To put stock in life circumstances
and emotions is to identify
with this body.
Why carry the burden of your
life on your shoulders for
Why be a slave to the
false self --
an addict of a false identity?
Learn to forget about yourself,
about your identity,
about your problems.
Rather than trying to drop
other addictions, lose this
one, the big one, the mother
of all other addictions.
Lose your "self"
and you will find
Have you ever investigated into your deepest nature by sitting with the question, "Who am I?"
If you've spent any time in genuine self-inquiry, you know that once all the superficial, surface answers like your name, your race, ethnicity, gender, job, personality traits and the like come up and you've dismissed them, you can't answer the question of who you really are.
Who you're not, on the other hand, you can talk about all day.
If you're getting concrete answers when you ask the question "Who am I?" then what you're actually answering is who you're not.
Only when you're left speechless, with a faintly familiar sense of something you couldn't even begin to articulate -- are you starting to touch on who you are. It's so subtle, so immaterial, so empty -- that if you haven't spent much time in that space, you might just overlook it when you first set out in "search" of it.
But the more you give yourself time to connect in with that depth of being underlying the persona you've always taken to be you, the more you start to recognize this wordless, nameless presence as your inherent nature.
Learn to recognize the false "self"
from the True Self.
False self comes
Self is what remains -
the substance from which
all comes and to which
This Self is eternal.
Poems: from Notes to Self: Meditations on Being
There are times and situations in which thinking is necessary, useful and helpful.
And then there is the rest of the time. That's the vast majority of the the time, when thinking is not only unnecessary but also often off-target and counter-intuitive.
Our misguided, worrisome thoughts often get us into muddles, troublesome situations and even stress-related illnesses.
Yet we're so used to operating from mind that we can't imagine going through life without leaning almost completely on it.
If we didn't think so much, would everything come apart at the seems? That's what we fear, but have we really tried living outside of our thought world? Have we even considered that there is another option? One that allows us to move with the ebb and flow of life, rather than with our narrow plans and limited ideas?
Thinking may not be hard, physical labor. But mental activity is still activity. And it does require effort. And yet, if we don't instantly turn to mind as we go about our lives, things still get done. Deadlines are met, decisions are made and what is needed arrives.
Most people are so addicted to thinking and overthinking that they can't even imagine giving the alternative a go.
Then there are those who try to break free of mind-centered living, but can't seem to make the plunge. Why? What is it that's so difficult about not thinking? Thinking requires effort. On the other hand, when we're not thinking, we're just being. Ease replaces effort.
Ah, but there is a catch. In order to make the leap from thinking to being, there is one prerequisite. This is where most people drop off.
The prerequisite is that we have to be willing to let go of our thought-created self, otherwise known as the "false" self. This self is actually thought into being by us, and it is this self that holds onto thoughts like it's a life and death issue. For this false self, it is life and death. If we stop thinking it into existence, it is no more. Which means it can no longer maintain the illusion of being a separate individual, with control over its life.
But when authentic being and living call more loudly than ego-based living, a more natural kind of life is available. It's a life based on trust and surrender to whatever is happening in the moment, recognizing that life is already brilliantly taking care of itself without us needed to help it manage things.
It's a life based on looking past thoughts and connecting with that essence within that is living our life and all life. It is life, free from the prison of mind and all the baggage that goes with the mind world.
Fuel Added to the Fire
Keeping the small self "alive"
with thoughts of past and future
requires worthless effort.
Some thoughts are useful
and needed for going about our
day-to-day tasks -
but the vast majority of
our thoughts are like
fuel added to the fire
of small self.
When the thoughts that fuel
the machine of self are dropped,
what remains is effortlessness -
is just being.
No doer to be doing.
Just a leaf to be danced
in the breeze.
This direction or that direction,
makes no difference.
Just a gal experimenting with what it means to live outside of mind.
Read more about Notes to Self, the "manual" on living beyond mind.