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A Good or Bad View

Most people will say life is good if everything is going their way. It can always be seen as good regardless of the circumstances, but only if the impermanence of all things is seen, including life itself…

Life being considered good or bad is dependent on your thinking so if it isn’t considered good it won’t be. Even if you say it’s good it still may not be if you don’t truly see this in your heart; I equate this to a whistling in the dark distraction to keep away the bogeyman. As long as you’re whistling the distraction will keep the fear thought in check, but the moment you stop it will return. The key is to identify why you think life isn’t good and be with it as it is. People say be positive, but being positive to me doesn’t change the facts of why life is labeled as bad. Some not so good stuff does happens in life and if it’s just masked over and ignored it becomes engrained as an energy pattern in the subconscious that never goes away; this is how life is considered bad. Life itself is neither good nor bad, it’s people who are conditioned to make it either or; labeling is another trick used by the Conditioned Mind.

Life will be good when it’s seen in the light of how all things are impermanent including life itself. Believe me I get it, being ill, losing a loved one, living in poverty, and many others things that occur in life cannot be considered good, but what makes one think it’s bad is attaching the bad label. Labeling it as bad doesn’t change what’s occurring, it only changes where life is put as being good or not. When the true essence of life (impermanence) is understood, it puts life at the top of the good scale regardless of what’s going on because it’s seen that one day life in this form simply will not be either good or bad…

Delusional Needs

When the need to reach for something arises it’s because the mind is caught up in the delusion that you’re not fulfilled, and you will remain caught up in the delusion of whatever it is you think you need…

You will never find the fulfillment you’re seeking if you’re caught up in needing that fulfillment. Fulfillment is something that’s already within you, but because of the way your mind is conditioned, you get caught up in thinking you need fulfillment outside of you. Being caught in this makes this needed fulfillment impossible to grasp; this is also the reason you constantly need. Until this is seen you will remain caught in the thought of needing a particular fulfillment and the next thing reached for. Alcohol, gambling, drugs, sex, social status, programs, therapy, self help books, religion, and on and on, these are proof that you are caught. This being caught has to be seen if you’re to experience true fulfillment in your life.

When you are caught up in needing to be fulfilled it’s impossible to think your way out of it. What does have to happen if true fulfillment is to be experienced is there has to be an understanding of why you’re caught; that you aren’t fulfilled is only because of the delusion that you need something. When the need to reach for something arises, being caught by the need begins; this is very difficult to break free from. Fulfillment isn’t attained or achieved, doing less actually leads to being fulfilled. To many people get lost in trying to attain fulfillment, but it’s something that’s already within; being caught trying to attain fulfillment needs to be discarded so you can see this. This is not easy to grasp, but I write so being caught up in your delusional needs can be seen for what it is; a lie that you need something from the outside to fulfill you…

Clinging Restricts

Whatever it is that you cling to it becomes your restricting energy. If you don’t stop clinging so there’s some space created that’s needed for you to love, you will be the one who will suffer the most…

The so called choice to cling to things is the gateway to suffering, but there really isn’t a choice here because of the way the Conditioned Mind is in control. Your suffering is inevitable because of the conditioned clinging that’s in place. If this is to change you will have to create space so the clinging is replaced by first stillness and then love; there’s no way around this. Cling to whatever the flavor of the day, week, month, or year is, just understand there will always be something to cling to which will cause you to suffer. Today it’s our president, tomorrow it’s a co worker, the job, traffic, weather, relatives, and so on. This will never change until there is space for love. If you cling to one individual and bemoan them, then you don’t truly have the space for love in your heart. This is strong language, but it’s true.

Unconditional love can only be without one iota of clinging. This is a truth the Conditioned Mind doesn’t allow most to see. I can say I have love for all humanity, what I don’t love is humanity’s conditioning, but I do understand it and I choose not to cling to conditioned nonsense. To cling to things is to suffer regardless of who or what you are clinging to because it becomes your restricting energy. Until this is understood you become the very thing that you show disdain towards. This is a Universal Law; you cannot be separate from the energy that comes from you because it’s in you. Stop clinging and create space in your heart for love, if you don’t you are the one who will suffer the most by remaining with the restricting energy of what you are clinging to…

Blindly Controlled

Thoughts will arise, but they don’t have to control you. If there isn’t awareness of your thoughts they will blindly be attached to which will lead you to blindly be controlled by them…

If there isn’t awareness of your own thoughts, there won’t be anyway of knowing if how much control they have over you. Without this awareness you’ll be blindly taken on blind ride. Not that life does anything directly to anyone, but thoughts arise and they determine what kind of ride you will be on. Awareness of your arisen thoughts is essential if you’re to not be controlled by them. Thoughts are a natural part of life, they will arise, to me there’s no way of controlling the thoughts that arise, but I have found that awareness of them allows for a split second of space that can be used to determine whether or not the thought controls you or not; remember it’s the attachment to a certain thought that causes suffering, not the thought itself.

The Conditioned Mind is devious and unless there’s some awareness of how controlling your thoughts actually are, they will and this has to happen, control you as if you were a puppet on a string. So subtle is this that even if you are doing things that are labeled as loving, if these thoughts aren’t watched they will eventually control you; remember control is control regardless of what label is applied to the thought. This is why the Conditioned Mind is devious because of its subtleness in using whatever it can to remain in control. Thoughts will arise, but they don’t have to control you. If there isn’t awareness of this, your thoughts will blindly be attached to which will allow them to blindly be in control…

Formed Beliefs

When you can only see and attach to formed beliefs therein lies the root to all suffering. It’s in letting go of these beliefs that you will see there are many parts to the whole, this reveals the emptiness of all things…

When you stay attached to beliefs life becomes stagnant and although you will still experience life, it will be seen differently by everyone except those who don’t see life through a belief; this state is of emptiness which needs no belief. Everything is a part of the whole so nothing is truly what a belief makes it out to be. When you look at a tree and apply the belief the tree is it’s parts, the trunk, limbs, branches, and leaves, the true nature of the tree is lost. If you can see this with the tree, you can see it with everything, including yourself. Without a belief of you, where is the you? Most don’t even think about the parts that make up this you.

There is much freedom in seeing this because it allows for the emptiness of all things to be revealed, and when you see there’s nothing to believe in no matter what, you are free. Another example is you give a form that keeps track of time and call it a watch. There are so many parts to it, which part is truly the watch? Beliefs will keep you in ignorance because they will block out seeing the true nature of emptiness in all things. With beliefs you can only see and attach to form and therein lies the root to all suffering. It’s in letting go of your beliefs in all forms that you will see there are just parts which reveals the emptiness of all things…

The Pleasure Story

Until you can be with life as it is without needing it pleasurable a pleasure story disguised as truth will continue its control, and so will the suffering associated with constantly needing to reach for pleasure…

Just because you think it that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily associated with truth. It may be associated with what is thought to be truth, but upon further investigation it’s probably just a made up story providing you with a pleasurable way you think things should be. We use the story of helping others in this way, but it’s really in place to pat ourselves on the back because we make up the story that helping others is a good thing; we get pleasure out of anything labeled as a good thing. We use God in this way to strictly provide pleasure, nothing more; like there’s really something out there that cares about what you do. All these made up pleasure stories block you from seeing the truth of what is really going on. If a story is being used to make up what truth is it’s not truth, it’s only a story that’s providing you with pleasure.

You cannot know truth. It can’t be defined with words because it’s only seen in the silence when the mind is settled. When you judge someone regardless of what they do, you are applying your story of how you think they should be. This is the same with life situations, and these judgements are only there to provide you with the pleasure of the way you think things should be. Life is always as it is and until you can just be with it instead of always wanting it in a way that provides pleasure, truth will never be experienced. Thus your story of pleasure (your version of truth) will continue its control and so will the suffering of constantly needing to make up a pleasurable story…

Controlled By Form

When there’s a need to reach for something because of a mind agitation you become controlled by form, until this is understood you will remain controlled as you seek to quiet the mind agitation using whatever form desires…

You will never find the peace you’re seeking if you’re controlled by form which is the seeker of fulfilling desires. Peace is something that’s already within everyone, but because of the way our minds are conditioned you get controlled by form which makes you think peace is something outside of you. Unfortunately this control makes the very thing you are seeking impossible to grasp. This control by form is the reason one is constantly reaching for something from the outside, until this is understood you will remain controlled by a form that thinks peace is in the next thing reached for. Alcohol, gambling, drugs, sex, religion, social status, programs, therapy, self help books, politics, and on and on, this reaching is proof that you are controlled by form. I can’t stress this enough as this has to be let go of if you are to experience true peace in your life.

It’s impossible to think your way to stop this control. What does have to happen if there’s to be an understanding of this is why you’re controlled by form is because of the inability to just be. When the need to reach for something arises, the control by form begins. This being controlled by form is a vicious cycle that’s very difficult to break. Breaking free of form and being at peace isn’t something attained or achieved so it’s in doing less (letting go of form) that peace is experienced. Too many people are controlled trying to find peace through the attachment to form, but since peace is something that’s already within you the control is a vicious circle because it becomes about being controlled to find what’s already there. This is not easy to grasp, but it’s why I share so the control by form can be seen for what it is; the cause of why you keep reaching for the peace that’s already within you…