January 22, 2015 8:11 AM
[Note: I’m using the term archetype here, but differently from when I used it previously (you can see my understanding of the archetypes evolving in real-time over the course of that day). The archetypes below are more coarse—like the Buddhist realms—while the (I should have capitalized) Archetypes I focused on earlier are much more subtle: the Light Archetype (Unity/Divine) and the Dark Archetype (Separation/Self).]
…[it’s] not an escape from the world—it’s an escape from the mind.
That’s really the crux of the problem isn’t it? The mind keeps overlaying Reality with its opinions and schemes and fears—a whirlwind of self-centered thoughts resulting in the grand Illusion of I separate from It.
But I’m starting to realize something: I use to blame the me-contraction solely on the mind—and that was a mistake. I’ll forgive myself though, as practically all nondual teachings are mind-centric.
The mind is just a tool for something far more subtle—powers within working behind the scenes.
There are archetypes involved here—core patterns and traits deeply embedded in Man. I think the Buddha called these realms: the realms of Animals, Hell, Hungry Ghosts, Gods, Jealous Gods, and Humans (instinct, anger, desire, power, jealousy, discernment).
These archetypes constantly pull the mind’s attention—its focus—away from Reality and into something the mind has constructed to hold all these patterns: A mental container called me.
So the mind is often used by the archetypes, used as a tool to bring the archetypes to life.
I think I’ve subdued most of my negative archetypes: I’m not particularly angry (Hell), nor controlled by unquenchable desire (Hungry Ghosts), nor jealous of other people’s success (Jealous Gods), nor am I power crazy (the Gods realm).
Granted, their influences contract me from time-to-time, but they no longer consistently affect me. These archetypes have weakened to the point of being inconsequential.
Not so for my Animal archetype (survival, self-concern, self-interest). Though it is weaker than anyone else’s I know, it still pulls me apart from Her more than I’d like.
I used to call this conditioning (and maybe that’s still a valid term), but now I’m thinking the me-contraction is more the result of a lack of awareness of the archetypical influences—a lack of consistent focus on these baser, coarser archetypes.
Maybe, by shining a light on this, I’ll learn to see and recognize when my mind is being influenced by the archetypes.
I want to #Remember this:
The problem isn’t the mind, the problem is when my mind is being used by the archetypes without my consent.
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