Thinking the Dream

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When thoughts arise, there is something to observe them.

The realm of consciousness is much vaster than thought can grasp. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are.

Eckhart Tolle

If I am the observer of thought, then what is the thinker?  What is this force creating the thoughts that I am observing?  Is this from a mind-body physicality?  The interface into reality.  Think about this.  A system receives input from an outside source through a defined interface.  The TV receives input from a cable to display a picture.  The mind-body acts as an input source to the observer.  The senses pick up energies from particles in the surrounding area.  The mind interprets the sensory input and makes decisions and judgments.  It recalls past events or similar patterns that it has seen.  The soul observes that whole process, but can also become attached to it.

If there were nothing but thought in you, you wouldn’t even know you are thinking. You would be like a dreamer who doesn’t know he is dreaming. When you know you are dreaming, you are awake within the dream.

- Eckhart Tolle

If we are in a dream, then it is a self-recursive one.  The dreamer is creating the dream and the dream is creating the dreamer.  I imagine that awareness sits in the middle of that cycle, not showing favor to either the dreamer or the dream.  Not caring if it is observing the creator or the created.  Or maybe not seeing any difference.

So, again, there are all the major problems of life, and they are complex – one must come to them very simply, not demanding a thing. Then one discovers for oneself a state of mind that is not touched by thought, a totally different dimension that man is always seeking. It is only when one stops seeking, and faces the fact of what actually is and goes beyond, that one will discover it for oneself.

- Krishnamurti

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5 thoughts on “Thinking the Dream

    Mind Margins said:
    September 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I’m going through chemo for ovarian cancer. While going through this experience, and learning to let go and trust in others and their knowledge of how to treat something like this, I’ve realized just these past two days how letting go in one area has caused a backlash in another, and how rigid I’ve become about other small, inconsequential things. I hold on to patterns and the way things “should” be done, they way they’ve always been done, and along with that are all the thoughts that take over. Just today I realized how crazy that is, to grasp at trying to control things that truly don’t matter just because I have no control over what’s happening in my body. I’ve let my brain, and my thoughts, take over in order to control a situation that just IS. Your thought provoking was very timely for me. Thanks!

      bg responded:
      September 12, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It is interesting how we try to seek balance of letting go of one thing by clinging on tightly to the control of something else. As you said, the situation just IS.

      I wish you the best with your treatments. Much love.

        Mind Margins said:
        September 13, 2013 at 12:41 am

        By the way, I love your Eckhart Tolle quotes. Have you read anything by Pema Chodron? I think she’s amazing. Her insight is so simple it literally takes my breath away.

        bg responded:
        September 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm

        I have only read quotes and a couple stories. Can you recommend anything?

        Mind Margins said:
        September 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

        Start Where You Are and The Wisdom of No Escape are both considered her seminal works, but every single book she’s written is excellent. I’m reading her newest, Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change and it’s like it was written for me. She has a very down to earth style of writing that connects directly to the reader that cuts straight through to the heart. I think she’s amazing.

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