THOUGHTS are never a problem. Truly. The “problem” stems not from the thought itself, but because we mistakenly believe it has to do with/is about us. The reason we suffer when we believe our thoughts is because the “I” every thought implies, is directed toward, refers to, is meant for, i.e., the subject of the thought, DOES NOT ACTUALLY EXIST!
How to see this? Put your FULL/UNDIVIDED ATTENTION on the “me” or the “I” that the thought claims it is referring to. Just observe it. Note: It may try to use boredom or hunger or sleepiness to distract you, but just notice this and keep on observing this supposed subject of your thoughts. This phantom cannot stand the full power of your undivided attention and will be seen to eventually dissolve revealing nothing was actually there. You have always been emptiness itself which allows for the everythingness of whatever is presently happening. And this has always been the case.
A good first step to awakening is to realize that you haven’t a clue what this moment actually IS. No story, no concept, ever touches the actuality of THIS moment. THIS moment doesn’t need my or your interpretation (no matter how well intentioned) in order to be what it already is. Indeed, EVERY interpretation is yet another magical, unknowable appearance amongst a sea of truly unknowable and magical appearances.
How to see this? It’s simple, but not easy. It’s simple because it’s already here, right now in front of you… in fact you are smack-dab in it so it’s impossible to miss! Yes, right now as you read these words you are not separate from this present moment happening. (Take a moment to let this in, to feel (not think) the direct experience of THIS moment… sights, sounds, smells, sensations, etc.)
No one knows what even a single thing is, or why it is, or where it is, or when it is, or how it came to be. Everyone is confronted by an irreducible Mystery, and that Mystery is profound.
Why is it not easy to see this? Because the mind, married to its labels and concepts, insists that it does know what THIS present appearance is! And its “proof” is built on the fact that it can come up with endless stories, theories and beliefs about THIS moment. But NONE of these stories, theories and beliefs actually tell as about the moment itself, since they are not separate from the moment in which they are appearing! We don’t know where anything is coming from and so to even talk about anything is simply adding more not knowing to what is already not known. Do you see the conundrum!?
For example, we can talk endlessly about LIGHT, yet nobody really knows exactly what light is. Likewise, we can talk endlessly about THIS presently arising moment, but nobody truly knows what this moment is. No story can contain all that is. Until it is realized that nothing is fundamentally knowable, we will continue to be deluded into believing we actually know what anything is. In fact, there is only what IS, and what IS can never truly be known. This can be the end of the search, the end of seeking when the futility of looking for an explanation for THIS drops away. And in it’s place is simply THIS, as it is.
The thing to “get” is that the little “I” is redundant. You exist, so You obviously already are. Since that is already the case, the sense of a separate “me” is a secondary mind made egoic “I” that doesn’t exist as an actuality, but singularly as an appearance, an energetic movement, a contraction, a phenomenal experience like any other appearance. But when it’s mistaken for You, suffering is experienced since, again, You are already You! The little “I” is simply an impostor (or a parasite, as Paul Hedderman calls it) pretending to be You.
What to do? Notice this. Become aware of it. Since the little “I” doesn’t actually exist, there is nothing to get rid of. Just notice this and keep noticing… eventually it will become obvious that all is well and the little “I” has never been You.
Imagine if you tried to find your happiness in your nighttime dreams. That you were convinced that until the dream “improved to what you think/need it to be” you simply cannot be happy. Now apply this to the “daytime or waking dream,” which is what most everyone is doing. And, not surprisingly, we suffer. What’s more, we aren’t even sure why we are suffering. It’s just that nothing seems to bring lasting peace/happiness.
The solution? Waking up from the dream. How? By seeing/noticing that you’ve never been in the dream! Dream is for the body/action figure, not you. But most of us believe that we are in the daily dream just like at night we believe we are in our nightly dream, even though the body is laying safely in bed.
Experiences are like smoke… they are there but not there… and this includes the idea of the one perceiving it. No experience can ever be held on to.
Facebook Question: What about the experience of love?
Michael: All experiences come and go in time; same with thoughts. Love is timeless and boundless. It isn’t anything in particular because it’s already everything and nothing. But the mind can never understand this because Love isn’t a “thing,” i.e., an object in time/space (person, place or thing) which can be obtained or gotten or possessed.The search for Love requires the belief that it isn’t already present. So, paradoxically, it’s the seeking for Love that obscures it. It’s a fish in the ocean searching for water.
Daniel Litvak Comment: Experience = story. So, in a way, experience is the only thing that IS held on to–in the form of a story. In truth nothing can ever be held on to. There’s nothing to grasp, and no “hands” to grasp it with. Only an imaginary story, made of smoke, and held on to in the mind–as a form of distraction from what is.
1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
3. sexual passion or desire.”
Notice how “LOVE” is defined as having passionate feelings towards a particular person, feeling or desire. This is what I call “particularizing” and ironically, it actually leads you away from LOVE. Why? Because LOVE isn’t any particular thing… it’s EVERYTHING. LOVE is all that is, so if we believe it’s in some person, feeling or desire, we also must believe it is not already all that is.
In a dream, what is the dream character actually creating or making happen or choosing? Nothing. Why? Because the dream character is not separate from the dream. Credit for achievements or blame for apparent failures are part of the dream, and do not originate from the dream character simply because the dream character is an appearance, not a Source. But what if a thought claims that it is separate/independent from the dream? Then that too is simply what’s happening in the dream.