Hold Until One Wakes Up

We pretty well know by now that our senses are working itself irrelevant we give specific attention to them or not. In fact we also know that we cannot be aware of all senses at one time unless we are still enough to recognize them working together at the same time.

Hence when we introduce awareness into the moment, we are simply bringing awareness to what is already here working itself. The purpose of awareness is to bring recognition to what is naturally unfolding right here right now. In brief, the more one is aware without interferring the object of observation, one learns to recognize that nature is taking place in the senses. There is no “I” there so to speak. “I am doing” is just a notion of an illusionary self projected outward by the mind. But when one is not present to the mind, one identifies with this notion and hence took on the “I” identity.

It is amazing and strange how this mind works. By itself it is nature, unfolding itself out with the ability to feel, conscious, perceive etc without any effort of “someone” taking charge of it. But when an idea is introduced into the mind, the idea which in the beginning was just an idea, as the word implies, becomes real. The mind makes what is meaningless into meaning.

It is just like movies we see on screens nowadays. In the past, 3D movies are unheard off, not to mention its potential presence. Nowadays with the advancement of cinema graphics what was once unreal becomes so real that you cannot differentiate whether they are created on computers or really occurring during the shoot.

That is exactly what the mind does, making what is unreal or meaningless into real with meaning in it. But with wisdom when one takes a closer look at the mind, one will be surprised by the illusions it is able to create.

The more you see the mind’s illusionary nature, the more you start to see the opposite of what you call real at this moment. It is moving from what was once perceived real back to its reality of unrealness. In other words when we come closer to reality of Truth, we go against the flow of the world. The world is created out of unrealness and to realize the Truth is to see the reality of unrealness of the world.

For one who holds so firmly to the form will sure find this concept frightening. It is only frightening because our belief system is based on the unreal, real that we have not woken up from. Once slowly and surely the call for awakening is to knock on our door, our grip on this illusion will slowly fade and we start to free ourselves again from the bondage we held on to, which in reality was not there at all.

It is exactly like waking up from the dream to realize that nothing actually had happened. But meanwhile everything around you, be it your loved ones, your beloved, your lover, your enemy, your possession, your identity, in short anything that has “your” in it, is real for now. If I were to tell you now to just let go and hold one no more, you will be unable to do it as the unreal is so darn real, to you!

So there is nothing much I could do for you except to realize that the time has not come up for you, at least for now…

“Using” the Mind to Know the Mind

The mind has been conditioned to think through our daily needs and anything that has been conditioned for a long time, will run on its own momentum, as if having a life of its own.  It takes a little effort and continuity to end that process. But understanding the way the mind works, its nature is such that something has to continue in it – there is no such a thing as a mind being blank.

As such a replacement will help to eliminate, if not reduce, unnecessary thinking. One can either replace it with awareness, by not forgetting to be in the present, or taking up the habit of observing what the mind is doing. Both techniques are useful as it grounds our attention back into the moment. You will observe that most of the unnecessary thinking has little to do with what is in the present. It is constantly either in the past or future.

Starting a fresh habit can be quite a pain, considering that what is being addicted to for so long has difficulty to change. Thus instead of trying to change the habit, try having the attitude of learning to watch the mind. Inject curiosity. Give it an interest to be aware or observe instead of trying to fix up the mind.

In this way, your approach becomes towards the direction of right attitude instead of wrong. By itself, incessant thinking is already a wrong attitude and using wrong attitude only makes the situation worse. One of the natural ways to inject curiosity into the mind is through questioning. The mind on its own nature directs itself through the question one poses. Of course, intelligent directed question is necessary if you wish the mind to follow. The mind is constantly in the know, even while it doesn’t know, as it knows it doesn’t know! Using this simple understanding, you direct the mind to where you wish it to go. Hence the purpose of the question is to bring about curiosity to know where or what the mind is doing. Its purpose is by no means to get an answer. It is more of an inquiry rather than questioning.

Imagine giving a question to the mind, say, where is the floor? Even without considering for a moment or even having the question completed, the mind already knows where it is. Are you aware of that? And if you pose a question that you are totally familiar already, which is an impossible task save being asked by someone, your mind will immediately come with a “don’t know” answer. It is only your lingering thought trying to figure out what the question is all about that probably disallows you to know that the mind already has an answer. That’s the nature of how the mind works.

Hence working on this nature of the mind is using it to check the mind. You may ask questions like, what is the mind doing? This will direct the mind to know itself. In the beginning you may find it difficult to know what the mind is doing. The trick is that you need not know what the mind is doing, the mind already knows. Again, it is your thinking that disallows being answered, which is already there, to be known. Hence each question posed is not for you to know or to get an answer but for the mind to go to where you had asked it. So probably you may have awareness coming back with, the mind is listening, or hearing, or thinking, or even imagining, or day dreaming.

It takes a little effort but the effort will be fruitful to reduce the unnecessary thinking mind. Long enough, you will develop a new habit of constant presence of what the mind is up to!

Wisdom Knew!

It is the mind!
It is the mind!
Wisdom exclaims
in jubilation.

Everything is the mind!
Everything is the mind!
Wisdom realized.

“I” is part of an idea
of the mind
instead of I am the mind.

inside looking out
outside looking in
as if what was once
now becomes the inside
and vice versa
but that too is not true
as there was no
inside or outside
the Mind!

The “I”
once the reference point
now becomes
part of the

It is the mind!
It is the mind!
Wisdom knew!