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Thinking the Dream

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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I am not this Post

This post is the most popular post on my site.  Every day I get a handful of hits from people linking from other sites, but mostly from search engine queries.  The topic is my anticipated trip to Inner Engineering put on by Sadhguru and Isha Yoga.  For some reason, the mantra of the meditation “I am not the body, I am not even the mind” shows up at the top of Google search results.  I guess it is the right combination of words or tags or links or comments or something.

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We’re Already Dead (But That’s Okay)

A harmonic oscillator in classical mechanics (...When you compare yourself to others, you are automatically creating a separate self.  How can you be better or worse than anyone else if everyone else is a projection of your mind?  A collapse of the wave function causes all potentialities to go to a specific state.  Does the observer collapse the wave?  Or does it spontaneously decay into a specific state?  If it is spontaneous, then that implies that the observer is not in control.  The observer is merely the observer.  Or is it when the observer performs judgment or identification with the observed that the wave collapses?

The Oxford team, led by Dr David Deutsch, showed mathematically that the bush-like branching structure created by the universe splitting into parallel versions of itself can explain the probabilistic nature of quantum outcomes.

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2007/09/n–one-of-the-m.html

The thought that whatever you think happens when you die is what happens is an intriguing one.  And if what I think happens is that when I die I go back and live all other parallel universes then that is what happens.  That is what is happening.  A series of higher dimensional deaths rising through all dimensions.  At all times remember that you are simultaneously on all layers in all possibilities.  All all times remember that you exist and do not exist simultaneously in all layers in all possibilities.  Or maybe it is best to just forget it all.

And what is considered death?  The death of attachment?  We continue on to the next thought based on perceived past and current situation.  We cling to that next thread in the story.  Certain events, like sleeping, meditation and death allow for a larger break in thought and a larger release from clinging.  This is the time of no-thought.  As the Wanderling points out below, no-thought is not absence of thought.  There is always thought.  No thought is the absence of thought within thought.  Since there are always thoughts, then any thoughts that I think that I am having are not the true thought itself, but thoughts within a thought.  Or if you like, thoughts about thought itself.

Those larger consciousness shattering events allow us a larger break with continued ego identification.  in the break and silence we spin through the higher dimensions rotating and landing in a different spot on the return.  The less we try to control ourselves in that spin the better.  As the Platform Sutra points out, once there is an identification, we are ego clinging to that line of thought and we cannot get out until the next break.  It is really even further, we cannot pull ourselves out until the next awareness of the break.  The good news is that we don’t have to wait until death or even sleep for a break.

The moment you realize you are not present, you **ARE** present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.

Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now

There does seem to be a pull to a specific line of thinking.  A line of thinking that makes this world and existence possible.  It is hard to deny that the reality that we are currently experiencing is one that has been identified as being important or useful for growth.  Otherwise we would just float around without any attachment.  I think that this is where the ego does come in handy and it helps provide a linkage between conscious and unconcious thought.

The Wanderling’s thoughts on Kensho and the “attainment” of no-thought:

The locus classicus for the concept of no-thought is the Platform Sutra, and in regards to no-thought says in so many words:

“No-thought” means “no-thought within thought.” Non-abiding is man’s original nature. Thoughts do not stop from moment to moment. The prior thought is succeeded in each moment by the subsequent thought, and thoughts continue one after another without cease. If, for one thought-moment, there is a break, the dharma-body separates from the physical body, and in the midst of successive thoughts there will be no attachment to any kind of matter. If, for one thought-moment, there is abiding, then there will be abiding in all successive thoughts, and this is called clinging. If, in regard to all matters there is no abiding from thought-moment to thought-moment, then there is no clinging. Non-abiding is the basis.

As we can see, after the break in thought, successive thoughts continue to flow, but one no longer abides in, or clings to, these thoughts. Nowhere is there mention of any kind of disappearance of, or absence of thought. “No-thought” refers to nothing other than an absence of abiding, or clinging. Other seminal Ch’an texts, such as the Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment, characterize no-thought in precisely the same manner.

http://the-wanderling.com/kensho.html

Be here now, no other place to be
All the doubts that linger, just set them free
And let good things happen
And let the future come into each moment
Like a rising sun

Mason Jennings – Be Here Now

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Observation of Time

Can time exist without an observer.  Time could be defined as events that occur and our perception of some unit of measurement that has passed between those events.  Perceived time varies per observer and is based on internal and external events.  If I look forward to some event happening, time may be perceived to progress slower coming up to the event and then quicker afterwards.  That same event may be something that someone else dreads, so time may be perceived to be quicker coming up to the event and slower afterwards.  Which observed movement of time is correct?  So, can there be independent, non-observed time.

One image, as the observer, observes dozens of other images around himself and inside himself … there is a central image put together by all the other images, and this central image, the observer, is the censor, the experiencer, the evaluator, the judge who wants to conquer or subjugate the other images or destroy them altogether. But other images are the results of judgments, opinions and conclusions of the observer, and the observer is the result of all the other images—therefore the observer is the observed.

Krishnamurti

Measuring change of state of particles makes assumptions about how time affects the particles.  Consider the zen koan “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, then does it make a sound”?  Without someone to perceive the sound, does the sound exist?  OR “If no one is around to see the tree at all, did it fall?” Are we making assumptions about how it got into that state based on our prior experiences or has the tree always existed in that state.  We observe and then make up a story that fits our observations.

Water flows on and on
but it never flows away.
The moon waxes and wanes,
and yet in the end it is the same moon.
If we look at things through the eyes of change,
then there’s not a single instant of stillness in all creation.
But if we observe the changelessness of things,
then we, and all beings alike
have no end.

Su Shih

If time only exists when perceived, does it really exist at all?  Is everything just a possibility in flux (null) waiting for an observer to flip the switch and lock it into something meaningful to that observer?  And if that is true for “physical” matter, what about thought or feeling?  Can thought or feeling exist without an observer and if it is being observed who/what is that observer?

The moment you realize you are not present, you **ARE** present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.

Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now

We are not viewing physical matter, we are viewing our perceptions (thoughts/feelings) of physical matter.  Obviously thoughts and feelings can be influenced by subtle things that we are not even aware of, but if it is all part of our perception then we should have ultimate control of it.  It is awareness that breaks the illusion.

Like you, I am a luminous stardust being that has become self-aware, and we are two pieces of stardust that are having a conversation. But that is just a spacetime event. Our real nature is beyond space and time.

Deepak Chopra

Reposted from The Awakening Website

There is an interesting word, called Rumination, for which there are two definitions.  One is ‘the act of chewing cud.’   The other is ‘to go over in the mind repeatedly.’

In regards to the latter, the inability to stop ruminating is a characteristic of the spiritually unconscious.

The 17th century philosopher, René Descartes, is regarded as the founder of modern philosophy.  It was he who gave expression to the famous statement, I think.  Therefore I Am.

But the consciousness that says ‘I Am’ is not the consciousness that thinks.  And, as long as we are unaware of this fact, we continue to mistake the thinker for who we are.

The core of all of our mind activity consists of repetitive and persistent thoughts, emotions and reactive patterns.  This entity is called ‘the ego’.  And the ego is the one who identifies with possessions, opinions, external appearances and long-standing resentments.  These are the things to which the words I, me, my and mine refer.

Many of us are completely identified with a stream of compulsive thinking, most of which is repetitive and pointless.  But, if we understand the basic mechanics behind the ego mind, we can recognize it as such.

What a liberation to realize that the voice in my head is not who I am.  Who am I then?  The one who sees that.
Eckhart Tolle

The ego was created as a survival mechanism when you descended in consciousness during the Fall of Man.  But it is the ego that creates the illusion that we are separate from one another and separate from God.  This either makes us feel that we are not as good as, or better than others.

We are born into truth.  But we grow up believing in lies.  We witness so many lies when we are young and innocent, and we use these lies to form our personal Tree of Knowledge.  And one of the biggest lies is the lie of our own imperfection, which is told to us by the ego.  And believing the ego is an addiction.

The ego is actually an impostor who is pretending to be you. It is the ego who drives the car while you daydream behind the steering wheel.  It is the ego who causes you to terminate your meditation to take care of “more important” things.

And he said to them all, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny his self.”  Luke 9:23

The ego is a descended master.  So your greatest protection from the ego is to become fully conscious and aware of it.  You are a character in The Truman Show and everyone who is asleep at the wheel is named Truman.

Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment.  Ego, and awareness of the ego, cannot co-exist. Eckhart Tolle

Video:  http://www.youtube.com/EckhartTeachings

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Inspired by the book A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle, Penguin Books, 2005

Thought and Awareness of Thought

If every thought has an identity related to it, why attach to one more than the other?  Why attach to one at all?  All thoughts, and thus all identities are products of past experiences predicting future events.  Since neither is happening now, they are machinations of the mind.  Fabrications.  Illusions.  Now either exists as no thought or awareness of thought.  Thought and awareness of thought cannot exist together.

Ego, and awareness of the ego, cannot co-exist.

– Eckhart Tolle

But there is still an “I”.  Even with awareness of thought there comes an observer, since there is something that is aware.  Is that awareness the universe?  The universe being aware, coming alive at one single point.  Looking at waves and freezing them into a specific pattern.  Once awareness is diverted does the observed still exist?  The observer seems to either go into the emptiness or continue on into the next thought pattern.

Yet you see the moon in your consciousness. There was no moon till it was an experience in your consciousness. Your brain is not registering pictures of the moon. It is sensing a digital on-off code of photons or waves of electricity (same thing) The collapse of wave function that creates the moon is in your consciousness (that has no location because its non local) The moon exists in consciousness—no consciousness, no moon—just a sluggishly expanding wave function in a superposition of possibilities. All happens within consciousness and nowhere else.

– Deepak Chopra

In the case of people without insight into the nature of consciousness, the mental activity is in the center of consciousness.  Every thought creates a new center, a new identification which is the ego — there is nothing else there.  We cannot talk about “one” ego but rather about a flow of conscious or semi-conscious events, being capable of operating in a relatively integrated way.  This is the function of the ego.

– Aziz Krsitof

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