The mind is made up of the same vast emptiness as everything. A real problem arises when the mind interprets the presence of thoughts and fears to mean something is wrong with us and the world. However, if they are seen to be thoughts and fears just passing through, we are unlikely to identify ourselves with them.

Seeing life to be only and exactly what it is in this moment, is a powerful state of realization. That is how our vast essence sees everything. The presence of thoughts and fears means only that are present. Period. There is nothing whose presence is an indication that we are not the vastness we seek.

Suffering is caused not by the presence or absence of certain circumstances, but by our interpretation of them.  

9 Responses to “The Presence of Thoughts and Fears!”

  1. on 16 Jan 2022 at 4:48 pm Betty

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  2. on 16 Jan 2022 at 10:39 am Diane

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  3. on 05 Jan 2022 at 10:12 am ceejaypea

    Betty – Thanks for reminding me to be still. Namaste.

  4. on 04 Jan 2022 at 5:41 pm Betty

    In Presence there is no right or wrong choice; there is wisdom in every moment. We just need to be still enough to “hear” it.

  5. on 04 Jan 2022 at 5:34 pm Betty

    “There’s no wrong decisions. We can always turn deep doo-doo into manure, and grow something to chew on.”

    ? L.A. Golding, Lerkus: A Journey to End All Suffering

  6. on 26 Dec 2021 at 9:50 pm sasanijjs

    As an extension of my nights session I continue to find myself in that still space. Tension and suffering seem to only be tools for this awakening. How else would I pay attention to the part of me that is still hooked into a painful version of reality. We really are just a moment of stillness away.

  7. on 23 Dec 2021 at 3:47 pm Keshav Howe

    In a moment of quiet reflection I am aware of a constructed reference point that is held together by ideas of a "me" who is choosing and ideas about the right and wrong choice to make. When life is filtered through such a personalized reference point, rather than seen through the eyes of vastness, it looks to the mind like only a very limited range of actions are available at any one time.
     
    The reality is that there is never is a personal doer behind anything. The vastness of Presence is perceiving itself out of itself at every moment, within every particle of itself –  everywhere simultaneously.
     
    The wise approach to surfing through life is to consciously see things to be just what they are, because that is how the vastness of life is always experiencing things. Follow the obvious, because that is how the mysterious doer behind life is constantly revealing the truth of every moment.

  8. on 23 Dec 2021 at 11:01 am Betty

    A psychiatrist once explained to someone that their demented mother-in-law was not lying, that the mind “fills in the blanks.” He called this confabulation. It is my experience that when there is an unknown I fill in the blank with all the possibilities, which may or may not happen. When I fear the unknown, I fear the outcome. I can attach to these fears or I can open to the unknown, in which resides “the field of limitless possibilities.” Being in the moment we are connected to resources that we shut off when we are living in the future or even in the next moment. If there are challenges in this moment they are not punishments but learning experiences. I can cling to fear, or be present and recognize the powerful being that I am, that we all are…and proceed from there.

  9. on 22 Dec 2021 at 9:35 am ceejaypea

    Mark Twain famously said, ‘I had a lot of trouble in my life . . . most of it never happened’. Thus demonstrating the difference between worries and presence. Namaste.

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