Q: “But don’t you have to think “I will pick up the cup” to pick it up. So thoughts do make things happen.”
A: What is your proof that you hearing the words, “I will pick up the cup” in your head (wherever THAT is!?), is directly responsible (as in being the cause or energy force) for powering the body’s hand to pick up the “cup”? What if that’s just a subtle assumption that falls apart under close examination?
Sound can only ever be sound. So a voice in the head can only ever be a voice. Like a speaker can only ever broadcast information… a speaker has no interest or even knowledge of the electric signals that it is converting into recognizable sounds that we hear as words.
So, to assume the sounds you appear to hear in your head are what is propelling the body around is a gross assumption that should definitely be investigated if one is interested in freedom.
YOU are what is AWARE of the sounds in your head, the sounds coming from a speaker in your car, or the sound of your friend talking to you on skype. And this Awareness is AWARE of everything… but it doesn’t take itself as anything… it doesn’t need to. Because it simply is. It never comes or goes and is everywhere and nowhere. In other words, you can’t get it or contain it.
It’s the search for something “special” or “other then this” that keeps it hidden. Because if you are searching for something, that assumes it’s not right where you already are. After all, if it were right where you already are you wouldn’t need to search for it… ding! ding! ding! Full Stop.
Q: “Hi Michael, thanks so much for the friendship. I was wondering if you had any advice on depression and anxiety? Should I just feel the depressed and anxious feelings or should I try to do something else to make them better? Many days I wake up feeling depressed and don’t know why. I am wondering what else to do to find peace with this… Thanks”
A: Hi …, Having suffered from chronic depression for most of my life, I know of what you speak.
For me, the only thing that really worked was seeing clearly that there was no “me” that the depression was happening to. Yes, there was the feeling of depression, but when I looked i couldn’t actually find anyone it was happening to. The “me” that was taking it personally was simply a tightly held assumption that had never really been investigated. And this belief was the main cause of suffering, not the actual depression itself which was just impersonal energy that would come and go by itself, i.e., not under my control (because there was no me!).
Once this was seen, I stopped giving depression my attention, and it just sort of went away on its own. Not all at once, for like an unplugged fan it still had a certain momentum. But eventually the light within got brighter and brighter until it was seen that there was something in me that never takes anything personally. And I simply rested as THAT, which has been here all along.
Hope this helps!
The MOMENT itself is spontaneously creating EVERYTHING you think you know, see, believe, hear, taste, touch, smell and feel, including the sense of “you.”
Without the MOMENT as it is, what would you know?
Notice that you know EXACTLY as much or as little as THIS MOMENT dictates.
Why don’t you know more or less then whatever you think you currently know about whatever topics you seem to have some knowledge of?
Because it’s the moment that decides, not “you.”
The sense of “you” is NOT created by YOU, so YOU don’t get to decide how “you” appear.
Everything simply spontaneously and causelessly appears as whatever it appears as. If you feel someone has a big ego, then that’s what’s happening.
If you get mad at yourself for “reacting from ego,” then that’s what’s happening.
You simply cannot escape whatever is happening.
The belief in the illusion that you can is experienced as suffering.
And that too can happen.
“That person’s not being very spiritual…” Have you ever had that thought? I know I have. More importantly, have you ever believed it?
In this moment, can you feel the arrogance behind the thought? The judgment? And what if we drop the thought? What if we “come clean” and admit we don’t have a clue how others are supposed to act (or even ourselves!). Just let go of having to know anything or figure out what is supposed to happen next… just for a moment.
What if Life doesn’t need your opinion of it?