropriate.
Too, since you believe you have a body, you believe that the teacher must also have a body. Yet, this is not always the case. Life provides many key teachings without the use of an embodied teacher.
The usual difficulty that commonly arises in the process is that everyone tries to discern the teaching using the intellect. But the intellect is the wrong tool much as a hammer is the wrong tool for cutting lumber.
It is only the native Intelligence which can grasp it or apperceive it and this only occurs once the intellect is out of the way. Then, the attention to phenomena transitions to attention to attention.
Q: This issue has really been problematic for me.
R: When analyzing any problem, the first question is “When does this problem present itself?”
My argument is that it only presents when you are awake. When you are sleeping or dreaming, it’s not there. It’s not even there when you’re awake, unless you have a thought of it.
What problems can there be which the mind did not create?
Q: Can I develop my instincts further in order to see this?
R: No you can’t. Instinct is the software that comes pre-installed by the manufacturer.
Q: Can a teacher help me witness?
R: Witnessing arises spontaneously. There is nothing that anyone can do to bring it about. Nor are there personal witnesses, or numerous individual witnesses. There is only witnessing.
Q: Why do you assign so much urgency to “waking up”?
R: In the sense that a lit candle is dying every minute, so too are each of us dying every minute. Therefore, there is no time to waste.
As the world of the dream appears in the mind, so too, the world of the waking state is an appearance in mind only. Mind is the screen on which images appear.
We are always back where we started because we never go outside of it.
Illusions seem so real because they deploy the very same systems in the brain that actual perceptions do. The inherent flaw in the brain is that it reports how things seem to it, not how they are.
Q: Then, we’re all victims of our brains, so to speak.
R: I wouldn’t introduce victimization, as such.
The human brain may be thought of as a physical condensation of the mind and is the outcome of the past, millions of years of evolution. Everything registered by consciousness is filtered for relevance by the brain and whatever is not rejected is translated by the mind. It is the mind’s function to change, to discriminate and correct.
Q: What is the relationship between the mind and the brain?
R: One aspect of the Conscious Life Energy is this knowing consciousness. Mind is a manifestation of consciousness, which in turn manifests worlds. Mind rises in the body via the integration of the brain and the nervous system.
Q: The mind manifests worlds? I don’t see that.
R: The waking state is one of externality. That is to say that there is a “me” and a world that seems to appear outside of this “me”. However, the world has no existence outside of the mind in which it appears.
Q: Where does the “me” come from?
R: When individual consciousness rises from sleep, we know ourselves via “I-am-this-body”. But in sleep there is knowledge of neither the body nor the world. The pure consciousness or authentic-I alone exists in sleep.
In the waking state, the first thought “I am” appears. Only to this first thought do additional thoughts of other, of second and third persons, rise. The more one attends to second and third persons, the more the thoughts will increase.
The body in the world attracts attention and fascinates so completely that rarely does one perceive the essential. As such, the attention must return to the first-person and away from “other”.