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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Where is inside?

Look inside and meditate is a common suggestion you hear from teachers, guides, elders and even psychologists. But where is this inside?

Surely you are not asked to visualize your internal organs like your heart, guts, spleen and liver? Although something like that may be an interesting mindfulness practice. Even visualising your internal organs is actually outside. In fact anything that you sense with your body and mind has to be outside. Isn't it?

Even when you close your eyes, you are seeing something outside of your eyes. When you feel a touch, a smell or a sound, they are all outside.

You can take it a step deeper. When you see an object, what you call seeing is reporting a sensation created by a complex process of light reflecting off an object, then passing through your eyes onto a retina which sends the signals to your brain. The brain, based on its retained memory composes a picture and then labels it as the object. Ditto for all other senses.

You could say thinking is looking inside. But here too thoughts are mainly based on events and objects outside of your senses.

Could it be that there is no inside?

Could it be that something got lost in translation yet again?

Could it be that looking inside means simply don't look outside or withdraw your senses.

So, don't try to look inside next time you meditate. It will add another confusion to the already very confused mind. Just deny anything outside.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Courage comes from knowing you are indestructible!

Fear of any kind; physical or psychological arises from the assumption that you and yours can be destroyed, meaning death of the body, the mind or something you may be possessive about.

Fear is an illusion.

If you believe yourself to be a body (which is an error but that discussion for another day), then you know that this body is made of matter. And you also know that matter is not destroyed  it only changes its form. From organic cellular material to basic elements, gases and water which will be recycled into plants, rocks, environment or even another body. Matter is indestructible in its most fundamental state.

If you believe yourself to be a mind (that too is an error to be discussed another day), then you know that mind is a bunch of thoughts strewn together by the body into a coherent or incoherent idea or concept. If these ideas or concepts lead to some creation such as an object or a change you implement, then the mind also changes into another state. Which could go another transformation but never destroyed. Mind is also indestructible in its most fundamental state.

You may believe yourself to be an illusion, a nonentity, a soul or emptiness. And that illusion is destructible.  But once the illusion of yourself is destroyed, so is fear as that is also part of the illusion of you.

Fear of death

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