Post by stardustpilgrim on Aug 24, 2016 18:28:10 GMT -5
The human mind is made up of thousands of layers of deception. Thoughts, ideas, concepts, feelings, desires and beliefs are being controlled by that ego-mind. That ego-mind wants to continue. That ego-mind does not want Manonasa (Self-Realization). That ego-mind has millions of tricks that it can use to make sure that Manonasa never happens. That ego-mind has as many tricks and deceptions to draw upon as there are possible different combinations of thoughts, ideas, beliefs, concepts, feelings, desires.
It is possible for the ego-mind to realize the need for its own end. However it is very rare for that to happen, because all those tricks are trying to prevent seeing the need for its own end. It is very rare for the desire of the ego-mind to end to be greater than the ego-mind's desire to continue. However, it can and does sometimes happen. pages 66,67
Manonasa, A Spiritual Biography by Michael Langford, 2016 (Of The Most Direct Means...book)
Energy flows where attention goes.
Living a long life without awareness is almost a crime. Dogen
In a real sense, self-inquiry is a spiritually induced form of wintertime. It's not about looking for a right answer so much as stripping away and letting you see what is not necessary, what you can do without, what you are without your leaves. In human beings, we do not call these leaves. We call them ideas, concepts, attachments, and conditioning. All of this forms your identity. Wouldn't it be terrible if the trees outside identified themselves by their leaves? These are very flimsy things to be attached to.
Inquiry is a way of inducing a spiritual winter in its most positive sense, stripping everything to its root, to its core. When we have allowed ourselves to be stripped and really enter into the interior winter, into all the leaves or thoughts falling out of the mind, then we may find ourselves falling backward into, as we say in Zen, who we were before our parents were born. This is a falling into the most essential root of being.
I think there is nothing we, as human beings, resist more than a spiritual winter. If humans did not resist the stripping away of their own identities and allowed themselves to experience wintertime, we would all be enlightened. If we just let wintertime dawn in us, there is a natural stripping away, more like a falling away. When you are very still and quiet, falling away happens naturally. If you are not trying to control anything, you feel certain thought patterns and energetic qualities falling away like leaves or snow falling; it's a delicate falling. This is what spiritual inquiry is for.
Asking "Who am I?" is being present in the space of not-knowing and questioning all your beliefs and assumptions. The realization of eternal truth comes at the expense of all of your illusions.
- Adyashanti, Emptiness Dancing
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birdwings. ~Rumi
An exercise that I sometimes try to carry out for myself is to put away all the pictures and images that arise from the fact that I have a solid body. It is a very difficult thing to do, but if you try it, you begin to experience a most strange sense of freedom and transformation; you set free all sorts of fixed ideas about things that come from the fact that we have solid bodies, and that we see everything in terms of solid bodies. But at the same time you are deprived of the power to do anything whatever. JG Bennett
Sometimes a thing is disguised by appearing to be exactly what it is. - B.
Post by satchitananda on Sept 24, 2016 22:39:37 GMT -5
"If you believe there is a thing called mind, it is just a thought. If you believe there is no thing called mind, it’s just another thought. Your natural state, free of any kind of thought about it—that is buddha-nature."