Eckhart Tolle’s quote for the day: “Accepting. means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the is-ness of the Now. You can’t argue with WHAT IS. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.”
What is the labyrinth and what is this thread? (read the myth). The labyrinth is our mind/world and the thread is the IS-ness of Now. The division between the. Modern and the Post Modern world (we are in transition here) is that the great discovery of the Post Modern world (the worldview born with Descartes) is that you and I create the worldview we live in. The map maker and the map are One. J. Krishnamurti would always say: The observer and the observed are One.
That is the labyrinth. In the Modern world the scientist (the map maker) was separate and outside the map. He just objectively defined the world by making better maps (theories). With Quantum and the influx of Eastern non-dual understanding, a great shift is occurring, as great as the shift between the Middle Ages and the Enlightenment.
This is both a personal shift and a collective shift, and it feels like an earthquake with no cause you can remove.
The labyrinth is a metaphor for this mind/world map (mind and world are One, yet they are different). Ariadne’s Thread is a metaphor for that which we can follow to get out of this fix. “This is a fine mess you’ve gotten me into,” says Hardy to Laurel. Hardy always blames his partner for the upsets and disasters that beset this hapless pair. Hardy doesn’t see (while we do) that he and Laurel are One. Each creates the other, but each blames the other for the fix they get snared in, even though their intentions are always good. They don’t see (while we do) that the Map Maker and the Map are One.
But getting back to “Meditations on Eckhart Tolle” quote. If you follow the “is-ness” of Now or this present moment (the world) you can get out of the Labyrinth and the Pain caused by the Minotaur that lives there. As long as you are in this world Idea that split you from it, you are being eaten by the Minotaur (we call that Minotaur bite Stress or any negativity).
The IS-Ness of Now is the Dharma Trail, or. Ariadne’s Thread that Theseus followed to escape the labyrinth. Yes…the IS-ness. is the whole of Now that includes both you and. what you are arguing with. IS-ness can’t be divided. Now can’t be divided. When Just This rises, the argument stops because the division stops. No effort is needed but to see the IS-ness of Now….IS-nss IS seeing.
Yesterday I went to the hospital (a labyrinth) for a colonoscopy. I came out. The Minotaur did not bite me. I had Ariadne’s Thread. You see, the mind/world is always a labyrinth, a place of contradictory choices—which way should I go?..I’m lost..Oh, No!—and if we keep Ariadne’s Thread in our pocket, we can always get out unscathed, which means we keep our mind from being split into Mind versus World. Only a whole mind is a happy mind.
When the Map maker splits from the Map and then blames the map he is drawing on which he is lost….”Well, you can do that, but if you do, you suffer.”
When Theseus went into the Labryrinth to kill the Minotaur that Athens (his home) was obliged to send its youth for ritual sacrifice, he was given a ball of a golden thread by Ariadne, the kings daughter. “Unravel it when you go in so you can follow it out,” she said. So if you want to get out of the labyrinth of the mind/world we are creating, follow Ariadne’s Thread. We all have this Thread, but in our modern world we have lost it. So each of us must find it for ourselves.
If you notice the Labyrinth is a mandala. We get lost in it because every turn has two choices, both equal but contradictory. In the labyrinth the world is not One Choice but always the conflict to two choices. We never go straight but always in circles, recycling ourselves in time, or Ground Hog Day. A treadmill going nowhere.