Thursday, August 23, 2007

When Having No Relationship Is The Greatest One Of All.

This post is a direct response to yesterday's post, When 'Meeting Life Becomes 'Hiding' Behind Life. Through yesterday's post and responses it suddenly occurred to me how the mind may be completely independent, alone, and totally empty of content. What am I talking about, you might be musing? Most of us, most of the time, seem to experience ourselves, and therefore our mind, as being in relationship with other things, internally and externally. For example, we may experience ourselves as being in a relationship with somebody, or our anger as having something to do with what someone has said to us. I'd like to refute all of that, if I may. I'd like to propose that the mind has absolutely no relationship with anything at all, including me, and the fact that I may experience it otherwise is due to misrepresenting what the mind actually is.

The day to day mind we are all familiar with is an identified mind, meaning we have interpreted the mind as being centered in something, maybe that something is me, or the universe, or God, or anything really. But whatever the mind is identified with in any given moment, and it can obviously shift, it is thought of, and therefore, experienced as being that object, or at least strongly related to that object. Most of the day it is centered in me, I am the mind, or at least part of the mind, an object in the mind, and there are countless other parts in relation to each other to be found in this mind. When you look at the world around you you probably experience it like this, many different, somewhat unique and independent objects all having a inter-related relationship with each other. Religions have told us this forever, society shows you this constantly, and you probably feel, think, and experience life this way a lot of the time, and yet what if it simply is not true? When the mind is identified as an object, any object great or small, there appears to be an environment of relationship between this object and 'other' objects. There is then the attempt to alter or change this environment to suit the identified mind's taste and temperament. Take, for example, when the mind identifies with a physical body. It seemingly becomes this body and therefore has a relationship with the body's surroundings, immediate and otherwise. Bumping 'my' knee can make 'me' angry, not getting 'my' way can make 'me' yell at someone, the memory of what 'my' grandparent said to 'me' can cripple 'my' emotional development, and so on. Such is life as most of us know it.

A Ladybug crawling up blades of Grass,ladybug,blades of grass...

However, what if it only seems that way? What if the mind were, in fact, entirely alone, empty of any content, and independent? Independent meaning undivided, whole within itself, free. This points to what I spoke of yesterday, how the mind can be in a situation that looks a certain way on the outside and yet have no relationship with that outward circumstance what so ever! How is that? The mind without identification is observing without an object at the center. The center is the interpreting, judging, evaluating, comparing, recording, separate, isolated, and ultimately illusionary, identified object. Therefore, there is no object masquerading as the mind and therefore there is no relationship with anything, including hurt, pain, disappointment, frustration, sorrow, suffering...because there is nothing for any of it to be related to. There is only the observation of such phenomena as it passes like a train in the night. And this observation of a truly independent mind has its own action towards the manifested world of objects. Free from identification, free from mistaken entanglement with the sensory world, every being may know the mind directly as it is and therefore the world of relating objects effortlessly transformed. For without mistaken identification there is no longer self-inflicted conflict. But let us get into this new leg of our discussion tomorrow. Thank you for your time.