“Thinking isolates a situation or event and calls it good ro bad, as if it had a separate existence. Through excessive reliance on thinking, reality becomes fragmented. This fragmentation is an illusion, but seems very real while you are trapped in it.” Eckart Tolle
This was a good talk for me because it worked out so many wrinkles and snags in my own life. Why do we suffer? Why do we lose our center, our way, and fall into anxiety, uncertainty, confusion, doubt, fear, anger, resentment, denial…all these negatives. What is the Logic, what are the laws behind this? If you don’t understand the Laws of suffering, we can’t be free from suffering.
Our Thinking as the only way of knowing is the culprit. Our materialistic scientific has grown strong and prosperous on Thinking. Beginning with DesCarte, truth is a clear and distinct Idea. Our culture is obsessed with removing the negative from the positive so we just have positive, just comfort, just good time, just life…and no death, no terror. We say with conviction: The Negative Should Not BE…There must be ONE, and that ONE must be positive, comfortable, and permanently pleasurable. Isn’t that the way we think?
The problem is the Thinking as a means cannot get the the End that is change. Something else is needed to adapt to change. And LIFE is change. Something else, another way of knowing is necessary in order to move with life and adapt to, but not put up with, no, we need a way to Become Change, to be a co-creator in change, in life, to create our life, not give in to it, to wait the negative our, saying with consolation, This will pass…no…that is not the way out of the Karma Cart.
The Karma Cart is Ground Hog Day (the movie), a situation that repeats itself in a new form or new day so you don’t recognize the painful cycle of the same pattern. It’s a roller coaster cart in which you get and can’t get out of until the karmic ride of cycle is over. You may vow never to get in that cart again, but you do, because when it comes around again it looks like a “separate existence,” as Tolle describes the effects of thinking.
This talk is about the Pause the Refreshes. When caught in ambiguity where your choice bring no completion, and that which you don’t choose haunts you and actually creates the force that opposites your choice and kicks the can down the road (The Karma Cart), when caught on the Horns of the Dilemma, PAUSE….Wait, what’s the whole here? What’s the Truth here. What is the One without a second…You don’t know what the One is…but you don’t cry, you don’t fret, you don’t pull your hair out…no…you accept the situation as ambiguous where both sides are right. And in the Pause, if it is genuine, a creative IDEA will be born that actually creates the One reality that has no second. You KNOW what to do. Confusion is gone. You have regain your center. Life is good again.
Oh, just look at this posted Coke picture. The pair of opposites both of which are equal whole realities…but they are the same, not Coke or Pepsi. So Coke is the only choice and when you choose the One that is Two, you get the Goddess. The two cokes are like two breasts of the Goddess. Both are equal…the world is One, yet two.
Advertising is spiritual wisdom with a material hook. The Soul is aroused and a substitute material product is put in the mind’s hand. Here, suck on this.
Advertising is all about restoring the Lost One or Paradise. Incomplete in our Thinking World, advertising promises Unity through possession of a product, some form. But this is an illusion because Unity cannot be found in the fragmentation of form.. Which was the cereal scene in Hurt Locker. The Original cereal has been fragmented into a canyon full of the, each new cereal created to promise the unity when there there was only One cereal. The New Product promises to restore original unity when you didn’t desire Unity because you already had it.
Thinking proliferates itself into endless thoughts chasing the illusive Unicorn of Unity. How can the illusive Unicorn be caught? Only with a Virgin Mind, an empty mind, a not thinking mind. Only the empty mind can attract the Creative Unicorn, the single Idea that restore unity to the fragmented world of your thought obsessed. mind.
The Pali Buddhist word for the proliferation of thinking is Papancha. Why does thinking rise. What causes thinking anyway. The silence knowing mind is not a thinking mind. Thinking can rise like bubble, but that can be few and of consequence, just secretions of the brain. But when thinking becomes serious and the only way to know, then we get into trouble, and thinking proliferates in its futile attempt to solve the dilemma created by its own laws, by its own process. We try to bring clarity and unity to the snow glob of the mind by shaking it.
So why do we meditate? We meditate to still the snow of thinking in the mind. We meditate to pass through the Scylla and Charybdis of ambiguity and the lose/lose game of thinking where you lose no matter what you choose.
The end of thinking is the end of conflict with the world, the end of Me against the World as it appears to me in experience. Thinking does not actually end, it just comes from a different place: instead of the past and our conditioning, thinking comes from Being itself. The Cosmos or Being begins to think. The Thinker as something separate no longer exists.