ENLIGHTENMENT: RISING ABOVE THOUGHT

Isn't thinking essential in order to survive in this world?
Your mind is an instrument, a tool. It is there to be used for a specific task, and when the task is completed, you lay it down.

As it is, I would say about 8o to 90 percent of most people's thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful.
It causes a serious leakage of vital energy.

This kind of compulsive thinking is actually an addiction.
you no longer feel that you have the choice to stop. It seems stronger than you.
It also gives you a false sense of pleasure.

you are identified with it, which means that you derive your sense of self from the content and activity of your mind.
Because you believe that you would cease to be if you stopped thinking.
As you grow up, you form a mental image of who you are.
the ego: It consists of mind activity and can only be kept going through constant thinking.

To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important.
It is always concerned with keeping the past alive, because without it who are you?
It constantly projects itself into the future to ensure its continued survival.
It says: “One day, when this, that, or the other happens, I am going to be okay, happy, at peace.”

Even when the ego seems to be concerned with the present, it is not the present that it sees: It misperceives it completely because it looks at it through the eyes of the past.
it reduces the present to a means to an end, an end that always lies in the mind-projected future.

The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind.

The gift of thought is the most precious thing we have.
Without it, we would just be another species of animal.
The predominance of mind is no more than a stage in the evolution of consciousness.
We need to go on to the next stage now as a matter of urgency; otherwise, we will be destroyed by the mind, which has grown into a monster.

Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought.

Enlightenment means rising above thought, not filling back to a level below thought, the level of an animal or a plant.

In the enlightened state, you still use your thinking mind when needed, but in a much more focused and effective way than before.
free of the involuntary internal dialogue.

when a creative solution is needed, you oscillate every few minutes or so between thought and stillness, between mind and no-mind.
No-mind is consciousness without thought. Only in that way is it possible to think creatively, because only in that way does thought have any real power.

Thought alone, when it is no longer connected with the much vaster realm of consciousness, quickly becomes barren, insane, destructive.

The mind is essentially a survival machine. Attack and defense against other minds, gathering, storing, and analyzing information this is what it is good at, but it is not at all creative.

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
The mind then gives form to the creative impulse or insight.
Even the great scientists have reported that their creative breakthroughs came at a time of mental quietude.

It wasn't through the mind, through thinking, that the miracle that is life on earth or your body were created and are being sustained.
There is clearly an intelligence at work that is far greater than the mind.
How can a single human cell measuring 1/1,000 of an inch across contain instructions within its DNA that would fill 1,000 books of 600 pages each?


EMOTION: THE BODY'S REACTION TO YOUR MIND

Mind is not just thought, it includes your emotions as well.
Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet.
It is the body's reaction to your mind.
a reflection of your mind in the body.

Ex: The thought that you are being threatened, physically or psychologically, causes the body to contract.

If you cannot feel your emotions, if you are cut off from them, you will eventually experience them on a purely physical level, as a physical problem or symptom.

If you have difficulty feeling your emotions, start by focusing attention on the inner energy field of your body. Feel the body from within. This will also put you in touch with your emotions.


Sometimes there's a conflict between the two, the body will always give you a truthful reflection. So look at the feel in your body.
the thought will be the lie, the emotion will be the truth.

You may not yet be able to bring your unconscious mind activity into awareness as thoughts, but it will always be reflected in the body as an emotion, and of this you can become aware.

while a thought is in your head, an emotion has a strong physical component and so is primarily felt in the body.
You can then allow the emotion to be there without being controlled by it.
If you practice this, all that is unconscious in you will be brought into the light of consciousness.

Make it a habit to ask yourself. Whats going on inside me at this moment?
don't analyze, just watch. Focus your attention within.
Feel the energy of the emotion. If there is no emotion present, take your attention more deeply into the inner energy field of your body.


If you are pulled into unconscious identification with the emotion through lack of presence, which is normal, the emotion temporarily becomes “you.”
The emotion and the thinking feed each other in a vicious circle.
The thought pattern creates a magnified reflection of itself in the form of an emotion, and the vibrational frequency of the emotion keeps feeding the original thought pattern.


What about positive emotions such as love and joy?

They are inseparable from your natural state.
Glimpses of love and joy or brief moments of deep peace are possible whenever a gap occurs in the stream of thought.

Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance.
They lie beyond the emotions, on a much deeper level. So you need to become fully conscious of your emotions and be able to feel them before you can feel that which lies beyond them.

Emotion literally means “disturbance.” The word comes from the Latin emovere, meaning “to disturb.”

Love, joy, and peace are deep states of Being or rather three aspects of the state of inner connectedness with Being.
they arise from beyond the mind.
Emotions, on the other hand, being part of the dualistic mind, are subject to the law of opposites.

o in the unenlightened, mind-identified condition, what is sometimes wrongly called joy is the usually short-lived pleasure side of the continuously alternating pain/pleasure cycle.
Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.
The very thing that gives you pleasure today will give you pain tomorrow, or it will leave you, so its absence will give you pain.

All cravings are the mind seeking salvation or fulfillment in external things and in the future as a substitute for the joy of Being. As long as I am my mind, I am those cravings, those needs, wants, attachments, and aversions, and apart from them there is no 'I' except as a mere possibility, an unfulfilled potential, a seed that has not yet sprouted.

In that state, even my desire to become free or enlightened is just another craving for fulfillment or completion in the future.
don't seek to become free of desire or “achieve” enlightenment. Become present. Be there as the observer of the mind.

Pain is inevitable as long as you are identified with your mind.
Resentment, hatred, self-pity, guilt, anger, depression, jealousy, and so on, even the slightest irritation, are all forms of pain. And every pleasure or emotional high contains within itself the seed of pain: its inseparable opposite, which will manifest in time.