Traps and such
Hi folks. Been reading/posting for a while and I find you all to be an intelligent, sincere bunch, so I thought I'd give this blogulation a try.
I seem to be focussed on traps lately, to the extent that the entire spiritual 'search' begins to look like all traps all the time. Maybe it makes sense in that realizing Truth as such is not something mind/ego will ever accomplish but rather something that may occur when it has given up on the searching for what already is the case. The false beliefs in the person seem to be what stand in the way, and it's the person who imagines to be seeking, and so it's difficult to imagine that the person actually wants to find anything that doesn't include it. Perhaps we go on faith but we also clearly sabotage our search at the same time whether it's conscious or not, hence, the traps. Oddly, we want to know Truth but we're not so hot on letting go of the only delusion that stands in the way of that knowing.
So, the fist question that occurs is, do we really want to know a Truth that does not include us? Mayhaps the vast majority of seekers are actually just looking for a better dream, and Truth isn't even on the agenda.
Another trap is the notion that all we need to do is stop the seeking, and the Truth will be revealed. We've been seeking in one form or another since we were toddlers, and spiritual seeking is just a more focussed form, but ending the seeking in order to find is just another form of seeking, and so it hasn't ended at all. What it does is keep us from ever challenging ego's delusions, and so it becomes a trap.
Another is the notion that all we have to do is surrender. Surrender is a pointer, like ending the seeking. It describes what must happen, but it is not a prescription for bringing it about. Surrender is not a doing thing, but the absence of a doing, and mind cannot do a non-doing.
The notion that looking at ego is fruitless because ego doesn't exist is just using a concept that is not known to be so, to justify holding the egoic delusion in place.
The idea that we should not be looking to see whether or not something is futile because this is the insistence that something may be productive, is another self deception that comes from too much thinking, which can produce justifications for anything it resists.
I say, forget about Truth and let it take care of itself. It's already here and it's not hiding. Focus on something mind CAN know, the reality or falsehood of it's own conceptual beliefs about itself and it's reality.....Or is this another trap?