I like playing with this metaphor like the cat. Life is a shell game, isn’t it. Where is the truth? Where is the real? Is it the mind or the heart that is out best instrument for finding the ball in the cup. If we think we know which cup has the ball, there is always a question or a doubt behind that knowing. Thinking is realty abstracted into language and operates under the rule of logic.
But the cat is not thinking about the cups. The cat just sit there and suddenly it’s paw knows. It’s body knows. I”m reminded of my 100 year-old mother who was still driving, and she lost her car keys in the house. After a few days of looking for it, she was very stressed out, and, knowing that her nervous system couldn’t stand the strain, just gave it up to God, she told me.
Upon letting go of trying to find the ball in the cup, she found her body walking to the bedroom closet and her hand reached in her sweater pocket where the “ball” was hidden, as it was waiting for her to give up trying to find it.
She tried to find the keys, but couldn’t, but her heart (body) knew where they were, not by some psychic communication, there was no communication telling her where to look. She didn’t know why she was going to the closet, but like a mahout on an elephant’s head, she threw away her stick and let the elephant lead the way.
So the question raised here is if there is a wider, deeper, more accurate knowledge that is Knowing as Action, or action as knowing, that lies beneath or prior to our conditioned thinking knowledge of our mental institutions. Is this our Original Wisdom that we have painted over with our scientific materialism and its priests in lab coats?
To get to the original mind (cat mind) we have to deconstruct our investment in the conditioned/culture mind that we have been trained from birth to believe is the only mind. Buddhism is a map to this original mind, or Buddha Nature.
The “cat mind” (shown here) just chooses. The body/mind is one so in action, there is no equivocation. There is no deliberation, no calculation. Knowing and action are one. In yoga this is called Satchitananda: Being/Knowing..is bliss. Being and knowing are one act. Body and mind are one act, not a mind separated from the world/body and deciding which is the better choice. Choice divided the world (being) into this or that. When knowing/being are one there is no choice, just creative action. You just Do It.
However, it takes years of practice to arrive at the perfection of your art.
A mind that has a trace of fear cannot see the whole in one grasp. That fear splits the mind into an oscillation of choice: should I choose this or that. I’m not sure. I might be wrong. I might be faulted. I need more time to think about this.
The fearless mind just chooses like the cat.