(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.)
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.
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.
- If you have a chatter in your brain, don’t allow it to continue – speak it out.
- If scenes, stories or images appear in your mind, let it silent down and if you want, you can calmly talk about it.
- 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.