We discovery metaphors by which we can awaken from the dream of life, from our movie of life, from our Story of Me. The tip is seeing the projection beam when there is smoke in it. Unless there is smoke or dust in the beam, we can’t see it. We can’t see the projection of the mind on the screen of appearances if there are no particles dancing in the beam like tiny angels. When you see the projection beam, you are out of the movie. You can’t see the projection beam and be lost in the movie at the same time. The Maya of the mind creates a movie hologram in which we live, but we know deep down that we are trapped, so we are always fighting with the movie, trying to get out, wake up, find another movie..anything.
We are interested in having Metaphors by which we can awaken. The metaphor by which one can awaken is like the totem in the movie Inception. When you are lost in a dream, you need to have a reminder that you can trust to snap you out of it. When you are daydreaming in your car, when you hit the gravel, you snap out of it. That’s what we’re talking about.
Unless we question the movie of the mind, we won’t wake up. What is the Truth here? That question is blowing smoke into the projection beam. AHAH! I see the projection! When you see the projection light, the movie is over. That breaks you out of your karma, out of your Ground Hog Day. BAM! just like that. There is no gradual waking up. You either see the beam or you don’t. There is no in-between in Seeing. You don’t partially see.
OK, we are trying to stay on track here, despite those who attempt to derail the track and send it off in a whirlpool of argument. The path we are following here is an inquiry into how we can wake up from our own projected move or story of Me. When you experience negativity and a feeling of being swept up into a false reality, into something where you feel lost or out of sorts, or lost in a fog, then this is your talk. First you have to notice that you are in a Ground Hog Day (a movie metaphor) where you sense you have been here before, that you are repeating yourself, that you are a rerun of emotional experience. It’s not what you think but what you feel that is important. Notice your feelings. The thought is the movie, the feelings tell you that you are lost in thought, if you can read them without the filter of though.
We need smoke to awaken. We need suffering to awaken. We need the smoke of ignorance to awaken. When we notice the smoke as smoke and not part of the movie, we can activate awakening. When we are in the theater and smell smoke, if we think it is part of the movie we will die. But there is something, some Knowing, that is never part of the movie, and that Knowing will wake us up. That Knowing is our true nature. But when the movie is so entertainment and powerful, Knowing falls asleep. And we think we know the truth that is given in the movie. So there is Knowing with a big K and knowing with a small K. The projection from the mind captures us and we think the little knowing is Knowing.