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Archive for February, 2011

Fantasy

Fantasy is simply a form of the seeking game. An unconscious conclusion is made about a present sensation, feeling, thought, or event. The mind interprets this event as unacceptable. Fantasy then projects forth, simultaneously seeking to avoid this mind-created pain while searching for a distraction or replacement event, its idea of pleasure.

Pleasure, however, is inseparable from pain. They are part of the same movement—away from what is. Fantasy and other escape modalities lose their allure when we see that they are all driven by a false premise, a conditioned memory reflex that says life in this moment is uncomfortable or somehow ‘off kilter’.

Watch the mind closely and sincerely. Stillness and acceptance will develop as the witness attitude uncovers more and more space. Suddenly there won’t be anything to run from or search for. There will be plenty of space for all that unfolds before awareness (you).

Holding on…

When we hold on to any aspect of thought, we suffer. Since thought is often connected to feelings which have strong charge—like worry, anxiety, or sadness—we get tricked. Fortunately the mind is, in reality, just a bundle of thoughts. For instance, take the thought-feeling form we call grievance. It is only a combination of grief mixed with resentment. With this attachment label, we feel ‘wronged’ and must hold on to this feeling. This is done to protect our mind created identity—’me’. Underneath this feeling-conclusion is another feeling-conclusion, in this case it might be betrayal. As we dig deeper we discover the belief, ‘I am right about this’. Another justification-conclusion that keeps the energy locked in place. Yet this energy bundle is not stagnant, it is frothing, spiraling, and moving about, refueling a never ending stream of disturbance.

The only remedy is disidentification. One must see that they are not the mind. It’s not ‘my’ mind, it is the mind. This witness attitude instantly brings freedom from the endless tyranny of the mind, but only all of the time. From the space of freedom, the entire fabric, the whole story the mind has spun unravels because ‘you’, as a mind-made entity are no longer the center. You, as you really are, can now watch the mind without getting mixed up in it—that is, without believing it is real. When identified with the mind, instant separation seems to happen, but since this is only another thought or appearance, it simply rises and passes away.

Without attachment to thought, what are you? Go into this deeply and be free.

Sleep…

Our culture has become more and more structured. We exhaust ourselves in a relentless attempt for control. We desperately want to get every last detail organized. Then we can let go. We even have a bumper sticker: “I’LL SLEEP WHEN I DIE!”

We missed one important fact: without sleep we go crazy. It’s been proven in sleep experiment after sleep experiment. People, when deprived of sleep, slowly go mad. The famous writer of Autobiography of a Yogi spoke of the deeper purpose of sleep in one of his final recorded talks:

“…You think sleep is rest? No, sleep is a reminder of what lies beyond the state of sleep, the state of the soul. The soul as a perfect reflection of God, the soul remembers all the incarnations you have gone through when you thought you had possessions, body and a name…”

Sleep truly is restorative. Only we don’t allow ourselves to sleep when our innate body clock says it is time. Instead we take stimulants and make justifications, like: ‘I have to drink this coffee otherwise I won’t be able to function,’ or ‘I have so much to do’. Sleep is seen by many as a fight to be won. It is looked at as just another thing to overcome. It’s as if we have concluded ‘sleep doesn’t fit in with my personal will and direction’.

So an instinctual movement of life, which takes place in the natural world with such ease and flow, has turned into a stress-inducing ‘decision’ wherein we override the most basic component of life, all in the name of ‘keeping my job’, ‘being there for the children’, and other such contortions.

We never stop long enough to investigate these lies we tell ourselves. We rarely are in tune with the natural rhythm of life. Stillness and sleep are synonymous with laziness and insufficiency. Isn’t it time we saw through this falsehood?

The other side of the sleep story is the growing insomnia epidemic. Insomnia is defined as having difficulty falling asleep, frequently waking at night, difficulty returning to sleep, and waking up feeling unrefreshed. It is estimated that one third of the people in the US are experiencing some form, either chronic, intermittent, or transient.

Most people create a problem out of this. Having insomnia, though, can be a blessing. If this time is used for meditation, it turns into an incredible opportunity to be still and put all your energies towards what is most important—meeting your own true self.

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