Sunday, February 16, 2014
I believe nothing, I have faith.
I respect everyone. I respect NO beliefs. They are always several steps removed from direct experience and therefore act as filters and ultimately distortions of Truth.
Respect comes with appreciation of the other. All distortions are pointers towards the some other better than that. Without beliefs there will be no trust towards the other.
Respect must be earned; it is not a gift to be given lightly.
It's like this. You live in the moment. You act in the moment. You evaluate in the moment. You want truth; you apprehend what is directly in front of you in the moment, WITHOUT concepts, WITHOUT naming, WITHOUT ANY PRIOR CONCEPTS.
Belief, a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing. Like the practice of silent witnessing awareness.
Respect is a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation, an act of giving particular attention or consideration, a high or special regard.
Like mindfulness of one’s thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and relative relationship with the world.
I think beliefs can be temporarily useful and even necessary for beginning the road to awakening, until some actual direct experience is attained belief may be all that one has from which to work.
One needs to believe in the benefit of Truth, in order to even begin to realize it. Beliefs are just thoughts; they are useful and necessary as pointers towards the Truth.
Ultimately, thoughts are Truth spontaneously manifesting, either way they appear to be worthy of consideration, until they are transcended and realized as Truth Itself.
Of course, prejudiced, or hostile belief can also be extremely harmful. I think that all beliefs are not equal in regard, or disregard, some lead to freedom from belief.
The stuff of thought, this helped me get over the "thoughts-are-bad" hump, every thought, word, and deed is self-contradictory.
I'm one of the great thinkers; I relish thoughts, receive them like you hear a song, am glued to them, jump up and write them down in a diary for years and have amassed an important book regarding knowledge. Thoughts are tools. Thoughts may be tools, but they also can be prisons.
Thoughts are either or neither neither good nor bad, just inaccurate and incomplete. Trusting thoughts and identifying with them is the source of ignorance. Also the source of suffering.
Standing back as spacious awareness and watching the thoughts that run wily nilly through the mind is freedom and peace.
I have no idea what I'm talking about. If you're wise, you'll stop listening to me. Oh, and while you're at it, stop listening to your own thoughts. They isn’t all that either.
All thoughts are distortions of reality. Perceptions, if you will. Indirect. Filtered. Programmed.
Now, having said all that, you can't get through a day without them, of course.