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Mind Activity

Beyond mind activity there’s nothing but space. Why this is difficult to see is because life isn’t about what you think it is, in fact life is everything you think it isn’t, but it’s not seen because of trying to figure it out with the mind…

Round and round the mind goes and where it stops nobody knows; this is a perfect example of the mind activity in place for most people. One thought after another, no space, no quietness, just the noise manifesting as activity. If you could just sit back in a space where the noise subsides, there’s a chance to truly see what Jesus and Buddha spoke of. If you think you have an idea of what life is about I’m sorry to disappoint you, but that’s just noise. There are no answers to what life is about, but the more mind based you make your existence, the more you’ll think you have it all figured out. I’m not saying I know what life is about, but I do know what it isn’t about and it has nothing to do with what is seen by the mind. The more you’re controlled by the mind the less life is experienced. Beyond the mind activity is the only place where life is truly experienced. You can travel all around the world and make up the story of all the beauty around you, but it’s only a story to provide pleasure and store it as a pleasurable memory. Beyond the mind no story is needed, no pleasure is needed, in fact nothing is needed because this is where life truly exist.

Think about it, your entire life is a story until one day you no longer exist in your current form. Every storied experience is taken with you as if they never occurred. They were thought to be needed so you could make sense of your life, but really they mean absolutely nothing because they are all only created from the mind activity of the senses. Buddha talked about of delusion, Jesus spoke of not being of this world, what do you think they were talking about? If you remain trapped to the mind activity you will remain trapped in your suffering. Even those who think they understand this don’t because it’s not something to understand. Beyond the mind activity there’s nothing but space and the possibility of truly seeing what life is about. Why there’s difficulty in seeing this is because life isn’t about anything that you think it is. In fact it’s about everything you think it isn’t and this is because of the trying to figure it out with the mind…

Fake Answers/Fake News

Because of the way a person becomes conditioned fake answers fit into certain spots, and because of this we are constantly making up fake news where we think it will make life better…

The issue with having to constantly arrange life as if there were certain answers that make it better is fake news because even if there’s some semblance of contentment with this fake news, almost immediately the mind makes up more. Life is continuous, it’s broken up into segments (fake news) by a mind that’s in a constant state of agitation. If this wasn’t true, one would see life as complete and wouldn’t constantly need to make up fake news. It isn’t because of anything right or wrong that makes you make fake news, it’s because the mind has been trained this way so it’s only doing what it’s trained to do and fake news fits just fine.

The Conditioned Mind sees fake news in just about everything.  Sweets, drugs, alcohol, gambling, success, porn, the shortest line in the supermarket, God, religion, programs, diets, degrees, to do list, and so on, all this fake news is strictly made up to put a fake answer in place; this makes you think life will be perfect with this. Let’s say everyday you make up fake news, if you were sixty that would mean you made up roughly 22,000 fake answers, 365 x 60, all for the sole purpose to constantly have life the way you want it (fake). After all nobody purposely gets in the longest line at the store, but even if you did nothing would really change except for maybe not having to constantly make up fake news to make life complete with fake answers…

A Limited View

Going through life without an understanding of how the mind works makes this existence much more difficult because it limits the view, and limiting the view limits the choices…

We discover the cause of all suffering when we are truly able to see our thinking for what it is and understand how it creates a view that isn’t real. It feels real because of our association to the view, but the views reality is relative to our thinking and the association to our identity. When this is discovered and we disassociate with this kind of thinking, we become more aligned with a view from the Creative Intelligence of the Universe which to me is love; a view of love is what gives us so many more choices in life.

When you stop believing in a view from the self created world of thought, you learn how to allow love to be your view. This is when you will be able to see your view for what it truly is, disassociate with it as who you are and see how it causes suffering and isn’t beneficial; this is when your suffering ceases to exist. This is not some belief, it‘s factual, and I know this because it’s my direct experience. A thought cannot cause anything unless it’s given the energy needed to do so and this is what determines the limits of your view and its benefit. The more the limited view is held onto, the more limited it becomes. In the awareness of this is your freedom. It’s your own ignorance of this that creates this view of suffering, and the suffering is caused by going through life without an understanding of how the mind works as it limits your view and with a limited view you have limited choices…

Space of Awareness

Everything arises from the space of silence, but not everything’s heard from the space of awareness. Freedom from the known can happen, but only when it’s learned how to truly listen from the space of awareness…

It matters little what noise arises, but how you listen does matter in the sense if it comes from the space of awareness. There’s all kinds of noise around most of the time, but what’s mostly heard is labeled from impulses and opinions. Freedom from the known can happen, but only when it’s learned how to truly listen, and you can only listen when you’re in the space of awareness; this is when you’ll truly hear. This space of awareness arises from silence, there’s nothing to think about in this space. A dog barking, a car beeping its horn, a helicopter, a waterfall, the ocean, all sounds can be heard and as with any sound they can annoy you or the can anchor you in the present moment. There’s so much noise that goes on in between your ears, but it has nothing to do with the sounds that are around you.

Everything arises from the space of silence, but not everything’s heard from the space of awareness. As I was sitting in my backyard the other day, listening and watching the birds, the neighbors son came out to play basketball in his yard, he also preceded to play his music very loud to where my serenity was disturbed. I immediately took a deep breath and realized that although I was enjoying the birds, I wasn’t in the space of awareness. If I was when the sound changed to what arose from the silence, in this case my neighbors music, there wouldn’t have been a disturbance. One deep breath showed me this as it allowed me to be in the space of awareness to the sounds that were there in the present moment instead of the mind agitation of the way my impulses and opinions wanted it…

Entangled Past

If you keep allowing the past thoughts to become entangled in the present, your life will be very unstable. This is because all the emotional pain of your entangled past will control the present…

The amount of times that you relive something that causes emotional pain is mind boggling because it’s your own entangled thoughts that do this and it probably happens thousands of times throughout your life. This is why most people suffer endlessly because what happened in the past becomes entangled in thought and is constantly brought into the present; although the body is always in the present moment, your entangled thoughts constantly in the past. This is the entangled state most people live their life from and if nothing is done to change this, it will continue until your existence ends. This isn’t a philosophy or theory nor is it something I made up, you need only look at this for yourself to see this truth, but If you don’t look at it you will most likely remain entangled in your thoughts with no way out.

As a species we are lost and entangled because looking at ourselves in an investigative way is not something that many people are willing to do. It’s so much easier to remain entangled and point the finger at someone else, but unfortunately when you point your finger at someone there are three pointing back at you; check this to see its truth. You can ignore this and hope the entangled thoughts will work everything out or you can take control of your life, at least to some extent and stop attaching to the entangled thoughts that cause your own suffering. After all the same entangled thoughts constantly arise so if they’re not attached to them eventually they’ll stop and so will the repeated entangled emotional suffering they cause…

Now Completeness

Cling to nothing and nothing will be needed. Imagine not needing to cling to anything to be happy, joyous, and free with the understanding your completeness is always Now…

Without the inner silence of Now you will not be mindful that you are creating stories. Even this writing is a story of how not to create stories, but being mindful of writing helps me to minimize the clinging to it and thus once it’s written it’s time to move on. If it’s the end of the story or not depends on how “I“ relates it to its identity. The more “I” needs it for an identity, the more “I” clings to it and the more a needed story is created. No clinging, no needed story, no needed story, no discontentment of what isn’t so all you are left with is what’s here Now, not the story of Now, but Nows actual reality.

Story after story. The story of how I feel, or the story of reading another book, or a life story, every life is an endless book of stories, that is until one becomes mindful that the story teller and the story are one in the same. Being here Now instead of a creating a story will be the most difficult thing you will ever do in life; just be in the silence of what’s here. Cling to nothing and nothing will be needed. Imagine that, not needing anything to be happy, joyous, and free with the understanding your completeness already is. It‘s right here within your grasp, but you will never truly be mindful of it until you realize it’s not a story that needs clinging to, it’s learning to simply be here Now…

Changing Your Conditioning

If anything is ever going to change in your life, the conditioning in place will have to change. This will only happen when there’s awareness the conditioning isn’t providing the most beneficial results…

When something is conditioned it will do certain things because it has to, whether it wants to or not; it has to do what it has been conditioned to do. Our mind becomes conditioned in this way and unless this is changed or at least noticed to some degree, it will remain conditioned. It’s imperative to understand this so first the conditioning in place can be identified and second so the conditioning that may not be serving you in the most beneficial way can be changed. The conditioning that ran my life for many years was a self serving one and after a long period of time (forty nine years to be exact), I realized the conditioning was not really benefitting me or anyone else for that matter. This realization was the beginning stages for the possibility of the conditioning to change. This will take some effort because of how ingrained the conditioning is, but the effort is more so about awareness than an actual exertion to get rid of it.

Once you become aware there may be other conditioning to live by, the process of changing it begins. This is difficult because part of the original conditioning is to hold onto the familiar even if it’s not providing much benefit. This is how the dog chasing its tail syndrome remains in place; to the point of its own destruction. The Conditioned Mind has many tools and influences it uses, some inner some outer, it’s just part of the conditioning. This is why when a person acts in a particular way they are accountable, but aren’t really responsible for what they do. If anything is ever going to change in your life, the conditioning in place will have to change which will only happen when there’s awareness the conditioning isn’t providing you with the most beneficial results…