You know how when things get started and it’s amazing and it carries on and it is even more amazing and you’re thinking ‘keep going’ and then suddenly it stops and you’re a bit, ‘…???’
You know that?
That’s what we’re talking about today.
And we’re talking about it in relation to thought, free will and reality.
(Anyone who opened this and carried on reading it because of title and first sentence now switches to one of those more interesting websites).
So for you remainers… here’s the thing. Once we get started looking into the nature of thought and what it means about who we are, we can’t stop until we go right on through the whole lot.
Right through to the cuddle and the tv back on so to speak.
(OK enough with this analogy. I only used it, like any tabloid, to get your attention and I’ve lost most of you anyway by now…)
Let’s see what’s going on.
One of the central tenants of the inside-out understanding is that we live in a reality created out of thought. That any time we feel angry or sad or happy it is because of thought. Not to do with anything or anyone else. 100% thought in the moment.
Seeing this for the first time is great. We have an insight along the lines of ‘so it is not my boss making me angry it is my thinking’.
And this is a break-through because up until then there was no middle man. It was simply boss being an arse and me being pissed off. Now there is a space. There is realisation.
It is not my boss. It is my thoughts about my boss.
And some people stop there in a world in which it looks like there is a me and a boss and I have thinking about this boss and as a result of my thinking I feel good or bad.
And here it looks like we can cultivate a clearer state of mind to have better, more useful, more intelligent thinking that will allow us to have better rapport with or say the right thing to this boss of ours (or client, child, partner, colleague whatever).
But the thing is it makes no sense to stop there with this ‘about’ word.
Because if reality is created out of thought then my entire experience of the boss must be created out of thought.
So it is not possible that there is an objectively real boss that I have thinking about. It is that my thoughts in the moment create the boss. He or she does not exist for me other than through thought experienced. There is no boss to have thinking about. The boss does not exist outside of the thinking.
This is perhaps a bit harder to see because it seems so out of line with the reality it seems we encounter with our eyes, ears, touch, smell, taste (speaking in general here. But if that is how you encounter the boss all good…)
But when we do see it, it is another breakthrough. ‘Wow. The whole experience of this boss is created out of thought. The whole existence of boss is created by me, the perceiver. I am bringing him or her into this particular existence in this moment out of the thoughts I am believing.’
From this it becomes clear that there is no boss, there are no clients, there are no children, there is no partner outside of thought.
This is enormous. It means that we see more clearly that reality is a projection. What is noticed, what is considered significant or irrelevant, the implications, even the meaning of the word ‘boss’ changes. All of that depends on the perceiver’s beliefs and thoughts from moment to moment.
And some people stop there. There is a me creating a boss. And here it looks like somehow I am responsible for this reality I experience. So I try to change the projection, see through it or see it differently. It all looks like it is on my shoulders.
But the thing is it makes no sense to stop with the ‘me creating’ phrase. There is no creation happening by me. There are thoughts which appear out of the blue, from who knows where. These thoughts are believed or not believed – again, who knows why? And out of these who-knows-why-they-are-believed thoughts appearing out of who-knows-where, an apparent boss appears.
There is no intention in any of this. I am not using free will. If I were able to control the reality that my thoughts created around me, believe me there would be some changes made. I cannot control my thoughts, therefore I cannot control these decisions which seem to be based on thoughts. Impossible that any of this is anything to do with me.
So this leaves us with the impersonal nature of thought and the absence of control or ability to cause or effect. Thought appearing and disappearing and as a result of that I have an experience. There is a me experiencing a randomly appearing reality.
And this is a breakthrough. It takes away all that self-blame that started to seep in the moment it was clear that thinking was involved. I am not controlling the thinking in any way.
I am having an experience of a boss.
But the thing is it makes no sense to stop with the ‘I’ word.
Because once we see that our entire experience of everything around us is a creation in thought, we see that the same must be true of our entire experience of who we are. Just as the boss is a projection of thought, so is the ‘I’ that appears to be projecting and then perceiving the boss.
Both the me and the boss are creations of thought.
And the big question then is: if I am only ever a creation of thought then who or what is perceiving this ‘I’ and this boss?
What is this space in which an ‘I’ arises and a ‘boss’ arises? Who are we really behind this thought-created idea of a personal ‘I’ and this thought-created idea of a separate entity called ‘boss’.
It makes no sense to stop until we get to this question. Once we start to openly and bravely explore the nature of thought, experience and reality this is the only place we can arrive.
Who or what are we really?
Here we can stay exploring or not for all eternity.
Looking into the ultimate mystery with our only guide being what we know to be true in the depths of our being and from the bottom of our heart.
What do we know in this space?
We know mind-blown love, unrelated to the vagaries of thought, not tied to any objects of love or desire.
We know breath-taking intelligence, miraculous and way beyond.
We know unbounded joy unprompted and uncaused.
We know entirety, we know ourselves to be everything, all of it.
We know freedom, there is nowhere where we end and something else begins. Limits cannot exist.
We know the sheer relief of knowing there is nothing to do and no one there to do it anyway.
Let’s go all the way with this, my friends. See you there x