“Meditations on Eckhart Tolle” quote for the morning: “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is.”
So M. Kelly interviewed Alex Jones: Objective truth versus Subjective Truth. Alex makes himself famous because he present truth as a feeling, not verifiable facts. Alex axiom is “I HURT and this (object) is to blame.” If you resonance with Alex rage at the world that has hurt him/you, then his Truth sets you free from your hurt—well it doesn’t set you free but it justifies it. Truth as Feeling justifies your pain and gives you a Hurt Tribe to belong to. Meaning is then in belonging to a tribe of Hurt the justifies your victimhood, and makes. you feel strong and powerful through your anger and outrage. Alex Jones is a Primal Scream, and truth is what justifies the scream. Truth justifies pain by making pain/hurt the means to feel powerful. The Hurt is that I feel weak, vulnerable, at risk, out of control, the victim…the antidote is rage.
Now, I didn’t bring up Jones and Kelly to talk about Jones and Kelly but to use them a metaphors to open the hood on this smoking engine of Truth as Feeling. There is a radical shift in Truth in our world, since we now live in an interactive Collective Movie. The unintended consequences of this New World is that we are bunching into Hurt Tribes that unites around a HURT. A HURT LOCKEC BOX where you live in a closed system that is actually a movie of the world in which you get to throw rocks at the movie screen that is created by your own thinking.
The fundamental assumption behind Truth as Feeling is that we believe in our materialistic consumer world that you and I are passive recipients of an active aggressive world hell bent to hurt us. We feel as the victim of the world that is personified by bad people and bad situations. Two choices are offered by this assumption: (1) roll up and die (2) fight back with anger and rage. Roll up and die is a life of quiet desperation. Fight back as a man. Anger gives you the feeling of power, the feeling that you are doing something. I will not take this anymore!
Take what? The feeling that you are “taking down. your throat” (a common phrasing today), comes from the assumption that the world can hurt you, that you are passive and reality is active. This is a conditioned assumption that is not investigated. So lets look at this assumption, if you dare. Eckhart Tolle’s teaching is all about looking under the hood to see what’s smoking.
In times past you went to a movie theater that looked like a palace. Velvet was everywhere. Luxurious ornaments. A guide with a flashlight escorted you to your seats. The movie screen was part of a stage where someone might come out and welcome you to the show. I remember theaters like that. Some looked like a NYC opera, with boxes for the elite ringing the show. It was a magical place.
Now we have multi-complexes where the One theater is broken down into multiple theaters, little boxes that are like space capsules where you put your body while go on this interior voyage to distant places. But the point I want to make is that the multiple boxes are movies for your personal taste, just as you have choices of candy before. you come in. Our world has become movies for personal taste. While we once went to the movie, now the movie has come to us, spilling out of its theater and projected onto the world as a screen, but each of us has our own personal projector, or World Camera. What a smart camera this is; it is so smart it has made itself unconscious. You are very smart when you convince the world that you don’t exist. But the world is not making this Theater of the Mind….you and I are making it. We conceive it, produce it, project it, and then live in it.
To stop living in the movie I HURT, one has to shift attention from the screen to the light that is projecting on the screen of the world; that light is your own mind. One has to become interested in how the projection works instead of what the projector is projecting. When smoking was allowed in movies it was easy to see the light of projection above you as the smoke played in the light. Smoke revealed the light.
In the same way spiritual metaphors reveal the light of the mind projecting onto reality as the movie I HURT. Forest Gump played with the truth that as I identify with Forest Gump, I find myself in history as a movie. If I’m asleep, I don’t know that history is a movie, a play; if I’m awake, I’m still in history, but I’m awake in the dream. I can influence the dream or the movie as I’m dreaming it. I become the creator in the created, in the same way the child is the creator of his play and then lives in it.