promised in the last blog, your other comment:
I still see the world as a real and dangerous place.
In the blog, How to remain as the light, even at work, I talked about the natural harmony of the universe. Additionally, just about all of the news stories today are consumed by people’s animosity towards each other. But that’s far from the whole story. The vast majority of people in this world act out of love, and when the opportunity arises, they want to help each other. This is certainly a part of this natural harmony.
But today I would like to talk about your questions from a different angle that particularly applies to a more advanced aspirant. You said that you see the world as a dangerous place. I am sure that it doesn’t feel natural to live in fear of people and events in the world. What I noticed from my practice is if it didn’t feel natural, I was viewing life or the world through “a lens darkly.” This lens was a framework of thoughts glued together by my belief in them. I call this framework of thoughts a concept.
frameworks are too limited
From within this concept the view seemed normal. I would think, “That’s life,” or “That’s just the way the world is.” It almost seemed like to question this concept would be to question the air that I was breathing.
But there were certain signatures that alerted me that there was more to life and the world than I was seeing. First of all this concept would feel too limited or like plain suffering. Then I would hear myself thinking: “That’s life,” “That’s just the way I am,” or “That’s just the way my mind works.”
When you question the concept, it
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So like you are doing with your comments, if I was alert enough I would start to ask questions like, “Is that really the way the world is?” Questioning this concept is the most important step in destroying it. It allows you to see limitation as limitation and not as reality. One other comment here, this is not a time for self-judgment. Even if a concept is painful to look at, you should remember that you are on the verge of finding your freedom. In the long run it is less painful to look at what is going on in your mind than to try and ignore it.
Get to know the why and how of
Once I noticed that I was viewing the world through a conceptual framework I started to explore. Why do I see the world the way I do? Where did I pick this idea up from? How has it been affecting my life?
I saw how this view of life was the root of my desire to become a martial artist. This concept about the world also affected my relationships. It felt like I was running towards and running away from people at the same time.
This is a one step process
Now remember this, your job is to see a concept as an idea and not as reality. This is a one step process. There is nothing else for you to do. You cannot predict how you will change. If you think you can predict the changes that will occur, then you have not yet fully seen the concept as a concept. For instance if you think, “When I see through a concept, I won’t have those thoughts or I won’t do that,” then take a deeper look.
Real and effortless change comes as a surprise. For example in a relationship you may encounter the same situation and even have some of the same thoughts. But to your surprise the desire to react in the same way might be gone.
Having experiences that you
never thought possible
Moreover, you may have experiences that you never thought possible. For instance you could start to see that the world as just Consciousness or the One Mind; that the world is made of the same substance as you; when you deal with the world, you are really dealing with your own being — that there is nothing out there to be afraid of. Of course these words provide a poor description of that which is beyond words. Just be aware that as you change, your experiences will change in ways that are impossible to predict.
One last thing that you should know: I was a martial artist into physical activity. I would be the last person you would think of as being introspective. So if I can discover the meaning of this introspective practice, anyone can. This practice is a skill that you develop. So have a little patience and persistence and you will see your practice start to fly. And your freedom will become visceral.
Where does reality come from?
Ok, now for the last part of your question. You say that you experience the world as real. So where does this sense of reality come from? Does it really come from the world or does it come from you? When you look at your experience closely, you will find that when your mind changes your world changes. But does your sense of reality change?
For example as you read this blog with all of its information, you start to drift off into a daydream. You are in a park with a bunch of friendly ducks. So you ask them, “How do like being in this dream.” The ducks then answered, “What do you mean, this is our waking state!”
While in the dream, the waking world is gone as if it had never even existed. And the dream world seems real. If you then fall into the deep sleep state all of the worlds disappear. But it doesn’t feel as if reality disappeared, does it? And then after a few years of being in the dream, which translates into a few minutes of waking time, the waking world again appears. But does it feel as if your sense of reality came back, or was that sense of reality there the whole time.
Look at what you actually experience
In other words, reality comes from you and not from the world. That’s why when you discover what you are, you discover reality. It’s not like when you know yourself the world seems less real or fuzzy. In fact without the usual filters, the world may seem sharper and more in focus. Look into your actually experience as opposed to what you are supposed to experience. See if you can discover where the experience of reality comes from. When you return reality to its source you will know if the world is real, unreal or none of the above.
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If this blog seems a little theoretical to you, ask questions. Then you will see how the explanations in this blog apply to your life. And the freedom that you find will be real. Questioning is the key to your freedom. You’ll see that when you question limitation, it falls away.
Here questions about this article or other things going on in your life are always welcome; you can write us at [email protected]. I love questions and try to answer them all in this blog. That’s because when you start to question limitation, you are on the verge of destroying it. When you can ask, you are well on your way to freeing yourself from the limitations that seem to cause your suffering. Of course, to preserve confidentiality your name will be left off.
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