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Clinging Mind

The only way to be free of a clinging mind is to not label things. The labeling process of our mind produces clinging, the letting go process through stillness produces freedom…

Let go and be free or hold on and suffer, those are the choices. Expect things a certain way and when they aren’t in that way, the next step is the reaction to the different results of what is expected. Peace or suffering; it’s one or the other. If we cling to the results that are different than expected, it will create suffering and we ourselves are creating it because we are the ones clinging to the expected results. Disappointment is only unpleasant because of clinging.

When we expect, we label and when label, we cling. We develop a clinging mind. The more we label the more we expect, which is attachment, and the more we will cling. Even if the expectations work out the way we want, we are still clinging, but we don’t notice it as a problem because it’s as wanted. Our clinging mind attaches to everything that is labeled, and it labels everything so we cling to everything, but we don’t notice it because we mostly focus on the things that don’t go our way.

The only way to be free of a clinging mind is to not label things. The labeling process of our mind produces clinging, the letting go process through stillness produces freedom. Non labeling is a choice that needs to be cultivated so the moment to moment expectations don’t cause suffering. Life is one continuous expectation, but because it’s only in the disappointing ones that we think we cling, we are unaware of this moment by moment labeling. When the mind quiets enough to understand this, the labeling process lessens and so does our expectations. The result will be a mind that is free of a clinging and without this clinging affect it is impossible to suffer. This is our choice, just understand the suffering is optional…

A Segmented Self

Life is one continuous occurrence, it’s broken up into segments because of the attachment to self. Without attachment life still occurs, it just wouldn’t be segmented by your self…

The real cause of any issues you have with what happens in life is not in what actually happens, but how we attach a self to make it a segmented event. As long as you exist in your current form every moment of every day is a life occurrence, what makes it become segmented is how it’s labeled and attached to by a self. The transformation from an occurrence to an segmented event happens instantly because of who is it that’s doing the labeling. If your attached self didn’t label life it would still occur, it just wouldn’t be segmented. It would be one occurrence without a self attaching to it and giving it the transforming energy it needs to go from being an occurrence to a segmented event.

Life occurs regardless of an attached self, what the attachment does is make a segmented event by isolating it and making it personal. Life is neutral until it’s attached to, it then becomes an event that is all about the self. Without a segmented self life just occurs. All I am saying is the attachment to self is at the root of all issues and if you want to be free of issues, you will have to be free of self.

You will have to investigate how this is done, it can’t be done for you. Just understand until you know your self and how it’s at the root of making occurrences events, there will never be the freedom of self and you will always have issues because life will always be broken up into segmented events. Life occurs even when an individual existence ends. It’s when you attach labels which are derived from self that you have issues with a life that occurs regardless if you exist or not. Life isn’t partial to individual existence, only the attachment to self is. Every isolated event only happens because of our attachment to self, without it life simply occurs, it’s just not segmented…

Awakened Moments

Everyone has their awakened moments, but is your mind going to be quiet enough to be aware of it, and if not what are you willing to do so you don’t miss the next one…

There are many awakened moments throughout your life, but they go unnoticed because most of the time there is to much noise going on in our head. One awakened moment in particular for me occurred one morning at 4:00am, my neighbors dog was barking away and it woke me up. My first noisy thought at the time was to go shut the dog up, but because I was sitting daily and developing discipline my squirrel cage mind was more settled than ever before, the next thought I had wasn’t as noisy. I said to myself that’s what dogs do, they bark” so I accepted the barking. The next thing I know is I woke up and it was 8:00 am. I can’t tell you if the dog stopped barking or not, but I do know my awakened moment happened when I woke up as I was aware of it. I realized for the first time ever that I had spent my entire life wanting things to be different and that this was the source of many if not all of the discontentment I ever had in my life. This awakened moment changed my view life forever.

My life changed because no longer could I blame anything outside myself for my discontentment. The veil of ignorance was removed. To me this was truly mind boggling. Years of confusion and frustration fell away as this awakened moment was experienced; this was my moment of truth. That is what an awakened moment is, truth and in truth is freedom. The more life is lived in truth the more freedom there is. Freedom from the ignorance that keeps a person locked in the prison of the Conditioned Mind. This is what an awakened moment does, it allows for acceptance of things as they really are instead of wanting them to be in the way of the make believe world of ignorance, instilled by the Conditioned Mind. So it isn’t a question if you are going to have an awakened moment or not, it’s a question of are you going to be aware of it…

Created Nonsense

Your mind creates your nonsense because it has been conditioned to think it’s needed for you to be at peace, but the created nonsense is the precise reason you are not at peace…

What nonsense are you going to create today and associate it with you. You are the creator of it and it can be any nonsense that you want; it’s all created by you. Just understand this one valuable truth, if you don’t create nonsense, you will not shrivel up and disappear, you will just be at peace. Lets say someone brings in cake to work. from there the nonsense you create about cake is nothing more than that, nonsense. Maybe you create nonsense that you love cake and especially chocolate cake. Well after all is said and done, if you don’t create nonsense about cake, it will still exist, it just wont have any control over you because there isn’t created nonsense attached to it.

Eat cake, don’t eat cake, the point of this example is to show how the created nonsense becomes the created attachment. Substitute anything you want with cake, it’s all the same. Created nonsense creates attachment, which in turn creates suffering. When you first wake up, it is then that the nonsense begins, but only because you don’t know how not to create it.

Nonsense is the essence of a Conditioned Mind, whether you believe this or not. Although this isn’t something to believe, it is something to become aware of so you can stop creating your nonsense. Here is the real irony, all of the created nonsense are lies that we tell ourselves so life is better suited to the way we think it should be. They are the delusions of life and we alone create them. We are always the main subject in our nonsense. In one way or another they are about us, but when the nonsense stops you will notice the doorway to your freedom and it has no lock on it. The only lock to your self created prison is your nonsense; it’s your own mind that tells you to create it. This nonsense created by your own mind creates your whole world and it is your nonsense that keeps you in bondage to this delusional world. If you think this isn’t so that’s just more nonsense because if you stop creating your nonsense you will not shrivel up and disappear; no all you will do without created nonsense is be at peace. The reason you are creating nonsense to begin with is to be at peace, but you already are at peace, you just don’t know it because of all the nonsense…

Life: Mysteriously Practical

Life is a mystery, but it is also very practical. Part of its mystery is no one truly knows its meaning. We do the best we can with the tools we have, but the reality of life will always be a mystery…

Each life is a sum of our experiences and the view of those experiences are based on the way we are influenced throughout our life and how those influences become the habitual Conditioned Mind Patterns that are at the core of our reactions. Cosmic forces don’t make us do what we do, it’s our conditioning that does this. Granted I understand the energy aspect of life and how it’s our energy directed that controls a lot of what happens, but the energy is mostly directed by the conditioning. Life is mysterious, but in a practical way. It has so much to do with how our life is lived; the more it’s given the energy of living in the past and future, the more it seems like a struggle.

No one can tell another what life is about, each persons experiences are unique. We can’t deny a person the right to their experiences by saying, they are wrong. Nothing will close the heart from the light of the spirit faster than thinking you have the right answers and nobody else does. What makes it a right answer is only because it’s something that works for you. I know my answers are right for me, but I am not so content that I won’t listen to you. We can share our experiences, but we shouldn’t be arrogant to deny a person the right to their experiences. It would behoove us all to listen more and talk less; it’s the reason we have two ears and one mouth. If you have to prove your way is the right way maybe it isn’t.

True freedom is allowing everything to be as it is and not trying to change it to the way you see it. When you allow things to be as they are and you understand each person is unique unto themselves, you will understand what it takes to be free. You can then use your experiences to assist in directing your energy so freedom can occur for others. Mysterious to say the least, but in a very practical way…

Presented Opportunities

Your center of being is in your heart and what’s in your heart is determined by how life’s presented opportunities are used to either fulfill self satisfying desires or being an instrument of goodness…

When an opportunity presents itself to help a person to possibly reduce some of the suffering that a Conditioned Mind produces, there is an obligation to be a benefit to that person, but it’s that person that has to take advantage in what’s presented if something is to awaken within them. If nothing happens nothing is lost, but what if something clicks and their view of life changes; their gain is the worlds gain.

Understand though you can not give away what you haven’t got, so get it and give it so this world becomes a better place. As long as people are kept in the dark, darkness rules, but with awareness you can be a light. There is no greater reward then to be an instrument for goodness, a light in a world that has the shades drawn. Those shades are what keeps people in their ignorance (darkness). To watch a person change right before your eyes is amazing. I talked to a Doctor the other day talked for twenty minutes, the important thing is she was inquisitive with what has transpired in my life and I could see it in her eyes, that what we talked about made her think. She may or may not pursue looking at what happens in life as presented opportunities, but regardless the seed was planted. Whether it’s cultivated to grow will be determined by what is within her. I did my part, and just maybe a little light was shed and the shade of ignorance was lifted just enough to allow a little light in. To be a seed planter of goodness is so rewarding, but you can only give it if it’s in your heart and you will only be in your heart when life becomes your teacher and you see the opportunities to let go of “I” as life presents them…

Method or Program Bondage

If you say you understand something and add however or but, you don’t really understand it, you are just appeasing the Conditioned Mind nonsense of “I” that’s in control…

If you are following another persons method or program to live your life you are in bondage. It doesn’t matter how it’s justified (we all learn differently, not really) truth is truth and the only way it will be revealed is in stillness. You cannot attach to anyone’s method or program and have truth revealed because attaching to a method or program is a block. There’s so much reinforced unconsciousness in the world, it’s one of the reasons why I don’t offer a method or way because then I would be like everyone else and be the cause of your bondage. I just point people to stillness because that’s what I have learned to do.

Stop following others and exalting them, look to yourself for your answers. Asking yourself constantly “Is it true” or any other question is bondage because “I” is doing the questioning. Wake up! “I” is your only block to freedom, nothing else. This is not different for everyone, this is the one common trait of all unconsciousness. Stop with all the unconscious nonsense and see “I” for what it is.

No one can provide you with a method or program for your freedom. Your “I” will lie to you and tell you there’s a need to attach to something, but right now you are as complete as you are ever going to be; you just don’t realize it, and no method or program will reveal it, only stillness will. Stop following all the so call spiritual methods and simply keep your head where your feet are in the only place that exist “NOW”. It’s really heartbreaking to see how “I” is reinforced constantly by people, causing so much separation and suffering by saying things like we learn differently. The only thing different is our conditioned attachments, but the core of them is the same “I”. This is the only thing that needs to be addressed unless you want to keep chasing your tail by following someone else’s method or program because your conditioning doesn’t know how to simply be still…