The mind is through which we see the world…typically. Of course, there is what the world looks like when there is no thought…which is something else. The world, as we see it, is tinted and filtered by the mind. Mind is just another word for thoughts that arise. You see what your thoughts allow you to see. So, it’s all a matter of thought. Based on our thoughts and beliefs, the world we see is tinted and filtered. Continue reading Please explain, “it’s all in the mind.”
This is really a nasty question. If I say “yes”, then you will think there is nothing to realize and remain stuck in suffering. If I say “no”, that is not correct and limitations on the Self could be inferred.
You see…it is not as simple as saying “the Self has always been free.” While true, the question is do you feel free? Also, are you free from suffering? If you do not feel free and are not free of suffering, then you are not awake and are not free. However, it is a figment of your imagination. An illusion of the mind. You are hypnotized…and hence asleep…within a prison of your own thoughts. As long as the illusion is attached to and believed…it is a delusion of being trapped and that delusion has effects. Continue reading The Self has always been free. The Self is always awake. Right?
Much of our delusion has been learned from others…some of it activity taught and trained. That is why it is sometimes referred to as conditioning. In the whole socialization process, we teach various illusions that then become our delusions. Some illusions have some practical value (inches, lines of longitude, an hour, etc.) Some of these delusions keep us in line and give the powers that be the means of controlling the masses. It maintains social order. Continue reading Is delusion a thing trained into human minds? Could it be different?
You don’t. It is not about trying to implement concepts and beliefs into life. This question comes from the viewpoint of the ego or “me.” How will this make “my” life better…how do “I” use this to get what “I” want? Enlightenment and awakening is about seeing through the “me” and realizing the nondual nature of what-is.
Don’t use the pointers and concepts you learn by studying nondualism to create a philosophy you want to implement in life. That is not how it works. This is like hearing that the enlightened do not have attachments, so you go out and start practicing detachment in the hopes of gaining some of the benefits of enlightenment based on imitating the enlightened. Continue reading How can I actually use nondual philosophy in my every-day life?
No reason really. We are here to simply experience…to play is another way to put it. There is suffering because challenges and antagonists are needed to make a good play (to make it more entertaining and fun).
There is no meaning or purpose to life beyond living it. Any reasons or purposes given are mental fictions and imaginations we attribute to life. When there is no thinking, you see no purpose or meaning…it just is as it is. Continue reading Why are we here in the first place? How come there is suffering?
The world is an illusion, but even illusions exist. I would never say that the world does not exist. Illusions get a bad rap though. Some people use the term “illusion” to put down the world. Illusions are great things. Movies are illusions. Virtual reality games are illusions. Dreams are illusions. The game of life continues because the illusions are believed.
I don’t like using the terms real and not-real. Are dreams real? Many westerners would say no. To many of the aboriginal people, dreams are real and sometimes more real than the world itself. So during this post, please don’t add any kind of real versus not-real context to anything said. Let us keep the topic to existing or not existing…and also illusions. Continue reading How can the world not exist? I just kicked a rock!
There is no such thing as “the Witness”. There is only awareness. There is seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. There is no seer, no hearer, no feeler, no taster, and no smeller. At best, you might say there is witnessing, but there is no witness.
Saying you are the witness is a subtle way for the ego to sneak in through the back door. The ego says, “I am the witness of my thoughts, feelings, experiences, etc.” This is true…for the ego. What you really are is “awareness-ing”…in which there is thinking, feeling, experiencing, etc. There is no noun. To use a noun – as in ‘I am a witness’ – is a way to have an object to identify with. In reality, you are the witnessing itself without a who/witness. Continue reading Should I just stay as the Witness? The Self is the Witness…right?
Duality does not exist outside of the mind. There is only the Self. This question is already coming from a dualistic perspective – Self or body/mind. The body/mind is within and not other than the Self. So if you experience emotions…the Self experiences emotions. You are not other than the Self. As Alan Watts once said, “you are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” Continue reading Does the Self have emotions or is it part of the body/mind experience?
This is a kind of affirmation, but I do not recommend any affirmations…even “I am not the body or mind.” When you do this, what you are trying to do is to train the mind and alter your beliefs. You are trying to change the habitual thinking of “I am the body and mind” with “I am not the body or mind”. This will not help realization. You will not awaken this way. This is just trying to alter the illusions of the mind. You can not awaken by training the mind. You can only awaken by seeing through the illusions of the mind.
When you realize who/what you are (clearly and without a doubt)…you will just know you are not the body or mind. You won’t have to remind yourself or try to remember. Continue reading Should I remind myself throughout the day – I am not the body or mind?
Some people talk about feeling an inner knot or feeling contracted. We often identify with this sense of contraction. We also try to expand or open ourselves. Whether we feel contracted or open does not matter, who/what we really are is beyond both feelings. Do not be fooled by the illusion of thought…but also do not be fooled by the illusion created by this feeling of contraction or expansion. It is the same inside this bubble as outside this bubble…and the film barrier is only a thought and feeling.
Cease struggling against the feeling on contraction. Just recognize it as a passing feeling within awareness. It has nothing to do with a “me”. You are That…which includes any feeling of contraction, expansion, or any other feeling. Continue reading I struggle with feeling “contracted” & wonder if there is something there to unravel.