After Thought #59

We place too great an importance on thought and thinking in the West.  We wrongly substitute thought/thinking as intelligence when in fact it is only a symptom of intelligence.  From the earliest age we begin to fill our so-called minds with ideas, thoughts, notions and beliefs – conceptual philosophies add infinitum.   Schools, universities – the highest, most accredited educational institutes provide a frame of reference – for references to be framed, based on the binge consumption of information about this and that.

Very little attention – if any, is placed on the value of emptiness – nothingness; the space of consciousness from which it all arises.  We overlook nothing – the source of everything, for something. We instead place higher value on things and the collection of things; even subtle things like thoughts and thinking which is knowledge –not intelligence.

First we focus on ideas – then on the things those ideas appear to create, and in doing so we ignore essence, we ignore the field of awareness which organizes it all.  With attention fixated on something, we ignore the value and benefit of what appears to be invisible.  We ignore Being and instead favor thinking; we ignore Being and instead favor doing and having.  We ignore Being and wrongly imagine that it is thinking itself that motivates the doing, the having and the being of life.

It’s no wonder our lives are driven by the neurosis of our conditioning.  We are taught and conditioned to believe from the earliest age that it is in the gathering and management of things like thoughts, ideas, notions and beliefs, which will provide the necessary keys to navigating life.  Factually, and for the most part, we crumble in the aftermath of destruction, having invested in erroneous ways of being that only temporarily provide satisfaction for a restless mind that can only ever grasp for more.

If only we would take the time to notice the unnoticed, to notice the space in which the thought, the thinking, the being, the having and the doing arise.  If only we would take the time to see with clarity, the value and benefit of becoming familiar with presence – Self; an awareness that is open and empty, alive and awake.  An awareness that cradles the here/now without reservation and without condition; an awareness that lives and thrives in the space of Being, here/now.

Can you imagine taking an accredited course based on Being – on doing nothing? 

What a preposterous Idea you say.  I say – spend a little time each day in the space of emptiness that is awareness – Being.  I say – start to become familiar with the space of Being only, and watch how life changes. 

I say – spend time each day noticing the fact that you are already, always aware; then Be aware of the fact that you are already aware.  Take time to watch the non verbal, no-state-state, upon which all experience rests.  Notice the value that comes from direct experience of your essential nature that lies beyond the basket of your own conditioned thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations, memories, intentions and desires…

 

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Notice a thought…

Notice another thought…

Notice a thought comes, and a thought goes; notice some are new, and most are old.

 

Notice a thought…

Notice another thought…

Notice awareness is simultaneous there – with those thoughts; notice awareness is there before, during, and after each and every thought.

Notice the space of awareness before, during, and after each thought is open and empty, quiet and still.

Notice that in the midst of a single thought or a landslide of numerous thoughts – awareness is already, always there – whether you are aware of it or not.

 

As you notice awareness; as you become familiar with awareness by letting your attention rest AS awareness, notice you and awareness are one – [you], are awareness.

Notice you are awareness and not the thought or the thinking that appear to rise and subside within/on awareness.

Notice there can be an identification with/too thoughts, and there can also be an awareness of awareness itself; awareness that is alive, awake and unconditioned.

Do you identify with thought/thinking, or can you see clearly and directly you are awareness itself?

Notice thought appears to separate and divide, but the awareness in which the thought/thinking arise and subside is always undivided.

Notice awareness is radically inclusive, radically awake and wildly aware.   

Thought/thinking is inherently divisive, while awareness itself is naturally whole and inherently complete.

 

Notice you are always awareness – even though you might not be aware of it; even though you may appear to be temporarily identified with/too a thought, feeling, emotion, perception, association, memory, intention or desire.

Notice when your attention is captivated by thought, feeling, emotion, perception, association, memory, intention or desire – you feel very different than when your attention is simply resting as awareness, in which those thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations, memories, intentions and desires arise and subside.

Notice [you] can rest in thought or you can rest as awareness.

When you rest in thought there is the tendency to imagine/identify yourself as thought.

Notice when you rest as awareness there is the tendency to naturally and spontaneously recognize awareness as your intrinsic nature/Self.

Notice how easy it is to rest as natural awareness and notice how easy it is to be distracted and disturbed by the basket of your own thoughts/thinking.

As awareness becomes more and more familiar, notice any change in the degree of distraction and disturbance that thought/thinking may have.  

Notice over and over, again and again that you are not thought/thinking, nor are you any feeling they may generate, however distracting, however disturbing.

Notice over and over, again and again that you are always, already awareness.

Notice awareness until the idea that you are anything other than awareness – is removed.

Notice awareness until the idea that you are separate from awareness as your essential nature – dissolves.

 

Notice there is freedom in awareness, while there appears to be a degree of suffering with identification too thought/thinking.

Notice we can rest in thought/thinking, or we can rest as awareness.

Better instead to rest as awareness.

Better instead to rest in the open, empty, unconditional – essential space of awareness; always here, already now.

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2 Responses

  1. Michael. Very interesting blog! I am also attracted to the idea of emptiness. Have you read the book “The Power of Now” ? It talks about the idea that we are not our thoughts, and that all we have is the present moment. The notion of emptiness is the way to bring us closer to Truth. Like you wrote, this society teaches us to fill ourselves with data, knowledge, experience, etc. in order to survive. But I have learned that emptying ourselves (deny ourselves) and getting rid of all the ideas that we use to try to make us important and stronger (being humble) is the way to “Salvation”. Thank you.

    • Hi Nadel,

      Thanks for you comments. I did not get around to reading Echarts book, but I have watched a couple of his videos… He’s got some great pointers in his toolbox!

      all the best!

      m

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