June 1, 2015 11:25 AM
I woke, rolled out of bed, made some coffee, bathed, took care of the scheduled monthly tasks, then hopped into the driver’s seat and drove off to parts unknown. With a direction in mind, but no destination, I drifted westward until I saw a forest road that felt right, turned down it and bumped along while taking turns based solely on intuition rather than maps or mind. I stumbled upon a nice shady camp, parked, and took a walk.
Just as I finished typing the above, the mysterious pickup truck drove by, indicating I should now have the camp to myself for as long as I like (probably only a day or two).
Yesterday’s post generated a lot of comments and email on what I considered a minor part of the post (the thought which woke me) rather than what I had intended as the point (the way the various qualities could have addressed the thought).
This is perfectly understandable: Thoughts often feel like they should be taken seriously. My attitude toward them though is that for the most part, they shouldn’t be.
A trick to not taking thoughts too seriously is to get into the habit of seeing thoughts as made up of two components: The thought container and the thought content.
In the Batgap video, you’ll see me constantly using my hand to simulate the various levels of contraction that I-whatever-that-is goes through. One of the negatives to thoughts is that they can easily contract us from the various “lighter” densities of Self down into the deeply contracted mortal quality (me-me-me).
This felt sense of Self can be very useful to help us avoid taking our thoughts too seriously. If you visualize the felt contraction as a thought container (maybe visualize a large bowl) and the words/logic/noise of the thought as its contents (maybe visualize a noisy whirlwind), you can basically detach yourself from the noise/content of the thought.
Using yesterday’s example: A thought awoke me from a sound sleep, “Why don’t people share my work?” That thought initially seemed very personal (me-me-me) and I felt this contraction out of a sense of lightness and love into this solid me-me-me thing. Ie: recall from the video the image of me taking my open hand (the sense of lightness and love) and closing it down into a fist (the me-me-me mortal quality).
But once we notice this felt contraction, we can—I won’t say “easily”—shift our attention towards splitting the thought into two components: The felt contraction (the container of the thought) and the noise (the content of the thought).
So it goes something like this:
“Why don’t people share my work?” -> feeling the me-me-me contraction (bowl/container) -> “buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz” (whirlwind/content) -> noticing the contraction relaxing -> consciously relaxing and expanding back into the softer, lighter qualities.
When you practice this, you’ll quickly start to dis-identify with the noise of the thought (the contents) while getting in touch with the contraction (container). With enough practice, thoughts will no longer seem personal.
And that’s really the point of this exercise, because when thoughts stop feeling so personal, they’ll stop feeling so important.
And when thoughts stop feeling personal and important…
…you (whatever-that-is) stop suffering.
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