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#85 The Fundamental Secret – by Colin Drake

Posted: May 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | No Comments »

The movie ‘The Secret’ proposes that one can get one wants by applying ‘the law of attraction’. ‘Ask, believe and receive’ is the motto of those that wish to create abundance by applying the power of their mind and positive thinking. However there is a much more fundamental secret by which one can realize that one is, at the deepest level, totally abundant and lacking nothing … even if it appears this is not the case at the surface level of body/mind. When this realization kicks in one finds that ‘each moment is enough, or perfect, in itself’ and this leaves one truly ‘wanting nothing’, in both senses of the phrase! Then ‘asking, believing and receiving’ is truly too much effort, and even the thought of ‘positive thinking’ seems positively exhausting!

This ‘deeper level’ is always present, for it is within this that the body/mind appear, and can be readily discovered by direct investigation into one’s moment to moment experience:

1. Consider the following statement: ‘Life, for each of us, is just a series of moment-to-moment experiences’. These experiences start when we are born and continue until we die, rushing headlong after each other, so that they seem to merge into a whole that we call ‘my life’. However, if we stop to look we can readily see that, for each of us, every moment is just an experience.

2. Any moment of experience has only three elements: thoughts (including all mental images), sensations (everything sensed by the body and its sense organs) and awareness of these thoughts and sensations. Emotions and feelings are a combination of thought and sensation.

3. Thoughts and sensations are ephemeral, that is they come and go, and are objects, i.e. ‘things’ that are perceived.

4. Awareness is the constant subject, the ‘perceiver’ of thoughts and sensations and that which is always present. Even during sleep there is awareness of dreams and of the quality of that sleep; and there is also awareness of sensations; if a sensation becomes strong enough, such as a sound or uncomfortable sensation, one will wake up.

5. All thoughts and sensations appear in awareness, exist in awareness, and subside back into awareness. Before any particular thought or sensation there is effortless awareness of ‘what is’: the sum of all thoughts and sensations occurring at any given instant. During the thought or sensation in question there is effortless awareness of it within ‘what is’. Then when it has gone there is still effortless awareness of ‘what is’.

6. So the body/mind is experienced as a flow of ephemeral objects appearing in this awareness, the ever present subject. For each of us any external object or thing is experienced as a combination of thought and sensation, i.e. you may see it, touch it, know what it is called, and so on. The point is that for us to be aware of anything, real or imaginary, requires thought about and/or sensation of that thing and it is awareness of these thoughts and sensations that constitutes our experience.

7. Therefore this awareness is the constant substratum in which all things appear to arise, exist and subside. In addition, all living things rely on awareness of their environment to exist and their behaviour is directly affected by this. At the level of living cells and above this is self-evident, but it has been shown that even electrons change their behaviour when (aware of) being observed! Thus this awareness exists at a deeper level than body/mind (and matter/energy[1]) and we are this awareness!

8. This does not mean that at a surface level we are not the mind and body, for they arise in, are perceived by and subside back into awareness, which is the deepest and most fundamental level of our being. However, if we choose to identify with this deepest level – awareness – (the perceiver) rather than the surface level, mind/body (the perceived), then thoughts and sensations are seen for what they truly are, just ephemeral objects which come and go, leaving awareness itself totally unaffected.[2]

This awareness is always present, for without it we would not be aware of our own thoughts and sensations. Once we see this, and can identify with this deeper level of awareness, then it can be readily realised that ‘each moment is enough, or perfect, in itself’, for awareness just witnesses ‘what is’ at any given moment without wishing to achieve or change anything. Then this ‘each moment is enough’ becomes a powerful tool to overcome boredom, insomnia, mental restlessness, mind created suffering etc… For awareness itself is never afflicted by these problems, and identification with this gives perfect peace for awareness is always still and silent, which is perfect peace.

I have found that ‘each moment is enough’, and identification with this deeper level, is a marvellous way to overcome boredom whilst on long flights, as the time seems to pass miraculously and boredom completely vanishes for awareness itself is never bored. In fact boredom is a property of the mind caused by it judging every moment and seeking to change ‘what is’ to suit its own preferences, whereas awareness itself is always content and at peace.

This ‘each moment is enough’ is also a great way to overcome insomnia, for once the mind identifies with awareness it stops worrying about sleeplessness. When this occurs sleep automatically takes over if the mind is tired, and if not the peace provided by identifying with awareness provides refreshment and relaxation.

So for me ‘each moment is enough’, which implies identification with the pure awareness that one already is at the deepest level, is the fundamental secret. This leaves one ‘wanting no thing’ and ‘being nothing’ for awareness is not a thing, but is the constant conscious field of subjectivity which sees, or witnesses, everything appearing in it.

In fact ‘each moment is enough’ can be a ‘magic bullet’ to remove all mental anxiety and agitation. If these do occur then they too can be a wake up call to the fact that we have stopped identifying at the deeper level and are back at the surface level of body/mind.


#84 The Way of the “Non-Chatter Brain”

Posted: May 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | No Comments »

(Update 29th June, 2010: I eventually realized that this is just a technical post based on a surface world. Technical as in it provides a technique, but remains just that – to learn more, you need to follow my more recent posts. Having a technique is cool, but having trust, that will help one even more.)

Dear readers,

I apologize for not having been writing to you much.

It didn’t motivate me to write something which its conclusion I still haven’t satisfactorily come about, so I have been holding off from writing a post.

However, that’s about to change.

For I may have something beneficial to share with you today.

I have, in the past few weeks, been involved in a sales development role.

This job has provided me an opportunity to talk to many, many people a day, thus allowing me to view the world and the characteristics of its people more clearly.

And I realized – sometimes, spirituality can be too spiritual.

Non-duality can be too non-dual.

The key to grasping what’s right can only be done by one being grounded in his or her maturity.

As I have come to observed, I may have involved myself too much in the spiritual sense, without knowing that what I’ve invested my time into was purely on one little side of what the world offers.

Why do some people seem so out of line to you in terms of their sense of reality?

How can some believe so strongly an ideology is true that their lives seem to revolve entirely around it, while others can discard the same ideology without so much as giving it a closer glance?

It’s not that one is right, or another’s wrong.

From my observations, it’s because many people, too many people, didn’t realize that they have listened or watched too attentively to the chatter or images they’ve construed in their minds.

Simply said – because people paid too much attention to the illusion that they hold in their minds – that often times reflect no direct consequences on the world they are living in right now.

Or if it does reflect anything when one base his or her life entirely in the mind, often it reflects in less admirable behaviors that gets expressed externally in reality (rarely with any positive results in return as one can usually observe).

In the past few weeks, I have come to terms on this:

That the internal mind and the external world are two different worlds, unless action has taken place.

Don’t take me wrong, I don’t mean to talk down on any teachings that have been taught on how the mind affects reality.

I’m just attempting to, for once, be mature enough to see through the fog and into the facts.

Goals and dreams aren’t bad things.

It’s only when one devotes his or her thinking to those thoughts that negative consequences surface.

Thoughts aren’t bad things either.

It’s only when one actively involve in the creation of it that confusion, fear, and many other negative emotions happen.

Eventually, I realized that the most respectable, most successful, most admired legends of the world who have accomplished great things do indeed function differently from the rest of the world.

The way they live is truly different, so ‘strange’ (genius) that it makes sense that most people never accepted that there is such a way to live their lives.

I realized that these outstanding personalities do live, think, and have dreams like all of us.

But the difference is:

They never actively push themselves to ‘mentalizing’ thoughts.

In other words, they don’t create unecessary chatters, don’t create dreamy scenes in their minds, and so on.

Instead, what they do is very simple:

They have an immense ability to focus.

If I hadn’t known any better, I would have thought that the word ‘focus’ means pushing myself hard in a direction while disregarding all distractions along the way when the word is expressed by someone.

But today, the word ‘focus’ carries or indicates something much, much more, simple, for me.

And it’s just this:

That nothing else exists within your attention, other than deep observance and engagement.

I can go on writing and explaining about this, but I believe that I should trust in my readers’ maturity as well.

Some things aren’t meant to be described in detail, as reading it and experiencing it means entirely different things.

Maturity.

It is truly important, if anything written here is to be correctly or clearly apprehended.

So how can you put this ideology into practice?

How could you perhaps have a taste at seeing through the eyes of true excellence?

How can you adopt this focus?

I don’t have a custom advice for everyone, but here’s something that I hope you can benefit from:

In the next few days, try committing yourself to doing this.

  1. If you have a chatter in your brain, don’t allow it to continue – speak it out.
  2. If scenes, stories or images appear in your mind, let it silent down and if you want, you can calmly talk about it.
  3. The key is, no matter what, don’t allow the mind to get wild silently & internally inside of you.

Hear those words coming out of your mouth, and realize that the sound you hear is what’s real in the external world.

While all of us can imagine different things in our minds, what we sense on the outside is what’s feasible.

Then, once you have finished the talking, and have rested your lips, allow the focus to stay.

And if or when the thoughts distract you from your focus, speak it again.

Discuss it until you’re satisfied that the case is close, your mind is left with nothing, and you can be at peace with the presence of now.

Until you can observe everything with true focus.

Whatever it may be, allow yourself to learn from yourself.

Allow yourself to accept yourself.

Because let’s face the fact – our minds can ignore what’s before us, who we see in the mirror, or how the actual world appears.

But it would falter in attempt of exchanging a fantasy of the mind with reality.

I’m not asking you to accept reality, or to embrace it as the only thing that counts.

That never crossed my mind.

What I attempt to share with you, is the focus.

In which I hope, when you have grasped it, can improve your life so much for the better.

Thanks for reading.

Dear readers,

I apologize for not having been writing to you much.

In the past few weeks, or months, I have yet again learned so much more.

And it didn’t motivate me to write something which conclusion I still haven’t satisfactorily come about.